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Kerry Isom - 2012-05-03
I have a 12 week old labradoodle and some one said to me I am walking him to far. We do 30 mins a day. He does not seem bothered and still runs around when he gets home.

Help I am new too all of this.

Kerry

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-04
    Lab is a HIGH energy pup - real high energy and poodles have a whole lot of energy. I think you could walk this labradoodle till you couldn't stand and the pup would still be raring to go. Don't worry about walking him too much because I doubt you can and just give lots of play toys in the home.
  • Kerry Isom - 2012-05-04
    Thank you Charlie,

    someone said to me walk him 5 mins for every month of his life have you ever heard of this?
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Charles Brown - 2009-12-07
I grew up the more traditional dog breeds but I have to say our schnoodle is exceptional in every way: fantastic temperment, very affectionate, great with kids, hightly intelligent and great with kids. I can't say enough good things about this breed...

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Anonymous - 2012-08-05
We have a one that is over a year old, and have had him since he could be weened from his mother. He is so sweet, but at the same time, he is a nightmare. He isn't grasping anything we have/are trying to teach him. If he get's past the kitchen door, he is running to rooms to pee and poop on the beds. He won't listen, doesn't sit, and if you tell him to stay, he stops until you turn around, then follows. I don't know what to do. Our other dog, a Shepard, is fine and we taught him the same way. Does anyone else have problems with this breed seeming 'dumb?' It is getting SO frustrating that we have seriously contemplated getting rid of him. Any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-06
    Chugs have a independent nature, although they love their humans, but it canmake training them more difficult.  Shepoherds love to please their humans and are so smart and they listen.  Chugs are the typical two year old human.  I would try and crate train him.  He is right withyou next to you where you can grab him or he is in the crate.  What you would be doing is preventing him from making any errors.  He is next to you and then you pick him up and take him outside and walk him (don't forget heel) and then he goes in his crate.  You take him out of his crate and take him back outside and he goes to the bathroom and then he comes back in - directly again right by you or where you can see him.  Get the housebreaking part down and then worry about stay.  You can use 'Stay'  'Sit' etc but just initially worry about getting him housebroken.  I would wash all the bedding or have it dry cleaned as his scent is on those items and you want to remove that sccent. 
  • Gigi - 2012-08-20
    I have a year and a half year old chug. He is very independent and intelligent. He practically potty trained himself and it could be because he hates dirt, and the smell of pee and poop. When he goes outside to potty, he tells me by barking and stops when I acknowledge that he did his business and follows me to pick it up. Your chug needs to learn that pee or poop on beds is wrong. Because they hate the smell, make sure you make them smell and say NO. Wash out all evidence of their pee and poop and they won't go back. Save a piece of paper towel with a tiny bit of pee and place it where you want your chug to do its business. Sometimes when I command my chug to do simple things like SIT, he conveniently turns DUMB like yours. I have to stand up and be above him and say in a stern voice to SIT then he follows. They are very sensitive to your tone of voice. Be it a stern command or a sweet I love you. My chug learns a trick with just one session. But I have to keep asking to see that trick or command. He really gets it and when he gets a petting, he will use his paw to show me where he wants to be scratched. Sometimes I feel like he will speak in human words one day. Extremely smart and independent dogs can be very difficult but also very rewarding. Chugs need a lot of excercise. Make sure yours gets a lot. You will notice that their chihuahua personality takes over and they are hyper then once the energy is expended, they 'pug out' like a light. Be patient. Your dog loves you and needs a lot of attention. I mean A LOT of attention.
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Kelly Coleman - 2013-04-23
Wow, amazing the difference in just one day. Our new puppy Chion came home sweet and fairly docile, and is apparently getting very comfortable in her new home. She was extremely rambunctious but also very aggressive with nipping and biting, almost uncontrollably. Any suggestions on how to discipline aside from a good stern 'NO' each time?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-23
    Sounds like a cute and energetic puppy. I would start with love and consistent gentle discipline. But most of all, she's a puppy, so I would say patience and giving her plenty of time to get used to her new home and to grow up.
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Shirley - 2012-11-24
I recently adopted a 1 1/2 year old chug from a rescue shelter. He is the most stubborn dog I know. He knows what you are talking about but will only do it if he wants to. Since he is older can someone give some advise on what to do. He was house trained when I got him. So this was a big plus. It is just like having a stubborn toddler in the house. I know I kinda have him spoiled he only sleeps with me because he likes the electric blanket. I got him his own and he won't sleep in it. He thinks every time I shower he is suppose to jump in. He follows me all around the house and will not go lay down until I sit down. When I do sit down. He makes me hold him in my lap. Any tips on how I can break some of these behaviors.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-24
    Have no fear, you are doing very well.  It sounds like your furry friend is training you quite well and that is all that is needed for a perfect relationship.  Seriously, nature of the pooch - just enjoy it and if a particular behavior bothers you - just say 'NO' and put him in his bed or in a crate.  Sounds like he loves you and all affection on his part though.
  • Shirley - 2012-11-24
    Thank you. I love him so much I just want him to know when I say no I mean no! You are right I feel like he is training me than me training him. :).
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-24
    They are just sooo cute and adorable and lovable and a person has a tendency to laugh or hug when we know we should say 'NO'.  Puppy is very smart and he will understand 'NO'.  Us humans - we are very trainable by the furry things we love.
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traci - 2012-11-20
My Chorkie looks exactly like this one! He even has the same green eyes!

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Joel - 2012-04-22
But what about life spans for Schnoodles? And what health issues have people encountered? I'm considering a Schnoodle after having had Schnauzers the past 20 years and dealing with Cushings, diabetes and cancer with them once they reached 10 yrs. old.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-22
    The life span for a Snoodle is said to be around 14 years old. Per the Animal World article above some health concerns are for the eyes and epilepsy.
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Merrilee - 2013-03-14
Tiny is an adorable little brat! He's only 4 1/2 months old and has learned sit, stay, come, down, rollover, drop it, potty, and no. He's already 8lbs of rowdy fun, and I've a few questions about other training stuff. I've an almost 5yr old granddaughter, and the two of them are always just bugging the fire outta one another. If it were not so constant, it might be cute. It's really like babysitting two very jealous little kids. Tiny is jumping/nipping my granddaughter. However playful and attention getting the behavior is, it's painful to her and she reacts by swinging/swatting back at him. She, in turn, will pick him up when he's resting, and he reacts by growling or snapping at her. His is a 'shot across the bow' and he's never bit her angrily. I am concerned that he really might bite her badly, or she might injure his legs and/or back. Other than kenneling him most of the day - as much for his protection as hers - I don't know what to do. I'm frustrated by the whole situation because I love and can see wonderful potentials for them both. Honestly, I really need help on this one. I'm kinda at my wit's end. Any solutions?

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Mariana - 2013-05-10
I just got a labradoodle last week and she has tried to escape, when she is in her leash. We have been gaining her trust, but we want to be sure that she will not get out of her harness, what should we do to help train her?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10
    Firm but positive training works best. Labradoodles are one of my favorite mixed breeds. They have all the great attitude characteristics of the labrador, and the darling (non-shedding!) coat of the poodle. These dogs are intelligent, playful, and sometimes mischievous, but always seeking human connection. There are lots of good resources; books, magazines, websites and others, that can give you indepth info on training. One good method is to find a dog trainer that can offer suggestions or coaching.
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Rusty Vazquez - 2013-04-21
We have a male Chion that will turn 7 in May. He is a real joy. Very loving and extremely smart. Loves to cuddle and sleep with his mama and daddy right between us on his back with his head on the pillow. He loves to travel especially to go camping. I do not let him off the leash unless he is in an enclosed area because he loves to chase birds, squirrels and cats. He is ok around older children but does not like younger children and tends to growl and snap at them if they approach him.

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  • Toby Jungle - 2013-04-21
    Cool beans! Gotta love Chions, they are such great companions
  • Toby Jungle - 2013-04-21
    We love Chions paPillions
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