FRIENDSHIP FARM ‘N MORE & HORIZONS AKC STANDARD & MINIATURE POODLES

 

BASIC TRAINING FOR FIRST TIME POODLE PUPPY OWNERS

 

IMPORTANT:  PUT A COLLAR & LEASH ON YOUR NEW PUPPY BEFORE YOU GET OUT OF THE CAR.  SO MANY PUPPIES ARE LOST THIS WAY, AND THEY ARE FEELING VERY INSECURE WITH NEW PEOPLE & A NEW PLACE AND DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO GO.  JUST BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING DOES NOT MEAN YOUR PUPPY DOES.  ALSO MAKE SURE THE COLLAR IS SNUG THE FIRST FEW DAYS.

 

1)       NEVER STRIKE  YOUR PUPPY.  POODLES HAVE A VERY SENSITIVE NATURE, AND THEIR SPIRITS CAN BE DAMAGED EASILY.  DISCIPLINE WITH A FIRM VOICE AND SLAPPING THE HANDS TOGETHER – SAYING “SHAME, SHAME, SHAME” OR “NO, NO, NO” DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF OFFENSE, MUCH AS YOU WOULD FOR A “TODDLER” IN TRAINING.

a)       THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF POODLES.  THE TYPE THAT WHEN YOU DISCIPLINE THEM THEY TURN INTO A CLOWN – THIS TYPE IS USUALLY MORE IMPULSIVE, MORE CURIOUS, AND GENERALLY SHOWS A LOT MORE PERSONALITY AND OFTEN TIMES HAS A HIGHER METABOLIC RATE – JUST LIKE PEOPLE, AND TAKES MORE PATIENCE IN TRAINING.

b)       THE SECOND TYPE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE TOTALLY CRUSHED AT A HARSH WORD AND A HAND CLAP.  THESE ARE THE MORE QUICKLY TRAINED, ARE USUALLY QUIETER, MORE WILLING TO PLAY BY THEMSELVES, AND MORE INDEPENDENT, OFTEN ALMOST TRAINING THEMSELVES.  THESE ARE THE “THINKERS”

2)  BOTH TYPES OF POODLES MAKE WONDERFUL WORKING AND COMPANION DOGS.  THE “CLOWNS” USUALLY MAKE    BETTER SHOW DOGS, BECAUSE THEY SHOW SUCH VITALITY EVEN UNDER ADVERSE CONDITIONS, AND ADAPT TO CHANGE    ALMOST INSTANTANEOUSLY, AND DO WONDERFUL IN OBEDIENCE, AGILITY, FIELD AND HERDING EVENTS.  THE SECOND TYPE DOES JUST AS WELL BUT USUALLY CARRY THEMSELVES WITH MORE DIGNITY, TAKE A FEW DAYS TO A WEEK TO ADAPT TO DRASTIC CHANGE, AND SOMETIMES BECOME SLIGHTLY APPREHENSIVE IF THEIR SECURITY IS THREATENED, AGAIN MUCH LIKE A TODDLER AT THIS AGE.

3)  IF YOU GET YOUR PUPPY AT THREE-SIX MONTHS OF AGE BASICALLY THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE GETTING – A TODDLER.  STILL NEEDING ENCOURAGEMENT WITH HOUSE TRAINING – CAN USUALLY LAST SIX-EIGHT HOURS AT NIGHT, BUT NEEDS TO GO OUT FREQUENTLY DURING THE DAYTIME, FOR AT LEAST TEN MINUTES AT A TIME – TO AVOID ACCIDENTS IN THE HOUSE.  THEY WILL WET USUALLY IN THE FIRST THREE MINUTES, THE OTHER JOB TAKES LONGER.  AGAIN THE “CLOWN” WILL WAKE UP IMMEDIATELY AND NEED TO “GO”, WHERE “DIGNITY” TAKES FIVE MINUTES TO WAKE UP, AND THEN WILL DECIDE IF SHE NEEDS TO “GO”, AND WHEN “DIGNITY” DOES DECIDE NEEDS TO GO IMMEDIATELY.   POODLES DO NOT BARK WHEN THEY NEED TO GO OUTSIDE.  AS YOUR PUP GETS OLDER IT WILL EITHER NUDGE YOUR ELBOW OR YOUR TUMMY, OR START PACING – THIS IS OFTEN A SIGN THAT THEY NEED TO GO OUT.

4)        LEASH TRAINING IS ALREADY STARTED FOR YOU IF YOU GET YOUR PUPPY AFTER FOUR MONTHS.  WE PUT A LEASH ON AND WALK BACKWARDS COAXING THE PUPPY.  USUALLY THEY WILL WALK ON A LEASH COMFORTABLY IF THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF DISTRACTIONS IN THE HOME WITHIN TEN TO FIFTEEN MINUTES.  THEY LOVE TO TRAVEL AND GO TO TOWN AND BEHAVE REMARKABLY WELL ON THE LEASH THE VERY FIRST TIME OUT, EVEN WITH A LOT OF DISTRACTIONS.  DO BE CAREFUL  AROUND VEHICLES WITH AIR BRAKES THE FIRST TIME OR TWO OUT, THESE CAN REALLY STARTLE EVEN GROWN DOGS NOT EXPECTING THE LOUD HISSING SOUND, CAUSING THEM TO PULL BACKWARDS OUT OF COLLARS, AND CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY TO YOUR POODLE IF THEY DART OUT INTO TRAFFIC OUT OF FEAR.

5)        CRATE TRAINING WILL HAVE BEEN STARTED ON YOUR PUPPY AT SIX WEEKS TO EIGHT WEEKS  OF AGE, ESPECIALLY IF THIS IS A PUPPY THAT IS TO BE SHIPPED, IS GOING TO A “WORKING COUPLE” HOME, OR TO A SHOW HOME.  WE NEVER, EVER KEEP THE PUPPIES IN A CRATE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.  WE ALSO SUGGEST A CRATE AS AN “ESCAPE VALVE” FOR HOMES WITH SMALL OR VERY ACTIVE CHILDREN.  REMEMBER AT THIS AGE THE PUPPY IS A TODDLER AND NEEDS NAPS AND QUIET TIMES TOO.  HAVE THE BOTTOM OF YOUR CRATE WELL PADDED, ESPECIALLY THE CRATES THAT HAVE BIG CIRCLES IN THE BOTTOM OF THEM (THIS KIND IS INTENDED TO HAVE A GRATE, BUT MOST DON’T COME WITH THEM, AND MOST STORES DON’T ROUTINELY STOCK THEM).  HAVE A SMALL RAWHIDE CHEW BONE FOR YOUR PUPPY (NO CHEWS OUT OF COMPRESSED RAWHIDE – THESE ARE DANGEROUS, ALSO NO HOG EARS UNTIL AFTER SIX MONTHS DUE TO FAT INTOLERANCE), AND A LARGE SOCK KNOTTED IN THE MIDDLE, OR A FAVORITE SOFT TOY  (BUY THEM AT GOODWILL, TAKE ALL DETACHABLE PARTS OFF, TEDDY BEARS MAKE GREAT PILLOWS).

6)        WE DO NOT FEED OUR PUPPIES TABLE SCRAPS WHILE WE ARE HAVING A MEAL.  WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE “BEGGING” AT A MEAL.  OUR POODLES ARE ALL LINED UP IN A ROW AFTER A MEAL, AND EACH CALLED BY NAME AND GIVEN A TREAT.  THIS ALSO IS A GOOD BEGINNING WAY TO START TEACHING YOUR POODLE TO NOT TAKE FOOD FROM A STRANGER.  THIS ALSO TEACHES COURTESY IN YOUR POODLE, AND HELPS TO TEACH THEM NOT TO TAKE FOOD OUT OF THE HANDS OF SMALL CHILDREN – REMEMBER TWO TODDLERS WILL FIGHT OVER A COOKIE, THIS IS NO DIFFERENT THAN A SMALL CHILD AND A TODDLER PUPPY – BOTH HAVE TO LEARN WHEN IT IS OK.

7)          BEING GREETED AT THE DOOR.  IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU HAVE BEEN GONE 2 MINUTES OR 5 HOURS, POODLES WILL GREET YOU AT THE DOOR AS IF YOU HAVE BEEN GONE FOR HOURS.  YOU CAN BREAK THIS HABIT, WITH DIFFICULTY, WE HAVE LEARNED TO JUST BE PREPARED FOR IT, AND ACCEPT IT AS WHAT IT IS, THEIR DESIRE TO SHOW THEY CARE ABOUT US VIGOROUSLY.   BE SURE TO HAVE SMALL CHILDREN OUT OF THE WAY UNTIL THIS GREETING IS OVER WITH, THEN EVERYTHING SETTLES RIGHT DOWN.

8)        BY FOUR MONTHS OF AGE THE PUPPIES ARE USUALLY ALLOWED ONE PIECE OF FURNITURE TO CURL UP ON, THEY ARE NEVER ALLOWED ON THE BED (WE LEAVE THAT UP TO NEW OWNERS).  SET YOUR LIMITATIONS IMMEDIATELY  AND STICK TO THEM (OF COURSE YOUR PARTNER MAY SET DIFFERENT ONES, AND THERE GOES YOUR TRAINING).

 

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9)        JUMPING UP!  THIS IS A NATURAL TO POODLES, THEY LOVE TO BE HUGGED.  SO WE HAVE A “HUG” COMMAND.  TAPPING THE CHEST, AND SAYING “HUG” MEANS ITS OK.  ALL OTHER TIMES TRAIN THE PUPPY TO STAY “OFF”.  I ALWAYS ALLOW THE PUPPIES A “HUG” BEFORE I TAKE THEM OFF THE GROOMING TABLE, OR I KNEEL ON THE FLOOR TO START TEACHING THIS COMMAND WHILE THEY ARE YOUNG.  IF THEY ARE ALLOWED THEIR “HUGS”, THEY SEEM TO BE WILLING TO OBEY THE “OFF”.  WHEN THEY JUMP UP WHEN IT IS NOT DESIRED WE JUST HOLD THEIR FRONT FEET AWAY FROM US, AND DON’T LET GO, MAKING THEM BALANCE ON THEIR BACK LEGS UTIL THEY ARE TIRED, AND KEEP REPEATING THE “OFF” COMMAND.

10)       ALL PUPPIES PLAY TOGETHER BY NIPPING AND GRABBING EACH OTHER, THEREFORE IT IS NATURAL THAT WHEN THEY GET REMOVED FROM THE GROUP, THEIR NATURAL INSTINCT IS TO TRY TO PLAY WITH HUMANS IN THE SAME WAY.  JUST GRAB THE MUZZLE AND SQUEEZE LIGHTLY IF THEY ARE NIPPING OR GRABBING CLOTHING OR SOMETHING YOU ARE CARRYING.  USUALLY ONCE OR TWICE IS ALL IT TAKES.  IF A PUP IS A LITTLE STUBBORN ABOUT THIS THEN SQUEEZE THE MUZZLE UNTIL THE PUPPY WHIMPERS, IF IT BITES ITS TONGUE THEN IT FEELS DISCOMFORT JUST LIKE YOU DO WHEN IT NIPS AND IT RELATES TO THE PAIN.  NEVER STRIKE YOUR PUPPY IN THE FACE, IT WILL BECOME HEAD SHY AND CREATE A LOT OF PROBLEMS IN TEACHING A STAY COMMAND AND IN GROOMING.

11)       OUR PUPPIES ARE TAUGHT TO BE GROOMED ON A TABLE, AND ARE TAUGHT TO GET  UP” WITH THAT COMMAND.  WE ALSO USE THE SIT, STAND, AND STAY COMMANDS DURING GROOMING.  WE TRAIN THE PUPS TO HAVE THEIR FEET GROOMED IN A SIDE LYING POSITION – THIS IS BETTER ON THEIR HIPS & SHOULDERS, AND ON OUR BACKS.

12)       OUR PUPPIES ARE TAUGHT AN “IN” COMMAND, FOR GOING “IN” THE VEHICLE OF CHOICE, “IN” THEIR CRATE, OR “IN” A KENNEL.

13)       TEACH YOUR PUPPY THE PERIMETERS OF YOUR YARD IMMEDIATELY.  GO TO THE END OF YOUR DRIVEWAY, GIVE THE PUP A SIT COMMAND, THEN A STAY COMMAND, PUSHING YOUR PALM AGAINST THEIR NOSE, THEN GO ACROSS YOUR STREET, CONTINUING TO GIVE THE STAY COMMAND – THIS USUALLY ONLY TAKES TWICE WHEN I AM TRAINING A NEW PUPPY.  DO THIS FOR SEVERAL DAYS, EVEN IF YOU DO HAVE A FENCED YARD.  THAT WAY IF A GATE GETS LEFT OPEN, YOUR POODLE WILL STILL KNOW ITS BOUNDARIES, AND IS LESS APT TO SUFFER INJURY.  REMEMBER A NEW PUPPY WILL STILL BE LOOKING FOR HOME AND FAMILIARITY FOR A FEW DAYS.

14)       “BOOGIE MAN” STAGES:  YOUR PUPPY WILL GO THROUGH TWO “BOOGIE MAN” STAGES.  ONE AT APPROXIMATELY 4-6 MONTHS OF AGE.  THIS IS A STAGE WHEN THEY ARE STARTLED OR SOMETIMES SCARED BY NATURAL PHENOMENON (THUNDER STORMS; IMAGES IN A MIRROR OR DARK WINDOW; LIGHTS COMING THROUGH A DARK WINDOW, MOVING SHADOWS).  A PUPPY USUALLY JUST NEEDS ENCOURAGEMENT AND SECURITY TO GET THROUGH THIS STAGE.  IT IS A STAGE THAT  USUALLY PASSES FAIRLY QUICKLY.  THE SECOND “BOOGIE MAN” STAGE IS A LITTLE MORE PROLONGED AND A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT TO HELP YOUR PUPPY THROUGH.  THIS OCCURS IN SINGLE DOG HOMES AT APPROXIMATELY 7-11 MONTHS, OR IN MULTI DOG HOMES WHERE THERE IS ALREADY A “DEFENSE” DOG AT APPROXIMATELY 13-16 MONTHS.  THIS STAGE IS WHERE YOUR PUPPY DECIDES THIS IS HIS HOME AND YOURS TO PROTECT, THIS IS HIS VEHICLE AND YOURS TO PROTECT, YOU ARE HIS PEOPLE TO PROTECT.  THIS IS A CONFUSING STAGE FOR YOUR PUPPY, MUCH LIKE A TEENAGER THAT IS PART CHILD AND PART ADULT.  YOUR PUPPY IS TRYING TO MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM PUPPY TO ADULT AND ISN’T QUITE SURE WHAT IS EXPECTED OF HIM/HER AND QUITE HOW HE/SHE SHOULD BRING IT ABOUT.  THEY ARE LEERY OF STRANGERS AND EVEN FAMILY MEMBERS THAT DO NOT ACTUALLY LIVE IN THE HOME, WILL BARK MORE THAN USUAL, WILL BACK OFF FROM WHAT THEY CONCEIVE AS STRANGE SITUATIONS.  THIS IS ALL PERFECTLY NORMAL, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR DOG.  AGAIN A DOG IN THIS STAGE NEEDS A LOT OF ENCOURAGEMENT.  PRAISE WHEN THEY DEFEND, BUT NOT FOR UNDUE AGGRESSIVENESS.  YOUR DOG SHOULD NEVER BE SWATTED FOR THIS BEHAVIORAL CHANGE, BUT SHOULD BE GIVEN AS MUCH UNDERSTANDING AND SECURITY AS POSSIBLE.  THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO BE WORKING WITH YOUR DOG ON LEASH, INTRODUCING HIM TO PEOPLE YOU WANT HIM TO KNOW, BUT DO NOT FORCE HIM TO MEET STRANGERS (ESPECIALLY SALES PERSONS).  USE THE WORDS “BAD BEHAVIOR” AND GENTLY SQUEEZE THE MUZZLE FOR UNDUE BARKING OR GROWLING.  DO NOT ENCOURAGE YOUR DOG TO BE FRIENDLY, JUST ACCEPTING AT THIS TIME.  OVERLY FRIENDLY DOGS ARE OFTEN THE ONES THAT CAN END UP KIDNAPPED.  BE SURE TO CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED SUGGESTIONS DURING THIS STAGE.  YOUR PUPPY IS ALSO CUTTING IT’S 1ST YEAR MOLARS ABOUT THIS TIME, AND UNDERGOING LOTS OF HORMONE CHANGES.

15)       THE BEST OF LUCK WITH YOUR PUPPY TRAINING.  YOUR PUPPY DEVELOPS ABOUT 21 YEARS IN IT’S FIRST YEAR.  PLEASE BE SURE TO CALL US SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL!  WE WANT OUR PUPPIES AND THEIR NEW OWNERS TO BE TOTALLY HAPPY!

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