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Every breed of dog has a special set of characteristics that make them sought-after by dog lovers around the world. A mini Goldendoodle is a truly one-of-a-kind dog breed that makes a wonderful companion and offers plenty of athleticism and energy in an adorable package. For active families that love outings, playing in the backyard, or just having fun around the house, you simply can't go wrong with a Goldendoodle!
As in the case with any dog, learning how to train a Goldendoodle puppy presents some exciting challenges that give owners pride and joy in their dog—and in themselves!—when they are overcome. If you've never owned a dog, you'll find that training a puppy is an experience quite unlike any other and is something you'll always look back on and cherish. The key to success is to start early, be patient, and be persistent. We've trained lots of pups, and trust us — sooner or later, they'll get it. Here's everything you need to know about training your Goldendoodle puppy some basic doggie manners!
Training a puppy is always easier when you understand their developmental stages. Each stage of growth plays a role in your puppy's attention span, which directly impacts the training methods you'll use and how you should interact with your dog. Once you know a puppy's developmental stages, you'll find that training is both fun and rewarding!
Your puppy's attention span will seem like it's all over the place during this time but their memory is actually running in high gear and they'll catch on fast. Additional Socialization takes place during Phase II occurring around 10 - 14 Weeks, followed by the Final Phase, Phase III, which takes place during 14 - 20 Weeks.
Much of what they learn during this stage may be difficult to reverse later so be sure to take the opportunity to teach them important basic manners.
During this stage, your pup is getting bigger and may feel like their growing size is a license to misbehave and act dominant. It's important to stay firm with your pup and be affectionate without being a pushover during this stage.
This is a time when your puppy starts to feel big and bold and might decide they're ready to go solo (spoiler alert: they're not ready yet).
Your puppy's newfound drive for freedom and independence will give them plenty of energy and may give you a handful.
As your Goldendoodle puppy grows and becomes more aware of the world around them, they'll become startled and afraid of new things.
Your Goldendoodle puppy is now becoming a fully grown dog! During these years, your Goldendoodle will still have some puppy habits but may also be a little overprotective and bark at strangers or get in arguments with other dogs.
Now that you've learned about the puppy stages, let's go over some basics that will give you more influence over your pup as soon as you meet. We'll focus more on how to train a Goldendoodle puppy at its early stages from the moment it appears at your doorstep.
My beautiful Goldendoodle puppy has arrived at its new home. Now what?
Before you get started on house training a puppy, let him/her get used to their new surroundings and family for a few days. Remember, your puppy is just as overwhelmed and excited as you are, so you probably don't want to confuse them with training until they've settled in (check out our article on preparing your home Before the Big Day to be ready for your new puppy!). Once your pup starts to feel comfortable and at home, you can begin to slowly train them in the form of play. Experts suggest starting puppy training in the form of play as early as seven weeks. During this stage, your puppy will have an adorably short attention span but will also have the ability to remember things permanently.
During the first several months, spend a couple of minutes a few times a day giving short puppy lessons. You won't have to worry about any sophisticated obedience training methods until your puppy has reached 4 - 6 months of age, which we will cover in a separate article.
During their baby months, you'll want to invest your time and effort in puppy crate training and potty training to put a stop to their little messes. Below are some great tips on becoming a puppy potty training pro.
Puppies are just little fur babies, so they'll need time to take control of their bodies — particularly their bladders. It's a general rule of thumb for puppy owners to take their pup outside every two hours for the first several weeks (unless you're ok with an incident in the house). This way your pup will develop a habitual desire to do their business outside and look forward to it as they grow
Always congratulate and praise your puppy after a successful toilet trip outdoors. Dogs love adoration, and when they begin to associate your happiness with going potty outside, they'll learn to hold it in just to make you happy
Keep an eye on your puppy as much as possible when you're in the house to stop accidents before they happen. As you get to know your Goldendoodle puppy, you might start to pick up on little behaviors that give away their messy intentions before they occur
Of course, you're not expected to spend your whole day taking your puppy outside. That's the beauty of crate training, which is interconnected with potty training and gives you more flexibility in raising your pup. At first, your puppy may not want to relieve themselves in their crate because that is where they stay. But they'll quickly learn that you'll always clean their mess and that you're VERY happy when they go potty in their crate (as opposed to on the carpet!)
You should never punish your Goldendoodle puppy for pee or poop accidents because it will stress them and may cause them to do it in hiding to avoid getting in trouble. The best reinforcement for a puppy is praise, treats and lots of pets. Instead of getting upset, just be patient and show your puppy where you want it to go potty and reward them when they do
Once you've got a handle on your puppy's potty schedule, you can try to teach them how to let you know it's time with the help of a bell
Generally, dogs need to go to the toilet after they eat, sleep and exercise
When there's an accident in the house, make sure to clean it thoroughly and deodorize it to keep your puppy from coming back to the smell
Buy a spacious crate for your puppy where they can feel safe, comfortable and be master of the castle
Keep some cozy bedding inside of the crate along with a water bowl and plenty of toys
Try feeding your puppy inside of their crate to associate that place with good things happening as opposed to a form of confinement or punishment
Let your puppy get comfortable with their crate and give them the freedom of going in and out before you start to gradually shut the door
Praise your puppy if it sits in the crate with the door shut and doesn't bark or whine Begin with closing the door for only a few seconds and gradually increase the amount of time the door stays closed until your puppy feels comfortable whether the door is open or closed
Reward and praise good behavior only, and if your Goldendoodle puppy cries while in the crate, wait until they stop and then let them out
One of the best parts about raising a puppy is discovering their ability to understand and respond to verbal commands. From showing off to just having fun, teaching your puppy commands is an experience that pays off forever. Dogs have been known to learn some pretty neat tricks and can even be helpful around the house when they grow up and find themselves in a bigger family role. By the time you pick up your Goldendoodle puppy from ABCs Puppy Z's, they'll be at least 10 weeks old — and more than ready to start learning some basic commands!
Even though your puppy's attention span is limited during this stage of their life, it's never a better time to imprint some basic commands on their permanent memory. Command training early on also serves to develop healthy habits such as obedience and communication, which leads to good behavior. When training a puppy tricks, you will be teaching it how to respond to your verbal commands through positive reinforcement and a method called food-lure training.
Puppy training should always be a fun and gentle experience and you should never use any type of punishment to train your dog. Keep each training lesson short while spreading out a few 5-minute lessons throughout the day. The more often you can train your puppy, the better. While you don't have to train a puppy tricks every single day, it's best not to wait too long in between lessons if you really want those commands to stick.
At this early stage in their lives, puppies are easily distracted by the things around them — and can lose interest in ten different things in a matter of seconds. Their adorably limited attention spans are a joy to watch, but can present a challenge when teaching a puppy new tricks. If you plan on getting anywhere with your pup, you'll have to pick out a quiet "puppy classroom" in the house where there are very few things or noises that can distract them. Ideally, it should be just you, your pup, and some treats.
Your puppy's reward should be whatever they love most — whether it's their favorite treat or their favorite toy. Professional trainers have found that training a pup with their favorite treats for a few minutes before mealtime works well, as the puppy will be getting hungry and is motivated to win a treat.
Training your puppy involves two rewards:
When learning how to train a Goldendoodle puppy, it's important to use both reinforcers, because you won't always be able to give your dog a treat when they follow a command (and you shouldn't have to!). Your puppy will need to learn that being petted and praised for listening is also a reward. As time goes by and your puppy gets good at following commands, you can start phasing out treats and only give them sometimes, while always giving them praise for following commands. The older your dog gets, the more willing it will be to follow your commands on the simple basis of being obedient.
For your dog to learn the meaning of a word, you will need to associate an action with the word you're saying. So, with every trick, you will need to show your puppy what the word means, for example, when saying sit, your puppy should be sitting. So, without further ado, let's get started!
With a treat in hand and a quiet place to practice, you're now ready to teach your Goldendoodle puppy to sit!
Remember, the first goal of puppy training is to teach them what the command actually means. Once they learn, you'll be able to practice until they comply without hesitation. There are two methods to teach your puppy to sit, and you should practice them both until they get the meaning. The methods are:
The Capture Method: This training method implies that you're "capturing" the sitting action while giving them praise. For example, you'll stand in front of your pup with a treat in hand, and wait for the pup to sit. As soon as they sit on their own, give them a treat and some praise. Wait for your puppy to stand up again, and when they sit, reward them and praise them again. After several repetitions, say the word "sit" the moment they start to sit. This way, you're "capturing" the action and associating sitting with the word "sit". After successfully "capturing" their sitting action several times, try saying sit before they sit, and see if they sit!
The Lure Method: This method will let you "lure" your puppy into a sitting position. When your puppy is standing on all fours, get in front of them and hold the treat in front of their nose. Then, slowly move the treat above their head. As you do, your puppy should try to sit down to get a better look at the treat. As soon as they're sitting, let them eat the treat and give them praise. After repeating this several times, begin saying sit when your puppy sits, followed by a treat and some happy praise. Once your puppy knows to sit to get the treat and begins to associate the word with the action, you can try saying "sit" before placing the treat above their head!
You probably won't have a lot of trouble getting your puppy's attention, and you might even be able to teach them this command naturally when you want them to come. But the goal of training your puppy to come also has to do with getting them to respond to their name or a specific word, like "come".
The stay command will include the cue word, "stay", and a release word, such as "up", "ok", "move", or whatever you prefer. For the stay command to work, your puppy will need to learn the meaning of both the cue word and the release word, but knowing the "sit" command is also a big plus (this really helps them learn to stay!).
Having fun yet? Don't worry, it gets easier! The lie down command is taught in much the same way as the sit command — by using the "capture" technique. By now, your puppy should have a good idea of what the release command means, which you'll be using to teach them how to lie down. If your puppy doesn't respond to the release command yet but you've got your mind set on teaching them how to lie down, you can always make them get up using a lure technique (a sniff of the treat should do the trick!).
As far as basic commands go, that's pretty much it! There's nothing cooler than a little pup that knows how to sit, come, stay and lie down. You’ve now learned how to train a Goldendoodle puppy tricks, and through your commitment and regular practice, your puppy will get the hang of it before you know it. And by training early, you'll be opening the door to more advanced obedience training that will come in handy as your puppy grows into an adult dog.
For dog owners, there's nothing more rewarding than having an obedient and trustworthy companion at their side. Everyone loves a good dog, from your family and friends to your neighbors and people out in public. So, train early and keep it up — sooner or later, your efforts will always pay off!
Having a puppy presents its messes and challenges, but the amount of joy, love and fun your puppy will give you makes it more than worthwhile. When you approach puppy training with a positive mindset, not only is it easier, but it's more rewarding. Remember that your puppy won't be little forever, and one day they'll be a fully grown and responsible member of the household. You might even miss training your puppy so much you'll wish you could do it all over again!
For an efficient training journey, start at the early stages and provide your puppy with lots of love, praises and plenty of activities. Once you've successfully managed to potty and crate train your pup, you're ready to move on to the next step — obedience training.
We hope you've found our Goldendoodle puppy training tips helpful and we wish you luck on training your new pup! If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to Contact Us and let us know.