Training your Goldendoodle to obey simple commands is important. In large and small ways it can make your times together more enjoyable. Dogs don’t naturally know what good manners are, and as smart as doodles can be, we can’t always expect them to be perfect. It is our responsibility to teach them the basic rules of citizenship. The following post has some good advice for beginning a training routine:
From basic obedience commands to advanced tricks, dog training is a rewarding and engaging experience for you and your dog.
Just as every new human member of a household must be trained to behave properly, so must dogs. Everyone in the household is better off if the dog conforms to the behaviour expected of it.
That applies to the dog, too.
By nature, your dog wants your approval. It wants to please you (most of the time, anyway!). But it can’t do that without being taught what you expect of it.
During your dog’s life you may decide to teach it to perform all manner of impressive tricks and tasks. Those are optional. But the following types of training should be considered as absolutely essential for every dog owner.
To train your doodle, you need a collar, a leash, some basic knowledge and a commitment to consistency. The following post has some helpful tips for teaching the key commands:
Obedience Training For Dogs: 4 Easy Cues To Master
The first thing most pet parents teach their dogs is the very important “sit” cue, but there are a few other obedience lessons that are equally important to master. These basic cues help dogs improve their impulse control, teach them good manners, and in some situations are literal life savers. Keep in mind, “mastery” means that your dog will respond no matter how distracting the environment, so it’s likely you’ll have to continue to brush up on the following skills throughout your dog’s lifetime. But the good news is training is an excellent way to cement your bond with your dog, and even better, it’s fun.
Training your Goldendoodle to obey will take commitment, patience and confidence. Dogs respond best when they understand that you are in charge so be firm yet loving.
There are various approaches to dog training so use the method that you feel will work best for you and your doodle. The next post gives a look at training options and benefits:
Obedience training is focused on teaching your dog basic commands, how to be social and how you expect your pet to behave. You can achieve these goals in one of three ways: by enrolling your dog in a quality dog obedience training school, by working with a qualified dog trainer, or doing it yourself using whichever positive training techniques you prefer. The benefits you gain will make living with your pet more enjoyable and less stressful, and your dog will gain self-confidence and be happier. Read on for six benefits of obedience training.
Your Goldendoodle should do very well with obedience training, since they naturally like to please and are also very intelligent. It is recommended that training begin in earnest when a dog is around 4 or 5 months, but you can typically start earlier with doodles.
Derived from a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle, Goldendoodles are bred to be a combination of the best qualities of both. Under the careful direction of an excellent breeder, it works like a charm. The result is that Goldendoodles have exploded in popularity in recent years because of their beautiful appearance, high intelligence and lovable nature.
You will notice in the previous paragraph that “excellent” breeders were singled out for praise. Along with the rising demand for doodles has come a wave of unscrupulous and/or inexperienced breeders looking to make a fast buck. Without understanding the proper breeding guidelines for this hybrid, they can produce puppies with serious health problems. Skilled breeders are aware of the potential health concerns and carefully match their breeding pairs to substantially reduce — if not totally eliminate — these risks.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the primary diseases Goldendoodles can face when proper screening and breeding practices are absent. This informative article from Dog Zone has details:
Though cross-breeding can introduce hybrid vigour, thus improving the health of the offspring, Goldendoodles are at risk of developing some of the problems seen in their parent breeds.
Atopic Dermatitis – Allergic skin disease is common in many breeds, including the Goldendoodle. The offending allergens are generally either inhaled or absorbed through the skin, and cause a hypersensitivity reaction that manifests in the skin. Itching, redness, and malodor of the paws, ears, and perineum are classic signs of atopic dermatitis, but confirming the diagnosis requires a careful work-up.
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture – The cruciate ligament is largely responsible for stabilising the knee joint during its hinged motion, and it takes a great deal of strain during exercise. Degeneration and rupture of the cranial portion of the ligament are very common causes of hindlimb lameness in Goldendoodles.
Epilepsy – Usually manifests for the first time between six months and five years of age, either as grand mal convulsive seizures or petit mal episodes involving muscular tics or behavioural abnormalities. Many epileptics do not require treatment; the frequency and severity of the seizures determines the appropriate approach.
Hip Dysplasia – Another cause of hindlimb lameness, usually first noticed in young dogs as the hip joints fail to develop normally. As the condition is inherited, all breeding animals should have their hips radiographically scored, and those showing signs of dysplastic changes removed from the breeding pool.
Patellar Luxation – In some Goldendoodles, slight anatomic abnormalities can cause the patella (or kneecap) to slip out of position during exercise. This is generally seen as an intermittent lameness, where the dog is temporarily unable to bear weight on one hindlimb. Feeling around the knee joint while flexing and extending the leg may allow the examiner to appreciate a “pop” as the patella moves. Surgical treatment generally gives good results.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy – Signs of night blindness, progressing to pronounced loss of vision in middle-aged Goldendoodles are often attributable to degeneration of retinal nerve cells – a common problem in many pedigrees and hybrids.
Von Willebrand Disease – A clotting disorder caused by poor platelet function that results in heavy bleeding, even from minor injuries.
As you can see, it’s critically important to deal with a knowledgeable, reputable breeder when you’re ready to select a Goldendoodle puppy for your family. Here at Blue Ridge Goldendoodles, our breeding dogs are always screened for Hip Dysplasia through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and cleared before breeding. We also test them for problems with the elbows and heart, check for Patella Luxation and make sure that their eyes are Canine Eye Registration Foundation certified. The poodles are also cleared for Sebaceous Adenitis, a skin disease, and Von Willebrand Disease.
All of our puppies come with a full two-year health guarantee and lifetime support. Before they are released to their forever families, they have been thoroughly checked by our vet and given their shots. We send a detailed vet record with every one so there’s no question about the initial health of your new best friend or the treatments they’ve received.
You want your Goldendoodle to be strong, healthy and full of life. That’s why you need to ensure that it has the best diet available. There are some excellent mass market and boutique dog foods on the market, made with all the ingredients required for healthy dogs. You can find that info on numerous dog wellness websites so we’ll let them do what they do best. In this blog post, we’re going to look at other ways you can impact (for better and for worse) your Goldendoodle’s diet at home.
If you have always wanted to prepare food for your Goldendoodle but didn’t think you have the time, here’s some good news for you. There are things you make for yourself that are also healthy options for your dog. The following post provides more detail:
10 Healthiest ‘People Foods’ You Should Be Feeding Your Dog And 3 To Avoid
If you’re a dog owner, you want nothing more than for your dog or dogs to be in tip-top shape and perfect health.
But you also know how hard it is to resist those big soft eyes when they peer up at you from under the table, begging for just the tiniest taste of whatever you’re eating. Sometimes, maybe even more times than you’d like to admit, you’ve snuck them a little something from your plate.
There are all kinds of reasons not to feed your dogs from the table. For one, it encourages bad habits, and secondly, there are lots of things that we eat that are seriously bad for dogs. However, other human foods are actually really good for them…
Now you know you can surprise your Goldendoodle every now and then by adding some human food to its diet. Just be careful how you present the food to avoid creating bad habits like begging.
On the flip side, there are human foods you should never feed your Goldendoodle as they can be detrimental to their health — sometimes even fatal, as the following post explains:
Top 12 Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat!
Well, it all depends what it is and what’s in it. Surprisingly, there’s a lot of people food your dog should NEVER eat. Some foods in particular are super dangerous for dogs, we’ve compiled a list of the top 12 most dangerous foods and some may surprise you!
Topping the list as we previously mentioned is the sweetener Xylitol. Candy, Gum, Toothpaste, Baked Goods & certain diet foods are sweetened with Xylitol. It can cause your pup’s blood sugar to severely drop & can even cause liver failure. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy & coordination problems. Your dog may also have seizures. Liver failure can happen within a few days.
Hearing about the dietary experiences other Goldendoodle owners can give you insight on what to do and what to avoid when it comes to proper feeding. The following post relates the story of one doodle lover and her boy Jake:
How The Right Dog Food Gave Jake the Goldendoodle a Better Life
I don’t have kids, but my Goldendoodle Jake may as well be my child. Though I’m not one of those crazy dog moms that indulges him, I keep it real, and he lives a happy, simple life– enjoying long walks, outings, and time hanging out with the family. But a while ago, my friend and I got into a heated discussion about dog food, something that I’ve never really thought twice about. She asked me if I’ve ever read the ingredients on the back of Jake’s dog food. Not really, I told her. But didn’t “premium” kibble mean premium ingredients?
Jake has eaten the same food since he was a puppy and never seemed to complain about it too much. Sometimes he gets finicky, but he will usually eat his food when I mix in a treat like cheese. He also sometimes scratches a lot after eating, which I thought might have been an allergy.
As we’ve noted, diet is critical to raising a healthy Goldendoodle. But the fact is wellness doesn’t start there. You need to acquire your canine best friend from a conscientious breeder who guarantees the perfect health of their breeding pairs and puppies.
f you want to enjoy the full benefits of having a Goldendoodle in your family, you need to ensure his or her health is prioritized. We love these dogs for their exuberant nature, but poor health is sure to turn any Goldendoodle blue. Just like their people, Goldendoodles become inactive and less amiable when ill. As the winter cold approaches, it’s a good time to plan a visit to your vet just to make sure everything is okay.
If you are wondering what your canine companion may be checked for, this post details the most common health concerns associated with dogs and cats:
Top 10 Reasons Dogs And Cats Visit The Vet
You take your pooch for her annual check-up, but some ailments warrant more than just a once-yearly vet visit. According to Nationwide Pet Insurance, here are some of the most common reasons that dogs and cats go to the doctor.
Life is certainly unpredictable, but the more you know, the more you can try to do to prevent certain health issues from happening–and possibly, from happening again!
Most typical canine health issues can be avoided through regular check-ups. If you’re concerned about something, don’t wait until a problem develops to take action. Get your four-legged friend checked as soon as possible.
Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to your doodlebug’s health is the importance of finding a vet that makes him or her comfortable. Otherwise, going for those regular check-ups will be a difficult experience. The following post explains more:
A Tale of Two Vet Visits – How the Right Vet Makes All the Difference
Last year at Baxter’s annual vet check-up, we had a dogtor that we’d not met before.
Everything went fine, and then she said, “We’ll just take him into the back to draw a little blood.”
A few minutes later, we heard snarling and screeching as Baxter reacted to strangers handling his feet. My husband and I exchanged a look and when the vet came back into the examining room we sheepishly said, “He’s sensitive about his feet.”
“That dog is dominant. If it was my dog, I’d be going through every doorway in front of him.”
She went on to say a few other things about Baxter’s “dominance.” Dominance is a topic for a whole other post.
Clearly, you need to have a great vet who is sensitive to your Goldendoodle’s needs and personality. It’s also advisable to stick to one individual vet, so your dog can built trust and learn to relax with them.
At this time of year, even a simple outdoor walk in a familiar area can present some surprising risks, as this article explains:
Vets Remove 72 Ticks From One Dog After Visit To Wooded Area In Upstate NY
Veterinarians in Upstate NY pulled 72 ticks off a single golden retriever last week after the dog visited a wooded area in Upstate NY.
Darlene Williams took her dog Gracie to a spot of I-990 near Buffalo where she had taken the dog before for walks.
Williams said she didn’t notice anything unusual until Gracie started acting lethargic and kept putting her paw over her face.
“I just shampooed her like I normally do. But, it wasn’t until a couple days later she had the brown bumps and knew something had to be wrong,” Williams told WKBW-TV.
She brought Gracie to Brighton-Eggert Animal Clinic, where Dr. Holly Guenther removed 72 ticks from the dog.
As we’ve discussed, regular vet visits are critical for your Goldendoodle’s health — starting from the beginning of their lives. When you are looking for a new pup, make sure any potential candidates have already been vet checked and cleared.