Standard Poodles are larger than Toys and Minis. Their developmental timelines
are slightly different, and you can see those variances below.
At around three weeks, Standard Poodles should start receiving supplemental
food in addition to mother’s milk.
“Typically by five to 6 weeks, the Poodle puppy’s eating whatever puppy food
we’re feeding, and the mother is not wanting them to nurse her any longer,”
7 to 8 weeks
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At around 16 weeks, it’s now safe to take your Poodle out in public. As long as
your dog has had his vaccinations, they can now be around other dogs and people. You can
now take your puppy to a pro groomer and to obedience classes.
“They need to wait until 16 weeks and have had a couple of shots so that
they’re protected against parvo and distemper,” says
15 to 24 Months
The time it takes for Standards to mature or reach their full size varies and
is based on the individual dog. They could hit this milestone as early as 15 months and as late as 24 months.
“Standards can take anywhere from 15 to 18 even 24 months to mature because
they are larger breeds,” says Jason. “It’s how they grow in height, but also in musculature and dropping their chest. Different parts of the dog mature at different times.”
are smart, headstrong, and full of energy—I should know; I share my life with a now-senior Poodle and a five-month-old puppy. According to a study, The Intelligence of Dogs, Poodles are the second smartest dog breed. In general,
Poodles understand and learn a new command with fewer than five repetitions (which is great if you’re trick or agility training or simply training your puppy to basic commands).
Understanding the Poodle
Poodle parents think it’s going to be easier to train a smart dog like a Poodle, but sometimes their intelligence makes it a challenge. Poodle puppies are cute, energetic, and eager to please;
however, due to their higher intelligence, they may get bored quickly. So, find a good way to keep her engaged while you’re training. The Poodle puppy will pay attention to
everything that is going on around her and will be learning—both good and bad—from what happens within the household.
Poodle Training Tips
Teach your puppy his name. This should be a no-brainer. If you refer to your Poodle by calling it _puppy_or simply saying _come_here, you’re not
effectively training. Teaching his name is the first thing you should do. When you say your puppy’s name, look at him and motion him toward you. Say your puppy’s name in a calm, welcoming tone of
voice and reward him with a treat and praise when he coms to you without hesitation.
Teach your Poodle puppy to sit. Once he’s mastered acknowledging his name when called, train your puppy to sit. If you have smaller breed Poodle, it is best if you’re at her level when training. To teach your Poodle puppy to
sit, place a small treat in your hand, say the word “sit.” Put the treat by her nose and lift it slowly above her head. Her bum will naturally go to the ground. Once her bum is on the ground, say the
word “sit,” give her the treat and praise her. Continue practicing this until she sits without needing the treat moved above her head. Tip: Many Poodle
parents use a hand signal along with the verbal cue.
Next, teach your Poodle puppy to stay. You can get him to sit, then say the word “stay.” Consider adding a hand signal such as holding your hand toward your puppy, palm up and repeating the word
“stay.” Once he will stay, you will want to move further and further away from him until he will stay even when you are out of sight. Then, teach him a release word, such as “come,” once you want him
out of the stay.
Then, teach your Poodle puppy to lie down. You will get her to sit, then holding a treat in your fingers, move your hand toward the ground and out in front of the puppy. She will naturally move forward
and her belly will touch the ground. Once this happens say the words “lie down.” After she does that when you ask, you can add the command for “stay” into the training. Then she will stay in a down
position until you use the release command (“come”).
Housetraining your Poodle puppy. Housetraining a puppy is best done as early as possible. A dog or puppy can be housetrained, but the older your
Poodle is, the longer it may take. To begin to housetrain a Poodle puppy, you need to have a set schedule for going outdoors. This way he can do his business regularly. Also, pay attention to your
puppy’s cues: If he starts circling, you need to take him out (as this is usually a sign he needs to go to the bathroom).