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How To Take Care of Goldendoodles
Goldendoodles are a cross-breed between a Golden Retriever and either a Miniature or Standard Poodle. Goldendoodles are known for their intelligence and friendliness. They are also pretty cute. Whether you are considering getting a Goldendoodle or you already have one, this hub is perfect for learning all about the breed and their proper care.
Things to Consider Before Getting a Goldendoodle
A couple important things to consider before deciding to get a Goldendoodle is the space of your house or residency and how often you or someone else in the family is home. Goldendoodles can get very big, between 50 to 90 pounds. They are very friendly dogs, but often get separation anxiety from their people.
Goldendoodles are often hypoallergenic, but require proper grooming and clippings still. Not all Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic though and may shed quite often.
Goldendoodles require moderate exercise. Having either a dog park nearby or space for your Goldendoodle to run around is important. Goldendoodles love to run and play.
The average life expectancy of a Goldendoodle is fifteen years. All dogs deserve a forever home and ensuring you can care for your dog for their full life is important. Dogs bond with their humans and separation can be damaging to them.
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Training your Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles are very easy to train. They are perfect for first-time dog owners. Socialization is very important with Goldendoodles so they do not get shy or fearful.
To start training, it is suggested you start training on a leash with treats and eventually graduate to training off leash. When training, it is suggested sessions are consistent, fun, and short. Reinforce good behavior with praise and treats.
Using your Goldendoodle's name when giving commands, for example "<Insert Name Here>, come!" Goldendoodles love praise and attention.
Potty Training Tips for Goldendoodles
Potty training for any dog takes patience and time. When they are first being potty trained, keeping them on a tether is a good idea to keep messes to a minimal. During the night, when you are sleeping, keeping your Goldendoodle in a kennel is suggested.
As soon as you bring your Goldendoodle home, bring them to their designated bathroom spot. Don't give them an opportunity to explore and keep the leash tight. Once they use the bathroom inside, praise is essential to getting our dog to go outside to the bathroom.
Keep an eye out for indicators that your dog needs to go out. Knowing your dog's warning signs allows you to avoid accidents.
Care Tips for Goldendoodles
Goldendoodle fur can be either long like their Golden Retriever parent or short like a Poodles. Typically, grooming can be kept at a minimal for Goldendoodles, but brushing is especially important for Goldendoodles with longer fur. This is to minimize tangling of the fur.
Because Goldendoodles are a cross-breed between Poodles and Golden Retrievers, Goldendoodles live longer than their parental lines. Their only health concerns are those shared by both Poodles and Golden Retrievers. Because both Poodles and Golden Retrievers can get hip dysplasia an OFA or PennHIP is suggested.
Annual CERF exams are essential as Goldendoodles are susceptible to eye disorders. Furthermore, inheriting low hanging Golden Retriever ears opens Goldendoodles for ear infections.
Goldendoodles can over-eat. So, only giving your Doodle the allotted amount of food is essential to prevent this.
Grooming your Goldendoodle
As mentioned earlier, grooming your Goldendoodle is vital to a healthy and happy dog. Goldendoodles who are long haired should be brushed with a wire-pin brush. Goldendoodles with shorter hair can be brushed with bristle brush.
Daily grooming is important so your dog doesn't get matted. Matted fur on your dog can be very painful for your dog as well cut off blood supply. If your dog's fur is extremely matted, 'hot spots' can form underneath the mats. These hot spots get hot and sweaty and ultimately your dog can get scarring from them.
If you notice your dog is getting some mats, or already have mats, taking your Goldendoodle to a trusted groomer is your best bet. For me, having my Golden shaved completely free of some severe mats was $70 at Petsmart.