Poodle Puppy Training
The wonderful thing about poodles is their intelligence, which makes poodle puppy training a joy. As with all dogs, the sooner you can start training, the better.
Puppy training can be accomplished in a number of ways, but the very best methods always use positive reinforcement. Poodles are very sensitive and need different training methods to other dogs.
Poodle Puppy Training Tips.
Poodles are exceptionally smart dogs that are eager to please, but bore with repetitive tasks. To keep training fresh and exciting, follow these tips.
- Keep training sessions short. Puppies do not have a long attention span, so restrict training sessions to no more than a few minutes at a time in the beginning.
- Repetition and simplicity. Make life simple for you and the puppy by keeping commands short and repeating them often.
- Consistency counts. Whatever behavior you deem unacceptable should be discouraged from the start. Dogs fare much better with clear and consistent rules, applied from puppyhood and beyond.
- Play games. Games are great for poodle puppy training. It makes training fun for both of you and allows for greater variety in the training.
- Be enthusiastic and praise, praise, praise. Use a happy, peppy tone of voice and praise enthusiastically whenever your puppy does something right.
- Don’t use harsh training methods. Poodles do not respond very well to harsh treatment or verbal abuse.
- Poodle pride. Believe it or not, but poodles are proud dogs. They wilt when humiliated and might become unresponsive to training altogether. Rather reward them for good behaviour often and simply withdraw attention for bad behaviour.
- Patience. Even though a poodle is smart, he will still require a bit of patience to train, especially in the house breaking department. Remember, he is just a puppy and has limited control over bladder and bowel movements.
A Word on Crate Training
House training is one of the most important, if not the most important, parts of training. Using a crate is a very effective method of getting the job done with less fuss, mess and frustration than other methods.
- Crate size. Buy a big enough crate to see you through to the adult stage of your dog. You can partition it off to make it just big enough for the puppy to stand up and turn around in.
- Make it a happy place. The crate should not be used as a place of punishment, but merely as a training tool. It allows you to keep accidents in the house to a minimum.
- Control not confinement. Don’t leave your puppy in the crate for long periods of time. The trick to using a crate is to establish a predictable potty routine that you and your puppy can rely on. Take the puppy out first thing in the morning, last thing at night and after meals and naps.
If you remember to use a bit of patience and a lot of love, along with a consistent and enthusiastic approach, you will find poodle puppy training a walk in the park.