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.

Effective Poodle Training

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.