The first months of your puppies life are pivotal to establishing how your puppy will behave for the rest of its life. It is very important to be gentle but consistent. Labradoodle puppies are incredibly intelligent dogs and with a few simple strategies, training will be a breeze.
It is important that your puppy knows its place in your household from the very beginning. Some new owners may pamper their dog too much in the early months, and then resent the dog assuming a higher place in the family hierarchy when it grows bigger. If this is how the dog is treated to begin with, it will expect it as the status quo. Be firm but gentle, and always consistent! Consistency is one of the most important things in all training with your pooch.
You must stop undesirable behaviour right from the outset. Nipping should not be tolerated; it must be nipped in the bud so to speak! This is true of all behaviours you expect from your dog. If jumping on people, couches, beds, or hovering around the dinner table during meal time is unacceptable in your household, make this clear from the beginning. Use a short, sharp sound to get your pups attention if they are doing something naughty. A quick clap of the hands is a good attention getter. Couple your remonstrations with rewards for the correct behaviour, and you will begin to see progress. Even if it takes time, it’s worth it!
Providing your puppy with plenty of stimulating toys will go a long way towards keeping them occupied, and out of mischief. It is also advisable to rotate toys. Exercise is a great way to keep your pup occupied, and to bond with them. Be careful of slippery surfaces, as this can be highly damaging to the joints of pups. Gradually increase the distance of your walks with you pup, beginning from about 10 minutes onwards. Off leash they can do as they please, because they will naturally rest when they feel the need.
We recommend obedience training classes for your puppy as soon as you take them home. Of course this is up to you. If this is not something you would choose to do, there is plenty of behaviour specific information available on the internet. Even coupled with classes, this information can go a long way to helping you understand your pups behaviours and how to shape them.