Training Toy Poodles

Toy Poodle - Pepe

Toy Poodle Training Tips

As a starting point for some good dog training tips, it’s a great idea to first know where to begin.

It is so important to understand what your dog actually needs from you in a training situation and then learn how to give it to them.

Many people make the false assumption that a dog, especially a toy poodle,  is much smarter than it actually is. In reality, a dog simply reacts to you. It wants to be part of the pack and it wants to be accepted, but it’s still an animal with animal instincts.

So, if you want to adjust any negative behaviors, the best way to approach your dog is not to scold them or yell at them, but to focus on changing how they express those instincts, you become their secure resource.

Core Toy Poodle Training Tips

There are a number of basic things that each and every dog owner should consider when training their small friend. These tasks can make dog training much easier for you both.

Crate Training – Crate training provides your toy poodle with a home that it can call its own.

Absolutely never use a crate as a punishment!

Make sure you make time at home while your dog is in the crate so he can get used to it.
As most toy poodle training tips will tell you, using a crate can make
house breaking, bark reduction, and anxiety issues improve markedly.

Leash Training – If you’re having issues with your toy poodle on a leash, the most important thing you can do is teach them to reach a controlled, calm state.

Happy Toy Poodle on his leash

Pepe walks confidently on his leash

This controlled state will allow them to respond to your commands without getting too excited about going for a walk. The majority of dogs with leash issues are simply allowed to run around outside and pull.
If your dog pulls on the leash, make them sit and wait by your side before walking again.
In short order, they will associate that pulling sensation with the stopping of their walk.

The Alpha Position – The most important dog training tips relate to the position YOU hold in the house.
Despite what you may think, toy poodle training is not the burden of your dog!
He has little natural idea of what you want and doesn’t really understand much of what you say. The burden is on you to teach your dog that you are the leader of the pack and have control of the situation.
They can then relax, follow your commands and stop worrying about who will protect them.

Obedience Training – There are excellent dog training tips to be found from going to an obedience class. These classes teach new toy poodle owners how to maintain the alpha leadership position in their household, display control over their new pup and how to give them specific, strong commands.
If you have a new puppy or are simply having trouble controlling your older dog, think about joining an obedience class to add to your home training activities.

The Importance of Consistency

The one thing that all dog training tips have in common is the need for consistency. A toy poodle may seem smart, and in many ways they are, but much of what they learn is in response to a repeated, consistent environment.
If you only make them sit before going out when you have time for it, they will get confused and excited and stop following your commands.
If you set a rule, be consistent with it and ensure everyone in your home does the same. Never forget that good toy poodle training can actually be harder for you than your dog, but it is almost always well worth it.

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