How to House Train a Male Cocker Spaniel

Cocker spaniels learn quickly with repetition and positive reinforcement.

Cocker spaniels learn quickly with repetition and positive reinforcement.

When puppies are nursing, they learn from their mothers to relieve themselves outside of where they sleep and eat. On top of this, cocker spaniels are a highly intelligent breed, so they take to house-training quickly with a little repetition and positive reinforcement.

Items you will need

  • Dog toy or treat

Step 1

Take your cocker spaniel out to relieve himself every morning when you wake up. Puppies feel safest relieving themselves in a familiar spot, so take him to the same spot every morning when house-training.

Step 2

Give your pup a treat or his favorite toy every time he relieves himself outside. Cocker spaniels are eager to please and respond best to training with positive reinforcement.

Step 3

Keep your cocker spaniel on a consistent house-training schedule. Always take him out to relieve himself first thing in the morning and before bed at night. Puppies also need to go outside five to 30 minutes after each meal.


  • If your male cocker spaniel tries to mark his territory inside, stay calm and take him outside immediately to the designated spot.

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