Raising your new AussieDoodle

Aussie Doodle Puppy training, puppy socialization, puppy do’s and don’ts.

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Ask Courtney about AussieDoodles

Courtney’s job at AwesomeDoodle is to help you prepare for your puppy, and help you shape your puppy’s behavior, and socialize your puppy, once you get it.   Q: Hi Courtney, we could use some advice…we are having what I think is a big separation anxiety issue. At first I thought it was a crate training issue because other than sleeping at night, he doesn’t spend time in his crate. He prefers to lay on his bed or lay on the floor near whoever is in the room. Granted, he doesn’t have to go in his crate often because someone [Click to Read More]

The first 2 weeks with your new AussieDoodle puppy

You’ve got your new puppy home. Now what? Feed it three times a day and potty train it? Yes, but there is much more. Your top priorities in the first few weeks are: 1.  Sit, eye contact, and come when called. You can do all this in your living room. Here is a perfect example of one of our families working on this. Do NOT allow kids to attempt to train the dog: 2.  Take your puppy somewhere every day. This is one of the MOST CRITICAL exercises you MUST do with your new puppy. Take puppy to Home Depot, [Click to Read More]

Puppy Crazy Time!

Remember, getting a new puppy is not all “cuteness and cuddles.”  These little ones are FULL of energy.  Luckily, they burn up that energy quickly. Puppies have a “crazy” mode a few times a day, especially a couple hours before bedtime.  You WILL have some times where puppy is biting your shoelaces, eating your pant legs, biting or mouthing at your hands, and overall, being super annoying and uncontrollable.  They run around like idiots, and basically act like a kid on caffeine.  DO NOT attempt to teach your puppy any calm behaviors during this time, and don’t try to “correct” [Click to Read More]

AwesomeDoodle Golden Rules for Dogs and Puppies

Our technique for training dogs is a combination of both corrective action and positive reinforcement.  Corrective action is similar to the way Cesar Milan teaches.  He lets his dog know if they are doing something he doesn’t want them to do.  He doesn’t hit them or scold them; he says, “Shhhht!” And sometimes he will tap them, just enough to get their attention and snap them out of the behavior they are doing.  He practices the “pack leader” theory, which leads your dog to believe you are in charge.  This creates a more submissive and well-behaved dog, rather than an [Click to Read More]

Barking at People

Hi all!  This question came in from Sophia and Brad, owners of our spotlight puppy, Tucks!  It is a great question and a common problem with puppies in the 9-12 month old range. Question:   Tucks doing well; first haircut tomorrow! He’s listening well these days although I do need your advice on something. He’s taken to barking at random people on the street. Yesterday I let him out of the door off his leash and we were walking to the car, and somebody walked by and he ran up after them and circled them barking. Today on our walk, a [Click to Read More]

Training your puppy NOT to jump on your guests

One of the hardest things to train, is not jumping on your friends, when they come over, and not jumping on YOU when you get home. Our dogs are a few years old and they still do it. They are so excited to see people, and so excited when you get home. The good news is, you know your dog loves people. It would be worse if they growled at strangers or tried to “protect” you.  Unfortunately, we condition our dogs to jump on us, even though we don’t know we’re doing it. What NOT to do: Think about it. [Click to Read More]

Puppy Car Sickness / Motion Sickness

Is your little AussieDoodle getting sick in the car?  You want to “socialize” your puppy to car rides, teach them how to behave and ride in the car at an early age, but your puppy is puking all over your leather seats, or worse yet, your cloth seats. Have you ever gotten sick on some carnival ride that spins you like a top?  The next time you see that ride, your stomach gets upset.  There is a connection between the “twirl – a – whirl” that triggers your stomach to turn into knots.  If you rode it again, you would [Click to Read More]

The first month with your Puppy

The first month with your puppy will be challenging for sure. There are some things you can do to “set the standard” right away. The first month is THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME with your new puppy, for socializing and shaping your dog’s behaviors. In the first month, don’t concentrate too much time on teaching your dog to “play dead” or similar tricks. Instead, work on shaping your dog’s behaviors and socializing it. 1.  Make every experience “FUN” for puppy.  Puppies have a quick “bounce back” factor, but repeat bad experiences may make your dog afraid of certain things. 2.  Don’t [Click to Read More]

Basic training for your new Puppy

What is basic training? When you first get your new puppy home, you should start “Socializing” and “Basic Training.” Instead of calling it “Training,” I like to call it “behavior shaping.” We are shaping our dog’s behavior without them even knowing it. What is “behavior shaping?” One example, is where we reward our dog for making eye contact. They give us eye contact, they get a treat. Pretty soon, your dog will OFFER you eye contact, without you asking for it, because they are conditioned to do it. They do it without thinking. A dog who gives you eye contact, [Click to Read More]

Doggie Do’s and Don’ts

ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT!  DON’T teach your puppy to shake, high five, sit pretty, jump up, or speak.  Save these for after the dog is 8-12 months old, or better yet, never.  Remember dogs OFFER behaviors.  I don’t want my dog jumping or pawing at me. DO reward calmness in your puppy. DO let your dog in the house when it sits or barks at the back door.  I know barking is annoying, but it is MUCH better than jumping and scratching at the door.  I see torn up back doors.  This is because they don’t let it in when it barks. [Click to Read More]

Socializing your new Puppy

You’ve probably heard this term before, but what does it mean?  The single most important thing you can do with your puppy is “socialize” it properly.  When you “socialize” your puppy, you are introducing them to new experiences. Puppies begin to experience “fear” at 6 – 8 weeks, and this is when they learn what to be afraid of, and what is ok.  For example, if your puppy experiences a thunder storm, it might be startled at first by the crash of the thunder.  But after a few strikes, it is no longer startled.  Since nothing bad happened, your puppy [Click to Read More]

You are the “pack” leader.

Two amazing Mini AussieDoodles wait for their turn to eat.  Photo by DreamyDoodles. From the first day you get your new puppy, you will be the pack leader.  The “pack” is you and your pup.  Dogs NEED to be the pack leader or be led by one.  Your dog is not “EQUAL” to you.  Dogs are much more comfortable, and less nervous when they have a pack leader to rely on. In the pack, the leader makes the kill, eats, and only then allows the others to eat.  Believe me, your dog is content to watch you eat while they [Click to Read More]

House-breaking your new puppy

  House-breaking:  Until puppy is 10-11 weeks old, don’t get bent out of shape about house breaking / potty training.  You’ll be following your pup around with paper towels.  It isn’t until they are about 10-12 weeks until they start to realize they can “hold it.”  Until then, they just pee where ever they are, as soon as they feel the need.  However, if they are in their crate, or in their “play place” they will try to hold it, as their instinct is to NOT pee where they sleep. Again, don’t try too hard in the first few weeks, [Click to Read More]

The first 48 hours with your new Puppy.

Vet appointment: It’s important to get your puppy to the vet for a check-up within 3 days of them coming home. Your pup will need to go back for vaccinations/de-worming at 9 weeks old. Also, it is a good idea to get your puppy on a flea preventative when they turn 8 weeks old, as they haven’t had one yet and are susceptible to picking up fleas just about anywhere. At night, opossums and raccoons may cross your back yard, dropping fleas everywhere! Collars and leashes: Your puppy has worn a collar yet. Let puppy get comfortable in your new home for a few days before introducing [Click to Read More]