Expert Tips on How To Stop Dog Barking

Expert Tips on How To Stop Dog Barking

I’ve been researching expert tips to stop dog barking because my Goldendoodle puppy, Kai, has started a bad habit of barking out our front window. So I decided to turn to dog training experts to give me the best advice on stopping unwanted dog barking.

To summarize everything I learned I created this video along with my summary below. After trying many techniques, I found a few that were especially helpful. So I wanted to share them here.

Because Kai is only six months old, I know I have time to address this problem early before this barking issue turns into a major problem. The habit started because Kai gets very excited by things that go on outside of our window on the street. I know this is a natural behavior because he wants to alert us.

After my research, I learned there are many causes of dog barking. There are many approaches to solving the problem of unwanted barking. They all take time and consistency, so we’re still in process.  I feel much better knowing I have a plan to follow. 

So, here’s a summary of what I’ve been doing to help solve Kai’s barking.

Alert Barking and How To Stop It

When the doorbell rings or when the postal carrier is approaching, it’s normal that your dog wants to alert you that someone is there. Dogs’ ears are so sensitive that even a small noise can make them want to alert you. But this can become a nuisance if you can’t get it to stop.

One of the best tips I learned is that it helps if you reassure your dog by checking out what may be going on. When he sees that you’re protecting the area too, he’ll feel safer and won’t feel like he has to constantly alert you. 

Give Your Pup A Smaller Area to Control Barking

You also may need to make your dog’s world a little smaller, so that there aren’t as many distractions that lead to barking. For example, I blocked off the area by our front window, so that Kai can’t sit there looking for something to bark at.

By blocking his access to that area, it prevents those fits where he starts barking at a jogger coming by. This at least limits some of that behavior. Providing a safe and secure space gives him the space to relax and remain calm.

The “Leave-It” Command

However, in order to minimize or eventually eliminate these kinds of outbursts, it’s also important to let him get used to  people walking by the house. Anticipating barking before it starts can be one of the most effective ways to train your dog to stop barking.

Here’s what I learned to do: When I see someone is walking by the house, I will have treats ready in hand. As soon as Kai’s ears perk up, and he looks like he’s about to bark, I’ll give him a treat and say, “Leave it.”

I’ll keep giving him a treat and say, “Leave it” until the person is out of sight.

This works because it’s almost impossible for him to bark when he’s smelling or eating. It also reinforces the positive behavior of being quiet. I do the same thing while we’re out walking on the leash.

Using the “leave it” command allows me to intervene early. I get his attention on me before he starts barking and acting up. It takes work, but he’s getting better.

Working with Kai in this way has put me in a much better position to work on other behavior issues in the future. I’ve found it to work really well!

It will take a lot of repetition until he consistently learns good behavior whenever he sees these triggers. I know it won’t solve everything, but I feel like it’s helped so much.

He’s still young, so hopefully he’ll grow out of this unwanted behavior as he becomes more socialized. It made me feel better to know that extreme barking with a young, unsocialized dog is common. 

The Best Time to Correct Unwanted Barking Is Before It Happens

It’s important to understand that the best time to correct unwanted barking is right before it occurs. I’ve learned some of the signs Kai shows before he starts to bark.

Before he barks is the best time to intervene, encourage him to look at me, and reward him when he complies. It just takes being patient and consistent.

I also make sure I use an enticing reward. This makes it easier to get his attention on me. Having a variety of treats keeps Kai interested. Deli meat, especially bologna, works very well.

The goal is to teach him to be quiet for just a split-second.  It’s important to reward any amount of effort. I don’t expect too much. Just enough to catch him in a good behavior.

Since Kai already knows how to sit, I tell him to sit with the treat in my hand over his head. This gets the focus off of whatever is going on and onto me. 

Does Your Dog Get A Reward From Barking?

A dog might bark because he’s learned that he gets a reward for barking. This is known as demand barking.

For example, he may be in the habit of dropping a ball in front of you and barking until you throw the ball. Over time, he’s learned that when he barks, he gets that attention.

One of the best ways to discourage this type of barking is to turn your back and ignore your dog. Eventually, he will learn that he won’t get that attention.

Instead of picking up the ball and throwing it, you would just hold on to the ball and walk away. At first, he will bark again. As soon as there is any silence at all, you can throw the ball.

He will eventually learn that when he stops barking, he’ll get the ball. When he starts to bark, he won’t get the attention. It takes patience and practice, but it works.

The “Quiet” Command

Another useful tip I learned is to teach the “Quiet” command. This is similar to the “Leave-It” command.

Here’s how it works:

If your dog barks when the doorbell rings, you pick a word such as “quiet”. You’ll say this word every time the doorbell rings. Then before you answer the door, you say “quiet” and hold out a treat in your hand in front of his nose.

Because dogs can’t bark and smell at the same time, he’ll automatically stop barking. When the treat comes after you say the word “quiet”, he will eventually associate being quiet with the treat. 

Control Barking With Plenty of Mental and Physical Exercise 

Preventing boredom with regular exercise and playtime will go a long way in getting barking under control.

Dogs are a lot like children. If you don’t keep them busy and active, they’ll find a way to fill the boredom. Create a plan to make sure your dog gets the exercise and stimulation he needs.

Leash walking, chasing a ball, playing tug-of-war with a toy, or active play with other dogs lead to a better behaved and well-adjusted dog. Dogs do well when they have a daily routine. Decide who will be in charge of the activities, and for how long. 

I highly recommend all of these expert tips for controlling dog barking. Kai has been responding well to all of them, and I hope they help your dog too. 

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Working From Home Tips from a Writer: Hire Your Dog

Working From Home Tips from a Writer: Hire Your Dog

Dogs with a Job, Kai the Goldendoodle

 

If you work from home like me, you need all the help you can get! Whether you’re working from home temporarily due to the pandemic, or you work from home permanently, having extra help can mean the difference between success and failure.

In this article, I’d like to recognize my employee of the month: my personal assistant, Kai. He’s an absolute superstar.

Don’t even think about recruiting him because he’s 100% loyal to me. You’ll be inspired by his many accomplishments at such a young age. He’s well on his way to a bright future with a promising career ahead of him.

Here’s why:

1. Strong Time Management Skills

First, Kai keeps me on schedule. I typically have several projects I’m working on at the same time. I rely on him to keep me on track so that I can meet my deadlines.

He has a special tone in his bark that startles me at just the right time.

His bark works especially well when I’m on the phone. Since I can’t hear a thing, it urges me to hang up at the earliest opportunity.  

2. Effective Organizational Skills

Second, Kai can manage just about anything. He can also assess a situation in record time.

His keen sense of smell and ability to hear every sound on earth make him ready to respond in a split second. He sits up, takes notice, and barks whenever he feels it’s time to regroup.

In addition, he’s great at delegating anything that does not include a treat, a toy, or head pats.

3. Ability to Prioritize

Kai has a big picture perspective. He also has an acute attention to detail.

He knows how important a clean office is to productivity. That’s why empties the trashcans frequently. He keeps the wastebasket tipped over and picks up stray tissues regularly. 

4. Excellent Proofreader

As a busy writer, I rely on Kai for a second set of eyes to catch any typos, spelling, or grammar mistakes.

He has an uncanny ability to notice things I would never see on my own. 

5. Efficient Office Manager

Finally, I don’t what I would do without Kai’s expertise as an office manager.

One of his duties is to open the mail promptly. He doesn’t let one envelope get away.

He even takes the extra step of double-checking all pieces of mail that are in the trashcan, just to make sure we haven’t overlooked something important.

Kai has so many other strengths that are almost too numerous to mention. Here are just a few:

  • Security Guard – alerts me to any and all potential intruders.
  • Therapist –  provides cuddles and hugs at just the right time.
  • Cheerleader – tail wags to brighten my day.
  • Team builder – plays fetch during breaks.
  • Personal trainer – motivates me to take frequent walks.

Overall, I would say Kai is an invaluable employee. He’s making great progress as my personal assistant.

As my only employee, I predict he will be the recipient of many other company awards in the future. Thanks so much for your hard work Kai!

I love you and appreciate you!

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How to Stop a Puppy From Biting and Chewing Everything in Sight

How to Stop a Puppy From Biting and Chewing Everything in Sight

If you have a puppy, you probably want to know how to stop a puppy from biting and chewing everything in your house. Kai has been biting and chewing everything lately! Including my arms, my hands, and three pairs of shoes!

That’s why I decided to “nip” this problem head-on.

Puppies bite and chew. It’s what they do. While there’s no escaping this stage of puppyness, I researched the best ways to manage puppy chewing. I compiled this list to share what I’ve found that’s worked well for our Goldendoodles.

You may need to change some of the choices based on the breed of your dog. Read on for my list of anti-chewing supplies below. Here’s what I learned:

To be honest, I don’t get mad at Kai for his biting and chewing. At his age it’s natural to explore everything and to ease the pain of teething.

But, I don’t want him chewing on items like furniture, walls, and carpet.

There are solutions to deal with this habit and prevent it from becoming a problem beyond the puppy teething stage.

Why Puppies Bite and Chew

All new puppy owners know the pain of those tiny, needle-sharp teeth. Puppies just can’t help it, they must bite and chew.

The puppy milk teeth begin to grow in at about three to eight weeks old. The permanent teeth gradually replace the baby teeth.

For this reason, puppies are in a constant state of teething up until about four to six months old.

If your dog or puppy chews on wood trims, socks, or remote controls, it could be a sign of boredom. Puppies are active and energetic. If they can’t expend that energy in a positive way, it can turn into destructive habits.

Before you know it, they’re having a field day with toilet paper! 

Prevent Boredom to Stop Puppy From Biting and Chewing

Daily exercise helps your dog expend energy and provides mental stimulation. Physical activity and engaging playtime should provide stimulation and burn excess energy. Plus, it will satisfy his need for companionship.

Stop Puppy Chewing Problems Now To Avoid Bigger Problems Later

I know it’s not realistic to think I can completely stop Kai from chewing right now. His gums are inflamed from teething, and he’s exploring everything around him.

Even so, it’s important to keep him safe and watch what he puts in his mouth. He’s already shown an interest in electrical cords, socks, and sticks. Ingesting pieces of these things could cause problems such as intestinal blockages or perforations!

Stock Up on a Wide Variety of Puppy Chew Toys 

One of the best strategies for how to stop a puppy from biting and chewing is to redirect his attention to something else. But let’s be honest, not all chew toys solve the problem.

Some chew toys are better than others. Dogs have their favorites.

If you find a particular toy your puppy loves, buy more than one. Dogs tend to chew up their favorite toys, and then you have to throw it away!

Keep a close watch on the condition of all your puppy toys, especially if they contain a squeaker on the inside. If puppies ingest the stuffing or the plastic squeaker, it can be dangerous!

Puppy Proof Your Home

To keep your puppy safe and minimize damage to your house, it pays to prepare your home with a puppy in mind. If you’ve ever baby-proofed your home, you’ll need many of the same things:

Also, eliminate clutter from the floors or tables. Set your puppy up for success by minimizing access to important belongings. Make sure items such as medicines, food, candy, or cleaning products are out of your puppy’s reach. 

Crate training helps prevent problems and keeps your puppy safe when you can’t be right there. In addition, you want to keep doors closed to keep your puppy out of rooms.

The Pet Cube is a great way to watch your dog when you’re in a different location. Your pup can hear your voice and will know you’re watching, even if you’re in a different room! It even dispenses treats! You can also use a more basic pet monitor camera to keep an eye on your dog.

Use Positive Reinforcement to Prevent Puppy Chewing

When planning on how to stop a puppy from biting and chewing, avoid negative punishments, such as shouting, spanking, or hitting. Negative punishments can lead to other destructive behavior problems.

Instead, respond by firmly saying “NO” and take away whatever your pup was nibbling on. Substitute a chewing treat, a chew toy or plush toy that will keep them busy. This will teach your puppy to chew on only what is allowed and help satisfy the urge for chewing.

Puppy Chewing Supplies

It can be exasperating to figure out how to stop a puppy from biting and chewing. It can feel like every time you turn around, they’re getting into something else! But rest assured, this will pass! 

The key is to teach your puppy to chew only on the right things. This helps prevent him from searching your house for chewing material.

The easiest solution: offer something better.

I’ve discovered the best chew toys that distract puppies from chewing the wrong things. Here’s what I’ve found that’s worked for us.

Chew Treats

Your puppy will gladly accept a tasty chew treat instead of your sock or shoe. You just need to find some go-to favorites.

Bully sticks are an all-time favorite of our dogs. They’re a little rich and can cause an upset stomach. That’s why it’s a good idea to limit the length of time your puppy has with a bully stick.

Also, make sure your puppy has plenty of water available because bully sticks make them thirsty. Another negative to bully sticks is that they have a strong odor. If this is a problem, you can opt for an odor-free version.

We like to try different varieties of bully sticks. This braided version is another favorite. It helps to rotate through a variety of options to keep them interested.

Our dogs absolutely love these “bones” that are filled with peanut butter.

Edible bones are also a good choice when trying to figure out how to stop a puppy from biting and chewing. The only negative is they eat them pretty quickly. So they don’t keep them busy for long.

Also, too many edible bones at once can also cause diarrhea, so don’t overdo it. Goldendoodles can have sensitive stomachs, so we’re careful when introducing anything new into their diets.

We gradually introduce a new food, treats or chews, just to make sure it doesn’t cause intestinal issues! We’ve learned this the hard way!

Anti-Boredom Toys

Goldendoodle Loves Her Toys

When figuring out how to stop a puppy from biting and chewing, look for a variety of toys to beat boredom. Choose one that your dog won’t destroy to beat puppy boredom.

Both Zuma and Kai love plush toys that have a crinkly sound. We have a wide variety of toys in different shapes and sizes stored in the same spot.

We bring different toys out at different times so they don’t get bored with the same toys all the time. Zuma now knows the difference between all of her toys. In this funny video, you can see how she goes to her toy box to pick out just the right one.

Here are some favorite dog toys we’ve discovered:

Interactive smart puzzles like this one and this one work well to entertain and satisfy their foraging instinct. With so many choices available today, it’s a unique option when determining how to stop a puppy from biting and chewing.

This Textured Nylabone is also great as helping to ease the pain of teething and keep them busy. Although our dogs really like the traditional smooth Nylabone, the textured one gives them something new. The bumpy feel seems to be satisfying during the teething stage.

In addition to understanding how to stop a puppy from biting and chewing, you want to be fully prepared before bringing your puppy home. If you’re bringing a new puppy home soon, I compiled my new puppy supply list here. This is what I’ve found that’s worked best for us.

I’ve learned alot after bringing two Goldendoodle puppies home in the last two years.

By the way, Kai has his own Instagram account called @thatdoodkai, so you can follow him over there!

Plus, I’m super excited about my new Goldendoodle Merch, featuring Zuma (@ZumaTheDoodleDog). Take a look and share it with your Doodle lover friends!

Why am I writing about Goldendoodles? Learn more here.

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Goldendoodle Puppy Supply List: 15 Essential Items

Goldendoodle Puppy Supply List: 15 Essential Items

Our first week with Kai was an adventure! Before his arrival, we put together a puppy supply list to welcome him to his new home. We felt like new parents all over again!

We made sure we had all the basics to take care of him and ease the transition away from his litter mates. In the weeks before we picked him up, we gradually bought everything on Amazon to make it quick and easy.

If you’re thinking about getting a Goldendoodle, this puppy supply list will help you plan for everything that comes with raising a new puppy.

Here’s our video pupdate from our fist few weeks with Kai. 

Establishing a Puppy Routine

We’ve brought home many new puppies over the years. We’ve learned they each have their own personality. Just like with human babies, what works well with one, may not be the same for another.

We’ve learned that establishing a routine is one of the best ways to housebreak and train a new puppy. Plus, having the right puppy supplies prevents the frustrations that come with taking care of a new puppy.

Preventing Puppy Separation Anxiety

When Zuma was a puppy she did not need to be held a lot. She was naturally content to be in another room by herself. But Kai likes to be with us all the time. We need to train him to have “alone time.” 

As a result, crate training is a more challenging with Kai. The only time we put Kai in the crate is when we leave the house because he cries so loud! When we’re home, we always keep him on a leash if we’re not watching him.

Kai sleeps on our bed. I know it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but he hasn’t had one accident on our bed! He is so content to sleep there all night. That means we get to sleep too. This probably would not work for most puppies. We could have never had Zuma sleep on our bed at such a young age. 

When we picked Kai up from the breeder, I rubbed a towel on his mother and littermates to pick up their scent. I brought the towel with him in the car so that he would have their scent to keep him calm.

I also found this snuggly toy with a heartbeat and heat pack that helps puppies make the transition from their litter. In this video, you can see how Kai absolutely loves it and see more about my discovery.

Socializing Your Puppy

Another important part of puppy training is getting them accustomed to all kinds of sights, sounds, people, and places. That’s why we’ve already started taking Kai out and about to different environments.

Because he hasn’t had all his shots yet, we can’t expose him to public areas where a lot of other dogs have been. This sling dog carrier comes in handy when we take him out right now. It makes it easy to safely take him with us wherever we go. 

Puppy Supply List

Here are 15 essential items that will help you bring your puppy home safely and confidently. This is our complete puppy supply list of everything we purchased for Kai.

1. Dog Carrier Sling

There are several types of dog carriers out there. I’ve had this sling for several years and used it with our other dogs. I’ve had other dog carrier bags, but I like how comfortable this one is. 

2. Plush Toy Sleep Aid With Heartbeat

goldendoodle crate training

This plush toy with a built-in heartbeat reminds me of something similar we used when our human daughter was a newborn baby. Kai is attached to it, and it keeps him happy when we put him in the crate.

The heartbeat sounds like a ticking clock, and he noticed the sound right away. In this video, you can see how he responds to this toy in a different way than he does with his other toys. 

3. Hammered Copper Pet Bowls

It’s not a necessity, but I think having cute dog food bowls is just fun. I love the style of these hammered copper food bowls.

4. Soft Adjustable Dog Collar

We didn’t want to spend much money on a dog collar while Kai is so young. That’s why we opted for this colorful inexpensive nylon collar. It’s adjustable so it can grow as he grows.

When he’s full-grown, we’ll invest in a new collar. He’s still too young to start formal training, so we don’t need a training collar just yet. That will come later.

5. Dog Leash-15 Feet

Goldendoodle Puppy Leash Training

For the first six months when Zuma was a puppy, we used a long 15-foot leash to get her accustomed to walking on a leash. Her trainer explained that this prevents the habit of pulling on the leash.

When puppies feel tension on the leash, they instinctively pull back against it. This creates a bad habit of always pulling on the leash. She told us to always allow slack and to let her walk freely on the long leash. This worked so well in leash training Zuma. We’ve already started using the long leash with Kai. At nine weeks he’s already getting the idea of walking on the leash.

6. Dog Leash-6 Feet

When we’re not able to watch Kai closely, we keep him on a shorter leash so that he doesn’t have too much freedom around the house. This helps prevent him from having an accident or getting into things he shouldn’t. 

7. Soft Plush Chew Toys – 6 pack

This pack of toys is a great start to having a wide variety of toys to keep your pup entertained. I have a box where I keep all the toys so that we can bring out different toys at different times. This prevents Kai from getting bored with the same toys all the time. 

8. Odor-Free Bully Sticks

When it comes to chewing, puppies are constantly looking for something new. Bully sticks will keep a puppy busy for a long time.

Keep in mind, bully sticks are rich for a puppy’s tummy, so you can’t let your young pup have it for too long. I prefer this odor-free version.

9. Soft Crate Pad

You want to make sure your pup’s crate is comfy so that it becomes a place where he likes to sleep. Having a soft crate pad that’s the right size helps the crate become a safe and cozy hideout for your puppy. 

10. Wire Dog Crate (Small)

crate training your doodle

The basic concept of crate training is that dogs won’t go to the bathroom in the area they sleep. But this only works if the crate is small enough.

If the crate is too large, your puppy may use one side of it to go to the bathroom and the other for sleeping. That’s why you’ll want to start with a small crate and move to larger sizes as your puppy grows. 

11. Wire Dog Crate (Large)

As your puppy grows, you’ll want to increase the size of the crate so that he stays comfortable and likes being there. It helps to have a general idea of how large your puppy will ultimately become. You don’t want the crate to be too large, or too small. 

12. Portable Dog Crate for Travel

If you plan on taking your pet with you on weekend trips before he’s house trained, you’ll want to confine him when you can’t keep a close eye on him. A soft, foldable travel crate packs easily so you don’t have to bring your wire crate with you. 

13. Soft Puppy Training Treats

Having plenty of small training treats on hand is essential. We reward Kai with a treat every time he goes outside. We say, “potty potty potty” and give him a treat. In a short time, he has gotten the idea that good things happen when he goes potty outside. The treats need to be small, soft, and not too rich so he doesn’t get a tummy ache.

14. Puppy Food

We started with this Costco brand grain-free puppy food that Kai’s breeder was using, but we will gradually switch him to a new food. Our vet advised us against a grain-free diet saying there is evidence that it can lead to heart disease.

Zuma does well with the Honest Kitchen brand of dog foods. I highly recommend this food, along with the Superfood Toppers Before switching to Honest Kitchen Zuma had chronic digestive problems, and this is the only food that has made a difference.

Honest Kitchen is minimally processed with limited ingredients. It’s 100% natural human grade dog food. We will buy the whole grain version.

15. Airtight Pet Food Storage Container

It’s important to keep food in an airtight storage container to keep it fresh. This also keeps ants or other insects from getting into the food.

This rolling storage container helps us keep all the dog food and treats in one area. I especially like that it’s on rollers because I can easily move it out of the way when we’re not using it. 

By having the right supplies on hand you’ll get off to a great start with your new puppy and avoid the common pitfalls of life with a puppy.

Kai has his own Instagram account called @thatdoodkai, so you can follow him over there!

By the way, I’m super excited about my new Goldendoodle Merch, featuring Zuma (@ZumaTheDoodleDog). Take a look and share it with your Doodle lover friends!

Why am I writing about Goldendoodles? Learn more here.

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F1B Goldendoodle Dog Breed: Important Facts and Personality Traits

F1B Goldendoodle Dog Breed: Important Facts and Personality Traits

The essence of the Goldendoodle personality is a glorious absence of knowing they’re actually dogs. In my latest video, you’ll see exactly what I mean. What would Zuma say if she could talk? This video and this video answer that question. 

Goldendoodles are one of many poodle mixes, known as “doodles.” The f1 Goldendoodle breed is a hybrid dog that is a cross of purebred Golden Retriever and purebred Standard Poodle. The parent breeds of the f1b Goldendoodle are a purebred Poodle crossed with an f1 Goldendoodle.

Most doodle owners know and love the doodle temperament and personality traits that are uniquely all their own. If you own any of the cross breed doodle types of dogs, you know their doodly-ness that is slightly human and dog at the same time.

In this article, I share the telltale Goldendoodle personality traits of this popular hybrid breed.

Goldendoodles Are Highly Intelligent and Loving Dogs

When it comes to ranking in intelligence, Poodles rank second and Golden Retrievers are fourth among the world’s most intelligent dogs. Because Goldendoodles are a hybrid between these two most intelligent dog breeds, they are extremely smart.

Some people would say that makes Goldendoodles high-maintenance dogs. They need proper training, daily walks, and intellectual stimulation. For this reason, starting training at a young age is a great way to ensure your Goldendoodle has a happy, healthy life for many years to come.

Consistency and positive reinforcement are key when it comes to avoiding behavioral problems and destructive behaviors down the road. Their intelligence and loving temperament also make them excellent candidates for use as therapy dogs, guide dogs, and service dogs.

Social Dogs

The gentle nature of the Golden Retriever parent makes them a great companion for just about anyone. Most Goldendoodle owners, including those with small children, say they are wonderful family pets. The Goldendoodle temperament makes them great family pets and a good choice for people who can spend time with a dog on a regular basis.

They are a friendly, social, and people-oriented type of dog and are often a perfect dog for young children. For this reason, if you’re away from home all day, a Goldendoodle puppy may not be the right dog for you. They need human interaction and don’t do well if left alone for long periods of time.

With this hallmark Goldendoodle personality trait, some dogs can have a tendency for separation anxiety. As a result, a bored and lonesome Goldendoodle can become depressed and destructive, which can lead to behavioral issues such as digging and excessive barking.

In contrast, a socialized Goldendoodle will most likely become a well-behaved, well-adjusted companion. For this reason, you should begin socializing and training a puppy from a young age and continue this throughout the dog’s life. 

Most Goldendoodles get along well with other dogs. However, some can get nervous around unfamiliar dogs. That’s why it’s wise to socialize your Goldendoodle puppy with other dogs and in new environments as soon as possible.

Curly, Wavy, or Straight Coats

While you might expect an exact combination of a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle, the appearance of different Goldendoodles can vary quite a bit. A Goldendoodle’s coat can be curly, wavy, or straight. No matter the type of coat, they all need regular brushing and grooming. Curly and wavy hair needs more maintenance than straight hair coats. 

Most Goldendoodle puppies will have their adult coat somewhere around six to twelve months. Once the adult coat grows in you will have an idea whether the dog’s coat type will be curly, wavy, or straight. If you’re interested in a hypoallergenic dog, wavy and curly coats usually have little to no shedding.

Dogs with wavy coats more closely resemble teddy bears, and they may slightly shed. Goldendoodles with tighter curls that more closely resemble a Poodle are less likely to shed and are a great choice for people with allergies.

Frequent grooming is essential in order to keep the coat free of matting and tangles. While some owners learn to groom their dogs themselves, many Goldendoodle owners opt to have a professional dog groomer maintain their dogs.

The Goldendoodle One Paw Tuck

Goldendoodle one paw tuck

@ZumaTheDoodleDog One Paw Tuck

Like other Doodle breeds, Goldendoodles have perfected the one paw tucked under pose. I’m not sure if it’s a solution for what to do with those long legs, or it’s just more comfortable that way.

Whatever the reason, the one paw tuck is a regal pose that you’ll often see in the Goldendoodle personality.

Goldendoodles Come In Many Shapes and Sizes

Goldendoodles come in many colors, shapes, and sizes and can grow anywhere from thirteen to twenty-four inches tall. They can weigh from fifteen pounds to over one hundred pounds.

Toy Goldendoodles are the smallest and are about thirteen to fifteen inches tall and weigh about fifteen to twenty pounds. They are a mix of Toy Poodle and a Golden Retriever.

The Miniature Goldendoodle is the result of breeding a Miniature Poodle with a Golden Retriever. An intermediate-size, Mini Goldendoodles stand anywhere from sixteen to twenty inches tall and weigh twenty to forty pounds. Many people who want a smaller dog prefer the size of the Mini since the Toy Goldendoodles can be too small for some.

Medium Goldendoodles are a size between Toy and Standard Goldendoodles. Medium Goldendoodles can vary greatly in size and are defined in various ways depending on the breeder. Breeders may also call them large mini Goldendoodles and Small Standard Goldendoodles.

Standard Goldendoodles are the largest of the breed. They are usually about eighteen to twenty-four inches tall and weigh forty to one hundred pounds or more. Standard Goldendoodles parents are a Standard Poodle bred with a Golden Retriever. Since they are large dogs, Standard Goldendoodles need more space so they can get the activity and exercise they need.

By one year old, Goldendoodles are almost fully grown. Smaller sizes may stop growing earlier, while larger dogs may still continue to fill out after their first birthday. By age one, they are close to their fully grown height and weight.

So if you have a Toy or Mini Goldendoodle, your dog will most likely stop growing much sooner. On the other hand, Standard or Medium Goldendoodles are usually fully grown at one year and will continue to fill out until around two years old.

The Doodle Side-Eye Stare

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If you love a Goldendoodle, chances are you’ve been on the other end of the famous side-eye stare. The jury is out on what it really means. That ubiquitous glance of the Goldendoodle personality seems to say something more than the average face-to-face stare.

The Talent for Eating While Laying Down

GoldenDoodles love to eat while laying down

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You might think that eating while laying down is lazy. But for the Goldendoodle personality, it’s all about efficiency. Those long legs can make eating so tiring!

Just try stretching your neck down to reach a bowl on the floor for that long. To solve this problem, try elevating dog food bowls to make eating more comfortable for a doodle.

When it comes to feeding schedules, it’s wise to get into the habit of feeding your Goldendoodle at the same time each day. This helps promote an internal schedule.

Make sure the puppy food you choose includes enough calcium and phosphorous to support proper bone development. There many dog food brands on the market. Take some time to learn about the options and understand what is best for your Goldendoodle.

When reading the labels of dog food, make sure the first ingredient is real, whole protein from animals. Also, compare the calorie content between brands to make sure your food provides the right amount for your dog. Finally, you want a food with no artificial additives, such as artificial flavors, or preservatives.

A balanced diet is as important to dogs as it is to humans in order to have a healthy lifestyle. A dog’s digestive system can be sensitive to dietary changes, so gradually make any changes in types of food to your pup’s diet. You’ll want to watch for any irritations to your dog’s digestive system when transitioning to a new diet.

Playful and Fun To Have Around

While sticks are an all-time favorite, balls rank high on a Goldendoodle’s list of fun toys. Maybe because they’re sturdy and chewy at the same time. Zuma’s favorite balls squeak.

For most Goldendoodles, there’s nothing more fun than a rousing game of fetch with their human. A doodle will appear in your face, ball in mouth, at random times throughout the day. They’re always ready to play at moment’s notice.

Most Goldendoodles love traditional dog activities, such as playing fetch, taking long walks, and running around the yard. In addition, many of these playful dogs love water and can learn to swim. As long as they get the right amount of exercise, most Goldendoodles are obedient and easy to train. 

Organized activities are a fun way to keep your Goldendoodle’s mind active. Consider agility training classes, canine good citizen certification, or scent work, just to name a few. You may also want to organize Doodle play dates in your neighborhood for a fun activity for you and your dog together.

Whether you’re a homebody, or you love to go out and explore, your Goldendoodle will be at your side for it all.

The Goldendoodle Back Sleeping Position

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If there’s one word to describe a Goldendoodle personality, it’s relaxed. There’s no better example, than their standard back sleeping position. Maybe they like the coolness, or maybe it’s because most doodles really don’t have a care in the world. Or,  they might just know that if a human happens to walk by, a tummy rub is highly likely.

The Ability To Sleep While Sitting Up

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Whether they’re bored, or just getting some rest, Goldendoodles have a special talent for the sitting-while-sleeping position. Just give them a proper couch, and they might doze off right in front of you. Don’t take it personally, they’ll be ready to play a little later.

The Famous Goldendoodle Head Tilt

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The Goldendoodle head tilt lets you know they’re listening. They seem to be fully aware of just how cute this is and how easily they can exploit it for a human’s attention.

Goldendoodles are expert at responding to our voices and mannerisms. They’re always taking everything in and recognizing the sights and sounds they associate with fun.

These best friends stay by your side through thick and thin. Eager to please, they are in tune with your emotions. They simply make perfect companions whether you want them to sit by your side, go for a long walk, or enjoy a good game.

Duped Doodle Parents 

Duped Doodle ParentsWe don’t always ignore the bad behaviors of Goldendoodles, but when we do, it’s probably for good reason. We know the difference between loving a dog and spoiling it too much, right? 

If not, this book and this book will help. Also, if you’re thinking about getting a Goldendoodle, it helps to understand all the different generations of Goldendoodles before deciding what’s best for your family. 

At the end of the day, the teddy bear cuteness just invites you to spoil a Goldendoodle. But don’t throw discipline out the window. Remember they are still dogs. Even if they try to convince you otherwise.

A Word About Choosing a Goldendoodle Breeder

Goldendoodles are often called designer dogs or a designer breed because they are not purebred dogs. They come in different sizes, ranging from the standard Goldendoodle to the medium Goldendoodle, to the mini Goldendoodle and miniature Goldendoodle.

Although they are not an American Kennel Club recognized breed, it’s important to make sure you avoid puppy mills and seek out a reputable breeder when looking for Goldendoodle puppies. To find a trustworthy breeder, it’s a good idea to refer to the Goldendoodle Association of North America.

Unfortunately, puppy mills are a big business. These are large, commercial breeding facilities of popular dog breeds where the animals live in poor, confined conditions. Puppy mills are abusive environments that mistreat dogs and provide little to no veterinary care.

Puppies that come from mills are often the result of inbreeding which causes serious genetic problems and health issues. For this reason, make sure you take enough time to do your research before purchasing a Goldendoodle puppy. For more information on how to avoid puppy mills visit the Human Society of the United States or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Why am I writing about Goldendoodles? Learn more here.

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