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Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets


Training - Experiences, Challenges, and Mindsets

This group provides a "safe place" for members to share their experiences with training, celebrate "big and little successes" and gain insights as we encounter challenges, to support one another, and to explore how our mindset affects our training.

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QUESTIONS REGARDING PUPPY BEHAVIORAL CONCERNS (less than 4 mos of age) are better placed in the Main Forum or the Puppy Madness Groups.  Once our Doodles reach the age of four to five months, they are ready to begin their obedience training, and this is the place to share experiences.



Congratulations HATTIE!!!!!



CharlieLily Grace

Cally & Rosey

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE TRAINING GROUP CGC WINNERS!  Please remember to post a picture of your Doodle whenever they complete any training designation so that we can continue to add to our collage.  If I missed anyone here, also please let me know.




Discussion Forum

Staying off furniture

Started by J and Riley (and Luna). Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on Thursday. 14 Replies

Riley was definitely a kangaroo in a previous life and loves jumping.  Unfortunately that includes jumping on our furniture at every opportunity...often when running at full tilt when we are playing…Continue

Kennel Garuding

Started by Haley, Yeti, and Phin. Last reply by Laura and Angus May 9. 39 Replies

Hello everyone!We have always had an issue with Yeti guarding. First it started with a bully stick, which was easy to just take away and never give him again. For a long time that was the only thing…Continue

New Chewing Behavior

Started by Sooner Mom. Last reply by ginny May 4. 7 Replies

Don't hate us but in the over 10 months we have had our golden doodle she has chewed on to the point of damaging exactly one thing inside the house that was not hers, a sock.  Well today we were…Continue

Barking in crate when mom is watching

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie May 1. 41 Replies

Can we troubleshoot another new issue I'm having? I'm going to ask the trainers too, but we always have such good ideas here.Maggie started this scent work class. I think it's going to be fun. But…Continue

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Comment by Stephanie Bowman on March 28, 2018 at 10:31am

Thanks for the tip! I'm new to the platform and still adjusting :)

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on March 28, 2018 at 9:52am

Stephanie, it would be better to post this as a new discussion here in the Training Group rather than as a "comment". The Comments section doesn;t allow people to respond directly to your questions, and you won't be able to find the comment in the future. All you have to do to start a new discussion is to click "+ Add a Discussion" immediately above this comment wall. :)

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on November 17, 2016 at 6:08pm


Comment by C&L on November 17, 2016 at 7:07am

We've earned our CGC the day he turned 6 months old.  He just got his second title and he is still 7 months old! We are entering in versatility class next! 

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on August 7, 2016 at 11:59am

More proof of the importance of training: In a recent year-long study conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) to look at the reasons pets are relinquished to animal shelters revealed some facts that will not be surprising to members of this group.

According to the study:

  • The majority of the surrendered dogs (47.7%) and cats (40.3%) were between 5 months and 3 years of age.
  • The majority of dogs (37.1%) and cats (30.2) had been owned from 7 months to 1 year.
  • Approximately half of the pets (42.8% of dogs; 50.8% of cats) surrendered were not neutered. Many of the pets relinquished (33% of dogs; 46.9% of cats) had not been to a veterinarian.
  • Animals acquired from friends were relinquished in higher numbers (31.4% of dogs; 33.2% of cats) than from any other source.
  • Close to equal numbers of male and female dogs and cats were surrendered.
  • Most dogs (96%) had not received any obedience training.
Comment by Jane, Guinness and Murphy on June 24, 2016 at 4:33am

I agree with Diane....there is no tool that is as good as actual training.  Dogs want to pull...they want to decide where they're going to walk.  Training them that you are the one making those decisions and that it's in their best interest to walk by your side makes a huge difference in the quality of your walks.

Comment by Diane, Hurley and Sidney on June 23, 2016 at 8:32am

I totally agree about the retractable leashes not being safe.  I got bit by a dog that was on a retractable leash.  Had the owner been using a regular leash it would not have happened as she would have had much better control over her dog.  

We used a regular collar and leash with with Hurley and we did not use treats.  It took a lot of patience and practice starting with short training sessions a couple of times a day and gradually increasing the time of the walks/training.  

Hurley was made to sit on my left side.  The leash loop would be around my right wrist and I would hold the rest of the leash in my left hand.  I say 'heel' as I shuffle my feet a little and start to move forward.  If he breaks heel. We stop and start all over.  

Once he got that message down, the walks were extended.  Any time he breaks heel or looses concentration I put him back in sit and we start over.   Having said all of that there are walks where I let him have freedom.  I use a longer leash and allow him to explore.  Those walks are closer to hikes.   He gets lots of pats and verbal praise for heeling and listening, etc.

Hope that helps some.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on June 22, 2016 at 11:23pm

Retractable leashes are NOT safe. They are not training the dog not to pull, you are just letting the leash out.  Just my opinion.  We tried the gentle leader harness and it didn't do any better than provide a snack for the dog we had wearing it. :-] 

Comment by Mike H on June 22, 2016 at 5:25am

Gentle leader worked wonders for us. Took a while to get Denali used to it, she used to roll around trying to get it off. I grew up with a Lab with a neck of steel, we tried everything from choke to prong collars. Can't believe how much better walking is with the gentle leader.

In addition to the gentle leader, I spent a lot of time with Nali as a puppy getting a good "walk with me" or heel type behavior with a treat in my hand. I also prefer to have a short leash (6 ft) to easily issue corrections. I still give her a treat every now and then for a great sustained "walk with me".

Comment by Lynda on June 21, 2016 at 7:00pm
Pulling On A Leash: Have any of you used a Thunder Leash? If so, did it work to keep your doodle from pulling on the leash? Is there anything else that is better?
Lynda & Ace

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