Labradoodle Puppy Training
When you adopt a puppy from Green Valley Labradoodles it is really important for us that our puppy goes to the right home. So matching the right puppy to the right home is something we take a lot of care with.
Something that is really important to your puppy’s wellbeing is its position in the ’pack’. Dogs are social animals and are genetically wired to live in packs, which is why they become such valued members of your family. An unruly dog though can cause disruption and, while it is still much loved, nobody wants behavior that causes ongoing stress in the family environment.
Spending time training your puppy is a fun and really productive thing to do. Labradoodles are highly intelligent and are very loving dogs so they are very trainable. This doesn’t have to be doggy boot camp every night either. Just having some simple and consistent routines and guidelines that your dog is aware of can make a huge difference.
Puppy Training Basics
Here are some examples and suggestions from our years of having labradoodles:
- Decide on the house do’s and don’ts and make sure all your family members agree and reinforce it. For example, can your puppy sleep on your bed? Can it play on your couch? Being clear on the do’s and don’ts and being consistent will create a happy existence for everybody.
- Take your puppy to puppy school. Firstly it is so much fun, especially if you love puppies! Secondly you will learn a lot about how to keep your dog happy and how to help it behave how you want them to behave. Sitting, staying, lying down. How to behave around other dogs. All simple things but these simple things can make a huge difference to your enjoyment of your dog, especially as it gets older.
- Work out a feeding and bedtime routine and stick to it. Dogs thrive with routine. It doesn’t have to be Dad’s Army but a daily routine really helps them eg. Walk your dog before you feed it; play with it in the evening then feed it (if you feed in the evenings), then ask it to sit on its mat quietly while you eat dinner and watch TV.
- Toilet training – dogs naturally do not like to toilet inside the house but if it happens too often when puppies it can become a problem later as their instinct is to go to places they have used before. With puppies it is simple. They need to go when they wake up and generally after a meal or drink. Your challenge is to anticipate this and establish a routine so they go outside, knowing that they have small bladders whilst young.
- The first few nights at home you should set an alarm and take them out in the middle of the night. Don’t fuss them or play with them. This is all about business (unless you want a dog who wake you up in the middle of the night for the rest of their life). Take them on a lead to a patch of grass where they have gone before, say something like ‘do wees’ or ‘business’ to cue them, and praise them when they have gone before putting them back to bed.
- In the mornings take them straight outside on a lead before any playtime to a patch where they have gone before.
- At nights take away access to water at about 7pm while they are really young. Take them outside before you put them to bed. Cue them to go and praise them once they do.
- Be patient with them – it may take some time initially, but labradoodles are smart and they try to please. Plus it is instinct. If you get impatient or angry with them it will confuse them and toilet training may take longer than necessary. Expect it to take a few weeks however with our puppies it has usually been 1-2 weeks.