Training Tip #4: Consider Crates
Dogs naturally seek comfort in dens. Crate training is often a great way to replicate the natural comfort of a den in your house. A crate gives your puppy a place of his own where he can always feel safe.
If you have other dogs, you should definitely crate your new puppy. This allows all the dogs to safely acclimate to the change. They can each become comfortable with the new scents in the house.
Plus, dogs will naturally avoid going to the bathroom in their den. Crates are a useful part of toilet training, showing the dog where he can go and where he can’t.
Finally, Labradoodles are usually pretty big dogs. An average one weighs between 50 and 65 pounds. Even well-trained Labradoodles can be a bit much around delivery-people and party guests, for example. Crates are a safe way to contain your pooch for reasonable periods of time.
Training Tip #5: Use Lots of Love
Never forget that your Labradoodle is part of the family. There’s more to life than teaching your dog commands and how to use a crate. Remind your new dog that he’s safe and cared for.
One great way to do this is simply sitting with your dog. You can even watch TV; your dog won’t mind. Sitting with your dog and petting him is a great way to introduce him to calm, everyday behavior.
Of course, Labradoodles love to play – puppies especially! If you have children, you want to introduce a designated “play time.” By separating play time from other times, your dog will understand not to run, jump and be active at all hours of the day.
Training your Labradoodle has many rewards. A well-trained dog is able to enjoy more of life’s adventures with you. Plus, a well-trained dog is less likely to panic in a stressful situation, which helps avoid accidental injury. And the best part? Training is a fun way to bond with your dog. Together, you and your dog will be a winning team!