You’re responsible for making the commitment to Labradoodle training so your dog behaves properly at home, when guests are visiting, and away from home.
Unless taught, a puppy doesn’t know right from wrong.
This can only be accomplished with dedication and repetition, repetition, and more repetition! Dogs don’t fail . . . owners fail their dogs.
First, Labradoodle training begins for your puppy the day you bring him home. What do I mean by this?
Your cute little 15-20 pound puppy is going to grow up (fast!) into a large dog. Don’t allow or sanction any behavior in your puppy you would not allow a full-grown dog to do.
For example, it’s so cute when your new puppy jumps up on you to get attention!
It’s obnoxious, not to mention dangerous, when six months later your now large eight-month-old puppy has just knocked someone to the floor!
Labradoodle breeder Michael Waggenbach of Sunshine Acres says it best, “Labradoodle training is vital because, if these dogs aren’t challenged, that boredom makes them trouble.
So, I usually tell people if you’re going to have a great dog, you have to keep them challenged. I tell people, a well trained dog makes for a happy family.”
He adds, “When you take a Labradoodle puppy home, many times people have this glorious idea they will take this puppy home and it’s going to be perfectly trained. It’s not!
They need to do labradoodle training! And there are people who give up after three days of not sleeping. They think they have the worst dog in the world!
So, I think it would be good to set these expectations straight. When you take a puppy home, it’s not going to be everything you want it to be.”
So, housetraining with a crate should be one of your first priorities of labradoodle training.
A crate is useful, but stock up on carpet cleaner, deodorizer, and some puppy training pads as accidents are inevitable.
You also do labradoodle training on basic good manners. There are many puppy-training classes available in a variety of levels.
Check the yellow pages or ask someone at your local pet store, because it’s best to get a referral or recommendation.
There will be times in your Labradoodles life when it’s critical to their safety they obey your commands.
Make sure you’ve done labradoodle training, because obeying you is not optional!
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