Understanding Your Poodle
Poodles express individual traits and personalities, which make them are quite unique. Before starting your training sessions, you should understand your dog’s personality and temperament. A detailed journal can help track your observations and will provide a historical reference to help track progress.
Here are some of the things that you can take note of:
1. When does your poodle have a lot of energy—during the day, afternoon, or night?
It’s best to figure out a strategic time to train; when they are not too energetic nor too tired. Having the right amount of energy will make focusing easier for them.
2. What environment do you notice an increase in attention? Does he pay attention inside the house or outside? Noise, smells, other people or pets interfering?
3. Favorite treat?
Knowing how to keep his interest can keep your dog attentive and motivated throughout the training session. Rewarding him can positively reinforce preferred behaviors.
4. Is your training environment safe for your pet?
It’s crucial to have a secure and safe training space. For instance, asphalt can retain heat and hurt the pads of their feet when a grassy park would be better suited.
5. Is your dog up for it today?
While it’s obviously a bad idea to train a dog that isn’t feeling well, it can also be counterproductive. Not only will it be more challenging for your poodle to pick up new tricks, but it can also worsen their health situation. Journals can also help gauge how they are feeling.
Understanding Your Poodle Type
Poodles are friendly and generally temperate dogs; with loyal, playful, and instinctual traits. They come in 3 different types based on their sizes: Toy, Miniature, and Standard poodles.
- Toy Poodles: They are the tiniest of the three, with a height of approximately 24-28 cm and a weight of around 6 kg.
- Miniature Poodles: This type is mid-size, standing at approximately 28-38 cm and weighing around 7-8 kg. Miniature Poodles are currently the most popular variant.
- Standard Poodles: They are the oldest and tallest type of poodle. They can provide protection as a watchdog when appropriately trained.
The place of origin of Poodles is still a topic of debate. Some believe that they originated from France, making sense since they can appear quite sophisticated and fashionable! There is also a possibility that this magnificent dog came from France’s neighbor, Germany. It is believed that the word poodle came from the German word “pudeln” which means “splash in water,” which also makes sense since poodles thrive with tasks in and around the water. Regardless of their origin, poodles are quite famous and well-loved around the world!
Aside from being absolutely adorable, they are also clever dogs who can adapt and learn new tricks in a short period. Out of 195 dog breeds in the world, poodles ranked as the second most intelligent dog breed! Since Poodles are smart, training them tends to be more straightforward.
What You Will Need
Let’s start with preparation. Being prepared will help reduce most stress that you may project or your dog may feel in the process. Take time to mentally, physically, and emotionally prepare yourself. Training a dog is not trivial. But I promise that all your time and hard work would be rewarded in the end. Last but definitely not least is patience…bring lots of it!
Useful House Training Tips
Parenting a pet can feel intimidating; for instance house training and obedience training. There are a lot of training methods on the internet and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Take a deep breath and relax. You’ve got this! Try to think about how you can blend fun along the journey; it will be challenging initially, and a playful attitude will help make the journey more enjoyable for all stakeholders. Just remember that patients and consistency will go a long way.
Ensure your teaching environment is well planned. Make sure that your dog will be as safe as possible. After all, how can a dog focus on learning new tricks if it feels unsafe and scared? This is an easy yet overlooked factor in training dogs.
Practice Positive Reinforcement
Be ready to shower your dogs with treats when training them. Studies have proven that positive reinforcement is highly effective. Although it is easy to be carried away and give your dog too many treats, you must resist their cuteness and pleadings! Too many snacks can lead to obesity, moderation is the key.
Be realistic with your training goals. Try playing with training session durations and frequency to figure out what is best for you and your pet; journaling will help you find patterns. That said, you probably shouldn’t train more than 5 times per week and limit session time to an hour or two.
There are many commands you can teach your dog—from sophisticated tricks like “playing dead” to more basic commands such as “sit.” If you’re just starting out in your training, we recommend these following commands as a gradual starting point:
Start while your dog is in a standing position. Hold a treat in front of his face while slowly moving towards the arc of his head. Dogs will instinctively sit in the process because they will tilt their heads upward to follow the treat. Say the word “sit” every time he successfully sits to associate the action with the word. Don’t forget to praise him and give him a treat after he sits.
Before you can teach this command to your pet, he must first know how to sit. Once sitting becomes routine, he can now learn this next trick. First, ask him to sit, and while he’s in a sitting position, place your hand with your palm out directly on his face and say, “Stay.” Repeat this for some time until he gets comfortable with the trick. Next, try moving away from him with your hand stretched out. Repeat these steps until he masters it.
This command is perfect for dogs and owners who love the outdoors. The first thing to do is to familiarize your dog with his collar. You can let him wear it for a few hours or days before actually teaching him the trick so that he’ll feel more comfortable wearing it. Once ready, you can start introducing the command by saying “let’s walk” while ensuring that your pet stays on your left side while walking. This trick entails lots of practice. Remember to always reward your dog when he walks with you.
Get your pet’s undivided attention and tell him to sit. Entice the dog to a piece of an object (it can be a stick or his favorite toy) by moving it around and then throwing it while saying the word “fetch.” Once the dog picked up the object, ask him to come to you by repeatedly saying the word. Do this multiple times until he learns the command.
Potty training is most effective when your dog just woke up or right after he ate his meal. Bring him to a designated toilet area during these times and wait until he does his business. Once done, reward him with some treats. Mistakes are inevitable while teaching your dog to potty train. Being patient and consistent will help your pet learn this useful trick quicker.
Some pet owners are wary of crate training; feeling that it is cruel and constrictive. On the contrary, when a dog had established crate training at a young age, crates can give them a sense of safety and security. One study also teaches dogs to be more responsible and helps them with their anxieties. This training can yield many benefits, such as easier house training, comfortable transport, and injury prevention.
If you do decide to teach this to your poodle, here is a step by safe step guide on how to crate train your dog:
Steps to Crate Train Your Poodle
1. Pick A Crate
Selecting a crate for your fur baby may seem trivial and a straightforward task. For this reason, you might be motivated to just get it over with and purchase the first crate they find in the store. However, this oversight could present negative results. Here are some things to consider when choosing the perfect crate for your dog:
- The material used for the crate: Some of the most common materials are wood, plastic, and wire. The most suitable material will depend on what and where you intend to use the crate for.
- The size of the crate: Make sure that your poodle can stand, stretch, and turn around while inside their container.
- The crate’s safety features: Pick the crate that is the sturdiest and provides a strong lock.
2. Build Familiarity with the Crate
Once chosen, the second thing to do is to make your pet comfortable with it. You can start placing meals inside the crate, which helps establish a positive association and safe feelings with the new space.
3. Gradually Spend More Time in the Crate
For a few days, try feedings from inside the crate. This should help promote a sense of comfortability with the crate environment. Allow him to stay there for about an hour and gradually increase over time.
4. Crate when you leave home
Placing him in the crate before you leave home can help him feel more accustomed to the crate. But only leave him there if you’ll be gone for a maximum of a few hours. Never lock him inside for extended periods of time.
Having your dog sleep in his crate will also help the adjustment time. He can feel intimidated and scared on his first night, but you have to reassure him that he is safe and secure. Be patient and allow your pet all the time that he needs to fully adjust to his crate.
Grow With Others
The good thing about training dogs today is that there are many references to help guide your journey. With a seemingly limitless number of sources, the internet can provide information for all types of queries and personalities. Take advantage and keep learning from other’s experiences to help discover useful tips to successfully create an approach appropriate for you. Planning play dates with other dogs in your area is also an excellent way to exchange tips with other pet lovers. Your fur baby will also have a lot of fun playing with other dogs while you chat! It’s mutually beneficial.
The Key To Success in Training Poodles
Poodles are great pets, companions, and friends. They are undoubtedly an intelligent breed, so training them will be an easier experience as compared to most others. Remember, the key to success in preparing them is to be patient and consistent. Learning new tricks can take a lot of time and effort and it should be fun. You have to be fully committed for them to know. Treat training sessions as your bonding time to further strengthen your relationship. Try to enjoy the journey rather than focusing on the end goal; it will help make each session more fun and enjoyable for both of you!