Everyone wants a well-trained dog, but most fall short of this goal. If your dog jumps up on visitors, barks relentlessly, or exhibits any other undesirable trait, this article will help.
Training Tip #1: Start Training Your Labradoodle or Goldendoodle Early
Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are both very smart dogs. Once you bring him/her home, you should start training your Doodle right away. Don’t expect huge accomplishments in the first weeks your Doodle is home, he/she needs some time to adjust. However, you can start providing expectations. Helping your doodle recognize their name, come, and potty training are good first steps. For example, as soon as your pup eliminates in the correct place, you should praise him/her. This will help the pup get used to that expectation. Remember that your frustration will not help your doodle understand you at all, so patience is key.
Training Tip #2: Be The Pack Leader
Dogs not only respect strong pack leaders, but they need them. A calm and assertive owner, who is consistent in expectations, will be able to raise a happy and well-behaved doodle. Because dogs are possessive, if your doodle understands that you own the space they are in, they will respect you more. Having your dog “work” for food or treats is a good way to establish this respect. It is also important to wait for your doodle to settle down, and be in a submissive, calm state before you reward them with food, treats, or affection. A hyper dog may seem happy, but they can actually be frustrated. Happy dogs have a strong pack leader to rely on, which is a great foundation for training your Goldendoodle or Labradoodle.
Training Tip #3: Socialize Your Labradoodle or Goldendoodle
One of the most lovable traits about doodles is that they naturally love people and other dogs. However, it is still important to allow your doodle experience with other dogs and people to help foster this desirable trait. Because your doodle yearns to be social, this will also lead to a much happier pup. Dog parks are a great way to give your doodle interaction with other dogs and people, and as a bonus, is a great way to provide your doodle exercise. The only warning to consider about dog parks is that you cannot control what types of dogs are in that environment, and depending on how responsible the owners are there, other dogs may be aggressive. Because of this, be sure to stay close to your doodle and keep an eye on them. The dog park can be an amazing time for you and your dog, as long as owners are responsible.
Setting up play dates with friends who have dogs is also a good idea. If you do not have children, play dates with friends who have a dog and kids are also a great way to expose your new Goldendoodle or Labradoodle to children.
Training Tip #4: Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Because Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are average to high energy dogs, it is important to give them daily opportunities to play and exercise. If they do not get enough of this time, doodles can become frustrated. This can lead to misbehaving and acting out in frustration. Things like chewing, barking, and pulling on their leash during walks can all be signs of frustration. In addition, if you notice your Goldendoodle or Labradoodle pulling on walks, you may want to consider purchasing a collar that is designed for training your doodle how to walk appropriately. We have several suggestions here.
Training Tip #5: Educate Yourself
it is so important that you find resources to help you build knowledge in training your doodle. Many training tips that inexperienced dog owner give are actually counterproductive to training (for example, rubbing your dog’s nose in an accident). You will find that having the right resources will make having a well behaved doodle much more attainable. Many places offer classes for you and your dog. We also offer a complete guide here that covers the absolute best training techniques for doodles step-by-step, plus so much more! (Insider’s tip…this comprehensive guide is currently on a temporary price cut with a money back guarantee!)