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Training your Cavoodle puppy doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes is a little bit of patience and a little bit of time. Before you know it, you’re Cavoodle is well on the way to being best in class.
Cavoodles are very easy to train
Cavoodles are one of the easiest dogs to teach because they are incredibly smart. Thanks to their Poodle parentage, training your Cavoodle puppy is a breeze. However, just because they’re easy to train doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to follow some good training habits.
Always Use Positive Reinforcement
When training your Cavoodle, or any dog, the number one thing that many trainers recommend is positive reinforcement. Don’t shout, spank, or otherwise reprimand when your puppy gets something wrong. They’re still learning, much like you did when you were a baby.
Positive reinforcement is as simple as praising your Cavoodle puppy when they do something right, such as when they do their business in the right spot, or respond to the commands you issue. Pet them, give them a treat, and praise them so they know they did good. Cavoodles love to please their owners, so positive reinforcement works very well.
Consisitency is Key
When training your Cavoodle puppy, it’s important to maintain consistent behaviours. Don’t praise them for doing something now, and then reprimand them for doing the same thing later down the road. Additionally, try to avoid multiple words for the same command. You’ll just end up confusing your Cavoodle, and training will be less effective overall.
The same goes for other members of the family. Make sure everyone is up to speed what commands do what actions, so they can praise accordingly.
Use a Clicker
Clickers are great for consistency, and many professionals use a clicker when training their dogs. Use a clicker when training your Cavoodle to associate the sound with whatever they’re doing right.
The clicker offers consistency in training. When you issue a command, wait patiently for your Cavoodle to respond. If they do what you want, click, and then praise. On the other hand, don’t click if they don’t do the right trick.
For example, say you want to teach your Cavoodle to sit. If they sit right after the command, feel free to click and praise. However, if they lay down, or lose interest, repeat the command again until they get it.
Don’t rely on treats
Positive reinforcement doesn’t always have to be treats; a good belly rub goes a long way to ensuring your Cavoodle’s happiness. While many people associate training rewards with treats, too many treats can end up being problematic for your Cavoodle. Instead, switch up the rewards!
It is possible to train your dog entirely without treats, but it does make it easier to train them at first, especially if it’s a new trick.