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How To Train Miniature Poodles

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Patience is the Key

Dogs do not come with computer sips, on-off buttons, or anything that would make it easy to train your pet. They do come with a desire to please their masters, for the most part, and that desire does make it easier to train some species over another.

Miniature poodles have that desire to please their master, making it easier to train them and get them to do the behavior you want them to do. It just takes the right training method and a lot of patience.

Don’t get frustrated with your pet as there may be an attitude problem that hinders their training. To get some tips on how to train your pet, just continue to read our article. It has the information you need to know about.

Poodle Behaviors That Need Work

Human hand with treat trying to lure a miniature poodle from under a couch

Here are some activities that do require some training help:

  • Has “accidents” in the house
  • Barks excessively
  • Refuses to get go of objects
  • Jumps on people
  • Chews on your hands
  • Guards his goodies or toys is a problem.

Training your pet to not do these activities will not happen overnight. In some cases, your pet may have a legitimate reason why they do them and you may need to talk to your vet about those reasons.

Training Your Miniature Poodle

Apricot colored miniature poodle standing on a boulder

Poodles are very intelligent dogs. They can catch on to your commands and training very quickly. This may not be so in all cases but in a majority of them. You just have to be consistent in your commands and reward or punishment system.

You also have to be gentle so that your poodle does not become afraid of you. The key to training your poodle is to tell them ‘NO’ when they do something you do not want them to do.

However, some owners get frustrated with this advice and claim that their poodle or other dog species does not respond to the command. There are two reasons for this response:

1. They do not understand what the word ‘no’ means. If this is the case, then you have your work cut out for you and you have to work with your dog until they learn what ‘no’ means.

2. They understand but ignore it – The reason they ignore your command is that your pet may not respect you. He or she just does not see any reason why they need to listen or obey you.

This is another problem that takes a lot of work to overcome.

How Dogs View Commands, Etc.

Woman holding a brown miniature poodle while a white poodle jumps up at it

Dogs do not see the world or life in the same way that you see them. You need to understand this difference if you are going to get your pet to obey your commands and training.

When you interact with your pet, they are constantly analyzing certain aspects of your behavior. Those aspects include:

  • Your tone of voice
  • Your facial expression,
  • Your body language,
  • How you’re touching him,
  • How you’re responding when he does “X” or “Y”

These may seem like little things to you but to a dog, they mean a lot, and tell them if they should respect you or not. The conclusions that come to their minds are:

1. They may love you but your words, etc., tell them that they do not have to obey you. When your pet draws this conclusion then you will have behavior problems on your hands.

2. If you treat them in the right way, then your pet will conclude that you are worthy of respect and love.

Tips to Help Train Your Poodle

Person teaching small brown poodle to shake

1. Provide lots of exercise and other activities to do. This will help calm their behavior and solve some of your problems. Bored dogs get frustrated and start to act up when you leave them alone, ignore them, or just let them lie about the house all day.

2. Provide Companionship- This is one of the best ways for your dog to learn to respect you. The more time you spend with them the easier it is to train them properly.

3. Learn the right and wrong ways to interact with your dog. This information will come in handy so if you catch yourself doing something wrong, you can identify it and change your behavior.

Some Final Words

Apricot colored miniature poodle puppy sitting on wooden counter with a grey background

When it is time to train your poodle, make sure to be firm, gentle, and loving. Do the right activities that tell your poodle that you are worthy of their respect. That will make training go a lot faster and easier.

You should end up with a dog and a behavior pattern you can be proud of.

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