Even though Goldendoodles are incredibly smart, adorable creatures, that doesn’t make them necessarily easier to train than other dogs. Luckily, we’ve created a tell-tail guide so that you can learn how to train a Goldendoodle in no time at all.
With the help of these tips, you’ll be set on a path to success for you and your pooch. Below, we’ll detail the best ways to train your Goldendoodle, some basic training tips, as well as some of the supplies you’ll want to have on hand.
Understanding The Breed Profile
Before getting into the best ways to train your Goldendoodle, it’s important to understand the general characteristics and personality of your pooch. This way, you’ll be able to cater your training techniques to your dog for long-lasting, quick results.
In general, the Goldendoodle needs lots of exercise and activity. It’s always good practice to have your dog exercise a little bit before starting any training session so that your dog can focus a bit more. An unexercised Fido is more likely to have trouble concentrating, so your training sessions are most effective after a bit of supervised play.
Due to their Poodle genes, Goldendoodles are also highly intelligent dogs. While this can make it easier for your dog to pick up tricks quickly, it can also be a double-edged sword. Intelligent dogs can also be craftier in their methods used to evade proper training. Hence, it’s important to establish proper habits as early as possible so that your Goldendoodle grows up to be a well-mannered dog.
What if my Goldendoodle is Older or Adopted?
If you’re just getting your Goldendoodle as an adult dog or missed the puppy window for proper training, don’t panic. According to the AKC, you can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks. While it may take an older dog twice as long to fully learn a routine or trick, it is more than possible.
In fact, engaging in training sessions as your dog gets older can be a great way to keep your dog mentally stimulated. Positive training also gives you a unique opportunity to bond with your dog in a whole new way.
Just like training with puppies, repetition and patience is the key to success. With commitment and time, your older Goldendoodle will certainly feel like a whole new, well-trained dog.
What Should I Have on Hand For Training?
Before beginning basic training with your Goldendoodle, there are a couple of items you’ll want to have on hand. Here are some of those items along with a few of our recommendations for best buys.
- Training Treats
Training treats are different from traditional treats in that they have fewer calories and usually have a softer texture that’s easier for puppies to consume quickly. These small treats from Zuke’s are a great choice.
- Pee pads
If you’re getting a puppy, you can expect to have some accidents around the house. Also, if you don’t have access to a private outdoor area, your dog will be confined to the indoors most of the time until he or she has had all of their puppy vaccines.
Make sure you have plenty of pee pads so that you can at least prime your pet for proper potty training in the future.
This sounds like a given, but having a high-energy puppy to train can certainly get trying. Remember that your dog only knows how to do what you teach them whenever you’re having trouble getting your pooch to follow your lead.
Just like any other treat, toys can be a great way to incentivize your dog for training purposes. Some ideas of high-value toys are KONG puzzle feeders, or even just a simple rope toy.
You’ll also need toys to properly redirect your Goldendoodle which is an essential part of the training process.
This is optional, but a clicker can make it easier for you to train your dog. Clickers help your dog associate good behavior with immediate reinforcement.
Though this is probably a very last resort, some unruly puppies can benefit from the limited use of an E-collar.
Crafting A Training Schedule
When you first bring home your Goldendoodle, you may be tempted to teach them as many tricks as you can at once. However, this may not be the best approach for your dog. In fact, your Goldendoodle, especially if he’s a puppy, can benefit greatly from a basic training schedule.
In general, you can break down your Goldendoodle’s training schedule by age:
At this stage of life, you should focus on your Goldendoodle’s daily routine. Puppies need to know around what time a day they can expect to eat, take a walk, have playtime, etc. Doing this will make it easier for them to get used to adjusting to your regular routine.
Your dog will also learn some bite control during this time as they begin to teethe. Your Goldendoodle will also get used to general contact through pets and playtime. Make sure you make an effort to gently desensitize your dog in as many areas as possible— Get Fido comfortable with his ears, paws, and even tail being gently touched.
Moreover, this is the time that you want to try exposing your dog to as many positive experiences as possible. If you know a gentle, easy-going, fully-vaccinated dog, feel free to introduce them to your puppy.
However, be wary of who you introduce your dog to— Any poor experience during this age can affect your dog for life. Your Doodle won’t be fully ready to meet other dogs out on the street until they’ve completed their vaccine series.
You’ll also want to focus on potty training whether that’s in a private outdoor space or on pee pads.
During this stage, you should focus on teaching your dog the most essential tricks. This includes things like:
- Lie Down
- “Fetch” or other games involving Toys
- Learning to not be possessive over toys
In this stage of life, your puppy should learn more advanced techniques along with repeating tricks learned in previous months.
Some new tricks/skills you might want to focus on are:
- Heel/walking politely on the leash
- Shake hands
Even if you have an older dog, try to break down intense training over a couple of months. This way, your dog will get time to fully grasp a concept before moving on to a new one.
Training 101: How To Teach Your Goldendoodle Basic Tricks
While every dog is different and will require a slightly different approach, here are a couple of pointers for teaching your Goldendoodle some basic tricks. If you’re ever stuck, remember there are a ton of free online training videos and resources available via YouTube like this channel.
Even though training your Goldendoodle can be frustrating, remember you’re never alone. Every dog owner struggles with proper training in some regard, so don’t be discouraged if you’re having trouble at first.
Potty Training Your Goldendoodle
If you have access to a backyard, make sure you take out your Goldendoodle regularly so that they have the chance to eliminate it. In general, the rule of thumb is that your dog can hold their bladder 1 hour longer than their age in months, up to 5-8 hours. So, if your dog is about 2 months, they can only hold their bladder for 3 hours a time maximum.
After a successful outside elimination, reward with treats and praise. If you are training in a city, use the same process to incline your dog to eliminate pee pads. Once your dog is fully vaccinated, you can start taking them outside to eliminate them.
Lure your dog to a sit position by holding a training treat over their head. Slowly bring the treat back from the top of their snout towards their back so your Doodle is inclined to sit. Say sit, and give the treat once they’ve assumed the desired position.
From a sit, lure your dog’s nose down to the ground until they assume the desired position. Say lie down, and reward with treats and praise.
Start indoors with this skill. With lots of treats by your side, call your dog and indicate you’d like them to walk next to you. Say the command “heel”. Reward your dog whenever they come to your side. Over time, increase distractions and move outside on a leash to solidify your training.
Create value with your dog’s name by giving them a treat or praise whenever they look directly at you after saying their name. Over time, ask your dog to come using their name. When they do come, reward with treats and praise.
While these are basics pointers, be sure to ask your trainer for more individualized instruction. Don’t forget to seek out additional training tips wherever you can for the best results.
Above all, remember that training any dog, including the intelligent Goldendoodle takes time, patience, and commitment. The best way to train your Goldendoodle is to commit to doing so regularly. With a lot of hard work, your Goldendoodle will be a well-mannered gentleman in no time at all.
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