Happy Paws Poodle
Happy Paws Poodle

               Poodles are very intelligent and easy to train. In fact, it is more a process
               of the puppy training you, and not you training the puppy. Please note that
               consistency is the Key no matter what method of training you use. If you do
               not have your poodle puppy
house broken in a matter of a couple of weeks
               then YOU are probably doing something wrong.


               All our Poo's have used a wee-wee pad since they
where about 9-10 weeks old
               (that was the age they came to live with us). The wee-wee pad is a scented pad
               that attracts the puppy to it. It has an absorbent side and a blue waterproof side.
               This is a great tool for training your puppy and speed up the housebreaking process.
These pads can be purchased at any pet store's

               REMEMBER - When training your puppy that they are very young and have a little
               attention span and an even smaller bladder. Keep your puppy in a small confined area
               with a wee-wee pad 
in one end, and keep it away from the food dish and the
               bed. Puppies do not like to go where they eat and sleep.Some puppies will tend to
               wet on the pad but will not defecate on the pad. If you having this problem try adding
               another pad to the area that they are defecating. Some puppies will refuse to walk
               on a wet pad and will tend to find another place to do their business.


               Take your puppy out every hour to start with, set a timer and when it goes off
               take your puppy out immediately. As the puppy grows and matures you can lengthen

               time between trips. It is also smart to take your puppy out after naps and before
               and after meals. It is best you take your puppy consistently to one spot. As your
               puppy becomes older and you have learned to read your puppies signs, you will be
               able to tell when your puppy needs to go out. Remember, once your puppy tells you.

               The average age for males to mark their territory varies from breed to breed

               and depends upon how quickly your breed and or variety reaches sexual maturity.
               For most toy breeds this is typically around 7-9 month. For larger 
breeds, it could
               be as young as 7
month but most often its closer to 10-12 months. You may find
               that some males will never mark their territory.The sooner you stop this behavior
               the easier life will be. I teach my male to not lift their legs in the house and I have
               several males together and I do not have an issue.I tell them in a firm voice 
NO !

               If you have a dog that is easy to train you will find this will work quickly to stop
               the problem. Or put pennies into a tin can to make a loud rattle, this will startle

               your dog and he will learn when he lifts his leg that he hears this sound.

               Dogs go through a certain TEENAGER phase around 6-8 month that will drive you
               nuts and test you in every way. Do not be surprised if during this time it seems like
               you have to almost start over with potty training. This phase only lasts 3-4 weeks
               and everything should return to normal.

               A toy poodle puppy (or any small breed puppy) really does not have full control over
               bladder muscles until around 6
month of age or better. A standard poodle puppy
               (or any large breed puppy) on the other hand can take longer as they take longer to
               fully mature than a small dog.


               Well Any dog can be yappy if not properly trained. Training really is the key.
               Any dog of breed can be taught not to bark or to bark in appropriate situations.
               My dogs bark once or twice when someone comes to my door, they are the best

               doorbell ever invented. But more than that can become an annoyance. Especially

               if you live in an apartment complex or close neighborhood.

               I use the can with pennies, that works well for me. When the dog starts barking
               toss the can right next to your dog, be sure not to hit your dog. The loud noise of
               the pennies in the can will distract your dog from barking.

               If you have an extremely shy dog I do not recommend this method.

               A spray bottle with water works well too on some dogs. Be sure to only spray the
               dog when the dog is barking and not when he is quiet.

               Another method is to redirect your dog to more suitable activity when they start to
               bark. Like giving him a chewy or favorite to play with. Be sure to reward your dog
               once he has become quiet.


               One of the most important phases your puppy will go through is the socialization

               phase, during which he should be introduced to all sorts of different people, animals,
               sounds and objects.

               The socialization phase lasts from about 3 to 12
weeks, and what happens during this
               phase is absolutely vital for a puppy living in a world full of people and other animals.

               Because most puppies enter their permanent homes at about 8 weeks of age, their
               caretakers have already lost about five weeks of important socialization. This is the
               main reason why what happens with a breeder is so important, and why puppies from
               pet stores have such a poor start. Isolated in kennels or stacked like chickens in cages
               at a puppy mill, these puppies get very little human interaction during most of this critical
               period.That's no way to raise a dog. Pet-store puppies usually come home with just
               four weeks remaining in their socialization phase.

               On the other hands, breeders who raise puppies in their homes and play with, train
               and gently handle them every day make full use of these early weeks. when you bring
               home the puppy at 8 weeks of age, you can then continue the breeder's good work.
               During this final month of the socialization phase, puppies should attend a puppy
               socialization class and meet other people and dogs in a safe, friendly and rewarding


               Training Method

               Hang your Poochie-Bells on the inside of the door(s) that your pooch typically
               exits your house from. Your Poochie-Bell should stay on the door (or on a small
               hook next to the door) at all times so that your pooch can access it whenever he/she
               needs. You pooch only needs to nudge any part of the ribbon to ring the bells.

               Each time you take your pooch outside for a walk, or outside for any reason; state
               a simple command phrase, we suggest "Outside...Ring the Bells". Get your family

               involved ! All members of your household should be consistent and use the same wording
               and actions with your pooch.

               After ringing the bells and saying the command phrase, follow through with praise
               to your pooch and allow him to go outside. (You should not reward your pooch with
               a food treat, as the reward of going outside and praise from his favorite person
enough. In adding, your pooch will then associate treats with ringing the bell
               rather than going outside) Do this each time your pooch is to go outside.

               After several weeks of this conditioning, start just using the phrase each time
               your pooch wants to exit and stop ringing the bells.
Tell him "Outside...ring the bells",
               wait for his 
action. Point to the bells. If he rings the bells, praise and allow him
               to go out. If he does
NOT ring the bells, ring the bells for him, restate your
               command phrase and then allow
him outside.

               Each week that follows, repeat this conditioning until your pooch starts to ring the
               bells on his own.
It is critical that you praise the pooch on his newly learned behavior
               to reinforce this action.

               Listen for the bells. you will start hearing them
ring. You may be in a different room

               while your pooch is ringing the bells..... go let your pooch out !


               Introduced to a crate correctly, most puppies willingly accept this den-like
               confinement as part of their normal routine. Always remember that when your
               puppy enters his crate, he's giving up coveted freedom, including access to you.
this sacrifice less objectionable by regularly throwing in a few treats, a
               safe toy, chew bone,
or another rewarding diversion. Feed meals inside the crate
               to strengthen his favorable association.

               Introducing your puppy to the crate should be positive and fun. Never place your
               puppy in his crate after disciplining him. Your puppy needs to feel that his crate is

               a happy, secure place. Select a command such as "in your house" and encourage him

               to enter by tossing a treat/toy into the crate. Leave the door open at first. Once
               your puppy enters readily, close the door for a few minutes and praise him with a
               cheerful, positive voice.

               Any complaining the puppy may do at the beginning isn't usually caused by the crate
               but by the controls set by this unfamiliar environment. Do not let him out when he is
               whining or complaining. By doing so you will only reward his "bad" Behaviour. When the
               puppy settles down for five minutes, release him from the crate. Once you feel your
               puppy can be left on his own, you may practice leaving him alone for
a short periods

               of time.

               Puppies should not be
crated for more than three hours per day. They cannot be
               expected to hold their small bowels and bladders for more than a couple of hours.

               Adult dogs should not be crated for more than eight hours.

               9 to 10 weeks: 30 to 60 minutes

               11 to 14 weeks: 1 to 3 hours

               15 to 16 weeks: 3 to 4 hours 17 weeks and older: 4 to 6 hours

               Adult dogs can spend half a day in a crate. Once accustomed to it, most adult

               dogs can sleep in the crate at night with the door open. Increasing free time, exercise,
               and attention frequently reluctant dogs going into their crate of their own accord.


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