The Rewards of Poodle Training

Training a new poodle puppy is one of the most rewarding, and best time investments any pet owner can make. Training a new dog can be as basic as teaching him or her to come when called and house training to fetching, pointing and retrieving.

There are many, many different training techniques here are some:

Let’s begin your puppy’s education with two basic but vital lessons. We are going to teach your puppy to come to when called and to accept a collar and leash. The come lesson can be reinforced by playing games with your puppy. Games are a great way to entertain your puppy and yourself, while subliminally teaching lessons in the course of having fun. Start with a game plan and a pocketful of tasty dog treats. Keep your games short so you don’t push his attention span beyond normal puppy limits.

The puppy catch-me game is ideal to teach your puppy the come cue (recall). With two people sitting on the floor about 10 to 15 feet apart, one person holds and pets the puppy while the other calls him in a happy voice. When the puppy comes running, lavish big hugs on him and give him a tasty treat. Repeat back and forth several times, maybe adding a ball for the puppy to retrieve.

Another fun game that teaches the come lesson is hide and seek. Play this game outdoors in your yard or some other confined area. When the puppy is distracted, hide behind a tree, a bush or other large object. Peek out to see when he realizes that you are gone and comes running back to find you. As soon as he gets close, come out, squat down with arms outstretched and call him to come to you. This is a good technique and teaches the puppy to depend on you.

To introduce your puppy to the leash and collar, rely on your positive training techniques. You have purchased a nice new nylon collar and leash and you’re going to show them to the puppy. He’s not going to be all that thrilled to meet his first of many restraining devices, but let’s pretend this is fun for him. Look, Prince. A collar! Good collar. See, good boy, good leash! Puppies are impressionable, so surely your dog’s tail is wagging by now. With no further fanfare, put the collar on the puppy with the leash attached and walk away. Many a puppy will panic and try to remove the collar (he can’t) and soon enough he’ll stop squealing.

Now begin to play one of your games. Hide and seek works well here. You can also just have the puppy follow you around for a treat. After 10 minutes, remove the collar and leash, and repeat the routine tomorrow. By the third day of the puppy’s following you around, you are ready to take the lead. Now let the puppy lead you around the house or the yard. The leash is no reason to be afraid, so don’t start scaring your dog by tugging him around the block.

By the fourth or fifth day, you can take the lead and start asserting your leadership role. Lead him around gently, without tugging. This is not his first heeling lesson, just an introduction to his new nylon friends.

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.

Breed Standards For Poodle Puppies

Poodle puppies are adorable and feisty, and are covered from head to toe in curly hair. However, there is more to selecting a puppy than choosing the cutest, cuddly, and fluffiest one. The following is what you need to keep in mind when you go on your poodle puppy hunt.

There are two important aspects you need to consider when selecting a pup:

  • Appearance
  • Temperament

Appearance – you need to carefully analyze the puppy’s overall appearance. A poodle pup should have a relatively long head and muzzle. The skull is slightly round and features a minor stop. They have a well-defined chin, a perfect scissor bite, and their head should be proportioned to the rest of their body.

Poodle puppies should have wide ears that fold down and hang close to the head. Their eyes are almond shaped and vary in color based on their coat coloring; however, they are usually a dark shade. The eyes convey an intelligent and bright expression.

Poodles have relatively wide and deep chest bodies. Their ribs are round and well sprung, and the loins are muscular and broad. Their short back is strong and the tail may be either docked or undocked. The docked tail is quite high and is carried at an angle, not over the back. The undocked tail is also high and should be carried as straight as possible and away from the body.

The legs of poodle puppies are muscular and strong. The front legs are straight and the back legs feature bent stifles. Neither the front nor the back legs should turn out or in. The legs taper into tight, small feet that are oval shaped and should be straight. The pads of the paws should be thick and hard and the toes well arched.

Make sure you watch the puppy walk before you make your selection. Although the pup will be slightly awkward due to his/her size, they should be free in their movements and have plenty of drive. In addition, poodle puppies should have a proud look and an air of elegance about them.

The coat of the poodle puppy should be made up of thick curly hair that is of a dense, harsh texture. Poodle puppies come in a variety of solid coat colors including:

  • White/Cream – Dark brown eyes and black features (I.E. nose, eye rims, lips, and toenails
  • Brown – Dark amber eyes and dark liver colored features
  • Apricot/Red – Dark brown eyes and black features or dark amber eyes and liver colored features.
  • Black/Silver/Blue – Dark brown eyes and black features

Temperament – Poodle puppies should have a happy and friendly temperament. They should not be shy or aggressive, and be very playful and affectionate.

It is vital for you to keep all of this information in mind when looking at poodle puppies to ensure that the dog you are selecting is a healthy and ideal representation of their breed.