In order to have a Calm and relaxed cockapoo it is important to include physical exercise and mental stimulationinto their daily routines. Mental stimulation can include obedience, trick training, activity puzzles and kongs for example.
Agility is an activity that uses mental and physical energy and is great for owner and dog bonding. Cockapoo’s thrive off spending time with their owners and being active so this may be a sport to look into.
Cockapoo’s can be energetic when around people and other dogs. It may be useful to teach a ‘settle’ command so that your dog can be rewarded for calm behaviour when in busy environments.
If buying a cockapoo look at the breeding parents as working spaniels and poodles will produce a more lively and energetic cockapoo. So it may be useful to compare the different lines of the breeds in order to find a compatible matched Cockapoo with your lifestyle.
Most Cockerpoo’s are toy and food motivated which makes it ideal to use both as rewards in training. Using different treats and ‘life rewards’ such as playing tug will keep your training interesting fun and engaging for your dog.
They can be quite vocal when excited and playing with other dogs so this may be something to think about especially if you have your Cockapoo since a puppy. If this is unwanted behaviour for your lifestyle it is important not to reinforce this barking in any way.
Its important to teach appropriate greetings with people as when puppy’s they can typically get very excited and jump up which quickly becomes learnt behaviour for adult dogs. Only reward and give attention when they have four paws on the ground as this will encourage them to stay on the floor even when at a young age.
Their coat needs to be groomed frequently so this is important to keep in mind if you want a low maintenance dog. Its also important to regualry brush them as their coats can quickly become matted especially in areas such as behind the ears.
Cockapoo’s typically love interacting with other dogs so its important to build up a good recall. A good recall will allow you to give your Cockapoo the freedom knowing that youcan let them socialize with other dogs but call them back when needed. When training recall use high value treats or rewards in order to make your dog see that it is worthcoming back to you .
Cockapoo’s are very intuited to our emotions and can be seen as quite sensitive dogs so a positive and relaxedapproach to training is crucial. Being confident and relaxedas an owner will provide them with a sense of confidence and security.