Even a veteran dog owner can use a refresher when it comes to training a new puppy.
Poodles are very fast learners; they learn everything including the things that you don’t want them to learn. Eventually your poodle will have you trained perfectly but until that happens you can give yourself a head start in the “who is training who” challenge.
How to get started with your new puppy
Crate Train your puppy from the day you bring him home. Use a crate that is easy to move around your home so that you can have the puppy crate in a convenient place during the day and night. On the first night it is good idea to have the puppy near you, in a crate, by your bedside. Reassure the puppy that you are there, tap on the crate or talk to him if he cries. Be supportive in his first night away from his litter mates and his familiar surroundings. His strong survival instinct tells him that being alone in a strange place is dangerous. In the wild a pup who is stranded alone gets eaten!
House Training is mostly a matter of careful attention and good timing. Puppies will crawl away from their sleeping area to urinate at age two weeks. By the time pups are ready for formal training they have an inherent desire to keep their living space clean and go to another place for elimination. You need to help your pup learn what the boundaries of his new living area versus places to eliminate are going to be. Make sure you anticipate the puppy’s elimination needs and take him (pick him up) to the correct place to go. Praise him effusively every time he does it right and ignore his mishaps; actually they are your mistakes.
Feeding & Chewing – Start your puppy with three feedings a day of a high quality kibble food. Or you may want to have kibble available all day long for free-choice feeding. Your pup is actively growing until age nine to twelve months and needs generous amounts of good quality food. Your puppy is also teething during the first year of his life and he needs to chew. Provide him with dog safe chews and keep your shoes and TV remote, safely out of reach.
Basic Obedience – Poodles are eager to learn and praise is their favorite reward. The first time a poodle is presented with a new challenge he is eager to get it right. By the third or fourth repetition he is already bored. Absolute consistency is essential to insuring that your dog is obedient and will be safe from harm and a pleasant companion. Keep it positive: puppies learn from repeating the right behavior. Never punish your puppy for making an honest mistake.
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