So why do Poodles have a reputation for hard-to-control, excitable dogs? It all depends on the training that their owners invest in them, and the environment they are raised in. Poodles are very smart dogs, second only to Border Collies, and they are high energy people dogs. This can make them easy to train obedience to, as long as they are kept calm and focused. Poodles do not do well in stressful environments where they can get confused and upset and have trouble understanding what is expected of them. Being firm, calm, and gentle is the key to successfully training your Poodle obedience commands.
Training your Poodle obedience will require treats and a leash for learning to heel. Be sure to train your sensitive, high energy poodle when you are in a calm, positive mood, and when your Poodle has had some exercise so that your dog is able to focus on training and not be distracted by excess energy or your mood. Always use positive reinforcement, not negative reinforcement, to obedience train your poodle. Keep training sessions short, especially for young dogs, so they do not become frustrated or bored.
Do poodles bark every time when they need to get exercise? Do every poodle have to take obidience training? Is it Rare that a poodle is already obidient?
Hello Diana, Not all Poodles bark when they need exercise. Some dogs learn through practice that when they bark, they are taken for a walk, so they bark again the next time they want to go. Their excess energy also makes it more likely that they would bark in general when in need of stimulation. Some dogs chew more, run around the house, whine, or bark when feeling like they need to be stimulated. Dogs that have been trained to be calm indoors can be calm, but that doesn't mean they do not also need to be exercised. Poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds, meaning that Perry probably learned that barking equals a walk sooner than most dogs would have learned that, so he does it more often. He just as easily could have learned to whine or chew too though. Also, when it seems like he needs exercise, he might actually need mental stimulation the most. Very few dogs are naturally obedient. If you went to a country where you did not speak the language, you would probably not be able to naturally follow instructions in that language either. Some dogs are better at reading body language and are calmer so get into less trouble though. Poodles as a breed tend to be more mentally and physically energetic though. Because Poodles are intelligent and many are energetic, they do need obedience training. Even if your dog is well behaved, they are often happier when learning new things. You can join an obedience class to do this, but you can also read articles and watch videos and learn how to train things yourself, then simply spend a little time each days teaching Perry new things at home and in public. It's a bit like if a smart, inquisitive child didn't have opportunities to learn, he would probably miss learning new things and be bored. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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