As Poodles are known to be very intelligent and easy to train, they are less prone to exhibiting stubborn behaviour during housetraining. This does not mean, however, that they will never give you headaches along the way. It is important to be aware of the possible issues that may arise when training the breed to prepare yourself how to react appropriately when it happens.
If you are new to training a Poodle, here are three training issues that may arise:
- A training issue that continues to frustrate poodle owners is leash training. As they are excitable dogs, most poodles find it very hard to walk nicely on a loose leash. However, it is by no means impossible to make them learn. The trick is to start leash training as early as you can and resist giving a reward when it does inappropriate behavior while being on the leash.
- A lot of poodle owners also complain about how to stop their poodles from barking too much. This behavior, unfortunately, is inherent in the breed as they enjoy getting attention. When this happens, make sure to check your poodle’s environment to see if there is something that is making him anxious or feel aggressive. If there is none in sight, just ignore your dog for as long as it takes him or her to stop. Not minding your dog is the best way for your fur baby to learn that barking is not the way for him or her to grab your attention. When your Poodle finally quiets down, reward him or her with a treat. That’s how you get the job done!
3. Some poodle owners also complain about how their poodles are getting aggressive around other dogs. This is a sign that your dog has not been well-socialized while it was young. The good news is that it’s never too late. You should sign your Poodle up for an obedience class or a poodle playgroup to help him or her learn how to behave around other dogs and tame down their desire to pick fights.