Starting your Teacup Poodle puppy off right.
Teacup Poodles are the best dog you will ever own, here are 5 reasons why.
1. The more time you spend with your dog the better behaved your pet it will be. Because Teacup Poodles are so small people tend to keep them in the house with them constantly. Therefore they learn how to be a member of the family with a large vocabulary and good manners. Poodles can learn the vocabulary of a 3 yr old child. (mine even knows how to spell)
2. Poodles love to be around people and want to please their owners. They are very easy to train.
3. Because of their small size, intelligence and lack of shedding, people like to have them next to them or in their arms all the time. Most teacups hardly know what the ground feels like because they get carried around so much. This quality time and closeness builds a strong loving bond.
4. Teacup Poodles are small enough to travel with their owners. They love to go on car rides and sneaking them into a hotel is usually not an issue.
5. A powerful strong love and bonding occurs when you share your life with your pet. Having them with you everywhere you go, everything you do endears you to one another. Your Teacup Poodle will worship the ground you walk on and you will find them so cute they are irresistible.
6. Most people think of their Teacup Poodle as a family member. One of their kids if you will.
This being said, here are a few tips on how to raise your Teacup Poodle properly so they will have a stable, outgoing temperament. If not raised properly they can nervous. They can develop bad habits and suffer from separation anxiety.
It is recommended that from the first day you get your puppy you get into a routine. A regular routine for feeding, sleeping and potty training will build trust between the two of you. I recommend that you set up a 2'X4' puppy pen or crate and put them in it several times a day and at night. A pen is recommended over a crate because Teacup Poodles need to have access to food and water 24 hours a day while they are young or they can get hypoglycemic. In the puppy pen you should have a bed, food, water and a place for them to go potty. I recommend the Potty Park which is an indoor dog toilet. In the puppy pen they are free to eat, sleep and go potty as needed.
If your puppy throws a temper tantrum when you put him/her in their crate or puppy pen ignore it, do not reward him by getting him out until he is quiet. After the first few days of getting a new puppy acclimated to the new environment, if he persists on screaming, barking and crying when you put him in the pen or crate you should correct this behavior.
Make no mistake this cute little bundle needs to learn from the start what good behavior and boundaries are. When correcting a puppy or any dog for that matter use a correction that will make an impression on them, strong enough but not too strong. The word NO is foreign to a new puppy. Clapping your hands, stomping your feet and firmly saying NO is usually enough to get your puppies attention. How loud and hard you do it depends on the puppy. If your puppy has a soft temperament it won't take much to startle him. If your puppy is unaffected by the correction you need a stronger correction, sometimes a rattle/shaker can, (an empty soda can with pennies/pebbles in it) will help. Never hit your puppy. I have found some people do not like to raise their voice too these tiny little puppies. So using a rattle can to make a loud noise may be your correction of choice.
You must determine what level correction your puppy requires and make sure your corrections are strong enough to make an impression but not too strong.
Never let your puppy have full run of the house unattended until it is completely house broken. If you had an infant child you would not let them run around the house unattended. Puppies generally pee several times an hour and go poop 3-5 times a day and like to get into mischief. When they are running around the house you must keep a constant eye on them. If you put your puppy in a crate do not leave them in there for long periods of time. Generally they will cry to let you know they want out to go potty so be sure you are close enough to hear them.
Resist the temptation to constantly hold your puppy. A little separation time is good for them. Do not think that they are going to hate you because you put them in the puppy pen or crate. Most puppies/dogs love to sleep in a protected den type environment, if trained properly.
The more things you can expose these tiny dogs to the better, your puppy will develop a stable temperament.
Get their ears used to lots of different sounds their feet used too many different surfaces, after the initial acclimation period of moving to your house, start taking him places. You get the picture.
If your puppy shows fear towards these noises or places DO NOT try to comfort or console him. Dogs do not understand consoling. They do not console each other in the wild. Dogs understand affirmation. When you give them affection while they are in a fearful state of mind you are actually reinforcing fearful behavior. A Teacup Poodle should not be so frightened of the world or people, that it gets nervousness or physically sick, and may bite people.
Here is an example of a training exercise you might try. Introduce them to people, places and things including other animals.
Example 1: Noises, making noise by banging pots and pan together is a good way of getting them used to loud noises.( start out with a soft noise and increase it slowly) Set it up so your puppy can not get out of the kitchen. Act like nothing unusual is happening. Confidently go to the cupboard and rattle the cans. Expect your puppy to act normal and accept this noise. Don't anticipate a negative reaction. This way you will not make your puppy nervous around this noise. Start out by giving your puppy some treats in front of the open cupboard door. Then rattle the pans and say things like isn't that fun. Praise him if he doesn't act fearful. If he shows fear raise your voice to a happy tone, say things like wasn't that fun, would you like to hear that again? Lower your head close to the ground and encourage the puppy to come closer. When he comes closer praise him. If he runs away do not correct him with harsh words. Simply go get him and start over again. Every dog is different some will think it is fun to play pots and pans and some will have to slowly be desensitized to the noise by learning that nothing is going to hurt him.
Example 2: You can do the same with a hair dryer. Start by turning on the hair dryer then bring the puppy into the bathroom. Walk right up to the dryer and pick it up. If the puppy shows fear, raise your voice and talk to him saying things like isn't this fun. Wave the dryer around in the air pointing it in different direction, moving it high and low. Then turn it off. If your puppy did not show fear that is great, praise your puppy. It is important not to push them into fear by doing too much to fast. For the first few times only let him hear the noise, eventually directing the air towards to the puppy. Every puppy is different make it a point to feel when you puppy is getting nervous, begin your training with happy talk, hugs and kisses and slowly introduce the noises. Start slow and work your way up to blowing the air on your dog.
Example 3: Introduce your puppy to new people. If you are holding your pup simply hand him over to new people, let them hold him. If he is afraid then just hold him, do not give him praise while in a fearful state of mind. If you puppy is on the floor have your friends get down on his level and encourage the puppy to come over for some praise. If the puppy is fearful them simply ignore it and walk away from it. Walking away is important because it causes curiosity and often the puppy will follow and eventually sneak up to a new person when he is comfortable. At that time he can get praised.
Example 4: When getting your pup used to riding in the car you should put him in a crate. Holding him is the wrong way to start. If your puppy gets fearful riding in the car the first few times you don't want him relating that to you. If he is in a crate he will figure out all by himself that nothing bad is going to happen to him. He will soon relax, many puppies get car sick the first few times and your reaction/energy over having a puppy throw up in your lap can cause nervousness. If your puppy shows extreme fear during car rides put a blanket or towel over the cage so he doesn't see the motion of this passing the window. Do not get him out of the crate when he is in a fearful state of mind, you don't want your puppy relating you as the cause of his fear.
Train your puppy in 5 to 10 minute sessions several times a day. Fearful puppies will soon figure out that nothing to going to hurt them. Non fearful pups can move up to the next level. Most importantly do not give your puppy affection when it is in a fearful state of mind. Ignore your puppy or distract your puppy when he goes into fear. This response will build confidence in your puppy and promote a stable temperament. You will have a dog that behaves and is comfortable in new situations, environments and around people.
Have fun, and get your Teacup puppy started on the right track. And he will the best dog you will ever own.