How to Train Your Doodle

  • Posted: October 27, 2012 
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There are many ways to train your dog, and many theories out there. We breed Australian Labradoodles and have found the best method of training our doodles is Positive Training. Even with the term positive training, there is a wide variety of theories. We prefer the clicker training method by Karen Pryor and Cesar Millan. Both of these people share extensive knowledge in many different breeds and training or re-training in many different situations.

It is imperative to learn how to train your doodle. Whether you are a new dog owner or an experienced dog owner we strongly recommend to each and every one of our puppy families to begin clicker training class as soon as your dog comes to join your family. The quicker you invest in a training class where a professional can look at what you are doing and give you tips to improve your skills, the happier your home will be!

How To Train Your Doodle Using Positive Training

We think that Clicker Training is the best approach for you and your doodle puppy.  It is not necessary to swat your dog, you will see results quicker and with less stress by choosing the Clicker Training approach.
There are various types of clicker training, we find the best one is click and reward.  This is a very simple system.  We simply click and treat with any positive behaviors that we visualize.  It doesn’t matter if we are working on something and the canine does something else we like, we click and treat for that positive behavior.  Basically we are reinforcing positive behavior and ignoring negative behavior.
How it works:
1.      When you get your puppy home, simply place him in a confined area and when you see him go towards his crate or bed click and reward him with a treat.
2.      Continue this every time he goes towards his resting quarters.
3.      When he actually touches his bed, click and give him 2 or 3 treats.
4.      If your puppy lays down on his bed or in his crate, click and give him 4 or 5 treats.
5.      You will notice your puppy going back to the bed and watching to see if you are going to reward him.
In essence, what you are doing is teaching him that when he does what you are wanting him to do he will be rewarded, eventually you will no longer need to click and treat, your puppy will just know and you will move on to the next behavior.
**It is imperative that you click immediately on the behavior or your dog will be confused.
**As your dog gets “it”, start decreasing the amount of treats and eventually wean them completely.
**Work for 5 – 10 minutes at a time with your dog, it is best to work on these behaviors multiple times per day.
Doodles are an extremely intelligent breed along with the fact that they are non-shedding, allergy friendly! Training your Australian Labradoodle is imperative to a long and happy life for you and them!

Learn How To Train Your Doodle Today!

Cheryl Sabens
Ashford Manor Labradoodles
765-714-1436

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