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Training Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Bentley, the world's most
                                    loveable Cavalier King Charles

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Dog Training Authorities

If you are looking for the attention and hands on training that can only be provided by a personal dog trainer, here are some well known specialists.

Dog Whisper Woman - Professional dog obiedience trainer and dog behaviorist Rena Murray is available for private consultation. She also offers a wealth of information on how to select, understand, communicate with, train, control, and enjoy your dog to the fullest.at www.PawPersuasion.com.

The Dog Whisperer - Although I'm not sure whether Cesar Millan is taking time away from his TV Show for personal clients these days, his website offers a lot of information and training products.

Online Dog Training Resources

There are many good sites on the web with helpful information on how to train your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Take a look at some of our favorites for free tips on cavalier spaniel training.

Puppy Training & Dog Training Online offers a free online video lesson to introduce their online video training series.

Dog Training Mastery - An Owner's Manual offers a free 10-part mini course to revealing common dog behavior problems, how to interpret your dog's behavior, and the benefits of obiedience training.

D.I.Y. Dog Training at Home for the do-it-yourself pet owner. Sign up for their free email training course. The complete training package covers topics including potty training,  dog psychology, fussy eating, barking and more.

"Hands Off" Dog Training Course is a unique way to learn to communicate with your dog so that he understands without you ever having to touch him!

How to Love Your Dog - a Kid's Guide to Dog Care has lots of training information, a guide to teaching your dog tricks, and much more. Some of it is in text, and some is online video.

DogTrainingWorks provides links to some interesting articles on training an obedient dog.

Litter Box Train Your Dog - a great guide for Cavalier owners who prefer indoor potty training, or want to mix indoor and outdoor methods.

Dog Training on TV

Our favorite way to learn how to train your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is by watching TV!  

Bentley's personal favorite is the Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan's show on National Geographic TV.  Find out when his show is televised in your area, or read his blog for dog training tips.

Animal Planet's website offers a Dog Guide that includes some training information, but check their current and upcoming listings for TV shows that focus on dogs and training.

General Training Tips

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are wonderful pets, but a well-behaved Cavalier is a true joy!  Some of the training tips Bentley and I have learned include:
  • Start early with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. Teach him proper etiquette from the day you bring him home. Be gentle and patient when your puppy is small, and don't expect miracles in his first few weeks. But don't let bad habits settle in at the beginning that you will have to break later.

  • Prevention is probably the very best training technique. If you can avoid bad behavior, your Cavalier will learn to be well-behaved by default. This is essentially the secret behind crate training to housebreak your dog. If you never give your Cavalier an opportunity to have an "accident" in your house, he will learn that relieving himself outdoors is his only option, making housebreaking a breeze!

  • Old dogs can learn new tricks! No matter how poorly trained your dog has been up to now, you can make a difference in the future by giving your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel patient, consistent messages about how you want him to behave.

  • If your dog misbehaves on a regular basis, take a good look in the mirror because most behavior problems are the result of a pet owner giving their dog an unintended message, or a mixed signal.  Consider what behavior of your dog you are really rewarding and whether you are consistently teaching your pet what you want him to know. Sometimes the best way to disfuse bad behavior is to ignore it, as oftentimes your pet is misbehaving just to get your attention - even if it means you're screaming at him! Try ignoring your pet's antics and only give him your  attention when he shows the desired behavior.
Be sure to ask your vet and your pet's breeder for their recommendations for dog training and obedience schools in your local area. But for now, we've listed some of our favorite resources below.

What are some of YOUR favorite training resources?

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