What Do I Need To Know About Potential Behavior Problems?
Goldendoodles have a well-earned reputation for being friendly, affectionate and highly trainable dogs, which is why they make such awesome family companions. On top of this, they are also just plain fun to have around. This totally smitten Goldendoodle owner makes a strong case for the supremacy of the breed:
Why It Is Scientifically Proven That Goldendoodles Are The Best Kind Of Dogs
Let me first say that golden-doodles are golden retrievers and a poodle mix. It’s a big difference from other doodles. This is a new, popular kind of dog, that is known worldwide. It has been proven (not really, but let’s say it is) that they are the best dogs ever, in every color. Here are some reasons why… Read all the reasons here
New owners are chosing this breed in waves because they possess so many favorable traits. What some fail to understand, however, is that these innate qualities still need to be nurtured through love, socialization and training. Behavior problems can be an issue when the proper care and guidance isn’t given.
If you are considering adding a Goldendoodle, it’s important that you know a few facts so you have realistic expectations and can raise the best companion possible.
First, new owners need to understand that these dogs are highly social. They thrive when they can spend a good deal of time with people. On the other hand, they are not made for isolation; your Goldendoodle can develop numerous unwanted behaviors if not given enough time, attention and affection. For this reason, this may not be the ideal dog if it’s going to be home alone all day.
A Goldendoodle that is continually lonely and bored can become depressed and destructive, and display negative behaviors such as digging, excessive barking and even biting.
On the other hand, a properly socialized Goldendoodle is much more likely to be well-behaved. Socialization and obedience training should start while the dog is young and continue throughout its life. This cannot be overemphasized.
Although Goldendoodles are generally very smart and highly trainable, some first-time dog owners may not possess the skills necessary to deal with behavior problems. This is where the assistance of a professional dog trainer can be invaluable. The following story is a good example of such a scenario:
A High Energy Golden Doodle Learns to Behave at the Door
Wilson is a one-year-old Golden Doodle who jumps up on people, bites the leash, gets over excited, pulls on the leash, countersurfs, and tries to get into the trash.
When I first arrived for the session, Wilson’s behavior was pretty subdued. In fact I had to ask his guardians a few times if it was a normal greeting. I guess it took him a minute before he decided to get excited and try to jump up on me.
Once I got inside, Wilson got even more excited. He started jumping up on his guardians, the couch, ransacking my bag and then running over to jump up on me before repeating it all over again. This gave me an idea as to the root of Wilson’s behavior issues. Read the full story here…
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As with any dog in the home, a Goldendoodle should be handled with lots of patience even when they display behavior problems. Remember, there are right and wrong ways to deal with your dog. You want your response to problems to be a step toward improvement, not a push in the opposite direction. The key is to learn as much as you can before assuming the responsibility of raising a great Goldendoodle.
In addition, always remember that a little bit of mischief is to be expected from a dog with so much personality. With the right attitude, you can get a good laugh out of it:
Hilarious Golden Doodle Flashes A Smile to Get Out of Trouble!
It can be really hard to scold your pet when they look at you all cute and innocent, and for golden doodle Cloey’s humans — it’s nearly impossible.
Not only is Cloey ridiculously cute, but she also has a hilarious tactic to get out of trouble — giving a big toothy grin. Click here for more…
Bottome line: Just like children, Goldendoodles that are secure about the unconditional love of their human parents are more likely to thrive, display good behavior, respond positively to training and do their best to please.