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. You may even try to stop turn
around and start walking the opposite direction.  This will
let him or her realize you are in charge and start letting
you be the leader.  
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 time and effort.

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.
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Give your poodle lots of love and
attention! Patience is a virtue!
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