Poodle Obedience Training
Poodle obedience training is a joy because these dogs are lively, intelligent and love to learn new things.
Obedience training is crucial for any dog. It provides mental stimulation for the dog and ensures that he is well behaved and a pleasure to have around. It also makes the bond between dog and owner much stronger.
Poodle Obedience Training Tips
Poodles are easier to train than most other dogs but there is a right and a wrong way to do it. Follow these poodle obedience training tips to get the most out of your dog:
- Training for the temperament of the dog. Poodles are amongst the most sensitive of all dog breeds. They are extremely intuitive and can pick up when you are in a bad mood. For this reason you should not attempt training when you are angry or upset.
- Positive reinforcement works wonders. Harsh punishment, either physical or vocal, is detrimental to any dog, but especially to the poodle. They do not handle stress well. A positive approach will get you much further and will allow your poodle to triumph with his self-esteem intact.
- Guard against boredom. Whilst a certain amount of repetition will be necessary in training, it is also a good idea to vary the routine and strive to introduce new things all the time. Poodles were not chosen as circus performers for nothing. They are capable of astonishing feats of agility which requires brainpower as well as physical skills.
- Train from the start. The best time to start training is now. In other words, as soon as you get your puppy you can start training.
- Short but frequent works best. Train for a few minutes at a time in the beginning but in multiple sessions throughout the day.
Poodle Obedience Training Commands
There are some basic commands that you will want to get right before you move on to more complicated training. They are as follows:
- Sit. This is the first command to teach. With the dog next to you, say “sit” firmly whilst gently pushing down on his hindquarters. When he sits, praise him enthusiastically. Keep practising this every day, several times a day.
- Stay. Once the sit command has been mastered you can move on to stay. Get puppy to sit, then take a step back, hold out your hand, and clearly say “stay”. Even if the puppy stays for a few moments, praise him lavishly. If he gets up and follows you, act neutral and try again. Poodles like to please and soon get the hang of things. Once puppy stays for a bit you can gradually step further and further back.
- Come. As poodles love company, this is one of the easiest commands. When puppy responds to “come” be lavish with praise. Make sure that responding to your call is more exciting than anything else.
Keep practicing these commands for guaranteed success. Poodle obedience training can be fun if you approach it with patience and a calm attitude.