Goldendoodle Grooming: Tips For At Home Trims Between Grooming Appointments

Goldendoodle Grooming: Tips For At Home Trims Between Grooming Appointments

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. 

To see more about what I’ve learned about at-home grooming of my F1B Goldendoodle, Kai, check everything out here on this video.

How To Prevent Matting In Goldendoodles

To prevent the dreaded shave down, I’ve been giving Kai little trims and brushing 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.

The One Thing All Groomers Recommend 

Regular brushing is the most important step you can take to prevent matting in your Goldendoodle. Professional groomers recommend doing this three to four times a week. Your groomer can’t avoid shaving a severely matted coat. 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, and 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.

The groomer told me that matting is actually painful to dogs, and they’re almost impossible to brush out. I learned the hard way that you can’t skip regular brushing. It needs to become a habit and 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

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 to 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, and it has made all the difference! It’s long, angled pins allow you to penetrate to the base of the coat instead of just brushing over the surface. The Chris Christensen pro version is even better, 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, and now that he’s gotten more accustomed to it, he seems to like it.

Helpful Dog Grooming Maintenance Tools

A good detangling spray can help with working 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, and I love it! Not only does it help with detangling, but it adds shine and smells good.

The groomer also recommended a large steel tooth comb to help with preventing tangles as the hair grows. 

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 because 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, and 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. If you’re not sure which type of Goldendoodle you have, you can read about the different variations here. However, it does not work on wavy or curly non-shedding doodles. De-shedders do not get to the base of the hair to prevent matting.

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 because 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.

Establish a Grooming Routine for Your Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle Grooming Routine

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 to achieve a uniform look, and the rounded ends make them 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 so you don’t accidentally hurt your dog. 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.

Essential Tools for Goldendoodle Grooming

Preparing for a new Goldendoodle puppy? Check out my list of 15 essential items I used for Kai.

This post contains affiliate links. 

 

 

My Ultimate Work From Home Amazon Gift Guide

My Ultimate Work From Home Amazon Gift Guide

Home Office Upgrades, Gadgets, WFH Clothing, Brain Food, and Ways to Keep the Pup Busy

I’ve worked from home for most of my career, so I decided to share my favorite Amazon products that help make the WFH life easier, more comfortable, and productive. (I also shared this list on my YouTube Channel here.)

I’m sharing this because…

  • You may know someone who is new to working from home and might like some cool stuff that will help them adapt to the WFH lifestyle.
  • You might be looking for some new discoveries for your own home office or to improve your WFH routine.
  • It’s always better if you can find ideas recommended by an actual person. 
  • Shopping on Amazon is just easy.  

Upgrades for the Home Office 

My working environment has a big impact on my productivity. If I’m not comfortable or I don’t have the proper set-up, I’ll end up distracted and frustrated. So I’d like to start with some ideas to enhance any work from home office, whether it’s an entire room or just a corner of an apartment.

Stand Up Desk

Everyone has their own desk preference, but I’d like to talk about stand-up desks. Some people love them, and some people don’t like the idea of standing while working at all. But, what if you could have both? I just purchased this stand-up desk that raises and lowers with the push of a button. I love that it allows you to stand, but that you can also quickly and easily lower it to sit down whenever you need to. I highly recommend it!

AIMEZO Electric Height Adjustable Home Office Standing Desk

 

LED Desk Lamp

A new desk lamp can make all the difference in your ability to focus on your work. Plus LED desk lamps are better for your eyes which helps reduce eye strain. I love that this LED desk lamp has a touch control so you can change it to different color modes and brightness levels. If I’m working at night, I can adjust it to the perfect brightness. The different color combinations allow you to set it to your unique preferences.

LED Eye-Caring Dimmable Office Lamp with USB Charging Port, Touch Control

Multi-Use Desk Pad

I love that this large desk pad doubles as a mouse pad and that it comes in so many different colors. Plus, it’s waterproof so it protects your desk from accidental spills.

Non-Slip Desk Blotter/Mousepad Desk Writing Pad

Gadgets That Help Neck Pain Relief

I am constantly looking for ways to relieve neck and back pain from sitting at a computer all day while working from home, so here are a few things that I’ve found to work well for me.

Massage Gun

For me, a massage gun is practically a necessity. Warning: this massage gun is not for the weak-minded, but it works!! If you have a kink, it will work it out!! It’s intense!! I also find it to be very helpful to use on my sore muscles after workouts.

Massage Gun for Athletes Deep Tissue Percussion Fascia Massager for Soreness Relief

Foam Roller

Rolling out my back every morning and every evening really helps keep things in alignment after sitting in front of a computer all day. I have a habit of rounding my shoulders over, and this pressure point foam roller helps me straighten up and work out the knots in my back and shoulders. 

Medium Density Deep Tissue Myofascial Trigger Point Foam Roller

 

Brain Food

Let’s be honest. There are a lot of distractions when working from home. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep your mind focused and your brain at peak performance. Here’s a list of some ways to feed the brain.

The Proper Caffeine

Electric Gooseneck Kettle with 5 Temperature Presets

When it comes to brain fuel, coffee is first on the list – obviously. But, some people prefer tea, and some people like both. This electric gooseneck kettle is perfect for heating water for tea or for making pour-over coffee. I love that it has temperature presets so that you don’t burn your coffee or teas. I also love that it automatically keeps the water at the same temperature for one hour.

Ceramic Single Serve Pour Over Coffee Dripper

I literally use this ceramic single-serve pour-over coffee dripper every single morning. I love how individual cups keep me from wasting coffee, and it’s so easy to use. You simply add a paper cone filter, place it on top of your mug, and you have everything you need for a perfect tasting cup of coffee.

Breville Barista Pro Espresso Machine

If you’d rather go pro and make your favorite espressos, lattes, or cappuccinos at home, this is an awesome espresso machine. Full disclosure: I don’t own this personally, but one of my best friends has one, and I’ve used it on multiple occasions. It makes coffee drinks exactly like what you would have at a coffee house. Plus, it’s just fun to use.

Death Wish Coffee Gift Pack

I’m a huge fan of strong coffee. I love the taste, and it gives me energy and focus. Death Wish Coffee is super strong without bitterness. This gift pack is a great deal and provides two types of roasts. Even if you don’t think you like strong coffee, you may change your mind after trying this one.

The Right Snacks

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds

Dark chocolate and nuts are proven brain foods. So why not put them together? These dark chocolate covered almonds are my favorite for a quick pick up in the afternoon. So satisfying!! If you don’t happen to have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you can get them on Amazon. (Unfortunately, they’re more expensive on Amazon.) 

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Power Berries: Acai, Pomegranate, Cranberry and Blueberry

Power berries covered in dark chocolate? Yes, please. Another great example of an indulgent, yet brain fueling snack! I’m pretty sure if you combine dark chocolate with just about anything it would be good. These Trader Joe’s dark chocolate-covered berries are amazing! Again, if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, this variety pack of three on Amazon would make a great gift.

Comfortable Clothing That Makes You Feel Like You’re Getting Dressed 

When working from home, I like to feel like I’m getting dressed for the day so that I have a work mindset rather than a lounging around the house mindset. I have my “uniform” of comfortable things I wear every day that help me feel productive.

Cardigan Sweaters

It might be tempting to wear a robe when working from home, but the right cardigan can be just as cozy without being SO loungy. I like wearing cardigans because they can make a t-shirt look more dressed up, and I can put one on when it’s chilly in the house and take it off if I need to.

Lightweight Wool Blend Cardigan That Comes In A Variety of Colors

I don’t usually like wearing anything with wool because I feel like it’s too hot, but this wool-blend cardigan is on the thinner side. I like that it provides warmth without being too heavy. I like the pockets, the longer length, and the open style which makes it easy to take on and off.

Cozy Cardigan That Feels Like A Barefoot Dreams Robe

This sweater feels like you’re wrapping up in a cozy Barefoot Dreams robe for a fraction of the cost. It’s so soft and comes in thirty-one different colors, which makes me tempted to buy a few more. It’s a great way to get the feel of wearing a robe without looking like you just got out of bed.

Barefoot Dreams Dupe Leopard Print Cardigan 

This button cardigan is a more affordable dupe of the popular Barefoot Dreams leopard print cardigan. It’s super soft and cozy. And, if you’re not a leopard print kind of person, it comes in several other colors. 

Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Light Island Wrap

While the dupes are great options, sometimes you just have to go with the real thing. I’ve been wearing this Barefoot Dreams Wrap for the last five years, and I still love wearing it! It always looks good and is still in perfect condition. I have this sweater in the taupe color like in the picture below. Even though it’s more expensive, I think I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth by how much I still wear it. Simply the best!

The Right Pants

I’m always in search of comfortable pants that still make me feel pulled together. While I do like to wear joggers and leggings, I don’t want to wear them every single day. 

Sanctuary Runway Leggings

When it comes to pants, I like to buy quality because they’re more flattering, and they’re just more comfortable. I bought these pants in three different colors at Anthropologie, but they also have them on Amazon. I absolutely love wearing them because they make me feel very put together. They’re more like regular pants or jeggings, because they are a substantial weight with real pockets in the back. Because of the stretch, they’re not restrictive or tight feeling at all.

Buttery Soft High Waisted Fitted Joggers

While I love my Lululemon joggers, these high waisted fitted joggers are a great alternative at a fraction of the cost! So comfortable. I like that they’re not as tight as workout leggings, but not as loose as typical joggers.

The Right Shoes

For the cooler months, anything fur-lined on my feet is the right call. I like slip-on style shoes instead of anything that laces up. Sometimes only my tried and true Ugg Slippers will do, but there are other days when I want to wear actual shoes.

Fur Lined Mules

I love that these fur-lined mules are essentially dressed up slippers. They’re perfect for when you want to look a little more dressed up than wearing slippers.

Ugg Slippers

A work from home gift guide would not be complete without mentioning Ugg Slippers. I can’t remember a time when I have not worn them, and they’re hands-down my favorite thing to put on my feet when I’m at home. I love this leopard print pair.

SeaVees Mid Top Sneakers

I’m a California beach girl at heart, so I love the SeaVees brand. These casual shoes are kind of like high top sneakers, but not really. They meet my slip-on requirement, and they’re great for my dog walking breaks outside.

 

Things to Keep The Doggo Busy While Working From Home

My Goldendoodle puppy needs to stay occupied when I’m busy, so I’m always looking for puppy supplies to keep him happy and satisfied. This is not always an easy task because he loves attention!! I’ve also had to learn how to handle his occasional barking and chewing, but I wouldn’t trade him for the world! One of my favorite things about working from home is that I can have @ThatDoodKai by my side to keep me company throughout the day. Kai has an important role in my home office routine

Here are a few things to keep the puppers busy:

Kong Interactive Treat Dispensing Toy

The Buster Cube Activity Toy

The Tug A Jug Dispenser

I’m always looking for new ideas for my work at home life, so tweet me @SLShill and give me some of your work from home tips I should try out.

What are some ways you enhance your work from home life?

 

Please note there are some referral links included here but know that I haven’t recommended anything that I haven’t personally used. Some of these items were purchased at full price, some were bought on sale, and some I received as gifts from family or friends.

Expert Tips on How To Stop Dog Barking

Expert Tips on How To Stop Dog Barking

I’ve been researching expert tips to stop dog barking because my Goldendoodle puppy, Kai, has started a bad habit of barking out our front window. So I decided to turn to dog training experts to give me the best advice on stopping unwanted dog barking. To summarize everything I learned I created this video along with my summary below. After trying many techniques, I found a few that were especially helpful, and I wanted to share them here.

Because Kai is only six months old, I know I have time to address this problem early before this barking issue turns into a major problem. The problem started because Kai gets very excited by things that go on outside of our window on the street. I know this is a natural behavior because he wants to alert us. After my research, I learned there are many causes of dog barking, and many approaches to solving the problem of unwanted barking. They all take time and consistency, so we’re still in process, but I feel much better knowing I have a plan to follow. 

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

Alert Barking and How To Stop It

When the doorbell rings or when the postal carrier is approaching, it’s normal that your dog wants to alert you that someone is there. Dogs’ ears are so sensitive that even a small noise can make them want to alert you. But this can become a nuisance if you can’t get it to stop. One of the best tips I learned is that it helps if you reassure your dog by checking out what may be going on. When he sees that you’re protecting the area too, he’ll feel safer and won’t feel like he has to constantly alert you. 

Give Your Pup A Smaller Area to Control Barking

You also may need to make your dog’s world a little smaller, so that there aren’t as many distractions that lead to barking. For example, I blocked off the area by our front window, so that Kai can’t sit there looking for something to bark at. This prevents those fits where he starts barking at a jogger coming by which can at least limit some of that behavior. By providing a safe and secure space, it gives him the space to relax and remain calm.

Teach the Leave-It Command

However, in order to minimize or eventually eliminate these kinds of outbursts, it’s also important to let him get acclimated to having people walk by the house. This is when anticipating barking before it starts can be one of the most effective ways to train your dog to stop barking. Here’s what I learned to do: When I see someone is walking by the house, I will have treats ready in hand. As soon as Kai’s ears perk up, and he looks like he’s about to bark, I’ll give him a treat and say, “Leave it.” I’ll keep giving him a treat and say, “Leave it” until the person is out of sight. The reason this works is that it’s almost impossible for him to bark when he’s smelling or eating. It also reinforces the positive behavior of being quiet. You can do the same thing when you’re out walking on the leash. It allows me to intervene early and get his attention on me before the outbursts occur. 

Working with Kai in this way has put me in a much better position to work on other behavior issues in the future. I’ve found it to work really well! I know it will take a lot of repetition until he consistently learns good behavior whenever he encounters these triggers. I’m under no illusion that this particular technique is going to solve everything, but I feel like it’s helped so much. I also know that he’s still young and that he’ll grow out of this unwanted behavior as he becomes more socialized. It made me feel better to know that extreme barking with a young, unsocialized dog is very common. 

The Best Time to Correct Unwanted Barking Is Before It Happens

It’s important to understand that the best time to correct unwanted barking is right before it occurs. I’ve learned some of the signs Kai shows before he starts to bark, and I’ve found it’s the ideal time to intervene, encourage him to look at me, and reward him heavily when he complies. It just takes being patient and consistent. I also make sure I use an enticing reward. This makes it easier to break his attention. I’ve found that having a variety of treats keeps Kai interested, Deli meat, especially bologna, works very well. The goal is to teach him to be quiet for just a split-second and not ask for too much. It’s important to reward any amount of effort. Since Kai already knows how to sit, I tell him to sit with the treat in my hand over his head. This gets the focus off of whatever is going on and onto me. 

Does Your Dog Benefit From Barking?

A dog might bark because he’s learned that he gets something from barking. This is known as demand barking. For example, he may be in the habit of dropping a ball in front of you and barking until you throw the ball. Over time, he’s learned that when he barks, he gets that attention. One of the best ways to discourage this type of barking is to turn your back and ignore your dog. Eventually, he will learn that he won’t get that attention. So instead of picking up the ball and throwing it, you would just hold on to the ball and walk away. At first, he will bark again. As soon as there is any silence at all, you can throw the ball. Repeating that process again. He will eventually learn that when he stops barking, he’ll get the ball, and when he starts to bark, he won’t get the attention. It takes patience and practice, but it works.

Teach The Quiet Command

Another useful tip I learned was to teach your dog the “Quiet” command. This is similar to the “Leave-It” command. Here’s an illustration: If your dog barks when the doorbell rings, you pick a word such as “alert” that you’ll say every time the doorbell rings. Then before you answer the door, you say “Quiet” and hold out a treat in your hand in front of his nose. Because dogs can’t bark and smell at the same time, he’ll automatically stop barking. When the treat comes after you say the word “quiet” he will eventually associate being quiet with the treat. 

Control Barking With Plenty of Mental and Physical Exercise 

Preventing boredom with regular exercise and playtime will go a long way in getting barking under control. Dogs are a lot like children. If you don’t keep them busy and active, they’ll find a way to fill the boredom. Create a plan to make sure your dog gets the exercise and stimulation he needs. Leash walking, chasing a ball, playing tug-of-war with a toy, or active play with other dogs lead to a better behaved and well-adjusted dog. Dogs do well when they have a daily routine, so decide who will be in charge of making it happen and for how long. 

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

 

Working From Home Tips from a Writer: Hire Your Dog

Working From Home Tips from a Writer: Hire Your Dog

Dogs with a Job, Kai the Goldendoodle

 

If you work from home like me, you need all the help you can get! Whether you’re working from home temporarily due to the pandemic, or you work from home permanently, having extra help can mean the difference between success and failure. So today, I’d like to recognize my employee of the month: my personal assistant, Kai. He’s an absolute superstar. Don’t even think about recruiting him because he’s 100% loyal to me. You’ll be inspired by his many accomplishments at such a young age. You’ll see he’s well on his way to a bright future with a promising career ahead of him.

1. Strong Time Management Skills

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

He has a special tone in his bark that startles me at the appropriate time. It’s highly effective when I’m on the phone as it urges me to hang up at the earliest opportunity.  

2. Effective Organizational Skills

Second, Kai can manage just about anything. He can also assess a situation in record time. His keen sense of smell and unparalleled ability to hear every sound on earth make him ready to respond in a split second. He sits up, takes notice, and barks whenever he feels it’s time to regroup. In addition, he’s great at delegating anything that does not include a treat, a toy, or head pats.

3. Ability to Prioritize

Kai has a big picture perspective combined with acute attention to detail. He knows how important a clean office is to productivity, so he makes sure to empty the trashcans frequently. He keeps the wastebasket tipped over on its side to make sure he never lets the tissues stay there for any length of time. 

4. Excellent Proofreader

As a busy writer, I rely on Kai for a second set of eyes to catch any typos, spelling, or grammar mistakes. He has an uncanny ability to notice things I would never see on my own. 

5. Efficient Office Manager

Finally, I don’t what I would do without Kai’s expertise as an office manager. One of his duties that helps me the most is that he makes sure all the mail is opened promptly. He doesn’t let one envelope go unnoticed. He even takes the extra step of double-checking all pieces of mail that are in the trashcan, just to make sure we haven’t overlooked something important.

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

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

Overall, I would say Kai is an invaluable employee and is making great progress as my personal assistant. As my only employee, I predict he will be the recipient of many other company awards in the future. Thanks so much for your hard work Kai!

I love you and appreciate you!

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 need to figure out how to stop a puppy from biting and chewing everything in your house. Kai has been a little rascal lately. He has been biting and chewing everything! He’s biting my arms, my hands, and he’s chewed three pairs of my sandals!

That’s why I decided to “nip” this problem head-on. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

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 as much as possible. I compiled this list to share what I’ve found to have 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. 

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

But, I want to prevent the problems of chewing on items like furniture, walls, and carpet.

There are solutions to deal with these habits and hopefully prevent them from becoming an ongoing problem beyond the puppy teething stage.

Why Puppies Bite and Chew

We’ve all experienced 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 3 to 8 weeks old, and the permanent adult teeth gradually replace them. For this reason, puppies are in a constant state of teething up until about 4 to 6 months old.

If your dog or puppy chews on items such as wood trims, socks, or remote controls, it could be a sign of boredom. Puppies are active and energetic, and 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 like this!

Prevent Boredom to Stop Puppy From Biting and Chewing

Daily exercise helps your dog expend energy and provides mental stimulation. If your dog chews the corner of the wall when he’s bored, some 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. 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. 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, and dogs always seem to 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, remember that negative punishments, such as shouting, spanking, or hitting can lead to other destructive behavior problems. Instead, respond by firmly saying “NO” and confiscating 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 allowable and help to satisfy the urge for chewing.

Puppy Chewing Supplies

It can be exasperating when trying to understand 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 him to chew only on the right things and not to search your house for chewing material.

The easiest solution: offer something better.

Between our other Goldendoodle, Zuma, and Kai, I’ve discovered the best chew toys that do a good job of distracting 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, so 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 they tend to make them thirsty. Another negative to bully sticks is that they have a strong odor. As an alternative, 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 a variety of different types to rotate through to keep them interested.

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

Edible bones are also a good choice to add some variety when trying to figure out how to stop a puppy from biting and chewing. The only negative is they tend to eat them pretty quickly, so they don’t keep them busy for long. Too many at once can also cause diarrhea, so don’t overdo it. Goldendoodles can have sensitive stomachs, so we’re always careful when we introduce anything new into their diets. It’s important to 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 that will help beat boredom. Choose one that your dog won’t destroy to beat puppy boredom. Both Zuma and Kai love the plush toys that crinkly sound. We like to have a wide variety of toys in different shapes and sizes and keep them stored in one location. 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 favorites:

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

 

This Textured Nylabone is also a great option to help ease the pain of teething and keep your puppy busy. Although our dogs really like the traditional smooth Nylabone, the textured one gives them something new, and 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, after bringing how two Goldendoodle puppies 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! We had to think back to remember all the supplies we would need to prepare for the arrival of our new puppy. We felt like new parents all over again! Before Kai arrived we made sure we had all the basics to take care of him and make him feel right at home. So I created this list of what we collected in the weeks before we picked him up. We 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 get everything you need to 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 had several new puppies over the years, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned, they each have their own personality. It’s kind of like with babies, what works well with one, may not be the same for another. At the same time, establishing a routine is one of the best strategies for housebreaking and training a new puppy. The right puppy supplies help minimize some of the frustration that may come with taking care of a new puppy.

Preventing Puppy Separation Anxiety

When our daughter’s Goldendoodle, Zuma, was a puppy she really did not need to be held a lot and was naturally content to be in another room by herself. In contrast, Kai likes to be with us all the time, and we need to train him to have “alone time.” 

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

So far, Kai has been sleeping on our bed. I know it’s not ideal, but he cries so loud!!! He hasn’t had one accident on our bed and is so content to sleep there all night. That means we get to sleep too. 

When we picked Kai up from the breeder, I brought a towel with me to rub on his mother and littermates 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 do that. 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 the complete 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 have used it with our other dogs. I’ve had dog carrier bags before, but I just like how comfortable this one is. 

2. Plush Toy Sleep Aid With Heartbeat

goldendoodle crate training

This plush toy with a built-in heartbeat reminds me of something similar we used when our daughter was a newborn baby. Kai has gotten attached to it, and it helps keep 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, so 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 dogs from developing the habit of pulling on the leash. The reasoning is that when puppies feel the 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, and we’ve already started using the long leash with Kai. At 9 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 you’ll need 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 pup busy for a long time. They tend to be 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 will not go to the bathroom where they sleep. 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 then 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 have a way 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 has been doing well with the Honest Kitchen brand of dog foods. I highly recommend this food, along with the Superfood Toppers Before switching to Honest Kitchen she was having chronic digestive problems, and this is the only food that has made a difference. They are 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 and to keep 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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