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Training a Poodle

There are universal methods for training dogs and then certain breeds may require some more specialized attention due to the breed or individual temperament. This is a guide about training a Poodle.


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February 20, 20080 found this helpful

I need advice training my toy poodle.

Bezzie from Las Vegas


February 21, 20080 found this helpful
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Contact your local ASPCA and ask if they can refer you to a training club near you. Group lessons are very reasonably priced and the trainers are excellent and dedicated.

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February 20, 20080 found this helpful

I have the cutest apricot toy poodle. I got her when she was 6 weeks. She is now 14 weeks. She has the best of everything as are children are grown, and she is now our baby. My problem is she is very aggressive to my husband and myself. She has bitten both of us and she was not playing. She is very smart and at times it's like she is doing things for spite. She is house broken but will stand right in front of us and potty.

I love her but I need help. She is at the point if we do anything to her she doesn't like, she trys to bite us. She was the runt of the litter. I know for a fact she has not been abused since we have had her. PLEASE let me know if anyone has any suggestions. I would like to try and train her myself, before seeking a professional trainer.

Sherrie from Gulfport, MS


Training a Poodle

Speaking from experience I would get professional help asap. Your vet should be your first call.

I am concerned with your puppy being so young and aggressive. I would get her vet checked just in case she has cystitis (bladder infection), or some other problem. If your puppy is in pain she will bite to try to let you know she hurts and cystitis may also make her urinate more frequently even if trained.


It is unusual for a puppy to be so aggressive so young without a reason and it is because of this alone I recommend a vet check first before anything else. A quick phone call to ask them doesn't cost much.

In the mean time praise her lots when she does the right things and a firm no when naughty.

I hope this helps. Please let us know how things turn out.

By Karryn

Training a Poodle

Ever had a toy poodle before? They are temperamental. I do think you should consult a professional also.

I had a toy poodle who was like that. Just very temperamental.

Could she be in pain from teething?

Good luck! (01/03/2007)

By Paula

Training a Poodle

The younger you can break her of this, the more successful you will be. If she bites, or tries to do so, spray her with a water bottle and loudly tell her NO. Then put her in her crate for a few minutes. Consistently do this every time.


Keep a water bottle in every room. Give her lots of attention other times, but don't play rough when she gets excited and bites in the rush of excitement. If this doesn't work, consult a professional. (01/03/2007)

By Linda

Training a Poodle

Many times too much dry pet food will make a pet particularly sensitive on their skin, and to the touch. I'd increase her protein and reduce the dry cereal, as well as give her a small amount of milk twice a week. Make sure her water bowl is always full. If she
isn't drinking much, it can cause all sorts of problems. Don't rely on canned pet food too much since they are made with diseased animal meat and
can kill our pets. Go to lightly cooked hamburger, chicken, canned dark tuna/salmon, and raw turkey bologna with scrambled eggs or raw eggs added to any meals.


It may take a bit of getting used to and a lot more care, but otherwise it's a losing battle. If after feeding her all of this diet for about a month she continues biting for no apparent good reason, try crooking your finger and giving her a medium quick-tap on the top of the nose with a med. loud "NO", each time she does it. Be consistent and I believe she will learn quickly that it hurts HER if she bites! Learn what strength of tap works and try to use that amount and no more..EVER.

Certainly if she cries or seems to have a hard time urinating regularly, or licks that area often, I'd take her to the vet.

What I did worked VERY well for our Bijou and she was about the best dog we ever had. They are jealous little dogs, and love lots of attention, since they feel you are "theirs" alone. However, eventually she will realize you love her too, and that she will be petted when YOU are ready to pet her. Good luck and God bless you. : ) (01/03/2007)


By Lynda

Training a Poodle

I am in agreement with the water bottle advice and the visit to a professional dog trainer advice. I would also add, however, the idea of finding other Apricot Toy Poodle owners on the Internet and asking how they deal with their temperamental pets?

By Joseph Raglione

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