Teaching your Standard Poodle to walk stairs, or teaching any dog for that matter, is something that requires a bit of time and patience.
The stairs are high for a standard poodle puppy. Going up, it feels as if there’s no way back; the dog is quite right!
Going down is even worse. For the dog it’s a sensation of falling forward.
Encouragement Over Luring
Some want to lure their standard poodle up the stairs. Good luck with that. Standard Poodles are very smart.
The best way is to encourage your dog with words, love and patience.
Go up the stairs a little bit but not too high. Just high enough that your puppy has to bring up the courage to take one or two steps. Then, pick your poodle up and shower her with love. Bring her back downstairs; enough for one day!
Repeat this over a couple of days. Just as with collar training and leash training, the idea is to habituate the poodle to the idea.
Once you see that some ease or confidence has entered your pup’s stair walking behavior, move up. Continue until your standard poodle runs or walks up the stairs to be with you.
You have to go through almost the same process for going down but realize that your dog will be in more panic. She’ll feel she cannot go forward or backward.
Sit down on one of the steps so your dog again has to walk only a few steps.
If you cannot encourage her to take the first steps, in the end you have to make the first step for her. As the poodle can’t go back she has to go forward. This gives you the chance to take her when she arrives and reward and encourage her.
When Can A Standard Poodle Climb Stairs
A standard poodle puppy has the age to climb stairs from 3 months and up. Frequent stair climbing — like really a lot — should wait until 6 months.
Under 3 months puppies will fall and hurt themselves. Bad. Standard poodles don’t have a strong bone structure even when adult so please be aware and put baby fences if needed!
When walking a puppy poodle on a leash it’s important that you make sure the poodle never experiences the leash as The Enemy or Something Bad.
That means that until your poodle is fully accustomed to and comfortable with the leash you don’t use force on the leash to pull her or make her go a certain way.
Puppies have a lot to see and learn, just like babies would; everything is new. Your poodle pup will often sit down out of the blue and look around; at you, at the surroundings, at nothing in particular or at something really peculiar to her.
This is normal. As said, she’s learning what’s what in the world.
If the poodle is looking at you and not budging at all, chances are the poodle has absolutely no clue what you’re saying or what you want. In your mind it’s clear you want the pup to move so she can do her things and you can go on with your walk; in the poodle’s mind you’re doing this strange thing again of attaching something to her neck, walking and repeating sounds…
Don’t Walk Too Long!
As soon as your pup seems to “get it” you might get really excited; now you can have those dog walks you’re dreaming of!
Well, back up a moment and keep in mind that this is a puppy poodle! You walking her around the block is the same as taking that walk with a baby who just learned to walk.
If you do walk this long your pup will go from moving happily along to sitting down without warning. This time gentle nudging and sweet cooing won’t help; she sits there and looks at you with her puppy eyes.
Pick her up, bring her home. She might shiver at this point as puppies can get cold fast.
Some will warn you against picking her up; they’ll argue that it teaches the dog to be moved when resisting instead of learning the dog how to obey. This obviously makes no sense; what else are you going to do? Force her ? Drag her with the leash (and risk not just creating tons of leash interaction behavior problems but possible ripping the tender paws of the pup!)?
No, if you brought her this far, then you just have to bring her back.
How Far is Far Enough
Instead of trying to go around the block, walk the length of the street.
If your puppy seems to want to walk more – she’s even enthusiastic about it!! – don’t forget that just like a little child, she has no idea that she needs to walk back. It’s your job to remember that and provide for it.
A lot of things can go wrong with a leash, the collar, the attach clip, and your puppy.
Take your time to put everything right, calmly, before going away. But once outside and walking, be mindful of the fact that accidents can and do happen – especially if at any time you put a bit of force on the leash (not recommended at all but it happens).
When your puppy sits down she might be uncomfortable or even in pain. Any part of the collar, leash, or attach clip may have become entangled in her soft puppy coat. Worse, sometimes a clip will open and then close on the paw of a dog. This causes a painful and for the dog very scary pinching sensation; one that is getting worse with every step she takes.
While enduring this type of hurt or discomfort, your puppy might not even whine or otherwise express her pain. She might just sit there or even pull back a bit against the leash. Pay careful attention to all the signals your puppy is sending; behavior is the only consistent language you have to understand your poodle.
One of the things that has surprised and impressed me tremendously in “owning” (I still don’t like to call it like that) a Standard Poodle is just how smart they are.
When we were reading up on Standard Poodles we saw a lot of references to this; to the smarts, the intelligence of the breed. But hey, haven’t we read that about just any other breed? How they are the smartest, best trained, most intelligent, well behaved dogs ever?
So I wasn’t really paying too much attention to that detail. Anyway, what I was looking for was; sociable, easy with other animals, non-shedding, great companion dog.
So searching and researching for that we got to the Standard Poodle (doubted for a moment when some people made taking care of their hair/coat/fur and ears sound like a day job), got our Standard Poodle and then, over the weeks and months following, got to learn her intelligence.
EASY TO TRAIN
Or should I say; easy to “train”? Because really, if you’re talking about the basic stuff like potty training, leash training, simple obedience — then the Standard Poodle has that down.
To give you an example. I don’t want Kaiah to get hurt this Winter by jumping out of are yard onto the — by then often slippery — driveway.
So, I bought her outside.Touched her neck lightly while telling her to wait so she wouldn’t run ahead already. She walked with me towards the yard. There I pointed to the stairs leading intothe yard and said “stairs!”
She looked at me a bit puzzled but after repeating it once or twice she got the idea that she was invited to go into the yard and so she did.
When she was done I stood close to the stairs’ pointed again and again repeated “stairs!”
With an expression that said “dunno what he’s so uptight about” she sort of shrugged her shoulder and came down the stairs.
After the third time she didn’t jump in anymore but would calmly walk to the stairs and use those.
On rare occasions I have to remind her “stairs!”’, true, but on the whole I’m impressed and never saw a dog pick up something like that so fast.
Leash training a standard poodle can be challenging. Ultimately it’s not only rewarding but needed too.
Patient consistency combined with lots of love and fun form the foundation of the leash training program.
Before embarking on leash training you have to have made your poodle comfortable with wearing a collar to which you can attach the leash.
The collar itself should be comfortable and safe to wear for the puppy. There should be about two fingers of space between the collar and the neck of your poodle puppy.
Once your puppy is comfortable with wearing the collar, it’s time to move on to leash.
Leash Training: The Fun Phase
The first phase is, as it was with collar training, pure and simple fun.
Make sure the leash is attached already to the collar.
Once your poodle is feeling at its best, put the collar and leash on. Keep it fun! Keep it light! Show in both manners and voice how happy we all are! Don’t carry an air of expectation over you; how is she going to react? Be confidently happy and ignore the leash.
As you would if suddenly something is trailing you, your puppy will now go through a "what the heck is this!" phase. She might run around, let herself fall on her side – whatever.
Ignore this behavior. Don’t encourage it by telling her it is alright or that the leash is her friend. Simply go about your own doings, acting as normal as possible. Remember, your poodle puppy takes its cues from your behavior.
After a couple of minutes, remove both the leash and collar. Again, always with an air of normalcy about you and ignoring any out of the ordinary behavior of your puppy.
Repeat this a couple of times over a couple of days. You’ll see for yourself when your poodle is starting to find the leash normal or boring or treat it as a toy versus treating it as a dangerous enemy.
Hold The Leash: Don’t Lead
Once your puppy isn’t afraid of the leash itself you can start holding your end of the leash.
It’s important at this point that you let puppy take the lead. If she wants to go to the living room, that’s where we go. If she wants to sit here and not move; that’s okay too.
The goal at this point is to help your puppy to see the leash as something that simply is there instead of something that forces or restrains her.
We’re associating happy thoughts with the leash and with you holding it.
Repeat a couple of times, just to establish this is something that happens: sometimes there is a collar, sometimes a leash, and sometimes you hold the leash. That’s all; no worries here
Going Outside: The First Time
Because of the extra space between the collar and your puppy’s neck, the collar fits very loose.
It’s very easy for your puppy to pull herself out of the collar. Obviously this can lead to unwanted and even dangerous situations.
For this reason the leash is led underneath one of the forepaws of your poodle. From there the leash goes straight up to about your shoulder height.
When not in motion this looks as if the leash is going straight up, being held in the air by your extended arm.
This technique provides you with some control over your puppy; without it, when you need to correct her or prevent her from going into the road, she’s simply stop, pull and be running around free.
Remember the happy thoughts concept and provide some time for your poodle to get used to this; being outside with the leash under her forepaw.
In the beginning, let your poodle lead again. If she sits down, let it be. Just stand there and wait. If it takes too long, take a step or two but don’t use the leash to force your dog.
Once in motion, beware that the poodle will cut in front of you at the strangest moments. Don’t make a problem about that; this is behavior we’ll train later on.
Your poodle will also stop frequently. Often she’ll sit down at that time. Poodle puppies often take inventory of their surroundings to determine if it’s safe or not. Also, almost everything your puppy sees, hears and smells at this stage is new – this takes some getting used to.
Consistently going out like this, your poodle will start walking confidently on the leash within days and you can start to gently impose your leadership.
- Ensure you passed the poodle collar training stage
- Attach the leash to the collar and the puppy inside your house
- let the poodle roam around
- ignore odd behavior regarding the leash
- repeat several times until poodle seems comfortable or okay with the leash
- Hold the leash but don’t lead; let the poodle decide where she wants to go
- Once comfortable, move to the outside
- very important to lead the leash under one of the forepaws to maintain some control over the puppy
- let her lead
- Once comfortable, start gentle indications of leading
- Repeat consistently and within 3-5 days your puppy is a happy walker
A Golden Retriever+Standard Poodle mix is called a Goldendoodle. The result of the mix of a Golden Retriever with a Standard Poodle is just one of the many forms of doodles that exist: doodles. “Doodle” is the name given to these mixes of poodle plus something else.
The Golden Retriever Standard Poodle History
The Golden Retriever Standard Poodle is the second doodle ever to have been bred. Its existence is due to the popularity of the Labradoodle.
The Labradoodle was the first doodle breed to appear. It was bred in Australia as an assistance dog for people with allergies. The Labradoodle became very popular and companion pets were bred by mixing Labradors with Miniature Poodles.
The Labradoodle was such a huge “hit”, was such a popular dog, that soon demand arrived for a dog that combined the best qualities of the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle.
The Golden Retriever/Standard Poodle mix got its name from the first breeder known to have bred them purposely.
The first guided breeding of Golden Retriever + Standard Poodle was by Any Lane in Maryland in the 1990’s.
Because of their gorgeous, fluffy, golden coats she called them Goldendoodle.
The size of a Golden Retriever + Standard Poodle mix varies a lot and depends mostly on the size of the parents.
If the parents are known you can approximate the adult weight of your Goldendoodle. Add the weight of both parents and divide by 2 to get an idea how large your puppy is going to be. Be warned: this is just a rule of thumb. Any doodle litter may have puppies that become heavier or lighter than what you calculate.
The names for the general sizes that breeders will use are standard, medium and miniature.
|Standard||a Golden Retriever + Standard Poodle mix expected to be over 45 lbs|
|Medium||a Goldendoodle of 30-45 lbs|
|Miniature||15-30 lbs. Can be a Golden Retriever + Standard Poodle mix but is often mixed with a Miniature Poodle instead.
They’re usually about a foot tall.
Golden Retriever Standard Poodle Coat
There is no sure way to predict what the coat of a Goldendoodle will look like. The coats of puppies in the same litter can differ!
It can inherit a Golden Retriever-like look, a Standard Poodle look or – often – something in between.
In general Goldendoodles inherit the non shedding trait of the Standard Poodle. The texture of the hair is different though.
The hair can be a bit shagy or even wirey, or it can be smooth.
You can leave the hair growing to about the same length all over. Like the Standard Poodle, the Goldendoodle has hair, much like a human does, so you do need to groom her every now and then.
Without any grooming at all the hair of a Goldendoodle will grow to around 8 inches at which point the growth will stop or slow down.
Character Of The Golden Retriever Standard Poodle
As a mixed breed the Goldendoodle can inherit any combination of the characteristics of either breed. So to be really prepared, read up both on the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle.
It’s hard to think of a more sociable dog than the Goldendoodle. While the Standard Poodle herself is already tremendously social and considers herself to be a part of the family, the Goldendoodle is very, very social.
Goldendoodles tend to be very good around strangers. Just like the Standard Poodle, they’re very devoted to their people.
Naturally social they’re easily trained. Goldendoodles are very smart dogs.
Golden Retriever Standard Poodle Health
The Goldendoodle is a first generation mix, a hybrid dog. That’s very good: two distinct breeds mixed into one.
As a hybrid the Goldendoodle can have health traits from either breed.
Second generation mixes – for example a Goldendoodle mixed with a Poodle to breed back to a Poodle – tend to have more problems.
Just as with character, the health and health problems of the Goldendoodle can have any possible combination of the health characteristics of the Golden Reteirver and the Standard Poodle.
With the first real warm Spring day here we decided to take a walk in the park – and I decided to bring Kaiah, our standard poodle, for her first ever trip to a park.
Now what we need to remember from previous “first times” and from previous walks outside is that any puppy will find new things strange, exciting, puzzling and, yes, sometimes scary. But especially standard poodle puppies have an inquisitive nature that makes them apt to either stop dead in their tracks to survey what’s going on or, in total contrast, approach the subject of their wonderment.
With that in mind I put the leash on her collar and we started for the park.
Cars are still a challenge to her. She finds these large moving objects a bit daunting but is stopped dead in her tracks by them stopping for her. It’s like she can’t believe it and so, instead of taking the right of way given to her, she’ll just stand there stock-stiff and watch the car.
A large, barking dog we needed to pass was equally impressive and most certainly scary for her. As always she wants to stop and move FAR around them.
In the park though she was my pride! For the first time in her life (she’s 5 months now) she ran with and after a stick. She’s very keen playing fetch. Once she lost interest in the stick (she’s bright and playing fetch indefinitely won’t happen) she went to leisurely running around a bit and sampling grass.
Not even the paraglider got her stressed out!
Although I didn’t give her opportunity either she didn’t charge after cyclists or skaters. In the playground she was content to sit and be petted by me while the kids were making their ruckus. No charging after them or becoming overly excited.
Wearing a collar is something a puppy has to learn to bear. It’s needed though! In order to have walks on the leash and to carry her proof of vaccination with and on her, a collar is needed.
The Collar is Fun!
Well, that’s at least what we’ll try to make our pup believe. Of course you and I understand that wearing a collar while you’re a free spirited animal is no fun at all.
Remember that the coat of a poodle may get tangled up in the collar; for poodles, wearing a collar is a temporary thing. In the house you take it off.
Buy a collar in the right size. Your pet store can help you. Adjust the collar so it fits your poodle puppy. As a general rule you should be able to place two fingers between the collar and your poodle dog.
As always, wait for a fun moment when your poodle is feeling at the top of her game. With you staying in a good, fun, loving but casual mood, get the collar and put it on. Take a short moment to give her some praise; good girl! Get up and start doing something else; dust the room, put books away, arrange your CD collection. Whatever – but keep yourself occupied.
Your poodle will start to mess around with the collar. She might try to pull it off. Let herself fall sideways. Roll over the floor. All kinds of stuff. Don’t pay attention and don’t laugh. Just let her be. Act as if everything is normal, nothing is out of the ordinary.
After a few minutes (5-15), take the collar off without much fanfare, praise your dog and continue with life as usual.
Stay With Your Poodle
Repeat this exercise several times over the next couple of days. Alternate techniques to keep her distracted from how odd it is to wear a collar. Play with her favorite toy one time, keep doing your own work the next. Key is that she does not get the impression special attention is being paid to The Thing And Her
At all times during collar training, stay with your poodle. You don’t want her getting tied up with something in the house and having her become utterly panicked with the collar … or have a serious accident happen.
Although much of training a dog is based on praise, this is not one of those times to use it. The idea is to make wearing a collar a regular, normal thing for your poodle – not a special feat she has performed which needs rewarding.
- Be patient and loving
- Be consistent
- Put the collar on when your poodle feels her best
- Make sure there’s about 2 fingers of space
- Ignore anything the poodle does to rid herself of the collar
- But monitor the poodle to prevent accidents from happening
- After 5-15 minutes, remove the collar & go about your day
- Repeat once or twice a day for 2-3 days
- Once used, only use the collar to go outside; do not leave a collar permanently on a poodle
Pretty special day, I tell you: we made it through the night!
I had no idea the housebreaking would go this fast and be this successful. But I’m not complaining!
We’re both still pretty tired (getting up several times a night is a serious energy loser!) but we also both got a boost from the encouraging idea that she’s getting there!
The key with housebreaking a standard poodle remains that you have to be the one thinking “oh yeah, she has to go outside” – and to think that regularly: the poodle will not indicate when she needs to go!
This was quite the morning, I tell you!
You know how you’re walking through your house sometimes and then suddenly think “hey, wait a sec, where did I put….” or “where is…”? Well, I had that this morning with the dog!
I couldn’t find her anywhere. Now she’s pitch black and sort of sucks up light, making her disappear in shaded spots and where not so I really had to go around and look good. Under the desk, way back in the shadows where she likes to lay? Nuh-uh! Under the couch? Nope…
Finally I thought to look upstairs – and there was my little darling! She’s walked up the stairs all by herself!!!
We just had to see that for ourselves so we practiced it and yes, our little standard poodle girl can walk up the stairs!
In another major step in our lives together we’ve put her on her collar for the first time. Collar training is an important step in teaching your standard poodle how to walk on the leash. When you think of a collar as a restraining device you’ll easily see how it’s something you have to ease your puppy into.
She did really well!
We left it on for a little bit, really lose, and she was pretty okay with it. You really have to stay around all the time though; she got it stuck in her mouth twice.
Hey, this day is so uneventful it’s special.
We had our first evening and night without any pee-pee accident inside the house. Not bad, not bad at all!
We still have to watch out though; have to watch her. If not, she’ll pee inside. And that’s only natural. Brilliant and bright as standard poodles may be, she is a tiny pup; that she has come this far this fast is already something.
But, when we bring her outside all. the. time. she does really well.
She runs after the ball already. Some friends told me that that is quite special; the "fetch!” instinct.
What I find cute is that she moves like a lamb out on the field for the very first time