A puppy is a small bundle of energy. His clumsiness, fluffy fur, and endless trust in you, his owner, will make everyone’s hearts melt. This little Poodle will fulfill all your days and soon you will not be able to imagine life without him.
This article will give you the necessary tools, not only to find your friend for life but also how to bring up a fear-free, happy, and dependable Poodle. This article is based on a gentle method of training but it also requires adherence to strict rules and needs lots of patience. It will not always be easy to stick to the rules, particularly when you see his big, trusting dog eyes looking at you. But I guarantee that it is worth it in the long run. Not only will you be rewarded for your work, but your Poodle will benefit even more.
What you need to know about your Poodle
The Poodle is a very special breed of dog, which is very different from many others. Training dogs involves many elements, which are the same for all breeds. However, every breed has its particular characteristics and traits which makes it unique. It is exactly these characteristics that are important in the training process. If you want to get the best out of your Poodle training, it is important that you do not just give him a general training program but one which is specially tailored for him. Some of these methods are much more important for your Poodle than, for example, a Chihuahua.
What must your Poodle learn?
Most dog owners believe that it is enough if their dog comes to them when they call and if he does not pull on the lead. Those are two very important lessons, but they are not enough by themselves. And, more importantly, calling him back is one of the most demanding exercises of them all. That does not mean that your Poodle only needs to run to you if you hold a treat to his nose. You have not mastered calling back until your dog comes to you without complaint when you call him, even while playing with other dogs. In other words, he must leave even the most distracting diversion immediately when you call him. Then you have mastered the callback. Perhaps you will be laughed at by other dog owners but “a little” obedience is not enough. If you do not make any demands on your dog in everyday life and more or less let him do what he wants, why should he obey you under other circumstances, in particular, when he is playing with other dogs, can smell something interesting or just can not be bothered? It is important that you understand the character of your dog before you begin with puppy training. Particularly with regard to the Poodle, you can barely see that they are descended from the wolf, but they are – and wolves live in packs. Despite centuries of breeding, Poodles still maintain their primitive instincts. That means for you: In a pack, there is a clear structure and a defined pecking order. At the head is the pack leader, who has a lot of self-confidence, is willing to take responsibility, and always knows what he wants. He maintains discipline and does not accept subordination, not only sometimes, sometimes, but ever. If your Poodle has the feeling that you are not up to this role, he will take it over. Unfortunately, he can not properly assess many dangerous situations, which can put him in danger. As an example, not recognizing the danger of oncoming traffic or the long-term effects of eating human food on his body. But you can. That is why it is imperative, that you take the role of the pack leader, even if it is difficult and people may make fun of you. The good news is: The basic training, which your Poodle, being an average family dog, must take to heart, is limited. The methods you need are not rocket science and can be mastered by anyone, who has the will to do so.
In addition to the necessary basic commands of calling back and going back on the lead, here are four more: Your dog must sit and lie down on command. As an extension, he must be able to do both of these at a distance, even if he cannot see you. He should only move when you allow it. Lastly, your dog should be able to be left alone for a few hours without causing chaos or barking loudly. He should be capable of carrying out all these commands, not only within your own four walls but also outside and despite diversions from other people, dogs, loud noises, or enticing smells. If your Poodle is also capable of not begging at the table or otherwise for food, not jumping up at people and not chewing things, which do not belong to him, you are both making good progress.