A poodle is one of the best dog breeds you can consider for a family dog. Poodles are brilliant, loyal, loving, and enjoy playing quite a lot. They are up for any play and are very fond of people.
They are the kind of dogs who will always love to please their owner. By combining all these attributes, you get a breed of dog that is highly trainable.
For your poodle to be a good companion to you and your family, it must be trained right from the time they are young. In this article, we are going to discuss three different methods of training poodles.
Train Your Poodle In Different Ways
1. Reward-Based Training Technique
Reward-based training is a method of imparting particular desired behavior using the dog’s natural instincts as well as positive reinforcement. This approach is most suited for your poodle training, for they have the intelligence required for fast learning.
Offer your poodle a treat regarding food or a chew toy whenever he succeeds in performing good behavior. Poodles respond well to this technique and will usually help to enhance a positive relationship with you. You can support poodles with sweet praise like ‘good dog.’ While using a calm and pleasant tone of voice for good behavior, your poodle gets encouraged.
For positive reinforcement to be effective, always provide your poodle with consistent direction. And you will be amazed at how fast he will learn things. Use a lot of encouragement to urge your puppy to perform the right behavioral tasks while giving him praises appropriately. Always take advantage of your poodle’s natural drive and instinct, and always keep your session fun and short.
Reward-based training also involves using positive punishment to rebuke any undesired dog behavior. Never use punishment, whether physical or assertion of dominance, for correcting poodles during training sessions, as this effect poodle behavior. Instead, ignore any unwanted behavior and deny him any threats, by so doing, it will stop it.
Your dog will often be motivated by those treats that he can respond to. Once your poodle responds reliably to your treats, it is time to start using them intermittently, and this means you should not continue to offer rewards for any positive cue he responds to.
Alternatively, use a reward that may seem of lesser value to him, such as praise. It is important to note that making your dog get used to treats every time causes him to be reliant on them. This makes him unreliable as he will be working for treats.
2. Respect/Obedience Training
The most important thing to understand when using this technique is to learn to understand how a dog behaves with respect to how they learn, think and feel. This will go a long way in establishing a strong bond between you and your poodle.
This training involves using basic obedience commands such as sit’, down’ and stay.’ Respect training helps your poodle to perceive you as the leader, and it is best to begin the training early in your dog’s life.
Consistency is vital when executing your poodle training sessions. Always use the same command for any given action you expect your poodle to perform. If you alter your commands, your dog will tend to be confused and not pick your cues correctly. Start with simple commands and, step by step, make them harder with time. The five(5) basic verbal obedience commands are come, sit, stay, down, and heel.
Once your poodle is responding consistently to your commands, introduce other stressful situations, such as distance, distraction, or duration, while issuing a command. To test for the duration, ask your dog, for example, to sit and see how long it will take him to maintain the same position. Test if he can still respond to commands in places with distractions by bouncing a ball around him.
Your poodle doesn’t have to respond the first time promptly, but with a lot of patients, it will learn. Remember to offer him treats praise whenever he succeeds in performing a command, as this is the best way to lure him into obeying a command. It is also important to note that it was always rewarding to take things slow.
Let your dog learn each command before introducing a new one, and if he fails in the first one, you try again.
You should keep your poodle training session short and end it before both are bored and frustrated. Like children, puppies have a very short attention span so keep it 5-10 minutes, to begin with, and always make it fun and exciting.
3. Potty Training
A hygienic dog that is well-trained to relieve himself in a designated place is every owner’s joy. A poodle is brilliant and enthusiastic, and these make him easy to train. Since your poodle will be spending time in the house, it is important to teach your little companion house training. This can be a tough and frustrating moment for you, but you must learn to be patient and consistent with your puppy, as this will pay off in the long run.
Start off by training your poodle to relieve himself on puppy pads or newspapers located at a particular point in your house. The idea is to train your dog ultimately to go outside for his toilet needs. The training period varies from some weeks to months before the puppy is accustomed to the proper use of the potty. Therefore never scold or treat him roughly whenever he messes around, he might never understand why.
Credit: Little Paws Training
Remember, your poodle needs to be on a strict schedule while house training. Take him to the potty area after eating, playing, or waking up. And remember always to maintain the same spot every time, this will let him know his potty location.
Eventually, start moving the potty towards the door you would like your poodle to use when going for toilet needs. With time make it outside their potty place by taking him outside regularly.
Whenever you cannot supervise your poodle, it is a very good idea to keep him in a crate. Train him to consider a crate as his den where he can hang out and enjoy his good time.