Basic Obedience Training for a Springerdoodle Dog:
Sit Command: Teach your Springerdoodle to sit on command. Start by holding a treat above their head and slowly moving it backward, encouraging them to sit. Once they are in the sitting position, reward them with the treat and verbal praise. Practice this command regularly, gradually phasing out the use of treats.
Stay Command: Train your Springerdoodle to stay in one place until you release them. Begin by asking your dog to sit or lie down, then use a hand signal or verbal cue such as "stay." Take a step back, return immediately, and reward them for staying put. Gradually increase the distance and duration before giving the release command.
Come Command: Teach your Springerdoodle to come to you when called. Start in a controlled environment with minimal distractions. Use a cheerful tone and say their name followed by the "come" command. When they come to you, reward them with treats and praise. Gradually increase the distance and practice in different environments.
Down Command: Train your Springerdoodle to lie down on command. Start with your dog in a sitting position, hold a treat close to their nose, and then move it slowly towards the ground. As they follow the treat, their body will naturally lower into a lying down position. Reward them with the treat and praise. Practice this command regularly to reinforce the behavior.
Leave It Command: Teach your Springerdoodle to leave objects or food alone when instructed. Start with a low-value item on the ground and cover it with your hand. Say "leave it" and wait for them to lose interest. As soon as they look away or move back, reward them with a treat and praise. Gradually increase the difficulty by using higher-value items or food.
Loose Leash Walking: Train your Springerdoodle to walk politely on a leash without pulling. Use positive reinforcement techniques and reward them for walking beside you without tension on the leash. Stop walking whenever they pull and resume only when they return to your side. Consistency and patience are key in achieving loose leash walking.
No Jumping: Discourage your Springerdoodle from jumping up on people. When they jump, turn your body away and ignore them until they have all four paws on the ground. Once they are calm, give them attention and praise. Consistency and redirection towards appropriate greetings will help them understand the desired behavior.
Drop It Command: Teach your Springerdoodle to release objects from their mouth on command. Offer a toy or item they enjoy, say "drop it," and offer a treat in exchange. As they drop the object, reward them and provide positive reinforcement. Practice this command regularly to ensure they understand and respond consistently.
Remember, training should be positive and rewards-based, utilizing treats, praise, and playtime as motivation. Keep training sessions short, frequent, and enjoyable to maintain your Springerdoodle's focus and engagement. Consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement will help you establish a strong foundation of basic obedience training for your Springerdoodle.