How to Keep a Cocker Spaniel Occupied

If you’ve already got a cocker spaniel, you’ll know how much energy they have, especially if you have a working dog type. Cocker spaniels need to get rid of their energy every day, otherwise you may come home to ripped up cushions and ruined furniture. However, cocker spaniels can be one of the most loyal of all dog breeds. They love human attention and affection and can be very protective of their owners. To develop a strong bond with your dog, you need to spend time with it. Here are some ways you can keep a cocker spaniel occupied when you need to.

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Long Walks

One of the best things you can do for your cocker spaniel is take it on a walk each day. You may find that your spaniel prefers to run as opposed to walk, so you could find benefit in doing off-lead training. Just like us, a cocker spaniel will need to release energy in some way, and if they aren’t being stimulated, they may find more mischievous ways of occupying themselves. Cocker spaniels are also easier to train when they’re tired. You’ll find that you’re able to get your cocker spaniel to concentrate and focus much easier when you’re on a walk or after a walk, than when they’re full of energy.

Mental Stimulation

The great thing about cocker spaniels is that they’re teachable. They are a very intelligent breed, so they’ll pick up on things quickly. You’ll only have to repeat a word a few times before they start to understand what you mean. You can use this to your advantage. The combination of human attention and mental stimulation means your dog will love to train with you. You have a great opportunity to teach your dog to behave as you like, while tiring your dog out. Once you’ve reached a stage where you no longer need to teach your dog, there are many activities you can still do. Why not try going to an agility class or purchasing your dog a few treat challenges?

Diet

Many people don’t realise this, but a dog’s diet has a significant effect on how it behaves. Cocker spaniels can be sensitive to what they eat and it doesn’t take much to heighten their energy levels. You don’t need a food that boosts energy in an already energetic dog. Therefore, it’s best to stay away from foods with coloring and additives. Try and keep your dog on the best dog food brands and feed treats like, carrots, strawberries or bananas. Dogs require nutrients just as we do, so be sure to provide a healthy diet.

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Chase and Scent

Cocker spaniels are natural hunting dogs, so it’s not surprising that many of them become obsessed with their balls and toys. Teaching a cocker spaniel to chase and retrieve a ball should come naturally and it’s ideal for occupying them. If you’re looking for a new challenge for your dog, why not try a scent trail? Leave a line of chicken broth through your garden and a piece of chicken at the end. Then, let your dog out to sniff down the trail.

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