A Goldendoodle puppy is a teddy-bear dog bundle of energy with plenty of love, smarts and cuteness for days. As crazy Doodle parents, we believe two Doodles are better than one! We brought home our first Goldendoodle puppy, Kai, almost two years ago. We loved him so much, we decided to get a second Goldendoodle! It’s been one week since we welcomed our new puppy, Byrdie, to her new home.
Even though it hasn’t been much time since Kai was a little guy, the details of what we did when he was just 8 weeks of age have already become a distant memory. We eventually worked with a dog trainer to help us teach Kai basic commands and to go through obedience training. Since Byrdie came home, I decided to refresh my memory and get some expert advice by watching hours of videos from dog training experts.
So, even though we’re not first time dog owners, I’m reflecting on how things went this week and on the important things we learned since that first night. And let’s be honest, it’s all about potty training right now.
Lesson 1: House Training is All About Routine
Just like a newborn baby, puppies do better with consistency. Getting into a routine is the best way to succeed at potty training a new puppy. On the first day, I noticed that Byrdie was grazing on her food all day instead of finishing her food. At her young age, I figured she was probably used to eating with her littermates all day, and I let her continue doing that all week. That was my first lesson. Since puppies usually go to the bathroom soon after they eat, this made it hard to know when she needed to go outside. When she had an accident in her crate, I realized that I needed to get her on a feeding schedule. So this week, I started taking away her food if she didn’t finish it. This simple change makes her bathroom breaks more predictable.
Crate Training and Keeping a New Puppy in a Designated Area
A good way to make house training easier is to never allow a young puppy to have access to all areas of the house. Young puppies need constant supervision in a controlled area. They should not have as much space throughout the house as adult dogs. I keep Byrdie confined in three different ways:
- Wire crate – It’s not easy, but crate training is the best way to provide a safe place when I’m away from home, or I can’t watch her.
- Long leash – Instead of letting her run loose in the house, I always keep Byrdie on a long 15 foot leash. It’s a great way for me to know where she is at all times, so she can’t get into trouble. When I’m busy, I tie the leash around my waist.
- Baby gate – Byrdie’s food bowls are in the kitchen, so I have a baby gate up to keep her food area separate from Kai’s. It will also be a good place to keep her instead of the crate at various times.
In the crate and designated daily area, make sure to have comforting items for your puppy. It can be a baby blanket, a shirt, anything that your puppy can cuddle with and associate with their mother. When you pick up your puppy, it’s a good idea to bring a blanket with you and rub it on your puppy’s mother. Once you get home, your puppy will be comforted by the mother’s familiar scent on the blanket.
I used this snuggly puppy with Kai, and he loved it (you can see it in this video of him with it). I got this new one for Byrdie, and she likes hers too! it really seems to comfort her, especially in the crate. (The only thing I don’t like about about this version is that it’s not as durable, and the heat pack isn’t as good. So I just switched the heat packs out with the ones from Kai’s snuggle pet.) These soft, cuddly little companions have and area that holds a heat pack and a pulsing heartbeat, reminding the puppy of being right beside mama. They really do work in my experience.
Lesson 2: Never Trust a Puppy
Don’t let their cuteness and intelligence fool you! Goldendoodle puppies are not capable of controlling themselves. It will be at least a year before a puppy has the same control as an older dog. I let Byrdie go off into another room while she was on the long leash, and she left a little surprise on the floor. Lesson learned. My husband now calls me the “poop whisperer.” Even when she’s on the long leash, I watch for signs she may need to go outside:
- sniffing the floor
- suddenly stopping when playing
Remember, even if you do everything right, accidents and mistakes will happen eventually. When it happens, never shout or spank your dog. That will only lead to fear and distrust, making all other training impossible. Instead, calmly say, “no,” and take your puppy outside to the designated potty area.
Keep Your Goldendoodle Puppy Busy
Goldendoodles rank high in dog intelligence. As a result, they require interaction and attention from you. They also need something to engage them mentally. A bored puppy leads to mischief. I’ve learned this the hard way with damaged baseboards, chewed shoes and toilet paper rolls spread from room to room. To minimize these mistakes with Byrdie, I’ve stocked up all kinds of dog toys. Plus, she has Kai to play with too. Chew toys, rope toys, and bully sticks are a great choice when trying to keep a puppy entertained. Byrdie has stayed busy for an hour with a bully stick. Here are the types of toys to have on hand:
- Durable chew toys – My pups love chewing on hard rubber or plastic chew toys with textured massagers. I have a wide variety I switch around. Byrdie even loves the giant ones.
- Soft toys – I use these toys for limited amounts of time because they can be ripped apart easily. I bring different toys out at different times to keep both Kai and Byrdie interested.
Lesson 3: Positive Reinforcement Pays Off
As we did with Kai, we’ve been reinforcing her learning with a “marking command.” Every time she goes outside we say “potty, potty, potty” in a happy voice each time we take her outside. As she is pottying we repeat it, giving her lots of verbal praise and a treat for her success.
Don’t Use Bribery
I’ve learned there’s a difference between bribery and positive reinforcement. Even though your puppy wants the treat, the focus must still be on you. The puppy needs to look to you to earn the reward. That’s why you don’t want to show the treat to your puppy before the behavior. This turns the reward into a bribe. Instead, you should reinforce good behavior (after it happens) with the treat.
Lesson 4: No Two Puppies Are the Same
Even though they share the same parents, Kai and Byrdie are very different from each other. Byrdie seems to be more motivated by food rewards than Kai. As time goes on, we’ll see more of her temperament and personality. It’s important to understand what works best for your particular puppy. Understanding your puppy’s personality can make a difference in training, and how you react to their behavior. Just like with kids, trying to force your dog to do something that doesn’t fit with his personality will be a difficult task. By paying attention to how your puppy responds to different things, you’ll create a strong bond with your pup and learn what’s best for your Doodle.
The Puppy Stage is Temporary – Good Things Will Come
Just like kids, puppies go through toddler stages and teen years. But, the stages pass in weeks instead of years. That’s why I’m not discouraged. I know there will be many more, “Aww she’s the best!” moments instead of “What did I get myself into?”
Lesson 5: You Are In Charge
This is something our trainer emphasized with Kai. Gently establish that you are the boss. It’s so easy to spoil Goldendoodle puppies and get overly sentimental about them. If we don’t teach our puppies that they must learn to fit in with our life, we run the risk of creating problems that will ultimately keep them from they love most: loving and being with humans. I’ve learned that a large part of Goldendoodle training is making sure your dog follows you and not the other way around!
Enroll in a Puppy Class
Puppy classes are a great way to help your puppy begin to understand basic commands. One of the best things about them is they allow you to expose your puppy to other dogs and people. You have the benefit of doing this with a skilled trainer to help monitor the dogs and mediate the process so that it is a positive experience for everyone.
Lesson 6: Remember to Socialize Your Goldendoodle Puppy
This is another lesson I learned with our first Goldendoodle, Kai. Because he was a young puppy in 2020 when everything was closed due to the lockdowns, we weren’t able to bring him to many public places. He wasn’t able to attend a group puppy class until he was older, so he still barks at other dogs when we’re out walking. While we did our best to expose him to a variety of people and environments, we were at home more than we would typically be. We brought him to the beach a lot, and to this day, he loves going to the beach.
The American Kennel Club says the socializing experiences during the first three months of life will permanently shape a puppy’s personality and behavior as an adult dog.
Why Socializing a Puppy is Important
Responsible breeders begin the socializing process before you even bring your puppy home. During the first several weeks of life, a good breeder will gently handle the puppies. This helps shape their adult behavior and develop into confident, friendly dogs. Even at three weeks old, puppies will start to go up to people they’re around. A knowledgeable breeder will encourage positive experiences with people of all ages. As the puppies grow, the breeder will allow them to experience safe outside environments, car rides, crates, sounds and smells.
It’s important to get off to a good start when your puppy first comes home with you. The first few weeks in your home are the beginning of your puppy’s lifelong bond with you and your family members. At eight to eleven weeks, your puppy is experiencing is a rapid period of learning and development. Everything that takes place now will be incorporated permanently for life. For this reason, it’s important to keep experiences positive during this crucial time. At this age, a puppy develops its fear imprints. Any traumatic or fearful experiences at this age can last throughout a puppy’s life.
How To Socialize a Young Puppy
When it comes to properly socializing a young puppy, it’s important to start gradually. Start by gently exposing your puppy to a wide variety of people in your and around your home. Next, introduce your puppy to new situations and different places. Keep in mind, until your puppy is fully vaccinated, you’ll want to avoid public settings with unfamiliar dogs. Consult your vet about the appropriate time to bring your puppy to public spaces. With your vet’s approval, changing up your puppy’s sights, smells and sounds now will makes a lasting difference in his or her temperament. By making a special effort to properly socialize your puppy, you can help prevent your dog from becoming afraid of activities such as riding in a car, or being fearful of children. riding in a car, All of your socializing efforts help your pup develop into a happy, well-mannered companion.
Goldendoodles are smart and eager to please, which makes them pretty easy to train. They seem to clearly understand basic commands and what you expect from them. That said, every dog is different. They all have different learning curves. No mattter how smart your Doodle puppy is, it takes work on your part. But, if you put in the effort now, your adult Goldendoodle will make a great companion and enhance your life beyond measure.
We started 2022 with a new Godendoodle puppy! We now officially have both a male Goldendoodle and a female Goldendoodle. Now that we’re raising another puppy, I had to break out my puppy supplies again. (I’m going to update this list, as I’ve found some new supplies for Byrdie.)
I had already forgotten how much work puppies can be!
Kai is a male Goldendoodle, and Byrdie is his new sister! (That’s her on the left in the above picture.) Even though they’re biological siblings and share the same mom and dad, we’re already seeing they aren’t much alike at all! When we decided to get a new puppy, we began to think about choosing a male vs female Goldendoodle puppy. Which would be a good fit for our household? So I did a little research on the similarities and differences of a male vs female Goldendoodle. Ultimately, we decided on a female puppy. In this article, I’m sharing everything I learned to help us decide on the best choice for us.
Kai with Byrdie on her first night at home.
Male vs Female Goldendoodle Comparison
A Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog breed that is a cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever. Goldendoodles are typically intelligent, social, highly affectionate, and friendly dogs. They are adaptable to most environments and are moderately energetic. Generally speaking, male and female Goldendoodles are more similar than they are different. But, there are a few things to think about when choosing between a male or female. While one gender is not better than the other, it’s helpful to understand what to expect with each. The information below helped us decide on the best fit for our household.
Physical Differences Between a Male vs Female Goldendoodle
At first glance, when looking at a male vs female Goldendoodle, each has a similar overall appearance. However, there are slight differences in the build and physique of each gender. Size is one of the most notable differences between male and female Goldendoodles. Males are typically larger, taller, and heavier than females. When full-grown, males usually have broader shoulders, larger bones and bigger muscles.
The size difference between genders is more noticeable in standard size Goldendoodles than with smaller sized Mini Goldendoodles. As with most other dog breeds, a male is usually about a 10% larger dog than a female Goldendoodle. Standard male Goldendoodles can weigh between 65 and 75 pounds. Female Standard Goldendoodles can weigh between 55 to 65 pounds. When it comes to height, a male Goldendoodle ranges between 23 and 24 inches tall. A female Goldendoodle may range from 21.5 to 22.5 inches tall.
Female Goldendoodles Are Full Grown Earlier
Keep in mind that females tend to achieve their full grown size earlier than males. While they may grow larger at an earlier age, the majority of females end up smaller at full maturity. Remember, 10% is the average size difference between a male or female Goldendoodle. Not all female Goldendoodles are smaller than male Goldendoodles. While it’s possible for a female Goldendoodle to be larger than a male, it’s just not as likely. The physical differences of a male Goldendoodle are not as obvious until he reaches his full-grown height and weight. In terms of size, the main differences between a male vs female Goldendoodle can be something to think about if you have young kids or live in a small space. If you’re looking for a smaller sized Goldendoodle, you may want to consider a female Goldendoodle or a mini Goldendoodle.
Health of a Male vs Female Goldendoodle
When it comes to health concerns, the key differences between the health issues of male and female Goldendoodles have to do with with their reproductive systems. Overall, both male and female Goldendoodles may experience the same general health issues. Essentially, both males and females are equally healthy and have the same life expectancy. However, each gender may experience its own unique health problems.
Both male and female Goldendoodles have an equal risk of developing issues with their reproductive organs. A male Goldendoodle may be vulnerable to prostate cancer. They may suffer from bacterial infections in the prostate area, or tumors in their reproductive organs. A female Goldendoodle may experience uterine or mammary gland cancer. To avoid some of these reproductive health problems, it’s a wise to have your Goldendoodle spayed or neutered at the earliest time recommended by your vet.
Pet Health Insurance & Puppy Health Screening
Both male and female Goldendoodles are equally likely to experience illness or an accident. For this reason, it’s a good idea to invest in pet insurance as soon as possible. With pet medical bills in the thousands of dollars, you’ll be glad you have it if something goes wrong. A Goldendoodle that comes from a responsible breeder should have parents and grandparents who are free of genetic health issues. This is why it’s important to choose a reputable breeder who will provide proof of health screening of the puppy’s parents.
The Goldendoodle Association of North America (GANA) has outlined health screening requirements here.
Behavioral Differences of a Male vs Female Goldendoodle
During the teenage stage of your puppy, it is important to pay attention to certain behavior, especially with male dogs. Male dogs tend to go through marking and humping phases as they mature. They might mark various areas in the house or frequently mark spots when out for a walk. This happens more often when male dogs aren’t neutered. Unless a dog has a health problem, spayed or neutered dogs will usually only mark outside.
Prevent Bad Habits
Males who are not neutered may develop a continued habit of marking indoors. Female Goldendoodles may also show marking behavior, but this usually occurs less than with a boy dog. Keep in mind, humping isn’t always a sexual behavior. Dogs also do this when playing with other dogs to show dominance. This is something that you can easily work on when training your Goldendoodle. While this is completely normal behavior, it can become a nuisance in some dogs. Proper training and positive reinforcement is important to redirect your Goldendoodle’s behavior and prevent it from becoming a regular habit.
Territorial and Protective Behavior
Male Goldendoodles in the teenage phase are developing their territorial instincts. This is why males begin to mark as they develop and grow. By the same token, female Goldendoodles tend to become more protective as they would with a litter of puppies. For this reason, dogs of opposite genders usually make better companions.
Personality Differences Between a Male vs Female Goldendoodle
No matter the breed, many pet owners assume that the behavior patterns and temperaments of male and female dogs are different. Many people generally believe that female dogs are more friendly, less aggressive, and easier to train. New puppy parents often assume that males are more high strung and aggressive than females. While there may some elements of truth in these beliefs, this is not true in reality. As long as Goldendoodles are spayed or neutered in a timely manner, there are usually no obvious differences in temperament.
Goldendoodles of Both Genders Are Typically Kind and Gentle
Both male and female Goldendoodles have friendly and loving personalities. Females are not always calmer than males, and males are not always more aggressive. The kind and gentle nature of a Goldendoodle is true for both genders. Behavior has more to do with a dog’s environment and its individual personality. The fact that it’s male or female does not change that. It’s important to realize that all dogs have their own unique traits. Some are more independent, some are more reserved, while others may be more high energy.
Good Breeders Have Insight Into a Puppy’s Personality
It’s not always easy to see personality traits in a young puppy. After all, they’re not fully formed yet! If you’re choosing a puppy from a breeder, you may want to ask the breeder to help you identify a puppy from the litter. This will help you find one that is most likely to fit what you’re looking for. A good breeder should have good insight into the individual personalities of the puppies. They should be able to guide you based on what temperament and family needs you’ve shared. Keep in mind, most good breeders wait to assign puppies until they are several weeks old. This allows their temperament and personality to shine through a bit. However, it’s helpful to understand that individual personality traits may still not be obvious.
Keep in mind that temperament and personality will vary from dog to dog, regardless if it’s male or female. This is especially important to rememeber if you’re adopting a Goldendoodle from a shelter. Dogs rescued from shelters may have been abused in the past. Abused dogs can develop aggressive behavior out of fear and self-defense.
Goldendoodle Puppies Are Work!
Long-time Goldendoodle owners agree that if properly trained and given plenty of love and affection, either a male or female Goldendoodle can be a wonderful companion. Males are super affectionate and intelligent. Some owners say they notice females may have a bit more alpha personality than male dogs. But, if you only have one dog, this wouldn’t be an issue. Whether or not you are getting a Standard or a Mini Goldendoodle, remember that as they grow, puppies are like toddlers and can be rambunctious. You can teach them not to jump or be pushy, but it will take time. Know you will have a few incidents before a puppy really learns. Remember, normal puppy behavior doesn’t mean you have a bad dog. As long as you have patience, a Goldendoodle puppy will give you hours and hours of love and laughter.
Training a Male vs Female Goldendoodle
Perhaps one of the best qualities of Goldendoodles is their intelligence. For this reason, both male and female Goldendoodles are very trainable. Neither gender is more favorable or intelligent than the other. When it comes to ease of training, there is no difference between the two genders. Some people assume that males are more difficult than females, or that females are calmer. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Both males and females are smart and eager to please their humans. While temperament varies from dog to dog in any breed, this is not a gender-based difference.
Typically, Goldendoodles have a friendly personality and make great family dogs. Again, their personality does not change based on gender. Goldendoodles are obedient, active, dogs that love attention. They are an excellent choice for dog parents who will give them plenty of attention and exercise. While there are subtle differences between a male vs female Goldendoodle, that does not impact the overall temperament of a dog. Also, because females mature more quickly, males may have a longer puppy stage. This is something to keep in mind when it comes to puppy training. As a result, many female Goldendoodle puppies can be easier to train when it comes to obedience and basic commands than male Goldendoodles. That doesn’t mean you should choose a female for that reason alone. No matter what, deciding between a male or female dog really ends up becoming a matter of personal preference.
Male vs Female Goldendoodle: Which Is Best With Other Dogs?
If you already have another dog, the gender of a new dog can be important when deciding on adding a new family pet to your household. If you have an existing dog in the house, some experts recommend that a new dog be the opposite sex. For instance, adding a new male to an existing male and or having two females together could cause some aggression. This is not the best situation for you, or the dogs. So, if you already have a male dog at home, you may want to get a female Goldendoodle. Similarly, if you already have a female dog, a male dog may be the better choice for your next pet.
Since Kai is a male, this was our main reason for choosing a female puppy to add to our household.
Common Questions When Choosing Between A Male vs Female Goldendoodle
Which is better, a male or female Goldendoodle?
Both male and female Goldendoodles are equally good choices. One is not better than the other. The best choice depends on if you have other dogs and your personal preferences. Both male and female Goldendoodles are intelligent, affectionate and easy to train. If you have an existing dog at home, it could be better if your new Goldendoodle is the opposite gender. Males and females tend to do better together than two males or two females.
Are female Goldendoodles calmer than males?
This is a common misconception. Female Goldendoodles are not calmer than males. This has more to do with individual personalities and environment rather than gender. When it comes to training, both genders are intelligent and eager to learn.
Are male Goldendoodles aggressive?
Both male and female Goldendoodles are intelligent dogs with friendly, loving temperaments. One gender is not more aggressive than the other. Individual personality traits and environment are more important factors that can lead to aggressive behavior. Also, some Goldendoodles are more affectionate, while others are more independent.
Does spaying/neutering improve the behavior of male or female Goldendoodles?
Many dog parents assume that neutering males changes their behavior. Most people don’t have that same belief when it comes to spaying females. However, many people don’t realize that a female in heat can often become more territorial and protective than a male dog. As far as behavior change, spaying and neutering is about the same for both male and female Goldendoodles. It’s more about what you’d rather deal with.
So which is better? A male or female Goldendoodle?
All in all, there isn’t much difference between a male vs female Goldendoodle. Now that I have a boy and a girl Goldendoodle, I can confidently say that regardless of gender, Goldendoodles are friendly, smart, and loving dogs. It really comes down to personal choice. Some pet parents are partial to one gender over the other. While some people may prefer male dogs, others may be more accustomed to having female dogs. Whatever you choose, it’s most important to take into account each dog’s unique and individual personality. You may have some valid reasons for choosing one gender over the other, such as if you already have a dog in your family. It really comes down to personal preference . The most important thing is to make sure your new dog fits with your lifestyle and gets along well with any existing dogs you already have at home.
Ultimately, we decided to have a male and a female Goldendoodle. As Byrdie grows, I’ll let you know how it goes! I hope this brother and sister duo become great companions!
After searching for the best brush for Goldendoodle, I’ve learned that not all dog brushes are created equal. I’ve tried countless brushes for my Goldendoodle with curly hair, and I know that your Doodle’s coat type will determine the best brush for you. That’s why I’ve compiled my top picks for the best brush for Goldendoodle based on coat type.
There are three different types of Goldendoodle coats: curly like a Poodle, wavy, or straight like a Golden Retriever. Each type of Goldendoodle coat has varying levels of shedding. They all need regular brushing. If you neglect regularly brushing a Goldendoodle, your dog will become tangled and matted, which is uncomfortable and unhealthy for your dog. For this reason, you’ll want to choose a high-quality brush that works best for Goldendoodles.
Different Types of Dog Brushes for Goldendoodles
Depending on the type of coat, there are different brushes that work best for the Goldendoodle dog breed.
- Slicker brush
- Wire pin brush
- Bristle brush
- Deshedding Brush
No matter the kind of brush or grooming tool you choose, make sure it’s a durable, high-quality product that is comfortable for both you and your dog.
For curly or wavy-haired Goldendoodles, a slicker brush is the best option for dog owners. Slicker brushes have flexible wire pins attached to a cushion. There are a variety of types of slicker brushes that come with varying lengths of pins. Slicker brushes work at separating the hairs and are useful for removing tangles and mats, which are a common problem for Doodles with dense coats. The pins can be harsh on the skin, so it’s important to be careful to avoid scratching the skin when using a slicker brush.
My Recommendations for the Best Slicker Brush for a Goldendoodle
Recommended by my dog’s professional groomer, this miracle brush is absolutely the best slicker brush for a Goldendoodle. What makes it so different is the pins are longer than you’ll find on other slicker brushes. It has a cushioned pad that retracts and large, angled, scratch-free pins that grasp tangles and knots. It comes in both medium and large sizes. If your Goldendoodle has a thick coat or curly coat hair, the Chris Christensen slicker brush will save you time and energy when working through the coat. This slicker dog brush works well because of its long, angled bristles that get through to the hair root. It’s definitely more expensive than other brushes out there, but it’s worth the investment.
Best Budget Friendly Dupe:
This is a good dupe if you’re not looking to pay the higher price of the Chris Christensen.
Wire Pin Brushes
Wire pin brushes work well for separating the hair on Doodles with curly or woolly coats. The pins should be smooth and durable and should be attached to a high-quality cushion. Some pin brushes have protective ends on the pins which can be helpful in protecting the skin. Pin brushes are available in different densities and lengths.
My Recommendations for the Best Pin Brush for a Goldendoodle
For a professional quality dog brush, Chris Christensen is again my top choice. This pin brush is lightweight and made of durable beech wood. The stainless steel pins have the smoothest tips, and it has more pins than other pin brushes.
All-Around Best Runner-Up:
I like the slicker brush shape of the pin T-Brush because it helps provide more efficient brushing. The long, angled pins help you get to the root of the hair more effortlessly. I don’t know of any other brand that makes this unique style brush.
Best Budget Friendly Dupe:
This lower-cost version of a pin brush has a Birchwood handle and stainless steel pins on a soft rubber pad.
For Goldendoodles with long coats that resemble a Golden Retriever, a firm bristle brush can be a great choice. The best quality bristle brushes are crafted from boar bristle or a mixture of nylon and boar bristles. A Goldendoodle with soft hair needs soft bristles while a dog with coarse hair requires stiffer bristles. Keep in mind, bristle brushes do not work well on curly or wavy coated dogs.
My Recommendations for the Best Bristle Brush for a Goldendoodle
This professional-quality dog brush has solid brass inner bristles with an outer row of Boar bristles to bring out the natural oils of the dog hair and enhance shine.
Best Budget Friendly Dupe:
At only $11.49, this durable bamboo wood brush has pins on one side and natural bristles on the other side. The soft bristles gently remove shedding hair and help bring out the shine in your dog’s coat.
For straight coats, a de-shedding brush removes loose hair from the top coat so it doesn’t accumulate on your furniture or clothes.
My Recommendations for the Best Deshedding Tool for a Goldendoodle
This dematting tool is designed for long or medium-haired dogs which makes it suitable for Goldendoodles.
Understanding the Different Types of Goldendoodle Coats
Some types of Goldendoodle coats do not shed at all, while others may shed in varying amounts. It can be difficult to predict which of the three types of coats your adult Goldendoodle may have. I talk more about the different types of Goldendoodles here.
Curly Coated Goldendoodles
Type of brush: Slicker Brush
Brushing Schedule: Everyday
Goldendoodle who take after their Poodle parent may have a thick, curly coat that doesn’t shed at all. As a result, they are the most hypoallergenic. The length and tightness of the curls vary depending on the parents. They can be kinky locks or ringlets. It’s often easier to keep a curly coated Goldendoodle trimmed short for low maintenance. Slicker brushes are the best choice to separate the dense hair of curly coats and prevent matting. A curly coat Goldendoodle should be brushed every day.
Wavy Coated Goldendoodles
Type of brush: Slicker Brush or Wire Pin Brush
Brushing Schedule: Minimum Twice a Week
Wavy-coated Goldendoodles are known as the teddy bear coat. They usually have soft, loose curls and may shed minimally. It is a combination of the qualities of both the Poodle and Golden Retriever coats. Depending on the thickness of your dog’s coat, choose a slicker or wire pin brush to prevent tangles in a wavy coat. Wavy-coated Goldendoodles should be brushed at least twice a week.
Straight Coated Goldendoodles
Type of brush: Bristle Brush or Deshedding Brush
Brushing Schedule: Minimum Twice a Week
Goldendoodles that take after the Golden Retriever parent have longer, straighter coats and may shed a lot. It is the easiest to maintain since it doesn’t need constant brushing. Goldendoodles with straight coats moderately shed, but they don’t require as much grooming as the other two types of coats. A bristle brush is less harsh on the skin of a straight-haired Goldendoodle. A deshedding brush may also be helpful. Straight-coated Goldendoodles should be brushed a minimum of twice a week.
Brushing is Essential for Goldendoodles
I can’t emphasize enough just how important it is to regularly brush your Goldendoodle. It’s one of the most overlooked facts about owning a Goldendoodle. Some people make the mistake of thinking they can take their Goldendoodle to the groomer instead of brushing. Matting can happen quickly, especially with curly or dense coats. If you don’t brush your doodle enough, the groomer will need to shave your dog. Trust me. You won’t like how your dog looks if that happens. I made this mistake, so trust me, I know.
Don’t let this happen to you:
This is what happened to Kai when I made this mistake. I was so sad when I brought him home. I highly suggest you brush your Doodle EVERYDAY to keep this from happening to you!!
Side note: My other BIG mistake was going to Petsmart for grooming, and I will NEVER go there again!!! (I could not get an appointment with my regular groomer who would not have made Kai look this bad.)
Fortunately, Kai’s hair has now grown out again, but it’s taking a long time to get his teddy bear shaped face back!
I talk more about how to take care of your Doodle’s coat in between grooming appointments here.
What to Look for in a High-Quality Goldendoodle Brush
Type of Handle
The best Goldendoodle brushes have wooden handles. Wood absorbs oils from the dog’s skin, distributing it through the coat while brushing. While less expensive, plastic handles are usually inferior in quality. Depending on how the brush is made, a plastic-handled brush may still work well and will be comfortable to use. Brushes with rubber handles are often ergonomically comfortable to use and fit well in your hand.
The best brushes for Goldendoodles should be durable and constructed to last. Make sure to read the product reviews from groomers and owners before purchasing. If several reviews report that a brush only lasted a few months, then it’s not worth buying.
Comfortable for Your Dog
In addition to being comfortable for you to use, a good quality brush should be comfortable for your dog’s skin and coat. When used correctly, the brush you use on a regular basis should never irritate your dog’s skin.
Before deciding on a specific brush, make sure you choose the right size for your dog. While a small dog brush won’t work for a large Goldendoodle, it might be the perfect size for a mini Goldendoodle.
Price compared to the value is important to consider choosing any dog brush. Make sure you choose a brush that has all the features you need. If you only shop for the cheapest price, you could end up with a brush that does not serve your purposes. That doesn’t mean that the most expensive brushes are always the best. You also need to choose the proper bristle type for your dog’s particular coat.
Should You Use a Dematting Tool on Goldendoodle?
Brushing and grooming your dog often is the best way to prevent mats. However, if your dog becomes matted or heavily tangled, it may be necessary to use a dematting tool, an undercoat rake, or dematting comb. While your first line of defense against matting is regular brushing, a dematting tool is a secondary option. Dematting tools are sharp and involve cutting the mats in some way, so exercise caution when using them. Detangling conditioners may also help prevent your dog’s coat from becoming severely tangled or matted.
No matter what type of coat your Goldendoodle has, grooming is essential. Remember, consistent brushing and grooming is the best way to prevent mats and keep your dog’s coat looking healthy. Establish a routine grooming schedule for your dog, choose the best dog brush for Goldendoodle, and preferably brush them once a day.
Technique for Properly Brushing a Goldendoodle
Brushing your dog requires specific techniques to make sure you are doing it correctly. If you brush your dog nicely, then grooming will be a pleasant experience for both of you.
Brush Downward and Out
Make sure to brush in a downward direction and then out. Brush out one straight line of fur at a time. Take your time and make sure that you can see down to the skin as you go.This ensures that you are completely brushing the entire length of the hair. It’s not comfortable for dogs to be brushed in a backward motion, against the direction of their hair.
Remember to be gentle when brushing, especially if your dog is matted or tangled. It can be painful to brush through tangled hair.
Use A Detangling Spray
For difficult tangles and mats, a detangling spray can be very helpful. Always brush and use a detangling spray before bathing your dog because water can make matting worse.
My Recommendation for Best Detangling Spray for a Goldendoodle
This conditioning spray can be used on a wet or dry coat and for comfortable and smooth brushing.
Not All Dog Brushes Are The Same
While there many dog brushes to choose from, not all are created equal. If you’re committed to taking care of your Goldendoodle’s coat on a regular basis, you can prevent matting and tangling from becoming a larger problem. Use a slicker brush to remove minor tangles or mats before they grow into large mats. Always remember to use gently brush out your Doodle after a bath. Use a slicker brush on wet dogs and curly-coated Goldendoodles. Use a pin brush or slicker on loose curls or wavier hair. If your dog has long hair or a straighter coat, a bristle brush can be useful. Try out several brushes to determine what works best on your dog’s particular coat. It may take some trial and error to find out what is the best choice for your dog. Remember, your Goldendoodle’s coat will change from the puppy coat to your dog’s adult dog coat. As your dog’s coat changes, you may need to add a different type of brush in order to properly care for your dog’s coat.
So, what’s the best brush for a Goldendoodle?
I have concluded the Big K slicker brush by Chris Christensen to be the overall best brush for Goldendoodle for all coat types. I’ve found it to work well whether my curly-coated Kai is long or is more grown out. I’ve also used it on Zuma who is wavy coated, and it works beautifully. Finally, it comes highly recommended by my professional groomer for all Goldendoodle coats. So, if you want to purchase only one dog brush for a Goldendoodle, then I think the Chris Christensen is the way to go for your regular at-home grooming routine.
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For the past year, I’ve been in search of the best dog treats. I had three reasons. First, my Goldendoodle gets bored with his treats, making it tough to find training treats that he would respond to. Second, I wanted to find calming treats for my dog for trips in the car. Third, I was in search of the best dog chews that didn’t upset Kai’s stomach.
So, here are the results of my one-year search for the best dog training treats, dog calming treats, and dog chews.
Best Dog Training Treats
Beef lung treats are my number one top recommendation for best dog treats. Our dog trainer first introduced us to them, and they’ve made a huge difference in Kai’s training. He never gets bored with them. They really get his attention! He’s getting so good about coming when to me when he’s off-leash, and it’s all because of these treats.
Note: As with any new dog food, I recommend you introduce beef lung treats slowly because they did upset his stomach at first. You can break them up into small pieces so that you don’t give your dog too much at once.
While there are many brands out there, they all seem to be very similar. I’ve found the best price for beef lung treats is this one here on Amazon.
Next on my top picks for best dog treats for training purposes is Zukes Crunchy Naturals. I’ve tried several types of Zukes soft training treats, but I discovered that Kai likes crunchy treats. He just seems to like the sound and almost exaggerates it when he’s eating them.
This bag of liver treats is another great option. It’s a great value with simple ingredients. I like the small size because they’re easy to transport and don’t crumble inside my pocket. They work well for training because they keep Kai’s attention.
If you don’t have an an Amazon account, or if your dog doesn’t end up loving these treats as much as Kai does, Chewy also has a great selection of several types of training and behavior products. Plus, they offer 30% off your first autoship and other discounts with their auto-ship program.
Best Calming and Anti Anxiety Treats for Dogs
Zesty Paws Calming Bites is my top choice for the best dog treats to ease nerves on long car rides. Our Goldendoodle Kai gets very anxious when riding in the car, and I have found these treats are helpful.
They don’t completely take away his anxiety, but they help. I’m not sure any treat will completely take away his anxiety in the car, but I’m willing to do anything I can to help ease his nerves as much as possible!
If you like to buy your dog supplies on Amazon, they also have them here.
Number two on my list of best dog treats for calming behavior is NaturVet Quiet Moments. They are soft chews that contain melatonin, ginger, L-Tryptophan and thiamin to help reduce tension and stress. Again, they don’t completely take away his anxiety, but they help.
Rounding out my list of best dog treats that ease anxiety is PetHonesty Advanced Calming Hemp Treats. One of my main requirements for calming treats is that they be non-sedating. I don’t want to give Kai anything that’s going to make him too groggy or sleepy to be able to have fun with us.
These treats are a slightly stronger calming formula, yet still safe, gentle, and non-sedating. Some of the main ingredients are: Hemp Seed Powder, Valerian Root, Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Chamomile, and L-Tryptophan.
Best Dog Chews to Keep Your Dog Busy
Nylabones are still one of Kai’s favorite things to chew on. They keep him very busy! That makes them one of my top picks for best dog treats. He especially likes this flavored textured one. Since Kai doesn’t cooperate well for teeth brushing, the texture helps keeps his teeth clean and promotes healthy gums.
He also really likes these edible chew treats. They’re kind of like a bone, but essentially a dog treat since they’re edible.
Even though this could qualify as a calming treat, I put the Zesty Paws Calming Orastix in the dog chew category. They are a combo treat/chew that contains hemp seed, melatonin, and chamomile.
These sticks satisfy the need for chewing which helps alleviate stress. I find they work well when Kai needs a distraction so he can settle down with something to keep him busy. Plus, they’re helpful for overall teeth and gum health.
You can get them directly on the Zesty Paws website, or on Amazon.
Finally, this list would not be complete without Yak Cheese Dog Chews. With their limited ingredients, they’re highly digestible. Because they have a hard consistency, Yak chews last a long time. Kai can devour most chews pretty quickly, so they work well for him.
When the hard cheese chew comes in contact with saliva, it softens enough to encourage chewing. For this reason, Yak chews help reduce tartar and plaque buildup on your dog’s teeth and gums. It also helps improve doggie breath!
When Kai gets to the end of the chew, I make sure to take it away from him because it could be a choking hazard. Plus, when you heat the small piece in the microwave, it puffs up and extends it a little further.
If you’d like to bake your own dog treats, Trader Joe’s makes it easy. I used this mix to make dog treats for Kai’s first birthday.
I’ve discovered all of these dog treats through trial and error. In fact, I have a lot of unused treats on hand that Kai doesn’t like at all or got bored with. While every dog is unique, I hope my recommendations for the best dog treats can help you find what works best for your pup!
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Our Goldendoodle puppy, Kai, just had his first birthday, so I found some easy dog birthday ideas to celebrate our “baby’s” special day. Here’s what we did for Kai’s first dog birthday party. It was a simple puppy party, yet special. Hopefully, these simple dog birthday ideas will inspire you to create your own dog birthday celebration. In honor of Kai’s first birthday, I created this little video review of Kai’s first year.
Homemade Dog Cookies
My first discovery when searching for easy dog birthday ideas was this dog biscuit mix from Trader Joe’s. It was a quick way to bake homemade dog biscuits for Kai’s puppy birthday party. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can also find them on Amazon. It was quick and easy, but there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure they turn out well.
Here’s how it worked:
The first step in the directions is to combine the oil with the mix. It does say that the mixture will be crumbly at first, but I discovered that it would take more oil than the recipe called for.
Mix the dough
The second step is to start mixing it together by hand so that it combines into a dough that you can roll out. I simply added more oil a little bit at a time until the mixture started sticking together. My dog birthday ideas began to take shape!
Without overdoing it, I eventually had enough oil mixed in to be able to form it into a ball.
The directions say to roll the dough out on a floured surface, but I recommend using very little flour on this step. The flour tends to make the dough fall apart again. I learned this the hard way and had to add more oil, so I wouldn’t use flour the next time. Depending on your surface, you may not even need flour for rolling out the dough.
Cut out the cookies
Finally, cut out the biscuits in whatever shape you choose using a cookie cutter. I kept the dough thick to make it easier to cut them out. I found that the dough started to fall apart when it was any thinner than this.
Kai was ready to eat the biscuits before they were even baked!
Carefully transfer each biscuit onto a baking sheet and bake according to the instructions. I checked them regularly to make sure they didn’t burn.
When the dog biscuits are fully baked, they will be crisp and slightly browned.
Next, I transferred the baked cookies to a cooling rack.
The package directions don’t include icing, but I decided it would be a little more festive to decorate the dog cookies with some colored dog-friendly frosting. I liked this recipe from the Cake Decorist because the frosting hardens which would be less messy for Kai when eating the dog cookies.
Dog-Friendly Icing Recipe
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- food coloring (optional)
- large bowl and whisk
Mix together the water and cornstarch, then add the honey. Using a whisk, combine the mixture and add more water if needed. The icing might seem thin at first, but it will eventually harden. If you choose to add food coloring, make sure it contains all-natural ingredients, like this one linked here.
Add a few drops of all-natural food coloring to the icing. If you want several colors, simply divide the icing into separate bowls for each color.
Drizzle the icing over the cookies. The icing should harden within just a few minutes
Transfer the dog cookies to a pretty serving plate
When gathering your dog birthday ideas, don’t forget some cookies for the humans! I added some colorful frosted store-bought cookies for our humans.
Dog Birthday Party Accessories
Your list of dog birthday ideas is not complete without party hats, plates, napkins, and accessories.
I spent quite a bit of time shopping to come up with dog birthday ideas for Kai’s special day. I found his birthday crown, birthday bandana, and matching toy cake at Target. They fit his personality perfectly! If you can’t find these accessories at Target. There are several alternatives on Amazon, such as this matching set for a boy, this set for a girl, or this set for a girl or boy pup.
Puppy’s Birthday Photo
When thinking of dog birthday ideas, don’t forget to capture your celebration with a photo. Once you have your puppy’s party ensemble put together, remember to take an official birthday photo to document this special day!!
You may want to add a special background to make it look professional. I love this milestone chalkboard or a letterboard to use as a background.
Perfect Dog First Birthday Present
Dog presents are probably one of the most important items on the list of dog birthday ideas. After all, it wouldn’t be a birthday party without presents!
If your dog is turning one year old, it’s time to upgrade from all the new puppy supplies you first purchased to some grown-up dog supplies. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since we brought Kai home. He’s outgrown so much of what we first bought for him in the beginning.
Grown-Up Dog Supplies
To make this list of dog birthday ideas complete, I’ve linked some gift ideas below. For pups who are turning one, this list is a good start in transitioning your one-year-old pup to some upgraded dog supplies:
Personalized dog blanket
Personalized dog bed
Quality leather dog leash
Elevated dog bowls
Silent silicone personalized dog tag
I hope you have as much fun as I did celebrating your pup’s memorable day!
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When I was searching for the best Goldendoodle grooming tips that I could use at home, my local groomer had all the answers. Before I owned a Goldendoodle, I had no idea how important grooming is to keep them happy and healthy.
Professional grooming is gets expensive. I learned that taking a few steps at home helps to prolong the time in between grooming appointments. Plus, when you bring a dog with severe matting to a groomer, it will be more costly.
Goldendoodles are popular for their hypoallergenic and low shedding coats, but they require a lot of grooming and maintenance. If you neglect regular brushing and trimming, your Goldendoodle will end up with a tangled, matted coat.
With the right tools and techniques, some simple touch-ups at home will keep your doodle looking his best between grooms.
In this article, I share the best Goldendoodle grooming tips I learned from my groomer. I talk more about at-home grooming of my F1B Goldendoodle, Kai, here on this video.
Best Goldendoodle Grooming Tips To Prevent Matting
One of the most important Goldendoodle grooming tips is this: consistent brushing. If you do this one thing everyday, you’ll prevent the dreaded shave down. That’s why I give Kai little trims and brush him consistently in between grooming appointments. Keep in mind, this does not replace a professional groomer. It just helps keep him clean and healthy before his next groom.
If you decide to try out any of these tools, make sure you take it slow and take lots of breaks. When using scissors on your dog, safety is the most important!!
Brushing a Goldendoodle takes time. I combine regular brushing at home with professional grooming every six weeks or so. I do basic brushing and simple trimming at home. Kai also visits a groomer for complete bathing, nail trimming, and enhancing the overall shape of the haircut.
Whether you prefer a teddy bear haircut or a poodle style, a groomer will provide the proper care that you can’t do at home.
How To Avoid Shaving Your Goldendoodle
Regular brushing is the most important step you can take to prevent matting in your Goldendoodle. When I asked professional groomers for their best Goldendoodle grooming tips, they all said the same thing: Regular brushing three to four times a week.
A groomer can’t avoid shaving a severely matted coat. So make sure you start brushing your puppy at an early age to get him comfortable with it.
Just before Kai’s first trip to the groomer, I noticed he had a lot of matting behind his ears and on his belly. I didn’t understand just how important it is to start early brushing a Goldendoodle puppy on a regular basis. The mats developed quickly.
It was impossible for the groomer to detangle him, so he had to shave those areas. He had to cut his hair pretty close which made him look more like a poodle. I wanted to keep his puppy look with a teddy bear haircut, so I was disappointed.
When discussing Goldendoodle grooming tips, groomers emphasize that matting is actually painful to dogs. To make matters worse, mats are almost impossible to brush out.
I learned the hard way that you can’t skip regular brushing.
Brushing needs to become part of your daily routine as a Goldendoodle owner.
Both Kai and Zuma are F1B Goldendoodles and have teddy bear haircuts.
Goldendoodle Grooming Tools To Keep At Home
Professional Goldendoodle grooming tips may sound complicated, but it’s not as hard as you might think. All you need is to have the right tools and supplies to give your dog simple trims before your next appointment. Dog grooming supplies can be really expensive. I searched Amazon and found more affordable versions of the tools professional dog groomers use.
It’s important to have the right grooming tools at home. This helps properly maintain a doodle at home in between visits to the groomer.
The Best Brush For Goldendoodles
My groomer explained why Goldendoodles develop matted spots and recommended the best brush for Goldendoodles. This is a very specific type of dog slicker brush that has helped me put these Goldendoodle grooming tips into practice. It has made all the difference!
This brush has long, angled pins which allow you to penetrate to the base of the coat. Otherwise, you end up just brushing over the surface.
The Chris Christensen pro version is the top choice of the pros, but I opted for the more affordable one.
Kai is an F1b Goldendoodle and has a soft, fluffy coat. It’s more on the curly side than Zuma’s wavy coat. We used the brush on both Kai and Zuma, and it worked great for both of them.
I’ve been brushing Kai a few times a week. Now that he’s more accustomed to it, he seems to like it.
Helpful Dog Grooming Maintenance Tools
A good detangling spray can help work out any early signs of matting or tangling. I like this one from BioSilk because I’ve used the human version on my own hair for years.
I love it! Not only does it help with detangling, but BioSilk adds shine and smells so good.
My groomer also recommends a large steel tooth comb to help with preventing tangles as the hair grows.
Thoroughly Wash and Dry Your Goldendoodle
One of the best Goldendoodle grooming tips I’ve learned is that It’s extremely important to dry and brush your Goldendoodle after getting wet!! Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with matting before you know it. So take the time to wash and dry your doodle after trips to the beach or other water-related activities.
When bathing, use a quality dog shampoo. I highly recommend this shampoo that is specific for curly or wavy coats. It helps minimize tangling and gives the hair an added lift.
Avoid using human shampoos on dogs. They don’t have the same pH balance that dogs need and can could cause skin irritation.
Here’s what Kai looked like after a beach day a few weeks ago.
To prevent matting, we make sure to wash, dry, and brush Kai after beach days.
We gave him a bath and dried him as soon as we got home to avoid matting. His coat is still in great condition.
This deshedding tool is a cult favorite for many types of shedding dogs and is wildly popular. For F1 Goldendoodles or doodles with a coat similar to a Golden Retriever or Labrador, it may work well.
Different Types of Goldendoodles Have Different Types of Coats
If you’re not sure which type of Goldendoodle you have, you can read about the different variations here. However, deshedding tools do not work on wavy or curly non-shedding doodles. De-shedders do not get to the base of the hair to prevent matting.
If you have a shedding dog, use a de-matting tool when necessary to remove stubborn matted areas. This tool works well for thicker coats, and this de-matting set provides three different types of tools that you can use together depending on the area and type of coat.
Be careful when using deshedding or dematting tools. They usually contain a razor blade or sharp edge. Work slowly and carefully to protect your dog from injury.
A dry shampoo comes in handy for freshening up and eliminating odors when a full bath isn’t necessary. I like Begley’s and BioSilk.
How To Put These Goldendoodle Grooming Tips Into Action:
How To Get a Teddy Bear Haircut For Your Goldendoodle
If you want your Goldendoodle to have a teddy bear haircut, you’ll want to be specific in describing what you want to the groomer. It’s a good idea to bring a picture so they know exactly what you have in mind.
For the teddy bear look, here’s what the professionals say you should ask for:
Shave a small notch between the eyes
Trim short around the ears and eyes
Trim around the muzzle with curved scissors
Blend around the face and ears
Shave evenly about one and a half to two inches in length all over the body
Trim the feet round
A long tail that is feathered and tapered towards the end
Kai is the ultimate teddy bear dog!
The Best Trimming Tools For Goldendoodles
To keep up the teddy bear haircut for a Goldendoodle, you can carefully trim your dog’s face if you have the right tools. First, you’ll need a pair of rounded grooming scissors to safely trim around the eyes and nose. The curved shape is important for trimming around the muzzle. It will help achieve a uniform look, and the rounded ends are safer around the eyes.
Keep in mind that even though there are no dangerous sharp ends, you still need to be very careful when using scissors. You don’t want to accidentally hurt your dog.
Think Safety First When Trimming Your Dog At Home
Be extra careful to not cut the skin when trimming the ears. Make sure you check how long the hair extends past the end of the ear so that you don’t cut too close and clip the skin!
You’ll also need some thinning shears to blend the blunt hair on the head and face after you cut it. Using thinning shears around the face helps create that teddy bear look.
Consistency is key! With the right grooming tools and a regular brushing routine, taking care of your Goldendoodle’s coat should be an easy process. The main thing is to find a balance that works for you and keeps your pup happy, healthy, and beautiful.
Preparing for a new Goldendoodle puppy? Check out my list of 15 essential items I used for Kai.
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