Cockapoo Training

Have you trained your cockapoo?
Training your cockapoo at an early age is one of the best investments you can make in your new pet to encourage good behavior and develop him to his full potential. Luckily, cockapoo training and even cockapoo puppy training is not as hard as you may think.

The value of training classes or dog schools is that you and your pet will learn training methods and obedience commands. Heeding the advice of dog training experts makes it easier to choose the right type of training and decide whether your cockapoo needs individual coaching.

The Earlier, The Better

Dog experts agree that many owners do not enroll their pets for classes or start training them early enough. The key is to start training your cockapoo pup from its first day in your home and even though that training will be basic, it will form the foundation for more formal training later.

One option is to get a qualified dog trainer who can provide hands-on obedience advice and encouragement to your cockapoo pup. Another is to follow the plan in our own, free Cockapoo Obedience Training Guide.

The best ‘canine students’ are said to be aged between 8-12 weeks – before they learn any negative behavior. Don’t wait until your cockapoo is 6-12 months old before taking it to training classes if you have a choice. Having to unlearn bad habits is not easy.

Like a child, your cockapoo pup will benefit from regular training and practicing what it has learnt at dog school. Practice sessions with positive encouragement at home will further stimulate and engage your cockapoo in mental activities. Reinforce the bond with your cockapoo by taking it for ongoing obedience classes every few years.

Socialization Is Key

Socializing is important for all dogs, but especially for your affectionate cockapoo with its intelligent, sensitive nature, so find a reputable trainer or dog expert that offers puppy socialization classes. If you are training him yourself, make sure that he is being well-socialized. Socializing with people and other dogs is essential from day one. Err on the side of caution to avoid landing up with an anxious bundle of aggression that snaps at everyone!

Obedience Training Options

Most obedience classes, held weekly over a 7-10 week period, offer different levels of training. For example, in a beginner class, your cockapoo is likely to learn the following:
  1. Stay, lie down, roll over and sit
  2. Leash control during walks – not tugging on the leash
  3. To socialize with new people and handle unfamiliar places
  4. To refrain from chewing on furniture or jumping up on people and other dogs
  5. To respond when called 
Note that you won’t be able to address major problems such as excessive barking, aggression, or nervousness completely at a dog training school. If you need help, enlist the help of an animal behavior expert.

Don't have the time or resources for an obedience class right now? With some effort, you can achieve the same effect yourself, and bond more with your dog in the process. Our free ebook, The Cockapoo Obedience Training Guide, contains the methods we have used successfully to home obedience train even difficult cockapoos.

The Right School?

If you've decided to get professional training and enroll your pup for obedience classes, it's important to find one that works for you and your cockapoo.

Some of your resources may include doing online research, asking for word-of-mouth recommendations or looking through classified ads in your community newspaper. You could also get referrals from your local pet store, animal hospital, animal association, pet groomer or other dog owners.

Whoever you choose, make sure your dog trainer or school is reputable and has appropriate experience and qualifications.

Individual Training?

Apart from dog training schools, you might decide to hire a dog trainer that offers personal individualized lessons. Personal dog trainers work because the training is not limited to a group and they can address specific problems in your cockapoo.

Let’s say your cockapoo has the annoying habit of jumping up on everyone that comes to your home. A trainer would specifically work on teaching your cockapoo not to repeat this behavior.

For owners with the time and financial resources, a combination of personal dog training and obedience classes might be an option. That way, your cockapoo pup socializes with other dogs and learns how to handle with other distractions commonly found in everyday situations.

The good news for cockapoo owners is your dog's specific temperament really lends itself to success in obedience training. All dogs can find obedience training, whether at home or in class, beneficial, but with their intelligence, high motivation, and train-ability most cockapoos excel at any schooling that involves positive reinforcement!

Editor's Note: We also recommend our more comprehensive book, The Complete Cockapoo Owner's Handbook, which is available for all types of e-reader software, including Kindle, Nook, iPad, smartphones, and computers. If you use Amazon, and are an Amazon Prime customer, it is also free to borrow. The 55,000 word book covers every life stage and most situations, from training a puppy to dealing with the challenges of older cockapoos.


Anonymous said...

Is it too late to train a 2 1/2 year old cockapoo? We also didn't socialize her too well and now she is very unfriendly to other dogs. :(

the Editor said...

It's never too late! Old dogs can learn new tricks...and new behaviors. Two and a half is still young in cockapoo years, but get started soon, as the younger she is the easier it will be. Aggressive behavior towards other dogs can certainly be addressed. I will try to post an article on socializing your cockapoo this week, OK? Meanwhile, consider calling your local groomer or trainer and asking for advice. They'll be able to point you in the right direction!

Anonymous said...

I have just adopted a 6 month cookapoo from a rescue centre. She is absoultly adorable and we all love her to bits.My only problem is when she sees another dos she goes bananas and just wants to jump all over them. Not agressive at all just overly playful. We take control of her by trying to stop her jumping by holding her collar and remaining calm. This works well when on the leash but am getting worried by what will happen when she is off the lead (only had her a week). her recall is excellent if no other distrections but off the leash in a park full of dogs i wonder if she will ever come back and will annoy all the other dogs by jumping all over them. Help

Anonymous said...

my cockapoo will be 1 year old this june. i feel bad cause i cannot let her outside without being tied out even if im right there playing with her. she doesnt come when shes called anymore, she used to but now she runs around other peoples houses, runs in front of cars barking at them, chasing cars, bikes and any person she sees. and she barks at everyone.outside i cannot get her attention at all. and when she is in the house we can do anything, but when i leave the house for a couple hours i come home to 'my' stuff all chewed up. i need advice please...

the Editor said...

Sorry it took me so long to see these posts. I hope these issues are under control, if not let us know. Please also join our Facebook group if you are on FB, where we regularly answer questions and provide updates to our readers.

Anonymous said...

I have a 16 week old cockapoo. He went weeks without an accident in the house..even rang bells when he needed to go out..Now he has regressed and has accidents daily. What could be the reason for this? He is very intelligent-not understanding why hes going on the floor niw

Anonymous said...

my cockerpoo is 11 weeks.sits for meals,lays down on demand....i take him out everyday but hes scrred of noises,cars he wants to chase,he sometimes just sits and wont budge....any advice??