3 Little-Known Tips for Training a Labradoodle Puppy

  • Pin It

  • Pin It

3 Little-Known Tips for Training a Labradoodle Puppy

puppy training, labradoodle training

In your search across the internet for information on how to train Labradoodle puppies, I wanted to give you something a bit more fresh and interesting.  I wanted to give you something besides the typical, advice that every other site on the internet has to give.

So what you aren’t going to find in this article are any basic puppy obedience training tips like what to feed your puppy, how to potty train your puppy, or how to teach it to stay.  Those are all important topics that I cover in my Hands Off dog training course, so I’m not going to talk about them here.

Instead I thought I’d talk to you about something much more important.

But before I reveal three unconventional tips for training your Labradoodle puppy, I’d like to set the stage by asking you a simple question…

What Seeing a Crappy Doctor For a Sprained Toe,
Taught Me about Dog Training

Foot anatomyHow do you like it when you seek out an expert for their opinion, and they only tell you what you want to hear instead of what you NEED to hear?

You try to ask them intelligent questions, but sometimes you don’t know enough about the topic to even know what questions should be asked.

Most doctors are like this.

Take the doctor I recently went to see to check out my sprained toe, for example.

I’d been running on it a lot and it was really sore, like I’d strained it in someway.  So what does the doctor do?

He prescribes me some anti-inflammatory pain medication and tells me to stay off it for a while.

In this case, the doctor only addressed the specific problem I asked him about, and then tried to put a band aid over it.

One month later my toe was still sprained.  So I went to see another doctor or a second opinion.

This second Doctor was nothing like the first doctor.  Sure she listened to me complaining about my toe, and instead of prescribing me pain meds, she started searching for what caused my toe to be sprained in the first place.

She looked at the bone structure in my foot, noticed it was all out of whack, adjusted the foot back to the way it was supposed to be.  Then she explained to me that it’s common for the bodies foot structure to break down when the digestive system isn’t working correctly.

So sure enough, she checks my enzyme and bacterial levels of my stomach and discovers I am out of whack… and advices me that taking two herbal remedies should fix the problem in less then a month.

And she was right!

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know Either!

So why do I tell you this crazy story about my doctor visits for a sprained toe?

Because I’m afraid that in your search for information on how to train your Labradoodle, that you’ll make the same problem I made with my first doctor.

You’ll only get answers from people who answer your specific question, instead of answers from people who’ll dig deeper and tell you the answers to questions you NEEDED to know, but didn’t know to even ask.

So that’s why I’ve decided to write this article on…

3 Labradoodle Puppy Training Techniques You Must Know

Rarely Talked About Method #1: The Nothing In Life is Free Principle

The reason I’ve listed The Nothing In Life is Free Principle first, is because it can set a stronger foundation for your Labradoodle then you ever realized was possible.

puppy training, labradoodle training

Your Dog Interprets Much Of His World Through Wolf Eyes

The reason why it’s such an effective principle is because it allows you to talk to your dog’s CORE; that part of your dog that has been genetically inherited from hundreds and hundreds of years of captive breeding.

You see, whether you like it or not, your Labradoodle’s original ancestors were wolves.  And the genetic characteristics that have kept wolves alive for so many generations are embedded into your dog’s brain at some level.

Some have more, and some have less, but they’re still there on some level.

These genetic traits affect the way your Labradoodle looks at his world, and how he interprets it.

They cause your Labradoodle to make judgments of you that you don’t even realize are happening.

Your Labradoodle is assessing how you answer the door, how you feed him his food, and where you let him sleep and giving you a daily leadership grade that you probably never knew he was giving.

How good a “Leadership Grade” your dog gives you on a daily basis, effects in large part, how easy your dog will mind and obey your commands.

I give an in depth presentation that covers dozens of methods for how to get a better leadership score from your dog in my Emotion Training for Dogs program, but for time constraints here’s a good rule of thumb to follow.

Make your Labradoodle EARN
everything he wants in his life!



puppy training, labradoodle training


The more your dog realizes that everything he wants needs to be received from you, your children, and the members of your family, the less likely he is to develop behavior problems like aggression.

Start asking your dog to sit before you pet him.  Make him wait for permission before coming running out the front door.  Train him to lay on a bed before he can greet strangers that come in your home.  And my favorite… train him that the ONLY way to get table scraps is if he lays on a mat throughout the entire time your family is eating a meal at your dinner table!

By making your dog ask for permission for everything he wants in his life, you are setting a framework up in your dog’s brain where he’ll be much more willing to listen and obey your commands.

Rarely Talked About Method #2: Beware of “Emotional Charging”

You’ll almost never hear the concept of Emotional Charging talked about, but paying attention to this principle at an early stage in your Labradoodle’s life will make him soooo much calmer to live with.

Here’s how this dog training principle works:  It is a FACT that you can trigger your dog to feel an emotion on cue.

puppy training, labradoodle training

Dogs Have Been Trained To Feel Hungry When A Bell Is Rung

The famous Pavlov experiments proved this, where Dr. Pavlov trained dogs to salivate on cue at the sound of a bell, even though NO food was present… basically training them to feel hungry.

Pavlov’s experiments are incredibly popular and almost everybody knows of them, but what nobody talks about is how we might accidentally train our dogs to feel negative emotions on cue.

You see, all that is required to train a dog to *feel* an emotion on cue is to consistently present your dog a signal of any kind, right before he feels the emotion.

If you think about it, us humans are no different either. For most of us, if you want to trigger us to feel nervous, simply tell us that we’re going to be stepping onto a stage and giving a public presentation within 24 hours. Our bodies will physically start to change at this news. Our heart rates will increase, we’ll sweat more, or brain will become less aware of our surroundings and more focused on internal thoughts etc.

Or in a more positive light, think about how Children behave the day or two before Christmas.

puppy training, labradoodle training

A Child’s Excitement Is a Perfect Example Of Training Emotions

Children aren’t born with that intense excitement for opening presents on Christmas morning, it was emotionally programmed into them. And if for some crazy reason your kids hated Christmas, all you’d have to do is make sure they got everything they wanted on their lists for a few years in a row, and they’d like Christmas again. (I realize that might not possible for most of our budgets, but you get the principle)

So really, we all believe emotions can be programmed. You’ve witnessed it hundreds of times, you’ve just never taken the time to realize how to use it in a more constructive way.

The mistake that most of us make with emotions is that we let them be programmed into ourselves, and our pets automatically, without realizing that we have control over that programming.

Here’s an example…

If You’re Wondering Why Your Dog’s Hyper,
You Wanna Try Looking In The Mirror

For many dogs, people are exciting.

When a new person comes to your door, your dog stands a good chance of getting his butt rubbed, being pet, or at least some attention, right?

For many dogs, they get so worked up and excited that they have to be put outside when strangers come over, because they are simply too out of control.

But let’s look at why this is?

New people coming over is a lot like Christmas is to young children.  It’s an opportunity to get something it really wants.

puppy training, labradoodle training

Cute Puppies Can Easily Get The Wrong Kind Of Attention

And let’s face it, what person coming over to your home could resist your cute little Labrador puppy?

Your Puppies “Cute Factor” Works Against Him

Because strangers are always coming over and doting on how cute a puppy is, it conditions most dogs to get excited to see new people.

If left unchecked, the excitement that builds up inside your dog becomes so strong that he can’t control it.

Think Kids who get so excited for Christmas presents they start misbehaving.

In order to fix this behavior, you need to break this habit of strangers doting on your pup.  Remember the Nothing in Life is Free Principle?  It applies here as well.

What I recommend to my clients is that the first skill they should train their dog is not sit, stay or come… but to go lay on his mat.  And I recommend that this behavior is the behavior that require their young puppy to do when people come over.

If you’ll cue your dog to go lay on his mat and stay there when new people come over, it allows him to practice self control away from the people who come to your home, instead of getting worked up and doted on at your feet.

I recommend you train your dog to continue to lay on his mat, until your guests are situated before allowing your dog off his mat to mingle with guests.

If you can, try to help your guests ask your pup to sit before doting on them.  They might think you’re a bit of an anal dog owner, but as your dog ages, you’ll have people telling you how lucky you are to have a dog with such self control when he automatically sits in front of guests calmly… and only you and I will know LUCK had nothing to do with it 😉

If you’d like a free video on how to teach a puppy to go to his mat go here:

Free Train Your Dog To Go To His Mat Video

Rarely Talked About Method #3: Increasing your Dog’s Social IQ


puppy training, labradoodle training


The final concept I wanted to talk to you about is vital, yet ignored by many.  I call it, Increasing your Dog’s Social IQ.

I took this concept from a wonderful book called, Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. The book was written for humans who wanted to improve their ability to get along with others.

The key concept that Daniel Goleman brings up in his book is that some people seem to have the ability to read extremely subtle facial cues of the people they interact with.  And the better you can read others’ facial cues, the easier it is for you to make friends and feel comfortable around other people.

I believe that this same concept holds true for dogs, and that their is a window of opportunity for you to teach this to your dog that will determine how Social your dog will be around other dogs.  Of course it’s not the only thing, but I believe it is a crucial skill that you need to focus on.

Teaching Your Dog To Read
Other Dog’s Body Language

The key to teaching your dog to effectively read the body language of other dogs is simple.  So simple that you might just pass over it and think it doesn’t matter.  Do that at your own peril.

The best way to teach your dog to effectively and accurately read the body language of other dogs is to make sure that you only allow him to interact with other dogs who have a hi Social IQ.

I personally did this by finding a local doggy day care that pre-screened dogs as social or un-social for being allowed into their doggy day care.

This particular facility would have about 30 pre-screened Hi social IQ dogs at a time.  And they let them all out to play in a pen with each other.  If a dog started a problem with another dog, it was removed from the group and isolated into a pen by itself.

This created an environment where I could bring my young puppy at the age of 11 weeks and let him play with these other dogs.  This allowed my dog to learn from the pack, and develop a Hi social IQ, where he can read the emotions of another dog at a distance and know if that dog wants to play, or wants to be left alone.

This allowed my dog to learn all the proper dog etiquette from dogs who already knew it!

Your Dog Can ONLY Learn
This From Other Dogs!

You can’t teach this to your dog, he needs to learn it from other GOOD dogs.

And to show you how effective this method is I’ll end with this story…

I was at the park playing fetch with my dog.  The park was HUGE and there were two other dogs there as well.

My dog was off leash and free to roam, so when he spotted the first dog he ran off to play with her at a dead sprint.

Both dogs were sprinting full speed at each other as if they’d rehearsed it for months, both dogs stopping on a dime to say hello with a butt sniff… then proceeded to play happily with each other.

I didn’t think anything of it then, until my dog spotted the OTHER dog on the other side of the park who had managed to break away from his owners leash and had also taken off at a full sprint towards my dog.

Thinking this dog wanted to play too, my pup took off towards the new dog just like the first, at a full sprint.

But instead of stopping on a dime close enough to sniff the new dogs butt.  My dog sensed something was different and came to a dead halt 20 yards from the other dog, where both dogs stared at each other.

My dog was somehow able to read the body language of this dog and know that it should not be messed with… turned around and left.

Now I don’t know how that situation might have turned out if my dog hadn’t stopped, but I’m guessing a fight would have broken out, and potentially gotten one of the dogs hurt.

Something was obviously conveyed in that dog’s body language that no amount of training could have taught my dog to see, besides LOTS of exposure to good dogs who could teach him how to read other dog’s body language, and I’m darn thankful I’d put him in an environment where he could learn it.

Here’s hoping this information helps you tremendously!

If you’re looking for additional information on the courses I provide for training perfect puppies you can read more about them here:

Hands Off Dog Training for Obedience or…

Emotion Training 4 Over reactive Dogs







There are 19 Comments

  1. shirley says:

    Your artical on training your dog I like very much. I have two german shorthaired pointers an beside the fact I am 73 years young, I love them . two female taken care of.nine months and pulling me all over the place most of the time. they are good puppies. I need help.They will sit and lay down, I want to train them for the house. I keep them inseperat kennels at night ,they are no problem there.names peace and love they are siblings.


  2. Judie Hansen says:

    As to dog body language.. I will never forget watching David Letterman several years ago.. when he had a dog and owner on stage for “stupid pet tricks”. Letterman was talking to the dog in a high stupid voice.. and bent way down over the dog and got his face right next to the dog. .. anyone could see it coming.. the look in the dog’s eye and slight pulling back.. and he snapped at Letterman and bit him on the face. It wasn’t the dog’s fault.. he felt threatened by that idiot looming over him..


  3. Ann Canty says:

    Thanks I will take it on board and interesting. My dog is aggressive with friendly dogs also, it is probably a territorial thing, he has gone so far as to injure my back when darting to another dog. He is an angel at home..


  4. Annie W. says:

    GREAT ARTICLE!! My dog is a 19 month old female Mini Schnauzer who used to bark at just about everything. (She came from a family of “barkers”), but that didn’t stop me from purchasing my little ‘Angel’ from the Breeder. I have Crate trained & Potty trained her from the day I brought her home @ 7 weeks. Those two things came easy for her, however “Leash Walking” and “Controlling the Barking” proved to be a bit more difficult. I am currently taking your 8-week Emotion Training Course, and doing the Homework. I have to say, she (we) are getting it. On our daily walks and visits out in public places, she has drastically curtailed her barking. When we are walking and the leash tightens I stop and take my step backwards and wait, and she will come around me and we proceed. The first day I did this we must have stopped approximately 20 – 25 times, then with each passing day…less & less. We just got back from a 2.5 mile walk, and only had to stop approximately 3-4 times…she’s getting it. We are still having a little difficulty being quiet at home whenever the doorbell rings, but are working on it. She knows what going to her mat means, and she knows to sit for petting, and we continue to work on the “Quiet”. I have instructed my guests to turn their backs and ignore her until she is quiet. Thanks again for ALL the great and very useful suggestions. The examples are very helpful putting it all into perspective.


  5. Walter Galvin says:



  6. Sean says:

    How did you protect your dog from the parvovirus at 11 weeks old during his stay at the hi iq kennel?


  7. how to feed a dog says:

    When I first tried to take care of a Lab, I can honestly say that I always fail. In his second week of living with me he then became sad and lifeless. I don’t know why, I didn’t even try to find out why because when I see him in that situation, I became very nervous and decided to bring him back to his original owner. I tried to search for a site that will enable me to learn a lot about dog training, tips to be loved by a dog and then I found your article. Your article is such as a great help. I learned a lot of things from and I wanna thank you for that. I hope to see more of your good articles in the future.


  8. Bucky says:

    Thanks for the artical great info.


  9. Thanks for the tips, I’ll think about subscribing your course


  10. Wow nice post! You make a great point about how we let our emotions get programmed into us automatically. Awesome awesome awesome point. Love it. Thanks for posting.


  11. Nice post. I myself is a pet lover and remembers when I bought my puppy long back. I do like reading lots of good posts on pets and just came across your blog, finding it be worthy reading and I have bookmarked it as well. Hoping to see more posts on pet lover in near future. Thank You.


  12. Jeri Dauksch says:

    I have a sheltie. Shelties are known for their desire to talk a lot. When she was a puppy I trained her to “speak” on command. Yet when she would decide to bark at anything and anyone incessantly, my commands to “stop barking” seemed to be ignored by her. She just turned 6 yrs. old. A few weeks ago I let her come with me to take the rolling trash cans down to the road for the next day’s pick-up. Typically she barks and carries on at the wheels and the noise and this time was no different. However, this time I stopped. I took her face into my hands and told her to look at me.She knows I’m serious when I do this. Then I simply, in a calm but firm voice, I told her “No speaking.”
    Lo and behold, this worked! And has continued to work! Not just when taking the trash down to the road, but on every occassion when she gets excited and barks incessantly! I believe she knows what “speak” means. She doesn’t understand what “bark” means! So now when she starts barking I just tell her “no speaking” and she obeys. She still wants to bark, but she obeys.


  13. Melanie says:

    Very interesting insight. Thank you so much for “digging deeper”. I look forward to returning to your site and reading a lot more. I am new to labradoodles, but not new to dog training other breeds. My husband and I always say that to raise a child, you should have to train a dog, (and actually be successful 🙂 ). I know that you can get the same respect from both by working at it, and studying sites like this. Once again, thanks for sharing.


  14. M OLeary says:

    You need to be conscious of what you write – “most doctors” are not what you say they are. Have you seen the majority of doctors in the country? How can you even make a statement like that? My husband and I are both physicians and always do our best to treat our patients in the best way possible.

    You don’t get to make blanket statements like that. I guess you won’t mind when I say, most trainers are just like you…they write only what their opinions are. They have no research to back it up. You all just use the same old “tricks” to think you have power over your animals.

    How does that make you feel? Small? Offended? Insignificant?

    Sorry, I’ve had more education in my field than you have in yours. I’m sorry if you’ve had bad experiences in life with your doctor’s. Maybe you are picking the wrong doctors. Regardless, shame on you!


  15. Kimberly says:

    Thank you for the great article!!

    on another note: M OLeary thank you for the laugh. Touchy Touchy.


  16. I like how you mentioned that emotional charging can help you keep your Labradoodle puppy under control later on. My husband and I have been talking about getting a dog, and we’re leaning towards that breed. We want to make sure we train him well, so we’ll definitely keep emotional charging in mind.


  17. Deb Pearl says:

    My husband bought my daughter a little labradoodle puppy for her birthday. She was really happy and I’m really happy we got it for her, but I didn’t think about how to train it. I wanted to look up some tips so we know how we can best train them. I think that is a good idea to raise our dogs social IQ. It would be a good idea to take them to see my neighbor’s dog. They are very well behaved and maybe our puppy could learn something from them. Thanks for all the tips!


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *