As hybrid breeds go, the Goldendoodle is in a class of its own. Popular with families, the breed combines the friendliness of the Golden Retriever with the intelligence of the Poodle. This combination of brains and high energy can earn the breed a reputation as a ‘troublemaker,’ but it’s nothing that a little training can’t fix. Here’s what you need to know about the Goldendoodle breed.
They need a strong pack leader
Like all dogs, this breed looks for a strong pack leader in your home. If there isn’t one, they will challenge authority at every turn. Behaviours such as bursting through doors ahead of their owners, chewing on anything and everything, and rambunctious play are common in the breed, but these are all manageable with patience and consistency.
It’s best to start training at a young age and maintain consistency. This will help your Goldendoodle learn its place in the pack, which will prevent most behavioural problems from ever taking root.
They need brain stimulation
Poodles are known for their intelligence. Goldendoodles share this trait, often becoming easily bored when left alone without stimulation for extended periods. This can lead to chewing and other destructive behaviours, so make sure you provide plenty of stimulation for your pet. If you’re with your dog, frequent, structured walks can satisfy their need to work and tire them out mentally and physically. If you must be away for long periods, provide interactive toys and treats to keep boredom at bay.
They crave socialization
The Golden Retriever in these dogs gives them a friendly, loving personality. Unfortunately, it also makes them crave socialization more than some breeds. If you can’t spend lots of time challenging and training your dog, this might not be the best breed for you.
The Goldendoodle is such an easygoing, fun breed, it’s no wonder it’s popular even with first time pet owners. With training and consistency, you can avoid the common problems with the breed. For more information on training your Goldendoodle, visit Bark Busters today and speak with a friendly, knowledgeable staff member.