Poodles and cocker spaniels are two of the most intelligent and trainable breeds. If you bring a cocker spaniel-poodle mix home as a pet, practice potty training with a consistent schedule and a lot of positive reinforcement, and your new pet will pick up on it quickly.
Take your new pet outside every morning when you first wake up. Let him relieve himself in the same spot each day when potty training. Puppies feel most comfortable using the same spot because it smells, looks and feels familiar.
Reward your cocker spaniel and poodle mix with a treat, toy or affection after each time he relieves himself outside. Both breeds are eager to please, so they'll pick up on potty training quickly with a positive reaction from you.
Keep your pup on a consistent potty-training schedule. Puppies have a fast digestive system, so they always need to go out five to 30 minutes after each meal. Always take your pet out first thing in the morning and before bed at night. Keep the schedule and spot you use the same until your new buddy catches on.
- Always stay calm and don't punish your pet if he has an accident inside. You don't want to associate anything negative with his potty training.
- Giving your dog commands to get him to do his business faster will make him more nervous or stressed.
Courtney McCaffrey graduated from the College of Charleston in 2008 with a B.A. in media studies. She has served as an editor for Blooming Twig Books and the MADA Writing Services publishing company. She is now a writer on various outdoor sports such as snowboarding, skiing, surfing and bodysurfing.