Most breeds of Poodles have a rich, thick, curly coat that requires regular grooming and care. Poodle’s fur is often referred to as ‘hair’ because it is delicate and needs lots of attention. Unlike many other dog breeds, Poodles are of various weight and height, differentiated by adult shoulder height. The exact measurements among the varieties differ slightly from country to country. Breeders normally categorize the Poodle into three size categories, standard, miniature, and toy.
Poodles are remarkably intelligent, very active and acutely aware of their surroundings. Their aptitude makes them ideal for performing in dog shows and other performance atmospheres like a circus. Some Poodle breeds are also noted for having a strong instinctual behavior. Even the smallish Toys will point birds. Poodles are family-oriented dogs and very eager to please their human owners. Standard Poodles are particularly known to be good with children.
Poodles adapt well to new environments and are easy to socialize and train. They require daily exercise, like a vigorous walk and/or a play session that rewards appropriate behavior. Most Poodle’s are also fairly agile and athletic.
Potty training is one of the more challenging behaviors with many dog breeds, but the Poodle is one of the easiest to train. Remember, they are still animals, and they need time to learn what behavior is expected of them and it may take a while, but Poodle’s are quick to learn.
Poodles are very sociable animals and make wonderful companions and pets. They are also highly intelligent, although if not trained properly, they can behave like spoiled children. They are also very high spirited and full of restless energy, which makes it difficult to keep them focused on obedience training exercises .
However, the Poodle is also one of the most trainable breeds of dogs. They are easy to train because they are always eager to please their owners and are by nature intelligent animals. Poodle basic obedience training starts with a few simple commands such as sit, come, and heel.
Teaching the command sit is the first and maybe the most basic of all the commands that any dog should learn under obedience training. One method is to use food (treat) as a reward. Have the Poodle on a leash and food in your hand that he can see. Raise your hand just above his head and make a circle with your hand towards his tail while saying ‘sit’, ‘sit’. The dog should sit down while following the path of your hand. Praise him and give him the treat.
Repeat this several times and then break for a couple of minutes. Then repeat this again and be sure to lavish him with affection and reward for successful results. Poodles are pleasers so show him your happiness in order to reinforce the obedience training.
Socializing your poodle is also an important element of obedience training. Teaching them how to properly interact with other dogs and humans requires patience and perseverance. Demonstrating clearly (firmly but gently) that you are the pack leader will help with this task.