Puppy Training Chapters 1 - 3 - Fluffy Puppies

Puppy Training Chapters 1 - 3

WHEN SHOULD I START TRAINING MY PUPPY?

Begin obedience training with your Cavoodle Puppy from 8 weeks of age. Your puppy needs to know that you are the Boss.  Starting puppy training early means you may not have to re-train your puppy out of bad habits.  The younger your puppy is, the easier it is to train them.

Train your puppy in short sessions, but often.  They are just like small children.  They have short attention spans, so keeping the training sessions shorter is a good idea.  We suggest 3 five minute sessions per day.  Conduct these training sessions in a spot where there is minimal distractions for your puppy. Keep the sessions positive, using a positive tone of voice and giving plenty of positive recognition when your puppy does what you want them to do.

If you are looking for a short cut, here is a link to a great training video on utube -

First Week Puppy Training Plan   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckWzAqJEhKg

 

Four Essential Commands 

Puppies have short attention spans, so training sessions should be brief but occur often. You can start to introduce basic commands which are sit, stay, down, come, heel, off, no and drop it using food rewards and positive reinforcement to encourage your puppy.

There are various dog obedience training facts you need to understand – but here are four of the essential commands you can teach to your Cavoodle puppy.

Name Recognition 

Purpose: to address your dog properly while teaching commands.

Description: before you train your dog any activities, teach your dog to recognise their name. This should be the very first step to instil discipline. It is easier to teach your pup commands and exercises if you address them appropriately. An obvious sign that your dog responds well is if they stare or look at you upon calling their name. Don’t forget to provide a reward or affection when they get it right.

Come

Purpose: to signal your dog to come back to you, keeping your pup out of trouble.

Description: this command should start by putting a collar and leash on your dog. With a certain distance away from your dog, gently pull the dog’s leash towards you then say ‘come’. As your dog manages to move towards you, make sure to give them a treat, praise or affection. Repeat this activity until your dog learns it properly.

Watch Me Or Look

Purpose: to guarantee that your dog’s attention stays or focuses on you.

Description: this command is executed by offering your dog a treat in your closed hand. Carefully move your hand closer to the dog’s nose then towards the face. Once you get your dog’s full attention while establishing eye contact, say the ‘watch me’ or ‘look’ command. As a reward, give your dog a treat or praise.

Sit-Stay

Purpose: to calm your dog down and keep them self-controlled.

Description: this activity is a combination of two commands: sit and stay. Train your dog with ‘sit’ command first. To execute this exercise, begin by offering your dog a treat. Hold the treat and position it closer to your dog’s nose then gradually move your hand up, so your dog will also move their head and follow the direction of your hand. When the dog assumes the natural sitting position, give the ‘sit’ command. Give your dog a treat or praise and repeat this activity until they master it.

By the time your dog has perfected the ‘sit’ command, teach them the ‘stay’ command. When your dog is in a natural sitting position, open the palm of your hand facing your dog then give the ‘stay’ command. Continue the exercise by gradually moving further away from your dog, then say the ‘stay’ command. Give your dog a treat or praise by doing a great job. Repeat until they have perfected the exercise.

Methods for training your Cavoodle puppy

 CLICKER TRAINING

This is one of the easiest and most effective methods of training.  You just click the clicker after your puppy performs your direction and you have rewarded them.

CRATE TRAINING

This is particularly good if you move around.  Take the crate and your puppy will always feel that they are in the same safe place.  It is also a toilet training method, as your puppy will not want to poo or wee where they eat and sleep.  The crate  is also a safe and legal way of transporting your puppy around.

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

Positive reinforcement is the key to teaching a puppy desirable behaviours by introducing a positive stimulus after your puppy performs how you want them to.

Positive reinforcement is not limited to food treats.
Here are a few examples of “treats” to reward your puppy.

  • Favourite toys
  • Treats. This can be one of the puppy food pellets.
  • Positive tone of voice
  • Plenty of pats!

Remember to keep training sessions short and positive.

When your Cavoodle puppy is less than 4 months of age, keep training sessions to 3 x 5 minute sessions per day.

Have fun!

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