Are Goldendoodles Crazy? 7 Ways to Keep Goldendoodles Calm

Goldendoodles are a breed that has untamable energy, which they need to release; sometimes that may happen in the wrong way which may let people think that Goldendoodles are crazy or hyper.

So, are Goldendoodles crazy? Goldendoodles are not crazy, Due to their hyperactive temperament, this crossbreed of Golden Retrievers and Poodles may be misunderstood for being insane or hyper. They are simply lively dogs who need to unleash their pent-up energy.

Here are all the long-term and short-term reasons your Goldendoodle may be behaving in a hyper way and how to calm them down, so keep reading!

Are Goldendoodles Crazy?

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Goldendoodles are not really crazy; they’re just a little energetic, with plenty of zoomies, licking, and insatiable curiosity. They may be damaging inadvertently due to their active temperament, antics, and strength.

While they can be mistaken as being crazy due to their energetic nature, this crossbreed of Golden Retrievers and poodles are just active, with a need to release their pent-up energy.

The reason why people may think that they have behavioral issues is that some Goldendoodles have excess energy that causes them to act destructively.

It might take years for your dog to develop the characteristics of a calm dog. Goldendoodles, with their high intellect, will likely always love stimulation and play, but, like other breeds, they will become calmer and less driven to make mischief as they get older.

Are Goldendoodles Hyper?

Goldendoodles aren’t hyper; they’re energetic and enjoy playing, but they’re not hyperactive. They are clever, affectionate, simple to train, and get along with just about everyone. Any dog that isn’t allowed to play will get restless, which can lead to behavioral issues.

Goldendoodles are energetic and active dogs who can participate in a variety of activities and exercises, including fetch, long walks, jogging, and outdoor canine sports.

Lack of exercise is one factor that contributes to behavioral problems. Goldendoodles need only a moderate amount of exercise and may live in peace and harmony.

Keep your Goldendoodle emotionally and physically fit by keeping them active. They will have a pleasant, loving attitude in exchange, and their aggressiveness will be considerably decreased.

The Goldendoodle is low-maintenance but lively enough to participate in an active lifestyle.

When do Goldendoodles calm down?

Goldendoodles calm down between the ages of 6 and 12 months, although in some dogs it can go up to 18 months. The Goldendoodle’s energy level may be affected by diet, size, and the amount of activity they receive, but age is likely the most important influence.

If you have a puppy Goldendoodle, you’re probably wondering if they ever quiet down, because they have so much energy! This is an unavoidable aspect of being a puppy. 

Just like humans, children tend to be active and energetic in their early days, yet as they grow and mature, they tend to be calmer and less restless; just make sure they grow healthy, physically, and mentally.

The Stages of Goldendoodles Personality development 

Birth-2 weeks: the first two weeks are mostly a frenzy of snuggling and sleeping. 

2-4 Weeks: During this “transition period” there is a huge leap in sensual development and early motor skills such as learning to walk, wagging the tail, and beginning to engage in play with siblings. 

4-12 weeks: These weeks are often referred to as the “socialization period”  puppies begin enjoying playtime and become aware of their surroundings..

9-12 weeks: when your dog is actively working on social skills and is still in a very eager-to-please mindset as they are looking to other pack members (older dogs and confident humans) for guidance at this age.

3-6 Months: This phase is often referred to as the “ranking stage” as your pup is figuring out the concepts of submission and dominance and learning his place in the pack. It is also when biting and nipping happens. Remember that this is developmentally normal and does not mean your pup is aggressive. 

6 to 18 Months: your dog may suddenly start having selective hearing and/or the penchant for creating all kinds of new mischief.

Your pup will go through a testing boundaries stage but if you’ve set up consistent boundaries and training methods it should be quite easy to redirect them again. Pups often start experimenting with “running away” at this point.

7-9 months: It’s noteworthy that some pups may have a secondary biting phase

10 months – 1 Year: During this stage, small Goldendoodles will reach their full size. They will usually reach maturity around 8 to 12 months of age.  They will have a ton of energy and usually not a lot of common sense. 

1 year and Older: Between 1 and 2 years of age, your Goldendoodle will be fully developed. At this point, you can now start exercising more with your Goldendoodle.

How much exercise do Goldendoodles need at every age?

Goldendoodles are high-energy dogs who require daily exercise and play as pups. Experts recommend exercising for 5 minutes every month of age, up to two times each day. So 20 minutes of exercise twice a day would plenty for a 4-month-old dog.

AgeNeeded Exercise
3 Months 15 minutes, twice a day
6 Months30 minutes, twice a day
9 Month 45 minutes, twice a day

Do Goldendoodles Get The Zoomies?

Goldendoodles get the zoomies; that is just a logical result of the amount of energy this breed has, If you haven’t had them before, ‘zoomies’ are a real thing (when they run around like a wild dog). But don’t worry, when it’s time for them to settle down, there are ways to do it.

Some ways by which you can calm down a Goldendoodle when they get the zoomies include: Allowing them to have extra exercise or fun, Train them to understand that extreme hyperactivity is not rewarded, Make sure they have lots of toys to play with, pull on their leash.

You can learn more about Zoomies here.

How to deal with a hyper Goldendoodle’s Excess Energy?  

Release their energy in exercise

Goldendoodles have a lot of energy, especially when they’re young. They must play in order to release their pent-up energy.

Playing with your Goldendoodle is the best method to keep them calm and comfortable. This may be as simple as kicking a ball around for a few minutes outside.

They’ll exhaust themselves and then be quite satisfied to lie about for a few hours.

Control their Nutrition

It may seem irrelevant to you, but trust me, a healthy behavior comes from a healthy lifestyle; make sure your Goldendoodle is getting adequate nutrition that keeps them healthy.

Reduce their stress

Anxiety is a problem that many pet owners face when it comes to their animals. Anxiety in dogs might result in more messes on the floor and chewing up personal objects.

Their anxiousness is reduced as a result of their mental engagement, and your floors and personal belongings get a rest.

Don’t let boredom get to them

The more a Goldendoodle needs to play, the younger they are. You must also take into account their intellect. Goldendoodles are prone to boredom due to their intelligence.

Finally, when your dog is cognitively occupied with an activity or toy, their negative behavior is usually minimized, if not removed altogether. Boredom is the most common cause of rambunctious dogs. Consider it a method for them to communicate that something is missing from their regular routine.

This may result in self-destructive conduct. Goldendoodles may begin chewing on furniture, getting into the garbage, or destroying other objects. They’re just plain bored.

Chew Toys

They will be engaged and attentive if you provide enough chewing and/or interactive toys and keep them intellectually busy. I have a guide to the best toys, including chew toys, for dogs here. These are the toys that my dogs have loved the most over the years, and they are definitely worth the money, so check them out.

Mental Stimulation

Physical exercise alone may not be sufficient to exhaust them. This isn’t to imply that physical activity isn’t important. When cerebral stimulation is combined with physical activity, your dog will benefit the most.

Physical Activity

When all is said and done, you must use your Doodle. Goldendoodles are a fantastic fit for families with small children since they can burn off their energy together. Goldendoodles need at least an hour of intense activity to be calmer and healthier.

5 Ways to Calm Down your Goldendoodle 

Express Displease

Since Goldendoodles are constantly eager to please their owners, sensing that their owner is not a fan of their current actions is a way to calm them down. 

Throw in a Toy

Your Goldendoodle may be acting hyperactive due to being bored, throwing in a toy will relieve them from this feeling and actually calm them down.

Divert Attention

Goldendoodles need mental stimulation, providing an instant distraction like a chew toy, a tennis ball or even a stuffed animal will divert their attention and calm them.

Give Commands

This is tricky as it depends on your training and upbringing of your Goldendoodle; if your dog typically listens to your command, then giving a firm command will interrupt their hyperactive episode.

Time Out

Your Goldendoodle is one of the smartest breeds there is, giving a negative reaction to their behavior will make them learn that this behavior is unacceptable and calm down, if it happens more than once, they will eventually repeat it less.

For more ways, you can check out my guide to calming down a golden retriever here and follow the same advice there.

Related Questions 

Are Goldendoodles Hyper? 

Goldendoodles are not hyper; they are extremely active, and they have energy that must be released in any sort of activity so they don’t suffer from behavioral issues, yet they have a moderate to high energy level; any dog that doesn’t release their pent up energy will appear restless and hyper.

What is the calmest Doodle? 

The calmest doodle mix is the Maltipoo: a cross-breed of Miniature or Toy Poodle and Maltese. Since Maltese dogs are laid back and typically quiet, this mix is considered the calmest, and the Cavapoo: A mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Mini Poodle comes in second place.

You can also check out my post on how quiet are goldendoodles here.

Are Goldendoodles hard to train? 

Goldendoodles are not hard to train, in fact, Goldendoodles are really intelligent, loyal, have a constant desire to please, and possess a loving nature towards their owners, making their training an easy and fun task. It’s easier to teach a Goldendoodle while he’s young, as it is with any dog.

Are Goldendoodles good dogs? 

Goldendoodles are good dogs, in fact, one of the most obedient, loving breeds that can get along with individuals, families, and especially with kids, they are also wonderful hypoallergenic companions that are the right choice for people with allergies.

How much exercise do Goldendoodle puppies need? 

Goldendoodles need around 1 – 2 hours of daily exercise; since this breed is highly energetic, active they need to release their energy in activities in order for them not to get any behavioral issues.

Helpful Resources 

Goldendoodles – The Owners Guide from Puppy to Old Age by Alan Kenworthy (you can also check this book on Amazon here)

How to calm a Hyper Dog

Living with a Retriever: Recommendations and Sources

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