Cockapoo puppy training 101
One of the things we often forget is that not all dogs naturally enjoy being groomed, handled or cuddled. We have to teach them that these things are a normal and natural part of family life. This is a foundation to training a Cockapoo puppy as it creates a lovely bond between owner and dog.
Sometimes if some one is bitten it’s because a dog reacts fearfully to being handled. That’s because he’s never been taught what a joy it is!
Doggy body language
Body language is very different for dogs. Have you noticed how a dog barks when he sees two people hugging? Dogs just don’t understand it because hugging is not how a dog shows affection.
You have to teach your Cockapoo how to enjoy being hugged and cuddled.
For owners who have children or people that just love the physical interaction and pleasure of cuddling their dog, this is one of the best things you’re ever going to teach him to do.
You will need a good supply of yummy treats. While giving him his treat, slowly start to stroke him.
Start by stroking him where you know he will be comfortable being stroked. Down the sides of his body, up his ears, down his paws. Eventually turn him over and rub his tummy.
You are giving the treats so he links in his mind your stroking him with feeling good.
If you find an area where you dog shows concern about being stroked, just stop and go back to an area he is comfortable with and gently introduce him to being stroked in that area.
Always take it very slowly and very gradually and build it up over the time your working with your dog.
Sometimes you can use a brush or a fluffy glove. And while he’s chewing his treat he’s learning that brushing and stroking is really enjoyable.
Get everyone in the family to do this. Everyone must know the dog needs to be handled nicely and with respect, so that your dog knows hands are always something to be enjoyed rather than something to be worried about.
You can find more positive reward-based training techniques with the ‘Training Your Cockapoo’ hand book.