Training a labradoodle puppy properly from the beginning can save you a lot of headache and frustartion down the road. A labradoodle is a hybrid dog that is a mix between a poodle and a labrador. When training this breed, you will have to think that you are training both a labrador retriever and a poodle, which are both very intelligent dogs.
The first training you and want to undertake right away is potty training. Puppies have small bladders, so it is important to know that you will be getting up often during the night and throughout the day to let them out. Crate training a labradoodle puppy can be a fast and effective method for potty training. Most dogs will not soil the area that they sleep in as reported by the Humane Society. Place water and food inside the crate, so they know that it is their area. Let them sleep in the crate, and get up frequently in the night to let them out to go. Eventually, their bathroom breaks will grow longer in between and you will get a full night’s rest.
After you have started potty training, you can begin teaching basic commands. One of the easiest commands to start with is sit. Hold a treat up above the labradoodle’s nose, and lift the treat in the air as shown in this Huffington Post slide. Once seated, give him the snack. Try this trick a few times, and soon with just the command, his bottom will hit the ground.
Leash training can begin shortly after you have mastered sit. To begin with, attach a leash to your puppy, and let him wander around with it so he gets used to the idea. The commands you want to teach are going to be heal, stay, and come.
To teach your puppy to stay by your side when walking begins with setting out on a walk with the leash on. When you feel the labradoodle pulling on the leash, stop moving. The dog will naturally stop. Wait until he stops pulling, and then continue walking. This will take some patience but eventually, the dog will learn that when he pulls on the leash, you stop walking.
In order to teach him to stay, have him sit. After sitting down, tell him to stay and wave your hand in front of his face. Then just stand there for a minute. If he moves, put him back in the sit position and say stay again. After the pup has learned to stay, it is time to teach come. Move several feet out in front of him holding the leash and say, “Come,” and gently tug on the leash.
With proper practice, your labradoodle will have learned all the commands needed to be a member of the family. Eventually, he will become fully potty-trained and be able to hold his bladder overnight. He will be walking with you on a leash and obeying your commands to stay and come before you know it.