So, you’ve got yourself a Poodle and now you are wondering; what is the best way to train her? Well, training a dog should come down to a couple of key points. Different dog breeds have their own personalities and characteristics and you’ll need to figure out which training methods will work for you best (and which one isn’t right for you).
A dog, in essence, is a social animal. Dogs view their human families as their pack and will naturally seek natural social order and hierarchy within their own household. This means that it is their natural instinct to seek an alpha dog within their own pack.
They will also look to their pack leader to provide guidance and security. When you take over that alpha role, your dog will naturally feel more secure and relax. This is especially relevant to problems that your dog may have with inappropriate aggression.
You have to understand that you are in charge and you have to be the leader of the pack or the “alpha dog”. A dog will do anything for its pack leader and will repeat any behavior that you ask her to.
While any behavior or actions that your young puppy do may seem cute at a young age, these habits are going to stick with her throughout its life. So keep in mind that any corrections need to be done when she is still young. Almost every behavior problem that you might have with your dog is directly related to the lack of properly establishing yourself as the pack leader.
Your dog should never be left alone in a room or on her own for more than a minute or two at any one time. If you have other children in the house, this is especially important. It can be downright dangerous to leave a dog unsupervised for long periods of time as it can cause her to be extremely stressed and even angry, which can lead to bad behavior. Try to supervise your training sessions as much as possible, so that your dog isn’t left by herself for too long.
A puppy that goes to a new home needs to feel secure. Therefore, your new puppy may need to go into a kennel at night or when you are away from home. This is a gradual process that should allow the puppy to become used to his new home. Allowing him to become used to his surroundings is paramount to his comfort.
You should also want to make sure that your puppy is properly socialized to other animals and people in their environment as soon as possible. This should start when she is around 12 weeks old through using clicker training.
Clicker training is based on the principle that a trigger is clicked when the dog approaches or comes within a certain area. This teaches the dog to stay within a fixed area and not to go off in a different direction.
Although this system works well, it doesn’t always work for those dogs that are particularly stubborn, or possessive of their “territory”. Some dogs may also react negatively to the shock given from the clicker. The alternative is to use positive reinforcement in the form of praise, treats and special rewards. This method will take longer to learn, but can greatly increase the success rate of your training.
Instead of teaching your dog what not to do, reward-training teaches her what you want her to do instead. This is done by rewarding her for doing what you want or asking her to do something for you. This is a good way to teach her obedience since your dog is learning to associate a command with something she enjoyed something (in return for a reward).
Remember that puppies learn by repetition (building up a schedule) and this is why they often respond well to a system where they have a schedule of eating, potty time or training session. When your puppy realizes that this is part of her schedule, she will be more comfortable.
You’ll probably already be aware that your dog has particular needs. She will need food, shelter and plenty of exercise, and these are just some of the basics that you can teach your dog.
If you’re not sure exactly what your dog needs, it’s best to consult a dog trainer, who will give you advice on your pet’s behavior and suitability. There is a lot to learn about dog training and much to understand about dog psychology and motivation. A trainer can help you find out what exactly motivates your pet, and how you can best go about training her.
As mentioned in this posting, different breeds of dogs have their own quirks and ways of communicating. Each dog is a unique individual and should therefore be treated as such. I would highly recommend that you get yourself some guidance before attempting to train your dog. By taking the time to find out what motivates your particular dog, you will be better equipped to make the right training choices.