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Obedience Training

Training any dog can be fun, rewarding (for both the Doodle and the owner) and yet can also be quite a challenge. It is my belief, thus far, that a Doodles temperament and their extremely high intelligence that makes them fun and challenging at times. Please share your experiences and challenges here so that we can all learn from each other.

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Started by DonMarie & Picco. Last reply by Harrison, Brodie & Kris Jun 5, 2015. 7 Replies

For the last couple months Picco has refused to walk with me.  We never had any problems/scares/etc on walks to cause this. But now he won't go on walks around the neighborhood. I've now been driving…Continue

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Comment by Karen on March 9, 2017 at 2:30pm

Long road trip success

We just took Cooper on an 8 hour trip down to Ohio to visit our son and our two granddogs. Cooper was great during the long ride, unfortunately, during our stay, he continued to "hump" the younger dog (Both are neutered). He did this when they visited us, as well. We just can't break him of that. Any suggestions?
Comment by Scott McClain on January 23, 2015 at 5:33am

This is a link to an online dog training program by a guy from New Zealand that is offering 70% of any proceeds from non-profit organizations that participate simply by linking to the program (well behaved dogs can get saved this way). So, if you like this idea check out this link... 

I get his free newsletter and have and do use a lot of his tips to help me with Ginger.

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on January 3, 2015 at 1:24pm

Hurray, Brodie has jumped into the truck a few times and even went up some snowy stairs. I think he went up the stairs because they were covered in snow and he couldn't really tell they were stairs.. Either way I am excited!

Comment by Scott McClain on November 15, 2014 at 11:46pm


If you have taught him the Sit/Stay start with him at the bottom of the steps in the Sit/Stay position. He will obviously not try to follow, but "if" he does put him back and start again. Practice until you can go all the way to the top of the stairs with him waiting at the bottom before you release him to follow.

You may find that if he responds to this method that he will even begin to anticipate the release as you reach the top. If he does this make sure to head this off immediately. If he does this make sure you put him back at the bottom and start over.

Also, make sure that you are not making any kind of body motions or gestures upon release as this could become the signal to him that he is being released. Stand still and use whatever release command you normally use for other exercise. Alternate how long you make him stay at the bottom before releasing him as well to ensure you aren't encouraging him anticipating your releases.

Hope this helps.

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on November 15, 2014 at 2:35pm

Laurie, thank you for the tips.. We have tried the paw on one step and a treat problem is Brodie is not a treat lover. His favorite thing is ice, we we tried with that. He still "mules" up.. We do have steps around the neighborhood that we have tried, he is just not a fan. I will say that he goes up and down the steps in the pool without any issue LOL.. Gotta love our doodles.. We will keep working on it and if all esle fails he will go see the same trainer that Harrison did and I am sure she will get him up stairs..

Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on November 15, 2014 at 1:35pm

Kris, is there a place other than the motor home that is one or two steps you can practice on??  Delilah was just faced in Puppy Class with an upside down short bucket (think those circus buckets) that she needed to put her two front feet on to achieve the goal.  She was petrified (tends to be a little "shy") and it was a long process.  First my instructor said give treats like a Peez dispenser.  I treated when she didn't shy from it, then when she touched it slightly with her paw, then when she put one paw on, then finally two paws.  Always treating only for the last step, not going back and rewarding for previous steps (that's hard to explain.  An example;  when she put the one paw on, only reward when she repeated that move, not rewarding for just touching it with her paw)  Finally the light bulb went off and I couldn't keep her off the darn thing.  She'd get up and look at me looking for a treat!!  Just an idea, sounds like you've been trying a lot of things.  Jackson was like Brodie with jumping in the car.  He'd get those feet on the seat and then I'd have to lift his heavy 70 lb. dead weight caboose!!  Pieces of cheese stick finally worked and now he's a pro.  Now we are dealing with it with Delilah, but she's only 36 lbs.  I know we'll get there.

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on November 15, 2014 at 11:18am

We too are not a fan of the choke chain. We use the Gentle Leader, but the same tug release principle and it works amazing..  I think that the thing that stuck the most with me and the training that we went through, was that the doodle needs to be held responsible for his/her actions. and that practice makes perfect.

Now we need some help with a training issue.. How do we get Brodie to go up stairs? We have tried the excited run toward the stairs approach, the here is your favorite toy approach and the treat approach, plus the follow Harrison approach and they all end with the same reaction, Brodie becomes a mule. He is 62lbs so it is getting pretty hard to get him to jump into the motorhome, truck or car. He will come down just never up,,

Any ideas?

Thanks doodle family

Comment by Scott McClain on November 15, 2014 at 9:21am


Here is the file in a .pdf format for those of you that are interested.

Comment by Scott McClain on November 15, 2014 at 9:08am


This is the Personality Profile that the Volhard's use in their Dog Training for Dummies book. It can give you a lot of insight regarding your dogs personality traits. You can use this to decide which "drive" methods are best suited to your dogs training method.

It is a Word document. If you have any problems opening this let me know and I will convert the document into a .pdf format.

Comment by Scott McClain on November 15, 2014 at 7:10am


That sounds exactly like the Volhard Motivational Training method. I'm currently reading the book they wrote, Dog Training for Dummies, 3rd Edition and using their DVD, Living With Your Dog (which is basically the same thing as in the book). The difference is they, like me, don't like choke collars. Although the collar they suggest is the same principle as a choke collar the actual collar is not a chain but nylon with a stationary ring at one end, a floating ring and a clasp at the other end. You can see it here: The "Volhard" Training Collar


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