My standard poodle pup is coming along nicely. she's now 3 months old Or thereabout BD was 8-9-06.
She is sitting when asked, walking well on a leash, learning to Heel,Comes to her name and has "leave it" down pat(Good Sadie!) We are working on Down and stay, but having limited success. I'm assuming it's her age. She's had some trouble learning the stairs and still wants to be carried. She's getting heavy!I was thinking of leashing her and making her use the stairs. Treat for step treat for step.Not pulling her up-down. I gotta say it again. Standard poodles are different in a lot of ways besides size.
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My standard poodle pup is coming along nicely. she's now 3 months old Or thereabout BD was 8-9-06.

I love puppy training threads. You need to post a couple of picture links.
She is sitting when asked, walking well on a leash, learning to Heel,Comes to her name and has "leave it" down pat(Good Sadie!)

Great!
We are working on Down and stay, but having limited success.

Those take patience - both on the dog's part and yours. At three month old, I'd be rewarding for limited success.
I'm assuming it's her age.

Don't push it. Poodles are smart dogs, you don't want Sadie to lose interest.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
My standard poodle pup is coming along nicely. she's now 3 months old Or thereabout BD was 8-9-06. She is sitting when asked, walking well on a leash, learning to Heel,Comes to her name and has "leave it" down pat(Good Sadie!)

I agree. Good Sadie!
We are working on Down and stay, but having limited success.

The stay might be about attention span, but it depends on how long you're trying to get her to stay. I agree with Matt that its best to keep it very short and very fun at this point.
With the down, make sure you're not turning every Down into a Stay. She might be avoiding it, or going into it slowly if she knows that "the boring thing" is automatically going to follow.
I'm assuming it's her age. She's had some trouble learning the stairs and still wants to be carried. She's getting heavy!I was thinking of leashing her and making her use the stairs. Treat for step treat for step.Not pulling her up-down.

Definitely no pulling. I would even be careful about trying to lure her to do things she's mentally not ready to approach. I find the best way to teach stairs is to carry them to the last step (or the last couple of steps) and have them just do that last part on their own, with tons of excitement and treats and praise and stuff at the end. So, if you're going up the stairs, carry her to the next to last setp, and just have her go up the last step a few times until she's confident. When she's feeling pretty saucy about that, then have her do the last two..then the last three..etc.

Same for going down the stairs. Carry her to the next to last bottom step, and just make a game of jumping on and off that step. If she wants to climb up higher than one or two, don't even let her for the first few minutes (she might turn around, realize how high up she is and freeze), just make a game of going up one, down one, up one, down one..up two, down two..etc.
Working at both ends of the staircase, while you visually block the rest with your body tends to make it much less intimidating for the pup. Pretty soon, she;ll be confidently doing the whole thing on her own.
I gotta say it again. Standard poodles are different in a lot of ways besides size.

Smart little pups!
Tara
I always get great advice here!On the downs it's a quickie with a goodie. and the stays..if I get her to stay even a few seconds That's great. I only work with her in a good relaxed fun mood daily for about 10 minutes at a time. maybe 3 times a day. Right now I think the most important thing is for her to get used to people. Yesterday we went to the neighborhood park and she was frightened by the squealing children. so I ignored her behavior.

Today I took treats (Lamb livers) to the park when I knew kids would be there.I gave the treats to the kids and asked them to give them to Sadie. Wow, when we left her tail was going 500 miles an hour. The school bus just came, and Sadie was in the window watching.. tail going a mile a second. I know she was think..kids=lamb .what a difference a day can make.(squealing kids make me anxious too)
okay Pictures will be posted today! just as soon as I get photobucket figured out. stay tuned.
My standard poodle pup is coming along nicely. she's now 3 months old Or thereabout BD was 8-9-06. She is sitting when asked, walking well on a leash, learning to Heel,Comes to her name and has "leave it" down pat(Good Sadie!)

good girl Sadie!
She's had some trouble learning the stairs and still wants to be carried. She's getting heavy!I was thinking of leashing her and making her use the stairs. Treat for step treat for step.

I agree with what someone else said, do the steps gradually. Cali was terrified of going down steps for a long time until I started putting her towards the bottom and having her do a few at once. Now she's fearless (of stairs and pretty much everything else).
Sammie never was afraid of the stairs, more's the pity! He had a great day today because we had a couple of different people come over who responded to his bounding around them by picking him up and giving him scritches. I still think I need to get him into agility. He turns the whole house into his own personal obstacle course anyway.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
Sammie never was afraid of the stairs, more's the pity! He had a great day today because we had a ... think I need to get him into agility. He turns the whole house into his own personal obstacle course anyway.

I wish a really experienced agility person lived near me and wanted to do agility with Cali. She does very well when we just play around outside on the cheap equipment and I don't feel worthly of handling her. She is so fast and agile and could do amazing if she had someone who knew what they were doing. I took an agility class with Maui (for beginners) and next is Cali's turn but I think she'd do better with someone else.
My standard poodle pup is coming along nicely. she's now 3 months old Or thereabout BD was 8-9-06. She is ... step.Not pulling her up-down. I gotta say it again. Standard poodles are different in a lot of ways besides size.

My standard is now four, and it took him quite some time to want to do stairs,
too, to the vast amusement of my neighbors. Now, he jumps off from about
four stairs up! You might try going down first and encouraging her to join you.
Do you have the paw thing? Mine really loves throwing his paws at me.

SAMK
I'm not sure what you mean by throwing her paws at me. Like boxing? No, she's not boxing me but she is playing pretty strong with Sam(golden retriever)
She is just starting to be "puppy on fire" running full tilt, grabbing anything in her reach for keep away.(I'm carrying toys and treats to trade now) and being completely crazy. I know she's finally coming out of her funk. She actually smiles!!
She's turning into one rum ticker.(ohh, that means one fine girl)