How to train your Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle is quite an intelligent breed. He has both the heritage of the Poodle and the Retriever on his side, both of which have a history of working closely with humans to perform specific tasks. Here are some techniques you can use to train your Goldendooodle.

Positive reinforcement training

Perhaps the most popular training technique, this works especially well with Goldendoodles because of their empathetic and perceptive natures. As the name suggests, positive reinforcement involves rewarding good behaviour whenever it occurs, so that the dog comes to associate a certain type of behaviour as a beneficial thing to do. Using this technique, you will need to stick to a strict rule: always reward good behaviour, but never punish bad behaviour. Punishment is a bad way to teach your puppy, since it creates negative, distressing experiences which only lead to further behavioural issues. Instead of punishment, you should simply ignore your puppy when he behaves badly, for example by turning away or walking out of the room.

Alternate behaviour training

This method focuses on teaching an alternative behaviour to be used whenever the bad behaviour is exhibited. For example, if your Goldendoodle always rushes ahead of you when the doorbell rings, you can teach him to sit whenever the doorbell rings instead. Likewise for behaviour such as jumping up and barking. Again, a reward system will be needed to train in this new, alternative behaviour.

Rules for training your Goldendoodle

Follow these simple rules for training your Goldendoodle pup, and you should have a much better success rate.

  • Never get upset, anxious or angry when training your pup. Goldendoodles are sensitive and will easily pick up on negative vibes.

  • Don’t shout at your pup, smack him or put him in his crate as a punishment. Apart from being very cruel, these methods are more likely to set you back in terms of any training progress you may have already made. You could end up damaging the close bond you have built with your puppy. Plus, your puppy is probably not going to ever know what he did wrong in the first place!

  • Be consistent. Rules need to be the same in all situations, for everyone concerned. For example, if your pup is let up on the couch “just this once” he will be very confused when he isn’t allowed there the next time around!

  • Stick to ten minute sessions for puppies; if training sessions go on for longer than this, the pup will lose interest.

  • Start simple and don’t teach too many commands at the same time. It’s best to wait until your pup has mastered one task before moving on to the next one.

Good luck!

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