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Poodles have a rather uncommon appearance as far as dogs go. They have square bodies that range in size quite a lot. They can stand anywhere from 5 inches to 15 inches, which is standard. The former is also known as a toy Poodle. They have dark eyes with hanging ears on either side pointed by a long, straight muzzle. Next comes the long neck and the prideful stance.
And of course, the most important and unusual aspect is it’s fur. They can have a wide range of colors from white through brown, gray, red, black and so on. Generally their coat is curly but it can also have small ringlets instead of curls.
What Is The Temperament Of A Poodle
Poodles have this wild reputation that they are feisty, yappy dogs with weird haircuts. However they are generally good natured and they bond quickly with people. They are intelligent and love to be in the center of attention.
Poodles are totally one-man dogs. Well to be fair, one-family dogs is a bit more accurate. They don’t like strangers and can become anxious if they lack socialization. They have the habit of barking at strangers and they do their job as watch dogs.
What Are Poodles Like In An Apartment
First of all Poodles don’t like to be alone. Their behavior can rapidly degenerate into an anxious and destructive behavior. However they like consistency. The best way to entertain them is to maintain the same routine day in, day out.
They are intelligent dogs that need challenges. They love consistency for you to spend time with them training, playing and grooming to keep them content. Whether you want to potty train your Poodle or you want to show him where he can’t go you’ll find him quite responsive.
How Can You Train Your Poodle
In order to train a dog you must first understand how he thinks. Dogs live by a pack hierarchy. The pack is led by an alpha figure. When a dog becomes someone’s pet that family becomes his pack. You must make sure that you are the alpha figure in your dog’s pack.
You do this by being firm in tone of voice and being prompt in telling him what to do. There’s no need to go further, your voice is all you need. In fact most dogs react negatively to violence, Poodles are no different.
All you need to do is to be consistent and firm. Whenever he does something wrong you must tell him, every time. It’s important for your dog not to receive mixed signals, or he won’t understand what you really want.
As you know Poodles love routine. If you set the same time for training every day he will come to understand that the time has come for training and will react accordingly.
Also, it’s a good idea to stick to one command at a time. It’s no use trying to teach him 5 tricks at once as it’s easy for him to become confused. You know it’s time to move to the next trick when he has correctly obeyed your command several times in a row.
One of the most underrated treats you have at your disposal is praise. You don’t need food every time you want your Poodle to sit. All you need is to praise him for being such a good doggie. Praise is the most powerful tool in your arsenal.
Poodle Coat Can Be A Nightmare
The Poodle’s coat is high maintenance stuff. He requires a trip to a professional groomer once every 6 to 8 weeks. However in between these trips there’s still much you need to do to make sure your Poodle is looking his best.
Clipping a Poodles hair can be pesky business if the dog is not used to a clipper. So you need to desensitize him by first just showing him the clipper, then gradually moving from turning it on to moving it closer and closer to his head so he becomes accustomed to it.
Poodles require daily brushing and combing. They don’t shed on furniture because the hair is caught in his coat. This is why they need daily brushing to remove loose hair, dirt and so on.
Poodles require daily maintenance to look good and they are loving, obedient dogs. They can be shy of strangers and tend to bark whenever they see new people approaching. They don’t shed fur but do need grooming every day as well as relatively frequent haircuts.