When you bring a Goldilock’s puppy home, they’ll already have a head start on life with potty training and socialization and will need their owner’s touch of training to really be a companion! Of course, you’ll cover the basics of Sit, Stay, and Roll Over in time with treats and positive reinforcement in hand. However, it’s always a nice personality boost (and party trick) for your pup to have in their training arsenal. Keep reading for some unique tricks to teach your Goldendoodle at home!
#1: Speak (Or Sing)
Goldendoodles are not the type of breed to bark up a storm, but that doesn’t mean they won’t make some noise on cue! Teach your pup how to speak by encouraging them with a howl of your own for them to mimic, then reward them with a treat. Music will also do the trick, too, so don’t underestimate the power of Let It Go from Frozen or Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi! Your Goldendoodle will base their behavior on yours (perks of being a dog owner), so get really excited and animated while training them!
A popular trick to teach your dog is how to shake hands! You’ll be using verbals and actions for this one. Keep your pup close and say “Shake”, then take their paw into your hand to help them visualize the act. Praise them for holding their paw in your hand, then give them a treat. Repeat this until you feel it’s sticking, then try again later without taking their paw. See if it did stick, and if not, be patient – they’ll get the hang of it in no time!
#3: High Five
This one is great to follow up the Shake trick with! High Five simply requires you to repeat the same process of training your dog how to Shake, but by gradually raising your hand higher and higher every time to mimic a high five position. Keep the same reward system with treats and positive reinforcement! Also, make the process of learning exciting for your puppy by teaching them in short bursts – their attention span will thank you!