Okay, so, as some of you might be aware of, I am bringing home a male standard poodle puppy on January 28th. Hopefully, this next month will fly by and I won't fall dead with excitement, though I cannot guarantee that I won't, so I apologize if your advice is wasted on me
I've read literally six different puppy books and countless dog books, clicker training books, positive reinforcement in general, dog behaviour, etc, and we already have a family dog who, at the risk of sounding cocky, I am very good with, and I've taught her some fun tricks and the basic idea of housetraining, (When we adopted her, she had some very bad habits pretty deeply ingrained... from what I can tell, she was punished whenever she made a mistake, and probably physically) so I feel pretty prepared. But!
This will be my first big dog, as our current girl weighs a dainty twelve pounds (She's a miniature poodle) and I feel a little nervous still, so I thought I'd ask some questions!
Is training a big dog harder than training a small one?
What are the main differences between raising a small dog and raising a large one?
Please answer these two at length if you feel up to it!
Another issue I'm having is pinning down exactly when to train puppy what.
Does anyone know a good book that details at what age
you start different kinds of training, such as leash training or basic obedience?
I know you can start these things when a pup is very small, but I'm a little fuzzy on the details and I thought the dog forum members would probably know where to look for this sort of thing.
Besides a book, online articles or even posts on here that relate to this would be awesome to be linked to
If you've got any other tips and tricks as well, feel free to clue me in! I've studied so hard but I feel a little overwhelmed knowing he's coming home in a month!