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

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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

goldendoodle side eye

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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

@ZumaTheDoodle eating while laying down

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

Goldendoodle sleep 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

Goldendoodle Sleep Positions

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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

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.

 

The Ultimate Guide to the Different Types of Goldendoodles

The Ultimate Guide to the Different Types of Goldendoodles

Understanding the different types of Goldendoodles can make a big difference in deciding what type of dog is best for your family. When we first started thinking about getting a Goldendoodle we were confused about what all the terminology meant. We heard about F1 Goldendoodles, F2 Goldendoodles, and Multigens, but we didn’t know they were different types of Goldendoodles within the breed.

We had heard that Goldendoodles were a great dog if you have allergies, and we thought they were all the same. We learned that there are different generations of Goldendoodles, depending on the mix.

Each type has some important characteristics. Especially when it comes to the type of coat. 

There can be major differences between the different Goldendoodle variations. If you’re looking for a nonshedding or hypoallergenic dog, then it’s very important to understand the different types of Goldendoodles.

For example, our Goldendoodle, @ZumaTheDoodleDog, is an F1b Goldendoodle. That means she is 75 percent Poodle and 25 percent Golden Retriever. Her coat is extremely soft and fluffy, and she goes to the groomer every six weeks.

If she goes too long in between grooming, she will get matted around her ears and on her tail. Occasionally, we find tufts of her hair around the house, but it’s not much shedding at all. She’s sweet and calm like a Golden. She’s smart and responds well to training.

Goldendoodles – A Hybrid Breed

Goldendoodles originated in 1969 as guide dogs. A hybrid breed, they are a cross between a Golden Retriever and Poodle. The Poodle’s intelligence and non-shedding coat combined with the Golden Retriever’s even-tempered personality have made Goldendoodles popular dogs.

They’re also a popular choice for guide dogs and therapy dogs. They are kid-friendly, smart, athletic and affectionate dogs, with the best qualities of both breeds.

As a rule, hybrid breeds have added health benefits because they are a cross of two unrelated purebred lines. When unrelated breeds are mated, the first generation offspring are more healthy both physically and mentally than the parent breeds. This is known as “hybrid vigor.”

Goldendoodles often have this improved health, if their parents are responsibly bred with no hereditary problems. But, hybrid vigor is reduced with each generation.

The Best of the Poodle and the Best of the Golden Retriever

Because they have purebred parents of two different breeds, there is no guarantee that Goldendoodles will be the same size, or have the same coat texture, color or temperament every time.

For the most part, it’s the Poodle gene that causes Goldendoodles to come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Poodles come in several colors and three different sizes: Standard (22-27 inches tall), Miniature (13 to 15 inches tall) and Toy (10 inches and under).

As a result, Standard size Goldendoodles usually weigh between 45 to 100 pounds, Medium Goldendoodles are 30-45 pounds, and Miniature Goldendoodles weigh between 15 to 30 pounds. They can be cream, red, black, chocolate brown, white, gold, gray, or a combination with spotted markings.

Goldendoodles can have tight curly hair like their Poodle relatives, soft waves, or flatter and straight fur similar to Golden Retrievers. Although they usually don’t shed excessively, they need to be brushed regularly to prevent matting. In addition, they usually need regular trimming because their hair can grow over the eyes, around the tail, and between the toes.

Goldendoodle Generations

Usually, the type of coat a Goldendoodle puppy has will depend on the variations of the parents, known as “generations.”

The different types of Goldendoodles are classified into these generations:

F1 Goldendoodles

Golden Retriever + Poodle

The foundation of the different types of Goldendoodles is known as “F1,” which stands for first-generation. It’s the original cross between a purebred Standard Poodle and purebred Golden Retriever.

The genetics of F1 Goldendoodles are not as predictable as you might think. They don’t necessarily inherit 50 percent Golden Retriever traits and 50 percent Poodle traits. For example, they don’t always end up with a poodle coat, and their temperaments can vary between the even-keeled Golden and the high-strung poodle.

For this reason, F1 Goldendoodles are not always non-shedding dogs.

Grooming Coat Type Shedding
Moderate to High; Coat grows to 3-5 inches and needs brushing and occasional grooming Wavy or Curly

Light shedding to nonshedding

 

F1b Goldendoodles

F1 Goldendoodle + Poodle

Whenever you see the letter “b” in the different types of Goldendoodles, it stands for “backcross.” The mixture of an F1 Goldendoodle and Poodle, “F1b” Goldendoodles means they’re 75 percent Poodle and 25 percent Golden Retriever.

Generally speaking, the backcross makes it much more likely that the offspring will have the nonshedding Poodle coat. As a result, F1b Goldendoodles are usually more curly and require more grooming. They may also tend to have more of the Poodle’s personality traits.

Grooming Coat Type Shedding
Moderate to High; Coat continues to grow long and requires regular grooming Wavy or Curly Very light shedding to nonshedding

 

F2 Goldendoodles

F1 Goldendoodle + F1 Goldendoodle

“F2” stands for second-generation, which means both parents are F1 Goldendoodles. Since they are a mixture of two hybrids instead of two purebreds, their appearance can vary widely. Therefore, some dogs may look more like Golden Retrievers while others may look more like Poodles.

Grooming Coat Type Shedding
Varies depending on the type of coat Can resemble a Golden Retriever, or be wavy or curly Varies greatly from shedding to nonshedding; not recommended for families with allergies.

 

F2b Goldendoodles

F1 Goldendoodle + F1b Goldendoodle

F2b Goldendoodles are a second generation backcross. They are a cross of an F1 Goldendoodle and an F1b Goldendoodle. Generally speaking, they tend to have more Poodle genes, with wavy or curly coats and less shedding. As a result, they have a higher chance of being more high-strung like the Poodle and may need more grooming.

Grooming Coat Type Shedding
Moderate to High; Coat continues to grow long and requires regular grooming Wavy or Curly Mostly nonshedding

 

F3 Multi-Generation Goldendoodles

F1b Goldendoodle + F1b Goldendoodle 

F2 Goldendoodle + F2 Goldendoodle 

F1b Goldendoodle + F2b Goldendoodle

Also known as F3, Multigeneration Goldendoodles are a cross between two second-generation Goldendoodles.  Because they’re 3rd generation, they may have less “hybrid vigor.” This is a natural result with more generations.

Grooming Coat Type Shedding
Varies depending on coat type.  Some will have straighter coats similar to a Retriever, while others will have soft wavy or curly coats. Straighter coats tend to shed more, while curlier coats shed less.

 

To summarize, when you’re deciding between the different types of Goldendoodles, it’s important to beware of unethical breeders no matter what type you choose. You want to check the lineage of their puppies to ensure they are not breeding dogs who may be closely related.

As Goldendoodles become more popular, puppy mills and the risk of inbreeding goes up. Look for ethical breeders who create distant “lines” and don’t repeatedly breed generations of related dogs. Above all, it’s important to find a responsible breeder who is committed to breeding healthy dogs.

To find a professional breeder, visit the Goldendoodle Association of North America.

Why am I writing about Goldendoodles? Learn more here.

Blogging 101: Want to Know Why I Write About Goldendoodles?

@ZumaTheDoodleDog

You might be asking why you’re seeing articles about Goldendoodles and Doodle breeds on a B2B small business writing website. I do this for two reasons. The first and most important reason is that I absolutely adore Goldendoodles. Our family Goldendoodle, Zuma, is a truly special dog. Our newest addition, Kai, is an absolute treasure.

One of the best tips for writing well is to write about something you know and love. So my reason is simple. I could write  about Doodles all day log because I’m passionate about them. 

The second reason I write about Doodles here on this website is this:

It’s my way to practice what I preach.

Here’s what I mean.

Writing for SEO

To put it simply, when you provide useful content on your website, people find you on the internet. Plus, it gives you a steady supply of unique content to promote across your social media.

I talk more about why creating content is so important for your business here.

While it may be tempting to constantly sell your products or services in your blog posts, it’s not the best idea. 

People are not likely to read that.

Share Expert or Insider Knowledge

Instead, write articles around a topic that’s related to your business that help your customers answer a question or solve a problem. Starting a blog is one of the best ways to provide expert knowledge, and share your advice, tips, and hints.

Over time, people will view you as a resource — not just a salesperson. As people share your articles, you’ll get backlinks — which helps Google see your site as a great resource.

Include relevant keywords for SEO, and in time, your site will climb in Google in search rankings for that topic. 

Put Your Website to Work For You

Your website’s job is not to just be an online brochure. It can do more than just look good. If your blog posts are easy to find, helpful, and maybe even fun to read, they will draw more people to your site and convert to more sales. 

Like everything else, writing blog posts gets easier the more you do it. Eventually, it becomes more and more natural.  This is especially true if you’re writing about something you’re passionate about or have expert knowledge in.

Choose a Niche You Where You Can Compete

So back to why I write about Goldendoodles here on my blog.

The topics of content writing, content marketing, and blogging are highly competitive terms to rank for in Google search. Articles from Moz or Hubspot will outrank mine every single time. 

For small businesses, it’s more worthwhile to pick a niche where you can compete. Choose a topic that gets enough search volume that people will read it, but not so broad that it’s too competitive. I cover more about choosing a topic here.

The Content Writing Solution for Small Businesses

My solution as a small business is to write about Goldendoodles.

It’s not a sub-topic of my actual business, but I think it will illustrate the concept well on my own blog. 

Make sense?

And while I do this, I’ll share everything that happens with my own SEO — the good, the bad and the ugly, so you can see firsthand what exactly happens.

My goal: to teach by example.

So don’t be confused about the Goldendoodle posts on a freelance writer’s website. Someday it will make sense.

In the meantime, you can look forward to all kinds of fun and interesting articles here about Goldendoodles and other Doodle breeds.

Deal?

The Rewards of Digital Content: Your Future Self Will Thank You

Create Digital Content for Your Business

“I should start blogging. I want to create a podcast. I’ve thought about posting some videos on YouTube.” You’ve said this to yourself time and again. 

As a small business owner, the urgent demands of the day distract you. Another day goes by, a month goes by, and you still haven’t written one word, or even thought about what you would say. 

You have a business to run. Time is money.

Is blogging and creating content for your small business really worth the time? Advertising has worked well, and you’re skeptical that blogging would even work for your business. Creating free content seems like it takes more time than it’s worth. 

This couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Why? Because once you publish your own online content, it can live forever. You don’t have to pay for advertising. And in five years, you’ll wish you did.

If you do it yourself, the only cost is your time. With your own sweat equity, you can build something valuable. That’s why it’s so important to use your time efficiently.

In a Sydney 2019 keynote address, digital marketing expert Gary Vaynerchuck said: “We are sitting in the easiest time to become a successful entrepreneur.” 

Gary Vaynerchuk says the rewards will come to those who create content.

The biggest takeaway: creating content the SINGLE most important activity a business should be doing today to build a brand. He also says the time is NOW. It’s so important he says that if you have employees with any downtime, they should be creating content for your brand. 

Podcasting Packs a 1-2-3 Punch For Creating Content

He says, “Podcasts are being consumed at a remarkable rate… If you can start a podcast around the thing you do, I highly recommend you get started. Even if you have 1,000 people listening — you don’t have to be a top 100 podcast — you just need the people you’re trying to reach.”

“Podcasting is The New Blogging”

Seth Godin

Gary Vee’s advice is backed by data from Edison Research. Their study, The Podcast Consumer 2019, uncovered that podcasts are now being adopted by the majority of Americans: 

  • 51% reported they have ever listened to a podcast
  • 32% had listened in the past month
  • nearly 1/4 of Americans listen to podcasts weekly
  • 40% of Americans age 54 or younger listen to podcasts monthly
  • 54% of podcast listeners said they were more likely to consider the brands they hear about on podcasts 

Perhaps even more telling is that these numbers are up significantly from one year ago. In 2018, Seth Godin said “Podcasting is the new blogging,”  and it looks like it’s here to stay. In the past year alone, 64% more Americans have discovered podcasts. Once a majority adopts something, its popularity ramps up. Podcasting is now becoming mainstream. 

54% of podcast listeners are more likely to consider brands they hear about on a podcast.

So if you weren’t one of the blogging pioneers of 2002-2006, there’s still time to jump on the podcasting bandwagon.

Another benefit of podcasting: You can repurpose it to create two more types of content. You get three pieces of content for the price of one. You can film your podcast to create video content for YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Then you can transcribe your podcast to use as a blog post.

Here’s a quick and easy way to use Google Docs to transcribe your podcast into a blog post:

Open Google docs and create a new document. Turn on the voice recognition microphone. Play your recording, and it will start transcribing your podcast or video. You’ll need to go through the document and clean it up, but you’ll have a written document you can transform into a blog post. 

Why Blogging, White Papers, and Ebooks Are Good For Your Business

Here are some statistics that prove a blog for your small business is a wise move, no matter what industry you’re in.

  • Websites that have a blog tend to have 434% more indexed pages. When your website has a lot of content, search engines will recognize it as a resource. 
  • 61% of consumers have made a purchase based on a blog post.
  • 82% of consumers enjoy reading relevant content from brands
  • 70% of consumers learn about a company through articles rather than ads
  • Blogs influence purchase decisions even more than social media

As a small business owner, you need to decide what you could accomplish with a blog. Business building content comes in many shapes and sizes, depending on your industry. The purpose of one piece of content can be different than another.

If you sell a complex product that requires explanation, you need a white paper to explain it in a way that helps your customers make a decision. Maybe you need to help your audience understand an issue in a new way that helps them discover a solution.

Some examples of how to narrow a content topic for your small business

To illustrate, let’s look at a few examples of how to think about topic ideas around a particular business or industry.

Business Topic Example 1

Joe sells an epoxy for factory room floors. This product looks very similar to its competitors, but he has case studies that show his product is more durable than any other epoxy on the market. A white paper or blog post that explains the case studies would help Joe prove the advantages of his product over the competitors. Informative articles on topics around factory room safety would enhance his brand authority. Because his product is unique in his industry, free content would help Joe provide more information to his ideal customer.

Business Topic Example 2

Susan owns a local dog training service. She has a unique approach to training and has had very successful results. Her private service is highly personalized and is more expensive than the group classes offered at local pet stores. Blog posts would allow Susan to engage and connect with local dog owners on a more personal level, educate them on her training methods, and build her credibility. An ebook that highlights success stories from graduates of her program, and offers training advice and tips on handling common behavior problems would help her audience get to know her and what makes her unique.

Do you want more people to visit your site? Call your office, or walk through your doors? Then, yes, you should start blogging. Yes, you should have a free e-book available for download on your website.

Of course free content doesn’t convert visitors into customers by itself, but it packs a lot of value to your bottom line by driving traffic to your website, improving your authority, and building your credibility.

Yes, creating free content is worth your time. 

You just need to do it efficiently.

Decide On Your Content Goals

With this in mind, you’ll want to determine both your qualitative and quantitative goals for your content. This will help you track the return on the investment of your time. Are you primarily interested in driving more traffic to your site?

Are you looking to grow an online following that’s engaged with you or your brand? Do you want to convert more customers? You can measure:

  • the percentage increase in web traffic
  • the percentage increase in social media followers
  • the number of leads each month
  • the increase in sales each month

As a result, your goals will help you determine what type of content you will create. You should always be asking, “Will it help achieve my business goals?” If the answer is no, you need to re-think the idea. 

But no matter what, you need to create content. 

“If you do not produce words, pictures, and videos for a mobile device, you are fundamentally irrelevant, and you’re declining in your business opportunity on a second by second basis.”

Gary Vaynerchuk

Understand What You’re Best At

It’s important to realize that doing what your most comfortable with will make the process easier. How do you communicate best? You may be a good writer, but you might be a better speaker.

Are you less comfortable on camera, but you can communicate well on audio? Once you discover the best form of communication for you, do that first and repurpose it into other forms.

Create a Content Calendar

So how do you get started planning content that helps you achieve your business goals? 

It starts with a content calendar. 

To put it simply, a content calendar, or editorial calendar, is just a schedule of what content you will publish and when. It’s a plan that keeps you on track so that you can actually follow through.

It’s the key to consistently creating new content, posting to your blog, and staying in touch with your ideal customers. It helps you consistently deliver a variety of content to your audience. Without a thoughtful content calendar, you create random content without purpose. 

Your Content Calendar Is Your Brand’s Programming

Think of your content calendar as your brand’s programming. If you think of it as a broadcasting network thinks of their programming, it will force you to plan ahead. It will help you focus on quality, not quantity. It will give you an overview of everything you’re producing, so you can stay relevant to the needs of your audience.

Most importantly, it will save you time, keep you organized, and is the vehicle that keeps your team on the same page.

To that end, you can set up your content calendar in a variety of ways. It can be as simple as a paper calendar, Google Doc, or spreadsheet, or you can use tools such as: 

  • Asana
  • Trello
  • Hubspot
  • CoSchedule
  • Basecamp

If you take the time to develop your calendar for 6-12 months in advance, you can plan your podcasts, write articles, create guides, or any other content ahead of time, so that you’re maximizing your time. Once it’s published, the cost of your content is zero, and it works for you 24/7. 

How to Innovate Your Message and Find Relevant Content Ideas

In effect, the most valuable content fills a vacuum that’s missing in the market. You can cover a topic that nobody else has written about, or you can cover it more thoroughly than anything else that’s already out there.

So don’t focus on what your competitors are talking about; focus on what they’re not talking about. Bring your brand to life with its own, unique personality. Build trust by staying in front of your ideal customers. People are willing to support smaller brands as long as they feel they can trust them.  

Step 1: Brainstorm a List of Customer Questions

To get started, think about the questions that your customer may be asking and how you can answer those questions. You may have a great idea in mind, but if nobody wants to know about the topic, it doesn’t make sense to add it to your calendar.

What is your audience most interested in? What is their most acute pain point? What are the most frequently asked questions? Make a list of everything you can think of.

Write down these topics and build your content calendar around these ideas. Think about rotating the subjects around different products or services. 

For example, a Med Spa may cover topics such as:

Is Botox safe? Is Coolsculpting painful?

How long do the results of Microneedling last? How much do Hydrafacials cost?

Step 2: Ask for Input From Sales and Customer Service Staff

In addition, there may be some questions your customers are asking that nobody is answering. Sales and customer service team members are interacting with your clients regularly. They may be coming across repeated problems or answering the same questions all the time. They hear customer concerns and fears. What are the biggest sales obstacles they encounter? What is the most common reason potential clients hesitate on purchasing the product or service?

Listening to your customer is one of the most important content-generating tools you can use. More importantly, it’s just good business.

Step 3: Ask Your Customers

Along those same lines, foster community among your clients. Whether it’s through social media, or on your blog, ask them what they would like to see you write about next. People love to be a part of the process, and involving them along the way ensures they will be interested when you publish it.

By connecting with them in a new way, they’ll be more enthusiastic about your blog and will be more likely to share it. This can help attract new customers and generate interest in working with you.

Step 4: Do a Google Crosscheck

Next, do a Google search to discover what might already be out there on the topic. How are others currently addressing an issue? How might you answer it differently? How can you cover it in a more complete way?

Step 5: Let Your Competitors Inspire You

Frequently, a competitor may discuss an idea that could be elaborated on more fully. You could then talk about that same topic in a more in-depth way. Visit your competitors’ YouTube channels and look for videos that had a lot of views or comments. Read the viewers’ comments. 

Again, what are they not talking about?

Were there any questions you could answer? What other discussion topics emerged?

Step 6: Cover Many Perspectives of One Topic

Similarly, you can look for topics that have varying perspectives. By addressing several sub-topics in addition to the original topic, you increase your level of expertise and improve your credibility. 

A great way to do this by writing an informative e-book.

Step 7: Find Your Reader First

At the same time, it’s useful to research articles from your industry that people share the most. There are several tools to help you do this. You can use:

  • Buzzsumo
  • Ahrefs

Using these tools, you enter a search term and they show you what content was shared the most around this topic. You can see the popularity of a given topic before you ever write one word. Knowing what topics already have an audience makes the time you spend creating content worth your time.

There’s no benefit in writing to an audience that doesn’t exist. 

One of my favorite tools is Answer the Public. You type in a keyword and it gives you the questions most people are asking around popular search topics. You can come up with countless articles just by answering these questions. 

Step 8: Do Keyword Research

Keyword research is one of your first activities for SEO. Investing the time to find the best keywords will help make your blog more likely to appear in Google search results which in turn helps generate more traffic to your website. 

You want to identify keywords that have the best opportunity without being too competitive. They are usually specific topics within a larger topic and are known as “longtail” keywords. 

Here is an example of a long-tail keyword for a Nutritionist: If you were to write about “Healthy Eating,” you would be competing with authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control, or Healthline.

However, you can aim to rank for long-tail keywords such as, “Healthy Eating for Single Moms” or “Healthy Eating for Single Moms on a Budget.”

Some tools you can use for keyword research are:

  • SEMRush
  • UberSuggest
  • KWFinder

Create Cornerstone Content

By creating various forms of content around related, long-tail keywords, Google will see that your website offers high-quality, specialized knowledge on a given subject. Eventually, you can combine all of these specialized pieces of content into one larger piece of content, such as one long blog post.

This is called “cornerstone content.” When you consistently focus on a large number of highly specialized topics, it becomes more likely to rank on Google’s page one for the larger, more competitive keyword. So, fill your editorial calendar with content around similar long-tail keywords!

Keyword research tools will help you identify long-tail keywords. You can also use Google Related Searches for clues. If you type in a keyword in the Google search bar, you’ll notice related searches below. Google Trends will also show you if a topic is increasing or decreasing in search volume. 

You’ll want to set up an area on your content calendar that includes your chosen topic and the keywords you’ll be targeting. 

Step 9: Set Your Schedule and Stick To It!

One of the most important pieces of your content calendar is setting a regular schedule for publishing your content. Even if it’s only once a month, publishing needs to be consistent. You can “batch” the work by creating each form of content ahead of time and schedule them to publish on a regular day.

It can be every week, twice a month, or once a month. Your content calendar will help keep you on track. Choose what is realistic for you to do consistently. Quality is more important than quantity. 

Step 10: Decide Where You’ll Share Your Content

Once you publish your content, it’s time to share it. On which social media account should you share? It depends on where your customers are. Here are some examples: 

If you offer a B2B Service, share your articles on LinkedIn. You can syndicate your articles on your LinkedIn profile and gain a subscriber base there. (Key tip: In this video, Gary Vaynerchuk talks about how LinkedIn is like Facebook was in 2011 — it’s no longer just for business content. So don’t miss out on the rewards that exist on LinkedIn today.)

Join Facebook groups related to your business or industry and contribute to the group whenever you can. In order for your articles to be well-received, you need to be an active member of the group. That means you answer questions and contribute to discussions in a genuine way. Otherwise, you’ll come across as self-serving and spammy.

Serve Your Audience Instead of Yourself

Don’t forget your email list. You can send your blog posts as a newsletter to your email list, send a link to your latest video tutorial. The main point is to serve your audience, rather than focus on serving yourself.

Also, remember some of your content can be short and simple. It can be as simple as sharing your thoughts and observations on Twitter or replying to comments on your Instagram posts. Interacting on social media enhances and builds your brand.

Creating Content Is All About Efficiency

Time and money. Yes, they are limited resources for small businesses. That’s why you must use every resource at your disposal to stay relevant in today’s rapidly changing economy.

As with every other aspect of running a small business, creating content is all about being efficient. That means you should have a plan, delegate where you need to, outsource where you need to, and use the right tools. 

Many people are confused about the ideal length of a blog post. To learn more about that, you can read more about that subject here.

Create Content Now: In 3 Years, Your Future Self Will Thank You 

In summary, while you may think of creating content as a non-core business activity, it creates enormous value in building a brand. Content rewards you on a compound basis and is one of the most powerful assets you can create.


“The answer to your biggest upside or ambition is to make content. As much of it as humanly possible. And make it where people actually pay attention so they become aware of what you want them to know.”

Gary Vaynerchuk

You can discover more about content writing fundamentals for small businesses here.

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