Training Your Poodle Puppy

Poodles are a very popular breed of dog that most owners find so special that they often form a life-long association. These adoring dogs have thick curly hairs and possess a long list of likeable traits making them among the most adapted pure bred dogs in the world. They are very intelligent dogs with the ability to adapt to any household easily. Their temperament is also found infallible; so much that you can leave your child with the poodle with the confidence that it will be safe in the poodle’s company. In fact, poodles are some of the best companions that humans can have and if you consider how good they look, yes they do look yummy, you have a special member in your family with whom you would like to spend as much time you possibly can.

Training a poodle puppy: The do’s and don’ts

Despite all the good qualities it possesses, you need to give the puppy proper training before it can integrate with the family. When it comes to training, there are certain methods that work while there are others that fail. So, before starting the training you should get the methodology right, as a properly trained poodle puppy will not only be able to understand all the commands that you give, but also unfailingly follow all the etiquette that you have set for him.

“Positive only” dog training is the latest fad, but is it as good as it promises to be?

“Positive only” dog training is gaining in currency, but there are critics of this dog training method who believe that bribing is not the best way to train the poodle. The working principle of the “Positive only” training method is rather simple; reward your dog with a treat like pressed calcium bone or Breakfast Jacks every time he does something desirable or what you ask him to do. To let the poodle know that he has done what was asked of him correctly, the trainer uses a clicker, which he blows the moment a task is carried out to its conclusion properly and the puppy is then given the treat. After some time the poodle gets the message that if he performs that particular task in the manner that he did on the previous occasions, it will bring him rewards. But opponents of this technique argue that this method is not very effective when it comes to teaching the puppy how to behave with strangers and with other animals, and how to stand quietly when the grooming session is in progress.

But if “Positive only” is not the way forward, then what is? We are coming to that, just keep reading.

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Instill in the poodle puppy a sense of respect for you

This technique focuses on learning from both negative and positive consequences. If an act brings positive results, it will encourage the puppy to continue pursuing that act in the future as well. Like if he is playful and cajoles his mother, she will in return gently play with him. But if instead, the puppy misbehaves and bites his mother, she will be quick to put him in his place with a growl or even an occasional bite, passing on the message that such type of irresponsible behavior will not be accepted.

Teach him the appropriate set of words, but in a manner in which he can comprehend easily

Unless you teach him the meaning of words that you are going to use when dealing with him, you are in for a lot of trouble, for if he can’t understand what you are saying how can he respond? The more words he understands, the more well behaved he becomes. But before you start the learning session for your dog, get him ready and eager. Also, dogs are more comfortable when they know where the line is drawn, and what they can do and what they can’t. Without a clear distinction, he will be a confused and unhappy dog.

Make him give up obnoxious habits

Almost all dogs have some bad habits, like some might bark too much, others may steal food, another may pull on a leash, while yet another may chase after the cat. It is also possible that a single dog may have a couple of or in the most extreme cases, many bad habits. If you want to have a well-behaved puppy that doesn’t turn your house upside down, you need to train the puppy to get rid of its bad habits. The solution to the problem is telling the dog in no uncertain terms to stop. It may sound too simplistic, but there is no better way. If your dog has a proper knowledge of words, he will realize that he has made a mistake and may gradually rectify it. Otherwise, you may have to go back and give him a crash course in how to learn the right words.

Establish a daily routine

Once you decide to bring home a puppy, your life is never going to be the same as the puppy will take over a lot of your space and time. There are things like the puppy’s eating routine, time for it to get up, and play time, that you will have to set for the puppy according to standard norms and in accordance with your life style. You must plan out everything to the T, as otherwise the puppy with grow up with wrong routines that you will find very hard to change once it becomes an adult.


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