If you are taking care of a Goldendoodle, you have to consider many things to maintain their well-being. A Goldendoodle puppy is a cross-breed of a golden retriever and a poodle, and they are usually companion fur friends.
So, what do you have to do to keep them healthy and happy? Here are some of the tips that your local veterinary would give about taking care of your Goldendoodle.
Tips on Taking Care of Your Goldendoodle
1. Regular Vet Visit
If you have a Goldendoodle puppy or any puppy that you may have, vaccines are essential for them to have. The usual is that vets will take them for a regular check-up, especially for worms in their bodies. The Vet would soon check the fecal sample of the Goldendoodle pup for the presence of parasites.
Vets usually schedule the vaccines to be given to Goldendoodle pups at different weeks. At their 6th week, the Parvo/Parainfluenza vaccine is generally given along with the Kennel Cough vaccine. At your pup’s 9th week, the Vet will give the booster shots for the vaccines injected on the 6th week.
In their 12th week, aside from the Parvo/Parainfluenza vaccines, the Vet will also provide a Leptospirosis and Canine Influenza vaccine. Lastly, on the 15th or 16th week, depending on the Vet, they will give rabies vaccine to your Goldendoodle pup.
2. Spaying or Neutering
Vets recommend spaying or neutering Goldendoodle pups about six months after they were born. The AVMA or American Veterinary Medical Association suggested the spaying or neutering Goldendoodle pups before their first heat cycle. Spaying or neutering is done to prevent any tumors in females and testicular cancer in male Goldendoodle pups.
In females, pyometra is also a risk for them if you don’t get them spayed. Pyometra is an infection found in the uterus of your Goldendoodle, which could be deadly for your pup.
3. Feeding them High-quality Food
For your Goldendoodle to stay healthy, they need to have the proper nourishment their body requires. For puppies, you usually need to find a good dog food that contains high amounts of protein. After reaching the age of eight months or one year, your canine pup could switch to adult dog food.
For Goldendoodle pups, it is better to separate their daily nutritional requirements for multiple meals. This is recommended by experts to maintain their blood sugar levels throughout the day. For pups, feed them with wet food if their teeth have not fully grown yet. After this, you can completely switch to dry food for their meals.
4. Potty Training
It would be best if you potty trained your Goldendoodle pup as soon as you get them so that they would learn early. The usual ways of potty training your puppy is by crate training or potty pad training.
Crate training is beneficial for owners who don’t want their house to turn upside down. Teaching your fur friend to stay on their crate avoids the possible mess they make in your home.
Potty training would be more natural if you let them know that their box is a comfortable place. They would have a great time on their crate, with toys and blankets to keep them comfortable and happy.
Another type of potty training that you can do is by using a potty pad. Potty pads are made for Goldendoodle pups who live in places with extreme winter climates. Most of the time, owners who are out of the house should provide potty pad training to their pups. This training allows your puppies to have a designated location where they can do their bathroom needs.
When your pup wants to go to the bathroom, take them to the potty pad. Allow them to get used to that spot every time they want to go to the bathroom. Goldendoodle pups are quick learners; however, some will take longer than usual, so do not get frustrated.
5. Monitor their Teething Phase
There will come a time where your Goldendoodle pup is always chewing on everything. As their new teeth are coming out, they will chew on anything to get through the pain. Buy them appropriate chewing toys so that they would not chew on your furniture.
If you have other dogs or pets, check if they play too much with them that it leads to a fight. This is phase might become a habit for them, so it is better to train them at a young age to reduce chewing as they grow older.
6. Help them be Friendly
A way for your Goldendoodle pup to play with other dogs is to socialize them at a young age. Most owners allow their canine companion to start socializing at eight weeks old while some start as a puppy.
You also have to introduce your puppies to various sounds that they would hear around your house. In this way, they won’t get startled and scared every time they hear a new sound. Another tip is to let your Goldendoodle pups in puppy classes where they would teach them basic commands that they can do.
Proper training and socialization would help them familiarize themselves with people and sounds that they will face. At the age of two to four months old, these are the times where your pup will enjoy learning these basic behaviors. After four months old, it may be hard for you to teach them these basic commands.
7. Check for Signs of Sickness
Just like human babies, puppies are also vulnerable to diseases. This is why the number one tip listed is to check the Vet regularly. Vaccines cannot cover all kinds of conditions, so it is better to monitor your pup daily.
A few signs of sicknesses that you may observe are vomiting, not eating, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, swollen stomach, inability to pee or poop, etc. These are some of the signs that you have to watch out for. They all could lead to a serious condition, so be sure to check your fur friend’s state regularly.
Goldendoodle puppies are fun, canine companions. They could be high-maintenance fur friends, but they ensure that they are always by your side. Know these tips and tricks so that you can always check their well-being.