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Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
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Experience:  Dog breeder/Trainer and Behaviorist 18+ years
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hi, just bought a std poodle born 01/09/2013, from private

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hi, just bought a std poodle born 01/09/2013, from private breeder full kc reg etc. When first seen he was very lively etc, but upon arrival home 2 days ago the whole nature has changed, very shy, timmid, hangs back on lead, hates traffic and other predestrians, shows very little intres in balls , toys etc, reluctant to come when called, backs off when approached, i have had poodles all my life ...he is no 5....never been at a loss what to do or try before
any advice?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 4 years ago.
Hi JaCustomer,

My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

I'm assuming that he may have never been away from home before and now he is taken away from everything he knows and is in a strange new place. That has to be a little scary for a pup. I'm hoping that he has had all his vaccinations if you are taking him out in public.

I would give him more than just 2 days to acclimate to the new environment. I would let him get used to your home and the area around your house before taking him for long walks and around traffic. He may never have been in a situation where there was a lot of traffic. Introducing him to so many new things at once is likely part of the problem. Try giving him a week to get used to your family. During this time he should become more used to the area around your home.

Once he seems more relaxed there, then go ahead and try some short walks around the neighborhood. You can certainly use some tasty smelly treats like vienna sausage slices or liver slivers. They are usually great for keeping a pup's attention on you and keeping them following you.

You should also start obedience training with him. This will help him gain self confidence and also help him learn to trust you and see you as the boss and ultimate protector. Start this training early because poodles are known to be strong willed as a breed and you want him as well adjusted as possible.

I also recommend group classes once he seems to have at least some commands down. This will help socialize him around a large number of people and other breeds of dogs. This will help ease any fear he has of larger groups of people.
The following site is helpful for teaching you how to train your dog in obedience. Even if you have done it before, take this opportunity to read on perhaps some different training techniques. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.

Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.

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So basically, I think he was very comfortable in his own environment but is unsure given the large change in his situation. Give him some time and help him see that he can trust you and associate you with good things (treats). Now is the perfect time for obedience work as well.

I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .