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Teaching the Labradoodle puppy starts with love and respect.
Shouting, screaming or hurting the dog creates confusion.
Abuse creates fear, not correction. The pup must understand the rules.
A teething puppy nips because the pressure feels good against the sore gums.
Give the pup a soft icy chew toy, not a whack across the head and a lot of senseless screaming.
Punishment should be for intentional bad acts, such as biting someone intentionally.
Even then, temper the demeanor. Help the pup understand what he did wrong.
Abusing a dog will kill the cheerful, friendly companion spirit that dogs offer.
Beating the puppy because he pooped on the floor yesterday serves no purpose.
He has no clue why the owner is angry. He may not even remember doing his business at that spot.
The Labradoodle has learned that you are aggressive and cruel. Physical abuse creates mistrust and fear.
It is inhumane and intolerable to abuse any living thing.
A deliberate act of aggression needs corrected.
A person who gets angry and violent while the puppy is learning needs to give up the puppy and get immediate counseling for anger management.
No friendship or trusting environment exists when abuse and unfairness exist.
Just like dealing with toddlers, correction and discipline are appropriate during or immediately after the wrongdoing.
The pup's attention span is short. The Labradoodle most know why he is in trouble.
Build trust by gently showing displeasure the first time you catch him misbehaving and remember to praise him for doing things right.
Screaming or hurting the puppy when arriving home to find a mess associates a beating because the owner came home.
The Labradoodle is going to cower and hide the next time the front door opens. Praise the pup for doing his business at the correct spot.
That reaffirms his belief of where to do it and makes him happy that the owner is pleased. Labradoodles are loving and forgiving.
The owner's temper tantrum once or twice will make him hesitant about trust. Cruelty lasts long in the dog's memory.
Restoring trust and earning forgiveness will take work, but the results are worth it.
The Labradoodle has to learn what the owner wants. He is anxious to please and recognizes some things that make the owner happy.
That does not mean he has learned the owner's language in just a few short weeks.
Formal training involves a class with the owner, giving the pup and owner an opportunity to learn what is expected and understand one another.
The dog is smart but not a mind reader. He was not born with a clear concept of expectations.
Teach him right from wrong. Correction shows the pup how to change. Use appropriate punishment for repeated actions.
Commend good behavior. A happy, loved dog is easier to train.
An untrained dog is not responsible for his actions.
That blame falls directly on the ignorant, untrained owner.
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