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Labradoodle Dog Breed Training

Jun 8, 2008
Ask any dog owner and they'll tell you there are six general commands to teach your new puppy. Those six are: Heel, Come, Sit, Stand, Stay, and Down. And with any dog, it doesn't matter which one you choose to start your training.

Practice Time

The important thing to remember about practice time is to not be in a hurry and practice every day. Remember, you don't set the pace for learning, you puppy does.

Your training sessions should last for only two to five minutes, that way you're matching the attention span length of your Labradoodle. If you push them longer, they may stop paying attention to you.

As you work each session, make sure to every one with a near-perfect performance. This could be as simple as a one or two-second sit, or three little "heeling" steps next to you. When they do it successfully tell them how "perfect" it was. Really let them know how pleased you are they got it right.

When Not To Practice

Don't start a training right after your Labradoodle puppy has eaten because they'll be sleepy and the treats you use as rewards won't be as enticing. However, you can practice at any time throughout the day, even if it's a three-second "stay." They will love the attention.

One thing many owners don't realize is the motivation for them to do anything is rooted in their desire to please you. Verbal praise has a range from ecstatic (for the first few correct responses from a very young pup) to a calm "good dog" as they grow up and become better a performing the lessons

How About Treats?

Basically, treats run a close second to their desire to please you. As for treats, dog biscuits generally aren't good training treats because they take your puppy too long to chew. A better treat are tiny bits of plain cheese.

Make sure not to overuse cheese when practicing. As each word command is learned, gradually cut back on the treats and substitute "good dog."

What Should I Say?

What you say and how you say it determines how quickly dogs learn. All conversation is perceived as meaningless sound.

To see how quickly they can learn their name, try this exercise: In the middle of conversation with a friend, say your dogs name emphatically and watch them take notice. When using the one-word training commands, remember that lesson.

Their name gives you their attention; one word tells them what to do. It is "Rover, SIT" - loud and clear. Don't go this route, "Rover, Sit. Sit. Sit. "Rover, you're not listening - I said Sit. SIT, Rover! " That's nagging and Rover will tune you out just like children will.

Your Labradoodle puppy isn't being disobedient or stubborn. They're just confused, so avoid sounding like a drill sergeant! Smile, speak clearly and let the dog do the barking!
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