Cockapoos are adorable dogs that are a cross between a Cocker Poodle and a Spaniel. They’re friendly and energetic dogs. As a result, Cockapoo training can be surprisingly easy! They come in many different colours and sizes, and make a great breed for many people who are usually allergic to dogs. They also tend to be very loyal pets, making them an ideal family dog.  Think that a Cockapoo could be the perfect pet for you and your family? Read on to find out more about training Cockapoos,  and what you should consider.

Cockapoo Training and Things to Consider

Do you want a relaxed Cockapoo?

In order to have a calm and relaxed cockapoo, it is important to include physical exercise and mental stimulation into their daily routines. Mental stimulation can include obedience, trick training, activity puzzles, and Kongs, for example. They need around 30 minutes of physical activity a day (at least!) so make sure you can meet this commitment every day. Alternatively, you could consider the services of a dog walker.

Agility training

Agility training is an activity that uses mental and physical energy. It is great for owner and dog bonding. Cockapoos thrive off spending time with their owners and being active so this may be a sport to look into if you want to make that unbreakable bond.

An Energetic Breed

Cockapoos 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. As they are intelligent dogs, Cockapoo training such as this is usually easy for dog and owner to master.

Before Buying…

If buying a cockapoo, make sure you look at the breeding parents. 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 the most compatible Cockapoo for your lifestyle.

Motivation

Most Cockapoos are toy and food motivated, which makes these 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.

A Vocal Breed

Cockapoos can be quite vocal when excited and playing with other dogs. This may be something to think about, especially if you have your Cockapoo from a puppy. If this is unwanted behaviour for your lifestyle, it is important not to reinforce this barking in any way through training.

Proper introductions

It’s important to teach appropriate greetings with people as when puppies, Cockapoos can get very excited and jump up. This quickly becomes learned behaviour for adult dogs. Only reward and give attention to your dog when they have four paws on the ground. This will encourage them to stay on the floor, even when at a young age.

Make sure you frequently groom

The Cockapoo’s coat needs to be groomed frequently. So, this is important to keep in mind if you want a low maintenance dog. It’s also important to regularly brush them as their coats can quickly become matted, especially in areas such as behind the ears.

Love for other Dogs

Cockapoos typically love interacting with other dogs, so it’s important to build up a good recall. This will allow you to give your Cockapoo freedom, knowing that you can 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 worth coming back to you!

An Intuitive Breed

Cockapoos are very intuitive to our emotions and can be seen as quite sensitive dogs. So, a positive and relaxed approach to training is crucial. Being confident and relaxed as an owner will provide your dog with a sense of confidence and security.

All you need to know about Cockapoos

At Royvon, we love Cockapoos and find training them fun and rewarding!

Have a look at our YouTube channel where we tell you all you need to know about the breed and their training:

Need some help with your Cockapoo training? Please get in touch with Royvon! We have a range of training options, from 1-2-1 sessions to residential stays that al help your furry friend to be on their best behaviour! Please get in touch to find out more about what we offer and discover the best option for you.