The Goldendoodle is a cross between two of the most popular dog breeds for pet lovers – Golden Retriever and Poodle. Goldendoodles gained more popularity in recent years because of their many favorable traits. They are friendly, affectionate and easy to train. Because of their highly sociable nature, they are not made to be alone in a home all day long as they may develop unwanted behaviors. Here are some behavior issues that your Goldendoodle may develop and how to deal with them:
1. Excessive Barking
Many pet owners state that Goldendoodles usually have a quiet personality that makes them a great home companion. All dogs bark, this is how they communicate and Goldendoodles are no exception. But, excessive barking is a sign of behavior problems. Before you correct this, you have to be aware of the reasons why dogs bark. Common reasons are:
- To alert or warn
- Excitement or pure joy
- Seeking attention
To minimize excessive barking, you should provide your dog with proper exercise and allow them to socialize with other people and dogs. This will help them feel less frightened whenever they meet new people or dogs. You can also consider teaching them barking on command and how to be quiet on command as well.
Biting is a common phase of dogs’ development. They will bite, nip and chew everything within their reach. Your Goldendoodle may bite because of teething, or they are seeking attention from you, or they are simply exploring. There are several reasons for this behavior but biting humans is something you should be concerned about.
The most effective way to stop this behavior is to consistently train your dog not to bite. You can divert their attention with a chew toy or offer your dog their favorite snack once they start biting.
Goldendoodles are a mix-bred of two of the most playful and energetic dog breeds, especially in their puppy years. To help calm your dog, you can follow these easy tips:
- Give them more playtime and a good amount of exercise.
- Offer them plenty of toys.
- You can also bring them to a professional dog trainer.
4. Destructive behaviors
Destructive behavior like digging is a common dog behavior. Goldendoodles are said to be fond of digging than the other dog breeds.
In order to stop your dog’s destructive habits, you need to know the reason why they are doing this in the first place. It can be because of boredom or the climate. Provide them activities they can do throughout the day and make sure you are an active part of their life.
Your Goldendoodle is sweet, loving and playful. They tend to make you feel this by jumping on you or onto others when they are excited. This is also their way of saying they LOVE YOU so much!
To eliminate this behavior of your dog, you can do these methods:
- Do not reward them when they jump by giving them treats.
- When they jump, ignore them or walk away.
- Offer them toys.
- Train them to sit or stay.
Goldendoodles are not known to be aggressive. Dog aggression can be determined when they start growling or wanting to bite someone. But, because of the friendly nature of Goldendoodles, you should know the reason for this behavior and how to address them.
You can deal with this behavior issue of your dog through patience and consistent training. Make sure you allow them to socialize with other people and dogs to prevent them from developing such aggressive behaviors.
Many pet owners work for at least eight hours a day, leaving their dogs at home with family members or worst, alone. This results in them getting bored and lonely, just like humans. Goldendoodles do not want to be away from their owners for a long time.
You can prevent them from getting bored by giving them activities. They are very intelligent so choosing toys like puzzle toys with buttons will make them happy. They will acquire new tricks and skills through these toys.
8. Difficulty in house training
Goldendoodles are intelligent, easy to train and affectionate in nature. Despite these traits, training them successfully for house activities do not happen overnight. Potty training is the most basic activity you can teach your dog.
Make a spot for your dog’s potty training outside of your home. If they are still a puppy, you can carry them to their potty spot. Make sure you do not play with them and give them quiet moments so they will know they are outside for a reason.
Goldendoodles are popular with many pet owners because of their wonderful traits. With proper attention and training, they can provide irreplaceable fun and happiness to you and your home. You just have to be patient and dedicated when training and teaching them.