Raising your new AussieDoodle


Critical fear period for AussieDoodles

The critical fear period for AussieDoodles is 8-10 weeks. During this time, if they don’t have a positive experience with something, they may develop a permanent fear of that thing for life. They may fear things they have not seen before, such as people wearing hats, tall people, short people, people of different races, crowds, cars, streets, or ANY object or thing they haven’t seen before. If the puppy perceives this thing as dangerous now, it will ALWAYS perceive it as dangerous. If the puppy perceives this thing as SAFE now, it will ALWAYS perceive it as SAFE, and won’t be afraid of it, ever.
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Why you should get a dog trainer for your AussieDoodle Puppy

The ideal time to socialize and shape your puppy’s behavior is between 3 weeks and 14 weeks old. At AwesomeDoodle, we do our part to socialize and expose your puppy to as many sights and sounds as possible. When you get your puppy, now it’s your job to shape their behavior to be a well mannered dog for the rest of it’s life. It doesn’t take that much effort when it’s little. After 14 weeks, it becomes MUCH more difficult to socialize and shape the behaviors you want. Examples: If your dog is allowed to DIG when it is a puppy, this behavior is self rewarding, and they will dig for life. If your puppy is allowed to grab your shoe and run around the house with it, then it will do this for life. However, if your dog is taught that it has to earn it’s toys, it will…
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Separation Anxiety in AussieDoodles

Both Australian Shepherds and Poodles have been bred to be loyal companions. They stick to their family at all times. So when you mix an Aussie with a Poodle, you get double sided sticky! If you’ve done your homework, you already know that most Aussie Doodles suffer from separation anxiety to some degree. Many Australian Shepherds suffer from Separation Anxiety, and poodles, especially mini sized, can be even worse than Aussies. To get an AussieDoodle to be happy to be locked in a crate, while you wander off, will take a ton of counter conditioning. You’ll have to un-do what has been bred into these dogs for hundreds of years. And remember, your puppy has never been alone. It’s been with it’s litter mates and us humans all the time. Leaving them alone in the crate, can put them into a panic, to a point they won’t ever want to be…
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Kids and Puppies

Every child should grow up with a dog. I know I did and I’ll never forget that dog. But it’s up to you, to build the right relationship between your dog and your kids. Puppies tend to recognize children as playmates, especially if your kids are just as rambunctious as a puppy. Your puppy has been wrestling with it’s litter mates for weeks, and now will probably try to wrestle with your kids. While it’s fun for your kids to play with your puppy, there are some rules kids must follow: 1. Don’t allow kids to run from a puppy. Puppies have an instinct to follow. They have an instinct to be mouthy. If you throw a toy and your puppy goes and gets it, great! Keep in mind your puppy will also think your kids pant legs are also a toy. If you let your puppy chase your kids,…
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The first 2 weeks with your new AussieDoodle puppy

You’ve got your new puppy home. Now what? Feed it three times a day and potty train it? Yes, but there is much more. Your top priorities in the first few weeks are: 1.  Sit, eye contact, and come when called. You can do all this in your living room. Here is a perfect example of one of our families working on this. Do NOT allow kids to attempt to train the dog: 2.  Take your puppy somewhere every day. This is one of the MOST CRITICAL exercises you MUST do with your new puppy. Take puppy to Home Depot, the pet store, wherever allows dogs. Let puppy ride in the cart. Put treats in your pocket. When someone makes eye contact with your puppy, tell them, “I’m teaching my new puppy that strangers are good people. Would you give my dog a treat?” And believe me, everyone will want…
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Puppy Crazy Time!

Remember, getting a new puppy is not all “cuteness and cuddles.”  These little ones are FULL of energy.  Luckily, they burn up that energy quickly. Puppies have a “crazy” mode a few times a day, especially a couple hours before bedtime.  You WILL have some times where puppy is biting your shoelaces, eating your pant legs, biting or mouthing at your hands, and overall, being super annoying and uncontrollable.  They run around like idiots, and basically act like a kid on caffeine.  DO NOT attempt to teach your puppy any calm behaviors during this time, and don’t try to “correct” it for misbehaving, and whatever you do, do NOT put puppy in the crate, in attempt to “calm it down.”  Crazy time is normal, and it’s a sign your dog needs exercise. Let puppy burn off some energy.  It is YOUR JOB to exercise your dog. Puppy crazy time is…
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AwesomeDoodle Golden Rules for Dogs and Puppies

Our technique for training dogs is a combination of both corrective action and positive reinforcement.  Corrective action is similar to the way Cesar Milan teaches.  He lets his dog know if they are doing something he doesn’t want them to do.  He doesn’t hit them or scold them; he says, “Shhhht!” And sometimes he will tap them, just enough to get their attention and snap them out of the behavior they are doing.  He practices the “pack leader” theory, which leads your dog to believe you are in charge.  This creates a more submissive and well-behaved dog, rather than an “out of control” dog who jumps on the counter and helps themselves to your sandwich. Positive reinforcement is similar to the way Kikopup trains her dogs.  You can find her on youtube.  So ONLY does positive reinforcement.  She is amazing and her dogs will do things that will blow your…
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Barking at People

Hi all!  This question came in from Sophia and Brad, owners of our spotlight puppy, Tucks!  It is a great question and a common problem with puppies in the 6-12 month old range. Question:   Tucks doing well; first haircut tomorrow! He’s listening well these days although I do need your advice on something. He’s taken to barking at random people on the street, things in the back yard, and even us.  Should I get a citronella or light shock collar to teach him not to do that? It’s really embarrassing! Aside from that, he’s the dream pup. He knows heel now when walking and also knows “Go to your spot” which is a towel or dog bed on the floor in various rooms and he goes and lies down. Check out the pic 🙂   Answer:  First of all, understand this is so common and one of the most difficult…
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Training your puppy NOT to jump on your guests

One of the hardest things to train, is not jumping on your friends, when they come over, and not jumping on YOU when you get home. Our dogs are a few years old and they still do it. They are so excited to see people, and so excited when you get home. The good news is, you know your dog loves people. It would be worse if they growled at strangers or tried to “protect” you.  Unfortunately, we condition our dogs to jump on us, even though we don’t know we’re doing it. What NOT to do: Think about it. What is the first thing you do when you get home? You GOO GOO GOO GOO over your dog. Does this sound familiar? “Oh how’s my puppy wuppy? did you miss me? I missed you so much, let’s get out of that crate and give me some loving! goo goo…
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Puppy Car Sickness / Motion Sickness

Is your little AussieDoodle getting sick in the car?  You want to “socialize” your puppy to car rides, teach them how to behave and ride in the car at an early age, but your puppy is puking all over your leather seats, or worse yet, your cloth seats. Have you ever gotten sick on some carnival ride that spins you like a top?  The next time you see that ride, your stomach gets upset.  There is a connection between the “twirl – a – whirl” that triggers your stomach to turn into knots.  If you rode it again, you would most likely get sick, even quicker than you did the first time.  The same is true with your puppy. “No!!! Not the car!  When I go in there, I get sick!”  If you keep taking your dog in the car, you could create a forever bad experience for your dog…
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The first month with your Puppy

The first month with your puppy will be challenging for sure. There are some things you can do to “set the standard” right away. The first month is THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME with your new puppy, for socializing and shaping your dog’s behaviors. In the first month, don’t concentrate too much time on teaching your dog to “play dead” or similar tricks. Instead, work on shaping your dog’s behaviors and socializing it. 1.  Make every experience “FUN” for puppy.  Puppies have a quick “bounce back” factor, but repeat bad experiences may make your dog afraid of certain things. 2.  Don’t change your daily routine for puppy.  Don’t TIP TOE around the house while puppy is sleeping.  Don’t be afraid to put puppy in the crate when you need a “sanity” break, but don’t do it right after bad behavior. Never use the crate as a “time out” or for punishment.…
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Basic training for your new Puppy

What is basic training? When you first get your new puppy home, you should start “Socializing” and “Basic Training.” Instead of calling it “Training,” I like to call it “behavior shaping.” We are shaping our dog’s behavior without them even knowing it. What is “behavior shaping?” One example, is where we reward our dog for making eye contact. They give us eye contact, they get a treat. Pretty soon, your dog will OFFER you eye contact, without you asking for it, because they are conditioned to do it. They do it without thinking. A dog who gives you eye contact, gives your more attention, especially when you really need it. Weeks 7 – 16, are THE MOST CRITICAL TIME for shaping our dog’s behavior.  In this article, we will go over the first things you should teach your puppy.  We will encourage and reward our dog for good behaviors, like…
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Doggie Do’s and Don’ts

In this picture, we see “Scout” attempting to “MUG” my hand. Your pup should never be able to get the treat out of your hand when they try this. Only give the treat after they sit calmly and look away from your hand. ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT!  DON’T teach your puppy to shake, high five, sit pretty, jump up, or speak.  Save these for after the dog is 8-12 months old, or better yet, never.  Remember dogs OFFER behaviors.  I don’t want my dog jumping or pawing at me. DO reward calmness in your puppy. DO let your dog in the house when it sits or barks at the back door.  I know barking is annoying, but it is MUCH better than jumping and scratching at the door.  I see torn up back doors.  This is because they don’t let it in when it barks. In desperation, the dog jumps on the…
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Socializing your new Puppy

You’ve probably heard this term before, but what does it mean?  The single most important thing you can do with your puppy is “socialize” it properly.  When you “socialize” your puppy, you are introducing them to new experiences. Puppies begin to experience “fear” at 6 – 8 weeks, and this is when they learn what to be afraid of, and what is ok.  For example, if your puppy experiences a thunder storm, it might be startled at first by the crash of the thunder.  But after a few strikes, it is no longer startled.  Since nothing bad happened, your puppy doesn’t associate the thunder with a need to be afraid.  It accepts the sound as something normal in life. This is “planted” in the dog’s brain forever.  A six month old dog who has not been socialized properly will hide and cower when it hears the crash.  Several crashes later,…
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You are the “pack” leader.

Two amazing Mini AussieDoodles wait for their turn to eat.  Photo by DreamyDoodles. From the first day you get your new puppy, you will be the pack leader.  The “pack” is you and your pup.  Dogs NEED to be the pack leader or be led by one.  Your dog is not “EQUAL” to you.  Dogs are much more comfortable, and less nervous when they have a pack leader to rely on. In the pack, the leader makes the kill, eats, and only then allows the others to eat.  Believe me, your dog is content to watch you eat while they wait their turn. Everything GOOD in your dog’s life, comes from you. Lesson 1:  You give food.  You take it. When your puppy is little, take it’s food away or cover it’s bowl with your hands while it’s eating.  Put your hand in it’s bowl, get some food out and…
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House-breaking your new puppy

  House-breaking:  Until puppy is 10-11 weeks old, don’t get bent out of shape about house breaking / potty training.  You’ll be following your pup around with paper towels.  It isn’t until they are about 10-12 weeks until they start to realize they can “hold it.”  Until then, they just pee where ever they are, as soon as they feel the need.  However, if they are in their crate, or in their “play place” they will try to hold it, as their instinct is to NOT pee where they sleep. Again, don’t try too hard in the first few weeks, and don’t feel disappointed in yourself because you didn’t get puppy outside to pee, but there are a few things we can do, to start prepping for potty training. POTTY TRAINING AT 8 – 12 weeks old: First of all, don’t worry too much about peeing on the floor.  It’s…
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The first 48 hours with your new Puppy

Vet appointment: It’s important to get your puppy to the vet for a check-up within 3 days of them coming home. Your pup will need to go back for vaccinations/de-worming at 9 weeks old. Also, it is a good idea to get your puppy on a flea preventative when they turn 8 weeks old, as they haven’t had one yet and are susceptible to picking up fleas just about anywhere. At night, opossums and raccoons may cross your back yard, dropping fleas everywhere! Collars and leashes: Your puppy has worn a collar yet. Let puppy get comfortable in your new home for a few days before introducing a collar. Wait a couple more weeks before introducing a leash. You should use the lightest and smallest collar possible. Riding in the car: Puppies should ride in the back seat, either in one person’s arms or in a crate. It is not appropriate or safe for your puppy to…
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