Training should be an integral part of a dog’s life. Training starts the moment a puppy is born.
Training is about communication; about teaching ones Poodle what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Good training creates a bond and loyalty that brings great pleasure to both Poodle and human companion(s). Training gives the Poodle security and sense of purpose in its life.
Obedience training is one of the most important aspects of raising a Poodle. In fact, a well trained Poodle is by far a happier Poodle! Why? Because a trained Poodle requires fewer restrictions. The more reliable the Poodle, the more freedom he is given.
For example, many stores and businesses that normally won’t allow dogs on their premises will make an exception for a puppy or a dog that will heel nicely by his owner’s side, or will do a sit-stay or down-stay without hesitation.
And when company arrives in your home, there’s no need to banish a well-behaved Poodle to another room for fear that he will be a royal nuisance. Moreover, because a well-mannered, obedience-trained Poodle is both appreciated and welcome, he receives more attention and interaction from family members, visitors, and passers-by, than does the ill-mannered dog.
You As Your Poodle’s Leader
Training serves to strengthen the bond between a Poodle and his owner. It builds communication, understanding, and mutual respect, and subtly but effectively demonstrates to your Poodle that you’re the leader of the pack (commonly referred to as the “Alpha”). And if your Poodle doesn’t respect you as his leader, you may both be in big trouble, particularly if he’s a bit rowdy or dominant by nature.
Training May Save Your Poodle’s Life
Obedience training also gives the Poodle owner the voice control necessary to prevent numerous potential tragedies. For instance, should a dog slips out of his collar in the middle of a congested traffic intersection, he can be safely heeled across the street, then given a sit command to facilitate putting his collar back on. Or should someone accidentally leave the front door open, and you spot your Poodle leaving, he can be safely called back to you using the recall command.
Not only will obedience training help your Poodle to become more responsive, but because it enables you to have immediate control over your Poodle’s behavior, in an emergency situation obedience training may save your Poodle’s life.
The Consequences Of An Untrained Poodle
Without proper training, many Poodles are likely to misbehave. And when owners allow their Poodles to misbehave, everyone suffers: The owner, because he or she lives with a Poodle, the Poodle, because everyone’s down on him for misbehaving; the Poodle’s owner’s neighbors, because living next to a difficult dog is no one’s idea of fun; and ultimately every dog owner, because each incidence where a dog creates a nuisance increases anti-dog sentiment, and contributes to the likelihood that tough legal restrictions will be placed on all dogs.
Obedience Training Benefits Everyone
A well-behaved, obedience trained Poodle is a pleasure to own because he can go virtually anywhere without being a risk or nuisance to others. And don’t we all want a dog who exhibits appropriate behavior in a crowd, good manners when we have guests in our home, is reliable around children, and who doesn’t threaten other dogs or passers-by?