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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:16 PM
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How do you RE-TRAIN a cocker spaniel

We have a 5 year old cocker spaniel. He was fully trained and then my wife went on mat leave and stayed home all day. He no longer had to hold it all day and just went to the door when he wanted to be let out. Now that she is back at work and he is left alone for 8 hours, he cannot hold it anymore and poops in the house. He has had no accidents since he was trained as a puppy, and now has had 5 "mistakes" in the past 2 weeks. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:20 PM
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Get a crate, pretend he's a puppy and start all over again from square one. Pretend he's never been potty trained before, establish a routine.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 02:29 PM
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Try taking your cocker for a walk in the morning before you leave for work. The longer the better but even 20 minutes is better than nothing!
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 03:08 PM
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great advice so far. I'd work back up to 8 hrs, slowly. for the time being, perhaps hire a dog walker to come in mid day or even a couple times a day. gradually phase out the dog walker (however, if afforable, I'd keep the walker) that's what we do, we pay a retired neighbor $50/wk to come over mid-day for our dog.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 11:27 AM
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I was glad to find this question as I'm afraid I will soon have a similar issue. My cocker, 2 years old, has been lucky enough to have me home all of his young life. Now, due to a change in my husband's work status, I'm starting to look for work myself. No idea at this point how many hours a day he will need to be left alone, but I am very worried what the change will do to him. Apart from the issue of having to "hold it" until someone comes home, how can I prepare him for the loneliness he is bound to feel?
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