How do you channel and use that crazy poodle energy? There are numerous principles to follow in channeling the energy of your overly excited pups. Owners of “crazy dogs” often see and concentrate on the lunging for enthusiastic greetings, the leash biting, the obnoxious jumping, and the tenacious harassment to play tug or fetch.
We often see a puppy asking in every possible way to interact with his owner or trainer, in other words, a crazy poodle begging for operant conditioning interaction. These poodles or many dogs love inductive training and react to it quickly.
Ignore The Crazy Stuff
Compulsive methods require substantial time and effort to curb undesirable behavior, all before teaching desirable behavior. You can jump directly to introducing a new behavior with proper training and dismiss what you do not want, trusting it will disappear shortly. If you’re like me, the excess excitement will not bother you. With proper training, you will get precisely what you want soon enough!
Love That Crazy Poodle Energy
Enthusiasm carries into coaching, making coaching that much simpler. All the attempts the dog is making into bucking like a bronco on the leash will soon be thrown into exciting downs and quick targeting! This creates the trainer’s work easier. You don’t need to make new behavior; you only need to shape what is already happening. And that’s fantastic for a lazy trainer!
Use The Dog’s Motivation
Do you need to know what motivates your dog –a particular toy, a favorite treat? Crazy dogs are excited by everything! That means that you won’t be overrun when the dog becomes distracted or when you are caught without snacks on hand. Just use whatever is stimulating the dog in the present environment. More benefits for a lazy trainer! “You want to see that friendly new individual?
Fine, let us work for it! And you can keep eye contact to make this stick. Crazy dogs tend to tell you just what they need to work for in the present time. If you believe them–he would like to play tug, or meet an individual, or chase a ball–they are eager to work for their sake. Reinforcement is control. Too often, owners are told they have to “get control of” their dog by curbing his natural energy. However, if suppressed and contained too long, it can’t help but burst into activity.
This is the reason a dog that doesn’t know how to behave to receive a toy, as an instance, will try to lick at hands, try to jump up towards the person, or pull on clothes. The forcible condensing of fusion leads to a supernova, and the same is true for mad dogs! Suppression produces time bombs and the mere illusion of control. With proper training, you will get exactly what you want soon enough!
Channeling Creates Control
A dog that knows it is possible to receive what he wants can restrain himself to receive it rather than fighting with his trainer or owner. (Careful management of standards is critical here!) If you try to resist the dog’s natural vitality, you’ll never indeed manage it. But when the dog believes he can make his energy release, you’ve got him forever.
The Crazy Poodle Wins And Selects Control
That’s all very good in theory, but how does this work in practice?
The dog can always win. You can begin teaching a fundamental notion –what the dog needs are available to him, but by some principles. You do not want frustration. You need analytical thinking. It is effortless for this sort of dog to get frustrated and show hectic behavior. You may set right from the beginning that there is a way to win if he thinks about it.
Inherently, this concept comprises impulse control. As opposed to plunging about in a desperate scramble for what he desires, the puppy can hold himself and try to make it. (If the owner and dog team need impulse control education straight away, it’s possible to begin there for security reasons. We would instead jump right into teaching a new behavior, but we do not mind being jumped or scratched until the puppy acquires the new behavior. Some handlers can not tolerate such dangers, though.)
Here’s how you can teach very basic impulse control:
You can show the crazy poodle a treat, temporarily, and then enclose it in my fist. The crazy poodle will most likely try to poke it free, nudging my hands, pawing at me, nipping, and barking. (I usually begin this exercise myself, since most dog owners do not have the expertise to trust where this is going!) The typical crazy poodle is busy and won’t pause in his pursuit, but will pull back as if to pounce again.
Right, then use a hand sign or us a clicker movement and open my hands, delivering the cure or letting it fall to the ground. Then I repeat the procedure. Most dogs are backing up in just a half dozen repetitions, but some take longer if they have been bolstered for obnoxious or pushy behavior. Additionally, it is possible to do this using a tug toy. However, regardless, practice your technique beforehand –accidental nips and catches are no fun!
Here are five (5) ways to exercise your crazy poodle’s mind and body and put the hyper behavior on hold:
1. Remain and stay in a relaxed calm mood as possible.
Poodles are usually quite sensitive to their owner’s moods. When an owner shows anger or frustration, their dog will naturally act more hyper.
2. Offer interactive dog toys to your poodle.
These toys can include treats, and your poodle will have to work to get those yummy rewards. This can keep a Poodle active for quite a while, and the mental focus required to reach the goal works nicely to calm a dog.
3. Daily walks are essential.
However, it is important to still offer indoor exercise if the weather limits those walks. Additionally, a good 15-20 minutes of additional playtime can help a nervous puppy release energy despite daily walks. One game that dogs love is relatively easy to establish. All you want to do is have some type of stick.
You can use anything such as sawed down a broomstick or a plunger stick. Tie a rope at one end of the pole and tie a toy into the other end of the rope. With little exercise for the owner, a Poodle can run and jump around as they are “teased” with the toy and release quite a lot of energy.
4. Obedience Training.
Take the chance to train your poodle while providing exercise. This shouldn’t be done rather than exercise, but instead as another time during the day.
You can use this chance to go outdoors if the weather is appropriate or do it inside if the weather isn’t cooperating. Whether you educate your poodle to play fetch or to heel, this is another excellent 20-30 minutes, which will have your dog moving around, exerting energy. We highly recommend saving obedience practice for a later part of the day, after your poodle had his or her walk. This way, your dog or puppy will be more able to concentrate.
5. Free walking.
Apart from “normal” walks where an owner ought to be adhering to providing “heeling” commands, free walking is an exercise for both owner and poodle to have fun and bond. This may be in a dog park or a quiet hiking trail.
Parks and tracks will have different principles, such as “leash on ” or”leash away,” and you need to find those that best match your poodle’s obedience level.
Going for a hike won’t be much fun if you spend your time yelling at your poodle to return to you. But suppose your poodle fully understands “Come” and won’t wander far. In that case, this may be an excellent method of letting your poodle some independence, experiencing unique sights and smells… all while getting some exercise and again exercising.
If your dog or puppy needs leash control, you may still have a great time on a hike suitable for your poodle’s activity requirements.
Anxious Crazy Poodle Behavior
According to vet Bonnie Beaver in her book “Canine Behavior,” a poodle whether standard, toy or miniature, is widely viewed as one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Even though some highly-intelligent dogs can be stubborn and uncooperative, poodles are exceptionally trainable. Regrettably, poodles are also vulnerable to anxiety, especially without appropriate training, exercise, and socialization.
Types And Symptoms
Dog behavior experts such as dog trainers and veterinarians sometimes break anxiety into several categories to determine the cause. Separation anxiety is triggered by a separation from the dog’s owner and often manifests in harmful behavior such as chewing gum and soiling when the owner isn’t present.
Fear biting and aggression are usually brought on by incompetent socialization. These dogs may cringe when surrounded by a new individual or dog and bite if the individual or dog doesn’t back off.
Some dogs exhibit generalized anxiety when they don’t get sufficient exercise, and other dogs are genetically predisposed toward stress. Poodles aren’t genetically anxious dogs, but human poodles may be stressed, and many environmental factors can raise this anxiety.
Energy And Anxiety
Poodles are moderate and high-energy dogs and need adequate daily exercise. For many poodles, running in a backyard a couple of minutes each day is inadequate.
A couple of brisk walks daily, high-energy games, and training courses are many better outlets. When poodles get insufficient exercise, they may become nervous and destructive.
Use exercise as the first line of defense against a variety of behavior issues. Many puppies undergo an immediate improvement in anxiety with adequate exercise.
Intelligence And Anxiety
Intelligence is correlated with stress in dogs because smart dogs need a great deal of mental stimulation. Without daily attention and training, poodles may become restless and nervous.
This anxiety frequently manifests in harmful actions like chewing on furniture or soiling the carpet. Anxious poodles can also exhibit compulsive behaviors like excessive chewing or licking. Spending a couple of minutes every day playing with and training your poodle can supply your poodle with a healthy outlet and decrease anxiety.
Socialization And Anxiety
Poodles are highly social dogs that bond strongly with their owners and who, when properly socialized, get along well with other animals and kids. However, without proper socialization, poodles may become anxious and fearful.
This fear may result in aggression and anxiety biting and poses a threat to owners and other creatures. Toy and miniature poodles are particularly prone to fear-based aggression. Their small size makes them especially sensitive to rough handling and teasing by kids.
To avoid anxiety and aggression, poodles should be socialized to novel stimuli, new people, and an assortment of environments starting as puppies. Mature poodles with fear problems are more challenging to interact, but a competent dog trainer can assist you properly socialize your dog.
Genetics And Breeding
Dogs bred by irresponsible breeders are particularly prone to stress. It is known that temperament can be inherited, and nervous mothers frequently give birth to nervous puppies.
Likewise, early experiences like being separated from the mother too early may raise anxiety. When choosing a poodle, pick a breeder with plenty of experience with poodles and know about the value of breeding for temperament. If you already have an anxious poodle, an expert dog trainer can help you work with your dog to conquer your anxiety.
Endocrine System issues, especially thyroid problems and hormonal imbalance can make dogs nervous and even aggressive. Likewise, untrained dogs are more inclined to aggression because hormonal changes can change their personalities.
Sometimes, veterinarians prescribe anti-anxiety drugs, such as Clomicalm, for dogs with severe anxiety. These medications are often the same drugs prescribed to people — although in different doses– for similar issues, such as clonazepam and diazepam.
Holistic remedies — anti-anxiety food drops — may also be capable of relieving anxiety. If your poodle suddenly develops stress, this can indicate a health issue, and you should consult your veterinarian before starting a training regimen.