Goldendoodles are an adorable dog breed. Having a Groodle (this is its alias) as your family member is exciting. However, there are some important facts to consider in taking a proper care of such a puppy.
You can take home a Goldendoodle puppy once he reaches 8 weeks.
Like both his parents (Miniature or Standard Poodle & Golden Retriever), this adorable creature is intelligent, friendly and at least moderately active.
These puppies come in three sizes: miniature (15-30 pounds), medium (30-45 pounds), and standard (45 to more than 100 pounds).
When you take it home, you’re introducing a whole new being in your life. It is not just taking your puppy home and feed him some puppy foods. It is a whole new responsibility for you. Therefore, getting prepared for your puppy is important.
This breed has a moderate activity level. They will need a serios walk or active playtime each day, and other ways you could make its lifestyle more active and interesting are participating in dog sports as agility, flyball, obedience, and rally. Some of the Goldendoodles can also make excellent therapy dogs.
These beautiful dogs, having Poodle in their heritage, are considered hypoallergenic dogs like their parent, but there is no scientific evidence to prove that certain breeds or crossbreeds are more or less allergic than others.
First of all, you have to make sure you eliminate all the harmful objects like polythene, small plastic items and anything chewable from the dedicated area prior to the arrival of the puppy. That is important, especially if both you and your partner are gone all day for work. Your puppy may start developing separation anxiety issues, start messing up the house and even put its life in danger.
Prepare yourself and your entire family for whining and crying (Yes! even in the middle of the night). Some pups cry more than the others. However, it is totally natural during this stage and you shouldn’t be scared. Also, you shouldn’t give in to their sad behavior and take them into your bed, as they won’t be able to sleep in their crate later on.
Start to teach him simple tasks like where to sleep, where to eat. This will also help him with integrating, besides making his and your life better. Gradually teach him the parts of house he is not allowed.
Besides not leaving chewable stuff around the house, let your Goldendoodle companion enjoy some chew toys. He will get use to chew them and your shoes and clothing will be safe!
Ear infections can be a problem for this breed. Make sure to keep its ears dry at all times, especially if it has gone swimming or took a bath. In case symptoms like redness, bad odor, head shaking appear, contact the veterinarian immediately.
The Groodle is a very social dog and should not live away from his family. Take him inside, at least from time to time, even if you have a big yard. He’s not suited to and shouldn’t live in a kennel or outside; he wants to be in the house.
At least in the early days, make sure to provide him something to cuddle with. An old blanket or a shirt (without buttons) will be fine. It makes him comfortable when you are away from home and he can’t reach you. Some people leave the TV set or a laptop/tablet open for their pup to watch movies or other stuff. That wouldn’t be such a bad idea either.
Do not provide him things every time he cries out. These kinds of behaviors can lead to a bad, bad Goldendoodle, who thinks he’s the master of the house. Do it on a schedule. He will gradually learn that he can’t have everything on his way.
However, it is important to offer your pup (as you should to every human being that is close to you) a lot of love. He really needs it.
Once you become familiar with your new puppy, (when you start to understand each other), take him for a walk outside to help him socialize with other people and animals. Socializing your puppy from an early stage is important and can be crucial to its development over the years.