The cockapoo came in existence by crossing either an American or English Cocker Spaniel and a poodle. Bred for the first time in the United States, cockapoos become popular not only in the United States but also in other countries like Australia and Sweden, called spoodles and cockerpoo respectively. This breed is known to be very people oriented but nevertheless, cockapoo training is still necessary in order to raise a well behaved dog anybody would love to spend time with.
Though this breed is known to be intelligent like their poodle ancestors, cockapoo training can be challenging especially to dog owners who don’t have experience of what it is to have a dog, much more a very active dog that may jump on furniture.
To get you on the right track, start socializing your dog at the earliest time possible. The puppy may have already been socialized by the breeder but that doesn’t mean you never have to socialize the pet yourself. Introduce the four-legged to other animals at home as well as to other family members. Failure to introduce them properly may result to various issues such as dominance and aggression. Gradually introduce new surroundings, things and other stuff essential in the human world. Never limit your pup’s world within the comfort of your home only, much more within the four corners of a crate. Failure to socialize a pup will only result to being timid, shy and submissive.
Along with socialization, housetraining should start early as well. Puppies have limited bowel and urinary control thus they must be constantly supervised to prevent accidents in the house. After waking up in the morning, after eating and drinking, after doing activities, when excited or nervous and before going to bed at night are the best times to take the pup out to urinate/defecate. Setting potty time like this will definitely help the pup eventually develop regular potty schedule. Of course, housetraining may not be such a big hassle anymore should you adopt a cockapoo from dog shelters nearest you since most dogs in the shelter or rescue groups are already trained by their previous owners or volunteers.
Your trait as owner is equally essential for the success of cockapoo training. Determination, patience and consistency are keys to help you carry out with your goal – determination to keep you going with the training, patience to endure your dog’s mistakes and consistency of the training to make your dog understand what information you are trying to convey. If you haven’t got these traits, poor Fido will probably do well in the hands of a more suitable owner.