Poodle training should be done with firmness but also gentleness. This breed can be very stubborn to train, but like most dogs, they enjoy pleasing their owner. Therefore, the trick for successful training lies in patience and consistency.
Four of the worst mistakes a dog owner can make when training are –
- Teaching a dog too many commands at one time
- Moving on to another command before a dog has successfully learned and understood the previous one taught
- Having more than one person train the dog with different training methods
- Not refreshing the dog’s memory with commands that have been learned
Consistency is key to Poodle training. Consistent training is the difference between giving a dog a command that they follow through with only when they feel like it, verses the dog responding to the command each time it is given.
Understand, being consistent with your training doesn’t mean you need to punish your dog every time he/she fails to follow a command. Instead, it means taking the time to discover how to teach your dog by using the best method in which they are most likely to learn. When you are patient and kind with your Poodle, and are firm in your teaching, your dog is far more likely to be an obedient, happy and affectionate pooch.
If you are not sure how to remain consistent to better teach your Poodle training, the following tips may be useful in starting you on the right track –
- Be reasonable – Start with the most basic commands first before you move on to other commands that have more steps. Teach one command at a time, and don’t train your dog for more than 10 minute sessions. If you bore your dog, you won’t make any progress.
- Remove distractions – When first teaching your dog, don’t train him/her in a noisy or cluttered environment. You will want to limit distractions, so your dog’s attention is focused primarily on the task at hand.
- Beware of boredom – If you notice that your Poodle training is boring your dog, it’s time to change up your teaching. Think of new and interesting ways to teach the command, or maybe give your dog a break from training by having a playtime with him/her. Remember, you shouldn’t train longer than 10 minutes at a time. You should also breakup training throughout the day. For instance, have daily training sessions, but have nor more than two training sessions with your pet per day.
- Schedule training – Dog’s function best when on a routine. If you train your dog once or twice a day, do so everyday at the same time. This will help you notice improvements in your dog.
- Praise – Your dog needs lots of verbal praise when he/she performs a command right. When your dog knows he/she has pleased you, he/she is happy to do it again. Always praise your dog immediately after he/she shows good behavior, regardless if it is during a Poodle training session or not. Praise reinforces your approval of your dog’s behavior.
- Don’t give in – If your dog is being fussy and is not performing training correctly, it’s better for you to quit training that day and pick up again the next, instead of letting your dog get away with poor behavior. You never want to give your dog the idea that he/she can defy you and get away with it. Always be firm in your training, and only give out praise when it is deserved.
- Training is for life – Even after your dog has mastered all the commands you want to teach him/her, their training doesn’t stop there. Every command that your dog has learned needs to be re-taught again and again on a regular basis to ensure that your dog never forgets what he/she has learned.
Consistent Poodle training is how you establish an obedient and happy dog.