Curly Coated Retrievers are highly intelligent dogs that are devoted to their families and love to play. Because Curlies are usually very late to mature compared to other breeds, they tend to keep their joyful puppy attitudes for several years before settling down in adulthood. This means that Curlies can be more than a handful. Highly active and quick to boredom, a Curly left on his own for too long could turn to making up his own games, and this could quickly lead to destruction. In this article, we'll take a look at how to make the most of the Curly Coated Retriever's boisterous nature.
The most important step in keeping the boisterous nature of Curlies in check is to enroll in an obedience class or Puppy Kindergarten as early as possible. These are clever dogs that are more than able to understand the basic commands of sit, stay, and the all important down, as these joyful dogs do love to jump. Not only will the obedience help keep any rowdy behavior in check, these classes provide another invaluable lesson in socialization. These classes will be very helpful in teaching your Curly how to behave around other people and dogs.
Obedience and socialization are also important steps if you wish to get involved in other events with Curly Coated Retrievers. There are quite a few events that Curlies are participating in, including conformation, agility, obedience and even field hunting events. Socialization is certainly going to do wonders for Curlies that are destined for the conformation stage, as being comfortable around people will make a big difference for judges. The other events are simply fun and are a great way to spend time with your Curly during training.
Curly Coated Retrievers are notorious for getting bored very quickly with repetitive training or play. The best thing about training towards agility or obedience is that there are plenty of activities to train towards. Spending as little as ten or fifteen minutes on any specific task will help keep Curlies entertained and willing to keep working. That's another important factor in keeping their boisterous nature in check. Curlies love nothing more than working for their families, even if the work involved is training for future events.
Again, training towards hunting field tests is yet another way to give Curly Coated Retrievers an outlet for their boisterous nature. This is, after all, what they were bred to do. Naturals in the water and their powerful sense of smell make them stand out in the field and will make excellent partners for fowl hunters, whether in a field test or in the field itself.
The most important thing in managing the boisterous nature of Curly Coated Retrievers is to consider them an integral part of the family. A natural member of the active family, they are great companions for jogging, running, and even walking. With good, early obedience training and plenty of activities to keep him busy, their boisterous nature of the Curly Coated Retriever can be managed, making him an excellent family pet.