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Everything You Need To Know Before Getting a Goldendoodle

Updated on January 17, 2019
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Megan Metler currently has 2 Goldendoodle puppies, Cooper and Baxter. They are the absolute best snuggle buddies and amazing furry friends!

Baxter- 1 Month
Baxter- 1 Month

Thinking about getting a Goldendoodle? Excellent choice!

Goldendoodles are an amazing dog breed. They are a mix of two purebreds, Poodles and Golden Retrievers and are a first-generation hybrid. They have inherited the best qualities of each and are much healthier than both Poodle and Golden Retriever breeds. These energetic, loving and intelligent dogs were originally bred to have all the necessary things for a family pet. They are also fantastic as service dogs.

These dogs, without a doubt, will be an amazing addition to your family. They are easy to groom, train and are super adorable. They are excellent with children, strangers and most of the time get along with cats. They have a very cheerful, energetic and loving personality.

Read on to learn more about these amazing furry friends!

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Appearance

Goldendoodles have many possible looks. They can have gold, red, apricot, chocolate, cream, grey, brown or black coloured fur. Some have patches of multiple colours. Their fur can be straight, wavey, or tightly curled depending on the parents and the amount of each breed. The curly means their hair's more Poodle and straightish-wavy hair is more Golden Retriever. Goldendoodles have hypoallergenic hair, (from poodles) which means they don't shed as much and are beneficial for people with allergies.

Most Goldendoodles have warm chocolate brown eyes that have more than a little hint of mischief. Some can have green, blue or multi-coloured eyes. Another favourite characteristic of pretty much any dog is their nose. It's a cute button nose that causes many giggles as they tickle across everyone's face. Their noses can be black, brown, pink and sometimes white. Their tongue. The long pink tongue that constantly licks everything nearby is another amazing thing about their appearance and the way they drink.

These puppies are so irresistible. The way they are made make it impossible to stay mad at them for long. They are giant life-like teddy bears that are always ready for a good snuggle.

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Personality

Goldendoodles are friends to all! They are very social and get along with almost everyone; some are overly protective, but extra walks to see neighbours, inviting guests over to meet them will help them adjust. They are very outgoing, cheerful and trustworthy. They have a strong desire to please and protect their owner(s). If you've had a pet that catches animals and brings them to you, this is an example of that. They want you to be proud of them, just like any kid wants from their parents.

They are also very smart. They get most of their high intelligence from Poodles, but Golden Retrievers are also very smart. They easily connect our words with actions like sit, stay, roll over or shake a paw. Sometimes they can outsmart us!

Goldendoodles are very patient and gentle, which is why they are great as service dogs or for children with disabilities. Some dogs participate in programs that allow kids to read to dogs, which helps them build confidence.

Like many dogs, they can be mischievous. From stealing socks to chewing shoes, almost all dogs have been a little naughty. Don't worry, with a little time and effort you can easily curve these habits.

If Goldendoodles are left alone for too long they can get sad and depressed. Make sure you will be around enough to ensure good mental health for your four-legged friends.

This one-of-a-kind breed is amazing in every way. They are

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Acivity Level

Goldendoodles are very active. They will run around outside and play fetch, frisbee, and other outdoor games. Goldendoodles need about 30 minutes of exercise a day.

They also have webbed paws (from Golden Retrievers) which makes them excellent swimmers. They will benefit from daily walks or excise to keep them occupied and healthy.

Some other games/activities for your dog are:

  • 3 Card Monte- You get three cups and while your dog is watching put the treat under one of them. Then mix them around and spread them out. Let your dog smell them and try to figure out which cup the treat is under. Keep putting the treat back if they guess it wrong.
  • Doggy Hide n' Seek- Find a spot to hide and call for your dog. See if he can find you.
  • Tug of War- Get a long rope or chew toy. You pull one side, your dog pulls the other.
  • Agility Course- You can buy or make your own course to give them a fun way to exercise

If your Goldendoodle is still a puppy excessive exercise can be harmful. Try to stay away from running/jogging because it can hurt their joints.

Make sure your Goldendoodle gets all the exercise they need to live a happy, healthy life!


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Training

Goldendoodles are very easy to train. Starting as a puppy makes training much easier; if you start when they are already full grown, they have already formed bad habits. This breed is eager to learn and impress their owner.

Here are some tips when training your Goldendoodle puppy:

  • They respond best to positive reinforcement- This makes your dog keen to listen and earn the reward. Rewards should be given when they perform the task you asked (sit, stay, roll over)
  • Avoid Punishment- Dominating your dog is not a good strategy. It may seem to work but it's just causing your dog to fear you. This can lead to your dog getting anxious and frustrated, which can cause suppressed anger.
  • Clicker Training- You can combine treat rewarding with clicker training. You use this small clicker when they do what you ask and then you reward them. Every time they hear the click they know they are being rewarded.
  • Keep The Lessons Short- Try to space out several 5-minute sessions over the day. This helps them remember better and stay concentrated because puppies have a very short attention span.
  • Always End With A Positive Note- Try to end a session with something you know it can do well. This lets you praise them and leave them feeling happy with themself.
  • Crate Training- When crate training don't let them out if they cry. If you do, they have trained you to let them out. Let them explore it and they will get used to it very soon.
  • Don't Get Discouraged- After a lot of practice they will get the hang of it and start following your rules.

Grooming

Goldendoodles have hypoallergenic fur, much means they don't shed as much and that they are better for people with allergies. Whether their fur is straight, wavy or tightly curled they all need to be brushed regularly to prevent tangles. These dogs also should get trimmed around the face. Some Goldendoodles get completely shaved in the summer, to give them a break from their long coats.

Bath time! These dogs need to be bathed occasionally to maintain cleanliness. Like any dog, this breed needs their toenails cut so that they don't rip off and hurt themselves.

Grooming is very important for our furry friends. Staying clean, brushed and comfortable are all important in making sure they live a good life.

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Health

Goldendoodles are healthier and live longer than both Poodle and Golden Retriever breeds. They are expected to live for 10-15 years, but some live even longer.

Even though they are healthier, they are still susceptible to the same diseases. They can get skin disorders, eye problems and dysplasia in their elbow, and hip. Like all dogs, they can gain weight with age. Keep an eye on your dog's weight to make sure they aren't gaining too much, because overweight dogs have a higher chance of orthopedic problems. If they keep active they will have better joints and heart health.

Make sure you visit the vet for checkups and if anything happens out of the ordinary. Health problems can sneak up unexpected, so make sure they are in the all clear.

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Food

There are many dog foods to choose from. Picking the right one for your four-legged friend is key. Dogs can have dry food, canned food, or food from your very own kitchen (if it avoids anything that's bad for dogs).

Chocolate, caffeine, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, nuts and a few other foods are very harmful to dogs. Avoid feeding your dog anything that has artificial preservatives, colours or flavours. Too much of anything is also harmful to your dog.

Some common allergies are:

  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Dairy Products
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Fish

If your dog acts badly when eating something check the ingredients and establish the allergy, so that you can avoid that food. When changing foods make sure you slowly mix the two before completely changing it, unless the base is the same.

When choosing a food for your dog, keep the following information in mind:

  • Meat Protein- Whole meat, such as beef, chicken, fish or lamb should be in the first seven ingredients.
  • Plant Protein- Includes beans and lentils to increase the nutrients.
  • Fat- Canola oil, flaxseed and chicken fat are all fats that increase health benefits.
  • Omega-3's- Is a fatty acid that keeps their skin and fur healthy.
  • Carbs- Dog food should be low in carbs to ensure the dog's blood sugar is steady.
  • DHA- Helps brain and eye development (One of the omega-3s)
  • Alternate Grains- Barley or oats are an alternative to grains if your dog has a sensitivity.
  • Proper Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio- Ratio should be 1.2 parts calcium to 1 part phosphorus. Having too much or too little can lead to orthopedic problems.

Make sure the dog food you choose for your dog is the right one for them.

Dogs are not our whole life,

But they make our life whole

-Roger Caras

© 2019 Megan Metler

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