Even though miniature poodles are not considered to be particularly dangerous dogs due to their small size, it is important for dog owners to realize that aggressive behavior is not OK for a dog of any size or age. Hundreds of people receive medical treatment for dog bites every year, including children. Many dog owners have been held responsible in a court of law for their dog's aggressive behavior, adding extra incentive for you to curb your dog's behavior before it gets to a dangerous level.
Identify aggressive behavior early. A predisposition toward aggressive behavior is often evident as a puppy. You need to start working with your dog to correct aggressive behavior as soon as you start to notice it. Growling, biting, snarling, running away, extreme fright and a reluctance to interact with other animals or humans all can be signs that your poodle puppy will grow up to be aggressive.
Handle your puppy frequently and consistently. Do not be harsh or aggressive toward your poodle and do not hit him. Poodles are highly intelligent animals and quickly will decide whether or not you are to be respected or viewed as a threat. Say no firmly when your poodle misbehaves and redirect his attention in a positive manner.
Socialize your miniature poodle so that he is comfortable with adults, children and other animals. Introduce him to people and new places while making sure he feels comfortable and safe within new surroundings and experiences. Encourage your dog to behave well by offering him treats and praise for interacting in a friendly manner.
Enroll your aggressive dog in obedience school and/or hire a professional dog trainer to work with your dog. Aggressive dogs often feel they are either dominant over other animals or are afraid of everything around them and feel the need to protect themselves. A professional will be able to assess what type of behavior your dog is exhibiting and provide you with specific training exercises to correct these behaviors.
- In situations where you think someone may be in danger due to your dog's behavior, you need to either put your dog in a crate where it cannot harm anyone or restrain your poodle by muzzling it and using a leash to keep it at your side.
Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.