KRISTA'S POODLE TRAINING TIPS
IF YOUR POODLE IS PULLING AT HIS OR HER LEASH.  
You should stop walking.  Walking should be a reward
and your poodle will soon learn that when he or she
pulls, the reward will end.
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YOU FOUND A MESS ON YOUR CARPET!
Don't correct your puppy unless your catch him or her in the act.  
When you do, don't yell, just take him or her to the appropriate relief
spot and thoroughly clean the soiled area.
YOUR POODLE IS BARKING!
The best way to discourage bad behavior is to withdraw your attention
so stare away from the poodle.  When your poodle is quiet, turn around
and reward him or her.
Do I Go Home Today?
(author unknown)
My family brought me home
cradled in their arms.
They cuddled me and smiled at me,
and said I was full of charm.

They played and laughed with me
they showered me with toys
I sure do love my family
especially the girls and boys.

The children loved to feed me,
they gave me special treats.
They even let me sleep with them-
all snuggled in the sheets.

I used to go for walks,
often several times a day.
They even fought to hold the leash,
I'm very proud to say.

These things I'll never forget-
a cherished memory.
I now live in a shelter-
without my family.

They used to laugh and praise me
when I played with that old shoe.
But I didn't know the difference
between the old ones and the new.

The kids and I would grab a rag
for hours we would tug.
So, I thought I did the right thing
when I chewed the bedroom rug.

They said that I was out of control,
and would have to live outside.
This I did not understand,
Although I tried and tried,

The walks stopped, one by one;
they said they didn't have time.
I wish that I could change things,
I wish I knew my crime.

My life became so lonely,
in the backyard, on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long
to keep from going insane.

So they brought me to the shelter
but were embarrassed to say why.
They said I caused an allergy,
and then kissed me goodbye.

If I'd only had some classes,
as a little pup.
I wouldn't have been so hard to handle
when I was all grown up.

"You only have one day left",
I heard a worker say.
Does this mean a second chance?
Do I go home today?
CREATE YOUR  
POODLE PUPPIES  FIRST AID KIT

Having a pet first aid kit is ideal for home, travel or
when your pet is staying with friends or family. A
small plastic toolbox or food storage container
works well. On the outside of the box write your
pet’s name, your name and all contact
information, including your pet’s veterinarian.

Inside the kit you should include:


• Rolled cotton • Scissors
• Cotton balls • Eyewash
• Gauze pads • Tweezers
• Gauze tape • Oral syringes
• Hydrogen peroxide
(check the expiration date) • Emergency ice pack


You may also wish to include a list of any
medications that your pet requires. With this little
bit of preparation, you can always be ready if an
emergency happens.
WHAT IF YOUR POODLE MISBEHAVES?
Don't ever reprimand your poodle by saying his name, his name
should mean only good things.  Plus, reprimanding should be done
with an uncommon word used only with your puppy.  
Fooie or shssss are some examples.
A POODLE IS A BIG
RESPONSIBILITY SO
AS YOUR BREEDER I WILL  HELP WITH
ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE TO
SELECT AND GET PREPARED FOR YOUR
NEW ADDITION.

AND IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS DURING
THE LIFE OF YOUR POODLE JUST GIVE
ME A CALL OR SEND AN EMAIL.   I WILL
BE VERY HAPPY TO HELP.
YOUR PUPPY CHEWED UP ANOTHER SHOE!
Puppies get excited when they see new things.  By rotating toys,
he'll focus on something more interesting than your shoes!
House training your puppy

It's easy to house train your puppy. It just takes a little
House training rarely presents a problem with puppies
who have been reared under normal conditions. That’s
because a puppy reared with his mother until 8 weeks of
age will have learned to move away from his sleeping
area to relieve himself. Puppies instinctively want to be
clean, and very few puppies will foul their sleeping area
if given the choice.

A young puppy needs to urinate and defecate frequently
because he has a very small bladder and bowel. This
gives you as a puppy owner plenty of chances to praise
your puppy for performing in the right area, allowing him
to learn quickly. Do not punish your puppy for doing
wrong. It’s your responsibility to ensure that you take him
to the chosen toilet area as frequently as he needs to
go, generally as soon as he wakes up, after every meal
and at hourly intervals. Take your puppy outside, wait
with him until he performs, and then praise him by giving
him a snack or playing with him. While he’s learning, you
need to wait with him, so you can praise him at the
correct time.

Young puppies will inevitably have “accidents.” It’s
important to ignore these, and to clean up well so the
smell doesn’t linger, as this may encourage him to
repeat the performance on the same spot. Don’t scold
your dog for mistakes. Rather, reward him when he’s
correct, and he’ll soon want to go outside.

It’s also possible to train your dog to urinate and
defecate on command. As he performs, add words you
choose, such as “be quick” or “busy.” Your dog will then
build up an association of the word with the action. It’s
important that you only say the words while he’s actually
performing. Defecating and urinating on command is
very useful, as dog owners have a duty to prevent their
dogs from fouling indiscriminately. Teaching your dog to
relieve himself in your yard before you leave your home
can help prevent accidents in parks or on sidewalks.
Also, always carry a scoop (a “pooper-scooper”) so that
if your dog does defecate in a public place, you can
clean it up.
Grooming your poodle puppy

How to bathe your dog and brush his coat. Patience and gentleness are
key!
Regular bathing and grooming of your dog is important. Grooming
keeps the dog's coat clean and healthy looking while allowing you to
check the skin for signs of disease or parasites.
Puppy bathing and grooming will need to be done with kindness and
patience to allow your puppy to get used to each stage.
The most important thing about bathing and grooming your puppy is to
be patient and gentle with him. If the puppy remembers the bathing as
an unpleasant experience, he will become more difficult to bathe as he
gets older. You can get the puppy used to being groomed and handled
and accustomed to the equipment such as the combs and hair dryer.

Bathing
It is best to get everything prepared before you start to bathe your puppy
because he may try to get away from you during bathing! This includes
the area where you will wash the puppy, where you will dry it and the
equipment you will need.
Before bathing the puppy check his coat for any skin rashes, lumps and
also parasites such as fleas and ticks. If any of these are found do not
bathe the puppy and see your vet for further advice. A warm place will be
important for bathing your puppy.
Have a tub or other container half filled with warm water- not too warm -
and make sure you have a ready supply of warm water for rinsing.
Always use a mild shampoo for your puppy. Read the instructions
carefully before you use the shampoo. Have a clean towel available to
dry the puppy. This is the best time to get your puppy used to a hair dryer.
Never be rough with a puppy as he will not forget and may struggle every
time he is bathed. Gently lift the puppy into the container of tepid water.
Use a clean bottle or jug to pour the warm water over the dog, from the
back of the neck downwards, doing the head last. Start by applying the
shampoo to the body and legs. Rub the shampoo well in the coat of the
dog to give a good lather and make sure all the coat has been
shampooed. The puppy's head should be shampooed last, paying
particular care to ensure that no shampoo gets in to its eyes.
Rinse away the shampoo by pouring warm water on to its coat. It takes
quite a lot of water to rinse the shampoo out of the coat thoroughly. Your
puppy may shake himself vigorously and this will remove most of the
water from his coat. Use a clean towel to dry off the remaining water.
This is a good time to get your puppy used to a hair dryer. You can
complete the drying of his coat by using the hair dryer on a low
temperature setting. By using a brush with the hair dryer you can speed
up the drying process considerably.

Grooming
Remember the puppy may not be used to grooming so be patient and
gentle if he is frightened. Puppies may need to be groomed once a week
depending on the condition of the coat. Get everything together before
you start grooming you puppy. A comb and a soft-bristled brush will be
needed which you should keep specially for your puppy.  For small
puppies sitting him on your lap may be the best way.                                      
             
Poodles require clipping at least every six to eight weeks.  
DOES YOUR PUPPY GET CARSICK?

Puppies tend to get carsick more than adult
dogs so there is a chance that your puppy
will grow out of it. In the meantime, here are
some suggestions: Roll the window down a
couple of inches - not far enough for your
puppy to hang his head out, but enough to
help equalize the air pressure in the car.
Keep the car cool inside. Place your puppy
where he can see out the front window. You
could use a doggy seatbelt for this, or place
his crate where he has a view outside. Keep
the tone in the car upbeat, even if your puppy
makes a mess. Loud, unhappy voices when
he throws up won't make your puppy look
forward to future car rides.