Cockapoo training tips for first time owners
Many people forget to teach their Cockapoo puppy their name and what their name means.
You need to teach your Cockapoo something good is about to happen when his name is called. So he learns you (his owner) really is worth paying attention to. This is the best way to be able to get his attention when you need it and it’s also the first step to getting your Cockapoo to come back when you call him. This means you can call him away from things you don’t want him to get involved in.
Cockapoo’s like any dog, can only think about one thing at a time. So if they’re thinking about you they can’t think about anything else.
Training Starts From Day One
For all dogs, the earlier they start a training programme the better. I always use a positive rewards based training system. Rewards when used for training are more than treats. They are a way of letting your dog know ‘well done’ when he has done the right thing. Keeping things positive is much more fun for your dog and the owner. Withholding a treat and praise is a strong enough message for a puppy that desperately craves your affection and praise.
The 5 Steps To Teach Your Cockapoo His Name
You can practice this anytime, in the park, in the bath, where ever. Once he learns to look at you when his name is called, he will associate his name with getting something yummy!
1. Make sure you have plenty of treats on you
2. Wait for a time when you’re relaxing at home and your dog is not paying attention to you
3. Then call his name (using a clear bright tone)
4. Wait until your Cockapoo looks at you and then give him a treat
5. If he doesn’t look at you, don’t repeat his name
It’s that simple, but there are no second chances with this one. If he doesn’t respond he just doesn’t get a treat. Just try again a few minutes later. You want him to look at you the first time.
He soon learns his name means he must pay attention to you. This is a great starting point to go on and teach him other things. And remember, if he’s not looking at you he’s not listening.
Getting your dogs attention is a foundation that all further training rests on. If you don’t have that you fighting a losing battle. You will find that next training commands like sit, walking on the lead and the all important recall will come much easier once he knows his name.
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