Training Your Puppy
Australian Labradoodles are smart, trainable and eager to please.
What does this mean?
While ALD's are very trainable, like any puppy, they require structure and guidance.
In order to set you and your puppy up for a successful life, your puppy needs structured training at the guidance of a professional trainer. Remember, your puppy doesn't speak English, and you don't speak canine. You need to learn how to communicate ;)
What is a professional trainer? They key words to look for are "Animal Behavioralist". While "tricks" can be fun, the important things to focus on are what will make your dog a member of society with manners. Think about when you visit your friends' home. Do their dogs jump all over you when you walk in the door? Or do they sit and wait to be greeted? Which do you prefer?
What training has Shadow Mountain done prior to picking up your puppy at 8 weeks old?
We have provided age appropriate socialization. While every puppy has their own personality and individuality, as a whole, your Shadow Mountain puppy will have a happy, sweet, playful and inquisitive personality. We nurture our puppies and set them up for success! We strive to encourage our puppies in new situations and instill confidence.
We handle the puppies daily. This includes, rubbing feet and trimming nails, playing with ears, and cleaning ears, handling their bottoms and tails, rubbing their bellies and every inch of their bodies.
We also encourage lots of play! We introduce new sights, sounds, smells and textures everyday. The puppies have a wide assortment of play equipment and toys that they rotate through to make everyday new and exciting. When we do have a puppy show trepidation about an object, we work with them one on one to help them master their fear.
We introduce crate training. AN 8 WEEK OLD PUPPY WILL NOT BE CRATE TRAINED. The week before the puppies go home, the puppies will practice taking 1-2 hour naps in their crate. They are not crate trained. Do not expect your new puppy to sleep through the night in their crate their first night home. Connect with a trainer to set you and your puppy up for success.
Do I need to hire a trainer when my puppy is 8-16 weeks of age?
YES!!! Imagine letting your toddler run around your house, without a dipper and unsupervised for 8 weeks. You need to establish a routine and structure. This breed is very intelligent, but like any dog, they require training.
Most trainers will not offer group training until the puppy has completed all vaccinations which is roughly 4 months of age. Find a trainer who is willing to come to your home. We recommend at least 1, 1 hour private training session the first week you bring the puppy home.
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with BAXTER & Bella Online Puppy School. They are an excellent source for alternative and supplemental training! They offer lessons, videos, one-on-one professional help, classes, courses, events, activities, games, charts checklists and so much more!!! We are absolutely blown away by the depth of the program and their trainers are outstanding. We encourage all of our families to explore their program.
This program is a wonderful supplement while you are waiting to for your puppy to be fully vaccinated. They address all of the common puppy obstacles such as biting and nipping, potty training, leash training, ect.