The Importance Of Poodle Puppy Play

Although it is important you begin basic training such as housebreaking your poodle puppy when you bring him/her home for the first time, it is also imperative that you remember playing is an important part of your puppy’s social development.

Playing games with your dog is more than a fun time; it also allows both you and your pup the chance to discover characteristics about each other. Investing in quality play time with your pup is how you and your family can develop an intimate relationship with your dog. Furthermore, encouraging playtime with friends, close relatives and other canines also helps to socialize your dog and make him/her comfortable with others.

Play time with your poodle puppy has many benefits including:

  • Encourages positive socialization
  • Calms fears that may stem from specific experiences
  • Develops trust – trust that can make training an easier process
  • Develops a deep bond
  • Encourages positive behaviors as your pup will be encouraged to please you
  • Provides him/her with exercise and releases pent up energy
  • Makes an overall healthy and happy dog

Another positive aspect about playtime is that it satisfies your poodle’s natural desire to work or hunt. Instead of taking them on long walks (which most puppies can’t tolerate anyhow), engage in plenty of playtime to provide your dog with mental stimulation and physical activity. Don’t forget, puppies can become bored easily, play time keeps life interesting.

Nevertheless, just as it is important to play with your poodle puppy, it is also vital that you know when not to play with him/her. Playing with your dog when or after he/she misbehaves is only encouraging him/her to continue the behaviors you deem unacceptable. Remember, you want to reinforce positive behavior not the negative. Thus, playtime can be used as an effective disciplining tool. For instance, if your dog misbehaves before or during regular playtime, simply stop playing and ignore him/her so that he/she gets the message that they did something wrong.

Playing with your poodle puppy is how you form a strong bond that will last for a lifetime. Best of all, forming this bond is a lot of fun and creates plenty of happy memories for you to cherish.

Poodle Care – All About Grooming Your Poodle

Grooming is an important part of poodle care. It dramatically enhances the elegance, beauty and even the health of the dog. Although a poodle requires daily brushing and/or combing to keep their fur mat free, a poodle also requires a washing and trimming every 1 – 2 months, as their coat grows quickly and can easily overwhelm the poodle.

Grooming a poodle is an involved process and is a mandatory part of poodle care. Therefore, it needs to be introduced to the dog at an early age so he/she becomes used to the process. Most breeders will actually begin clipping the tail, feet and face of poodle puppies as early as 6 weeks of age.

You may choose to have a professional groomer clip your dog or you may wish to learn how to groom them yourself. If you are willing to learn how to groom your poodle yourself, you will need to purchase grooming supplies such as:

  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Clippers
  • Scissors
  • Dog shampoo
  • Blow dryer

Once you have your poodle care supplies you need to take your time introducing your dog to the items you will be using. For instance, introduce your puppy to the clippers by turning the machine on and holding it near the puppy for a few minutes so they become familiar with the noise and are less likely to be frightened. Once he/she is familiar with the noise, you can begin touching the clippers to the puppy so he/she can become used to the vibrations (don’t clip your dog at this point).

You should keep introducing your dog to the noise and feeling of the clippers a few times during a week before you actually begin grooming. Don’t rush your dog. Some poodles will become accustomed to the clippers faster than others.

When you begin your grooming poodle care, make sure your puppy knows this is not a game. Be firm but gentle with your dog. It is only natural for your puppy to want to resist grooming. He/she may try crying, snapping or wiggly away. Don’t permit this behavior and make sure your puppy knows that this is something he/she will have to tolerate. You must be firm with your dog and correct any negative behavior during first grooming experiences so you don’t fight with your dog every time you go through the grooming process.

Do not groom your dog on the floor or a flat surface that is slippery. The poodle must have secure footing. A sturdy grooming table is a good idea to invest in, as it won’t allow your dog to run away, and will make him feel safe. In addition, you should groom your poodle in good lighting and should make sure no other distractions are in the room.

Now that you know the basics of poodle care when it comes to grooming, let’s take a look at the different coat cuts you can give your poodle –

Pet or Puppy Clip – Hair is clipped short all over the body

Continental Clip – The rear half of the body is shaved and tufts of hair (known as bracelets) are left around the ankles and there is a pom-pom on the end of the tail.

Traditional or Lamb Clip – The coat is left the same length (slightly long) all over the body.

The puppy and lamb clip are usually the preferred choice among the average poodle owner, as these coats are the easiest to create and maintain. It’s important that you choose the cut that is most convenient for you and your dog when it comes to your time and poodle care.

Poodle Dogs and Children – Are they compatible?

Poodle dogs and children have the potential to develop a wonderful relationship. Poodles are a very affectionate dog breed and can be devoted to all of their human family members regardless of their gender or age. However, the opposite can be true if children neglect the dog or are mean, tease, or harm them in any way. This type of cruel behavior is what turns trusting and loving poodles into fearful, untrusting or aggressive dogs. Most poodles will not put up with abusive behavior.

Therefore, to ensure a poodle dog and children get along well, it’s imperative that parents invest time in teaching their children how to properly care for the poodle, how to play with him/her, and when to leave the dog alone. When you provide children with understanding of the dog, the more conscious they will be of how they interact with the family pet and the more they will love the poodle.

To help a child understand a poodle, it’s a good idea to allow them to participate in all the care that is required to maintain a health, happy dog. This means including children in –

  • Feeding the dog
  • Walking the dog
  • Grooming the dog
  • Giving water to the dog

Children like to participate and they enjoy a certain level of responsibility. The older they become, the more they can learn and their responsibility will grow. Although school-age children can handle feeding the poodle dog and providing him/her with water, these tasks shouldn’t be trusted with very small children.

For instance, toddlers should never be left alone with the poodle, or any family pet for that matter. Toddlers are curious and will not understand how to interact with the dog. There is a greater chance that the poodle will snap at very small children, even though teasing done to the dog may have been unintentional.

It’s always best to introduce your poodle to a newborn baby, instead of trying to keep the dog away from the infant. By segregating the poodle from the baby, you risk giving the poodle the idea that the baby is an intruder and not a member of the family.

Even though you may want to keep the poodle dog away from your baby to avoid germs being passed, there is actually very little chance that a disease can be passed to the baby from the dog. Just remember to teach the dog to not lick the baby. It’s best to introduce the dog and baby and allow the poodle to sniff the infant and accept it as a new member of the family. You will likely find that when your poodle accepts your baby, he/she will be more patient with the infant and even be protective of the child.

This is how you can begin developing a beautiful relationship between a young child and a dog.

Finally, keep in mind that miniature poodles, and especially toy poodles, are more fragile than the standard poodle dog. Hence, make sure children know how to handle these dogs to ensure no injury comes to the pet.