Puppy Training Tips

Labradoodle puppy training. The most informative time and easiest time to train a Labradoodle is in the puppy stage. It is so important to set firm guidelines and to provide secure and constant love. If done properly the early training of your puppy will be the launching pad for all your happy memories of tomorrow. This training time is also the same time as the puppy and your family are creating trust bonds and pack orders, it is very important that you train your puppy in such a way that you are not going to damage or strain these relationships. Before you decide that this is impossible, remember that genuine love goes a long, long way!

We really like the guidelines that the Monks of New Skete have outlined in their book To Train a Puppy. They also have other resources on DVD that make wonderful guides.

Both of the trainers who work with us use the Norma Jean methods of training. This is an wonderful, gentle method of teaching and training puppies.

Here are some of my personal favourite puppy training tips for house training a puppy or dog. I have house trained many puppies and while each puppy has had it’s own unique personality and needs, they all wanted to be in a setting where they were treated with love and respect.

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Tether Training: This is a great way to train your puppy while building a strong bond of trust and friendship. All you need is a standard length leash. When you bring your puppy home, he is tethered to you with the leash. This means he/ she is never alone and you are able to watch your puppy at all times. A puppy will often want to find a quiet corner of your house to do his business. If your puppy spends the first two or three days linked to you or spending nap time in it’s crate there will be no opportunity for the puppy to start a habit of voiding on your carpets or in the corners. Also your Labradoodle puppy learns great respect for you and the leash. This method requires lots of time and puppy interaction. You will want to have 3-4 days where you have the time to spend totally with your puppy.

I train the Labradoodle puppies to ring the Poochie Bells when they want out. This is a very easy method to teach your pup. When you get your puppy into your home, be very consistent with him. Hang the bells on the hook by your door. {Hooks and bells available in our gift shop} Every 2 hours take your puppy to the bells, gently help your puppy to ring the bells with their paw. As they are ringing the bells be giving them the cue words that you and your family have decided on before hand. Such as “ring your bells” or simple “Bells”. Within a 2-3 day time frame your new little pup will be ringing the bells when ever it wants to go out. I love the bell method as it totally takes away the need for the puppy to whine or bark. Also there is a clear signal right from the start of what you expect the pup to do when it wants to go outside, no guess work at all.

Crate training is another very useful tool in training a new puppy. A nice sized crate fitted to their tiny selves that can be made larger as they grow is perfect. In this crate you should have a nice soft covering on the floor, and a lumpy toy, to imitate the feel of sleeping an a lumpy pile of puppies. I also like to have a nice sturdy toy such as a Kong for the puppy to chew and teeth on. The crate is to be the puppy personal space and a safe haven for him to retreat into at any time. If the crate is a friendly safe place the puppy will have no trouble at all in going into the crate for naps and bedtime with the door closed for safety. Crates and Kong toys are available in the gift shop as well.






One last tip. I would recommend that the easiest way to house train your new puppy is gradual infiltration. By this I mean when you take the puppy home don’t give it free roam of the whole house. Gate off the kitchen or laundry where there is likely to be a hard floor that is easy to clean up accidents. The puppy will also feel less overwhelmed by all the newness. This will give the puppy less places to go to hide and have accidents. If you and your family want to spend time in the den and you want the pup to join you, feel free to take the puppy along for snuggling, but as soon as you cannot watch the pup 100% of the time return it to the designated place. It will not hurt the pup to learn to be on it’s own for short periods of time, even if you are home. This will totally eliminate unpleasant surprises. As your puppy gets trustworthy make the free space bigger and bigger and with in a month or two you will be able to have your puppy roaming freely all over your home!

I always say it is easier to start off in a controlled environment and give more room as needed and is trusted than to need to start over after a week or two of frustration!

Puppy socialization classes and puppy school are great ways to help train and socialize your puppy!