Training your Designer Dog Breed
Training your new puppy is one of the most important first steps in dog ownership. You may not realise that your new puppy is learning what is expected of him from the moment you bring him home. Most of what he learns will be passed on to him through passive learning but we can make structured training part of his new life. This structured training can take the form of fun little tricks such as “shake hands” or balancing a piece of food on his nose, or it can be in the form of obedience training to have good control over your dog when you need to with commands such as “sit”, “stay” and “drop”.
Most designer dog breeds have been developed from very intelligent breeds to begin with and will generally take to training like ducks to water. Many of these breeds have parent breeds such as Poodles and Beagles that fall into the top tier of purebreds when ranked for intelligence. The Labradoodle and Groodle were first developed as breeds suitable for guide dogs that would have minimal shedding. Even a designer breed such as the Pugalier that have no Poodle or Beagle in their background learn very fast when compared to purebred Pugs!
A lack of training and subsequent bad behaviour is the main reason dog owners consider dog ownership difficult and on an examination of why the dog’s behaviour is not what it should be, it is a lack of training that is discovered as its cause.
The key to dog training is to be consistent.
Too often, new dog owners want to spoil their new puppy in an attempt to win over their puppy’s affection or because that cute little face is so hard to say no to! This only leads to the puppy developing behaviours that are cute while young, such as the little squeek when they try to bark, only to become a annoying when barking as an adult.
The articles below explain the training that can be taught to any of the designer dog breeds from a Toy Cavoodle to a Standard Groodle in simple and easy to follow steps to get your designer dog obeying your commands. Some of the training explains how to teach vital control commands such as coming back when called, behaviour modification such as toilet training and how to stop dogs barking, to fun stuff like teaching your puppy to shake hands.