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Basics of Poodle Training
It's essential for Poodle parents like you to know certain basic factors that determine your relationship with your Poodle and can go a long way in training him effectively.
Before you begin training your Poodle, it is absolutely essential that you build a loving bond with him. This is important as it helps you to understand his needs and instincts and also allows your Poodle to have complete trust in you.
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How To Bond With Your Poodle
Building a bond with your Poodle is the first and the most crucial step involved in training him successfully. As soon as you bring your Poodle home, you must first try to develop a caring and loving relationship with him in order to win his trust and confidence.
When Poodles are secure in the knowledge that they belong to the family, they are more likely to respond better to their owners' training commands. Just like with any relationship, there must be mutual trust and respect between you and your Poodle.
Trust takes time to develop and respect comes from defining boundaries and treating any breach of those boundaries with firmness and fairness.
Without enforceable limitations, respect cant be developed. And when there is no respect, building a bond with your Poodle is almost impossible.
4 Golden Rules To Building A Relationship With Your Poodle :
Spend quality time together;
Take him out in the world and experience life together;
Establish and promote a level of mutual respect; and
Develop a way of communicating to understand each other's needs.
Building a bond with your Poodle will not only help you manage him better but will also make your Poodle calm, quiet and an extremely well-adjusted pet.
Love Your Poodle and He Will Love You back
Once you're succesful in building a bond with your Poodle, you can rest assured that training him and teaching him new and clever tricks will be a cakewalk.
How Your Poodle Learns...
Your Poodle's learning period can be divided into five phases:
The Teaching Phase - This is the phase where you must physically demonstrate to your Poodle exactly what you want him to do.
The Practicing Phase - Practice makes Perfect. Once a lesson is learnt, practice with your Poodle what you have just taught him.
The Generalizing Phase - Here you must continue practicing with your Poodle in different locations and in an environment with a few distractions. You can take your Poodle out for a walk, or to a nearby park and command him to practice whatever you've taught him.
Practicing the learned lessons in multiple locations and in the presence of small distractions will help him learn and retain lessons better .
The Testing Phase - Once you're sure that your Poodle has achieved almost 90% success....he responds correctly almost every time you give a command, you must start testing his accuracy in newer locations with a lot of distractions.
Example: Take him to the local shopping mall and ask him to obey your command. He may not come up with the correct response the very first time you do this, but you must not lose hope.
The idea is to test your Poodle to see how he responds in an environment which is new to him. Set-up a situation where you are in control of the environment and your Poodle.
There are only 2 possibilities:
- Your Poodle succeeds!!! (Trumpets please!)
- In case your Poodle fails, re-examine the situation. Review and/or change your training. Then try testing again.
Keep on testing until he succeeds. Follow the rule of the 3 Ps patience, persistence, praise.
Internalizing Phase - Finally, comes the extremely rewarding phase where your Poodle does everything he is taught to do even without your commands.
- Never scold your Poodle if he fails. It's not his fault. You have failed as a trainer!
- You must be patient and persistent for your efforts to show rewards.
- Appreciate and love your Poodle when he does it right! A little encouragement will work wonders for your Poodle.
- Poodle Training is easy when you do it right.
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Training Your Poodle to Listen to You
Why Won't My Poodle Listen To Me?
This is a common question that most first-time Poodle owners ask me. Before I answer your question, let me ask you a few instead:
- Do you have to raise your voice every time you want your Poodle to listen to you?
- Does your Poodle always come or sit on command - anytime and anywhere you want him to?
If your answers are mostly in the negative, its time you seriously reconsider your role as a sincere Poodle trainer and an ideal pet parent.
Get Your Poodle To Listen To You
Before you begin any training, you must first establish yourself as the "ALPHA dog" of your family. Your Poodle must know that youre the leader of the pack and it is YOU who is in charge.
Here is a list of simple DO's and DONT's that you must follow if you want to be the Alpha:
- Always go out or come in through the door first - remember you are the leader;
- Always eat first - give your Poodle something to eat only after you've finished your meal;
- Dont circle around your Poodle when he is lying on the floor - make your Poodle move out of your way instead;
- Don't let your Poodle set the rules - pay attention to him when you think fit and not whenever he demands;
- Dont permit your Poodle to sleep with you in your bed - demarcate his sleeping area clearly.
Once you successfully established yourself as the Alpha, training your Poodle and making him listen will be a lot easier than you can imagine. Remember, if your Poodle does not learn to "listen", all your training efforts will be in vain!
Does your Poodle know his name? Does your Poodle look at you whenever you call him by his name? This is the first and the most critical step involved in Poodle Training. If your Poodle doesn't respond to his name, you cannot have his attention for teaching him any other commands.
To make sure that your Poodle recognizes his name, take a treat in your hand and hold it away from your body. Call your Poodle's name. He is most likely to look at the treat in your hand. Continue calling his name untill he turns and looks at your eyes. Give him the treat immediately. Repeat this exercise by holding the treat in the other hand. Once you're sure that your Poodle has learnt to recognize his name, just call his name and reward him for looking at you by petting or with a hug.
You must understand that Poodles respond far better to positive reinforcement than they do to coercion or force.
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