Torn between an English springer and a cocker spaniel? Why not get the best of both breeds with a spunky Sprocker puppy? Although not recognised as an official breed by the Kennel Club, the Sprocker’s popularity is on the rise. And it’s not hard to see why it has attracted a massive following.
Sprockers are easy to train and not as excitable as the springer nor as stubborn as the cocker. They have the drive and energy to work as hunting dogs and the temperament to be a family dog.
Sprockers can benefit from early training to avoid bad habits and behaviour problems. Keep your Sprocker puppy happy and well-behaved with these early puppy training tips.
Crate train your Sprocker puppy
Crates of different sizes are available at pet stores. Make sure to choose one that’s big enough for your Sprocker to use from puppyhood to adulthood. A little Sprocker puppy can grow to 40 to 50 centimetres tall upon reaching adulthood.
Once you have the right crate. Place it at the common areas of your house and put comfortable bedding with puppy toys inside. You may drape a blanket over the top and sides of the crate to keep your Sprocker warm. Leave the door uncovered so the puppy won’t get frightened. Be patient as you try to introduce your Sprocker puppy to his new crate to make the training a positive experience for him.
Potty train your Sprocker puppy
It helps to crate train your puppy before potty training. Once he has established that the crate is his house, he will avoid relieving himself inside.
Take him outdoors and allow him to explore his surroundings. Have a designated toilet area and have him follow a routine. Take your Sprocker out to go potty on a regular schedule.
Be prepared for ‘accidents’. Do not resort to verbal or physical punishment when your puppy suddenly urinates or defecates in the wrong spots. Correct this unwanted behaviour by catching your Sprocker puppy when he’s about to go potty. Once spotted, try to interrupt by clapping loudly. Quickly pick him up to the potty area outside where he is free to relieve himself.
Socialise your Sprocker puppy
Sprocker spaniel puppies start learning to socialise right from birth from the mother dog and his littermate. A good breeder will continue socialising the pup with other household pets and family members. Once the puppy has his full vaccination and is old enough to go outside, he can be exposed to other dogs. Socialisation must be done whilst your pup is at the developing stage where he is naturally curious and eager to learn. Check out our puppy socialisation checklist here.