Training your Goldendoodle will go a lot smoother if you set you and your puppy up for success from the beginning. The fact that you have opened up your home to a puppy, as opposed to adopting an older dog, means that you must accept from the outset that you are starting from ground zero with your training.
While you are getting all of your supplies ahead of your new Doodle, discuss a few key factors with the rest of your family prior to bringing the dog home. For example, are you going to be crating the dog for bedtime? Or do you have a more flexible stance with a mobile dog bed that can end up alternating with family members? Will the dog will be on a rotation of the kids’ bedrooms or do you prefer it to rest in one distinct location?
It is vital to discuss your plan and your expectations so that everyone is on board. Consistency is key when it comes to any kind of training. Having these questions settled ahead of time will make it easier for the dog to understand its place.
Here are 5 simple commands to teach your Goldendoodle puppy to ensure life is fun and relaxed for everyone:
Teaching your Doodle to sit is a vital life skill that needs to be mastered. It can potentially save your dog’s life one day and keep other dogs and people safe. Many owners prefer their dog to sit prior to crossing the street on walks or to sit and wait at the perimeter of the property. Work with your pup in a gentle way and let it know your expectations. Rewards can be offered such as healthy treats to keep things progressing well.
Many trainers use a combination of a word and hand signal to communicate with their pet. This is helpful if you are planning to socialize your puppy at a public dog park or other populated area. Using a flat stop-sign hand for the stay command will help you avoid yelling at the top of your lungs when you are out and about.
Come, or Here
It may seem like a given that if you pat your legs, your puppy will naturally come bounding over. The opposite can occur, however, when your dog is intensely focused on something else, such as the neighbor’s cat perhaps. Having a solid tone and word that directly translates to “report back to me immediately,” will help you trust your dog when you are at the beach, camping or walking through a parking lot together. Your dog needs to understand that you are the alpha and what you say goes. Even the most well-intentioned dog can be scary when it runs up to small children or accidently intimidates other dogs.
Mine, Leave It, or Drop It
This is a particularly useful term if you are planning on being the fetch champion in your neighborhood. You will enjoy the games with balls and sticks and stuffy’s much more if you don’t have to wrestle the items away from slobbery jowls. Training your Goldendoodle to drop their toys at your feet after retrieving them will offer you a higher degree of overall enjoyment while making your pooch ecstatic that they pleased you.
This one-word command is commonly accompanied with a pointing finger. It is great to familiarize your dog with a safe place where it knows it can retreat to or where it can patiently await further instructions. For instance, sending the dog to its bed or mat after entering from outside can potentially save you a substantial amount of time cleaning the floor and dealing with muddy paw prints.
Again, consistency is key. Decide on your vocabulary and stick with it to ensure that you can enjoy the training process. Communicate with family members to avoid confusing the dog with multiple gestures or words. If everyone is able to offer the same training tactics, you will ensure that your dog knows what is expected of it much earlier.