How Do You Prepare For A Goldendoodle? Step-by-Step Guide

Bringing home a Goldendoodle is a big decision! They are a great breed of dog, but there are some things you need to know before you bring one home. 

In this article, we will discuss the basics of preparing for a Goldendoodle, from training and setting up their space to bringing them home and helping them adjust to their new environment. 

We hope this information helps you prepare for the arrival of your new furry friend!

So, how do you prepare for a Goldendoodle? You should prepare enough food for at least the first week for your Goldendoodle, their food and water bowls, enough treats, harness or a collar, one or a few toys, a crate for training, brush, shampoo, conditioner, and finally, yourself you need to free enough time for them. 

There is more to that answer, keep reading to learn more about what to know about Goldendoodles before bringing one home, and how to set up space for them.

What To Know About Goldendoodles Before Bringing One Home?

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Goldendoodles are a great breed of dog, but they do have some quirks that you should be aware of before bringing one into your home. 

They are bred from a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, so they can inherit the intelligence and playful nature of both breeds. And indeed, Goldendoodles are very smart dogs and are easy to train.

However, Goldendoodles are high in energy due because both of the parent breeds are incredibly energetic, so be prepared to exercise them regularly. 

They have a high prey drive, which means they will pursue every small animal they see, so you must keep them on a leash at the park since they will chase every bird and squirrel they encounter.

It’s best not to allow them to play with tiny animals unless you’re certain you can keep control of them since you won’t always be able to do so. You may not be in full control of your little ones and they might slip and chase after something, causing harm. 

Goldendoodles are also prone to Shedding, so you may want to invest in a good vacuum cleaner!

What To Tell Your Family: The Training, The Basics, And The No-Nos.

When you bring a Goldendoodle into your home, it is important to set some ground rules for your family. 

You may also want to establish a routine for feeding and exercising them, as well as setting limits on what they are not allowed to chew on. 

It is also important to tell your family how to deal with them properly.

It’s critical for everyone to have a knowledge of when to feed them so that only one individual feeds them and not have everyone in the house giving them food as Goldendoodles are prone to obesity, and no dog will ever say no to more food.

Also, when training the puppy, you should let other family members help in the training and try to include them as much as possible so the pup can bond with all of you.

When it comes to socializing, family members should be there for them since they get close to the people around them at that time.

If you have small children in the family, it’s incredibly important to set boundaries.

They must be informed that they should never play roughly with the puppy, nor try to ride them, tug their tail, bite them, or pull their ears since they could harm the puppy and cause them to get hurt in turn.

Puppy-Proofing The House

It’s important to puppy-proof your house before bringing a Goldendoodle home.  This means getting rid of anything that they could chew on, including electrical cords and small objects. 

You should also block off any stairs or other areas where they could fall and hurt themselves. 

Electrical cords are hazardous for dogs, so it’s critical to conceal or cover them in any way possible. They adore chewing on them, which can cause electrocution, and it is your duty to keep them safe from such things.

It’s recommended to crate training them, it will make everything easier for you and you won’t have to worry about leaving them alone (for short periods only).

How To Set Up Their Space?

Once you have brought your Goldendoodle home, it is important to set up their space accordingly. This means providing them with a comfortable place to sleep, food and water bowls, and plenty of toys to play with. 

The ideal approach to do this is to make a crate that’s large enough for your dog to turn around and sit up straight.

You may also want to create an outdoor area where they can exercise. Make sure to put their favorite toys next to their bedding or crate, so they can play with them whenever they are bored.

If the weather is cold make sure to provide their bedding with blankets to keep them warm at night. 

Creating The Routine

The most important thing you can do to prepare for your new Goldendoodle is to create a routine. 

Dogs are creatures of habit and they thrive on predictability. Having a set schedule for meal walks, playtime, and bedtime will help your dog feel comfortable and secure in their new home.

It’s also essential to straighten out a few things, such as who will walk the puppy today and feed them, when? And who should take them to the vet?

The Vet 

Goldendoodles are prone to a variety of health problems, so you’ll want to establish a relationship with a good veterinarian as soon as possible. 

Make sure your vet is familiar with Goldendoodles and their unique health concerns.

Try not to switch vets often because it’s better to stick with one vet so they can be familiar with your puppy’s medical history.

It’s really important to get your puppy get checked by the vet as soon as you get them to make sure they are healthy and to know the proper diet for them and the vet will let you know everything you need to know about your puppy and the important tips.

Keep up with their vaccinations to make sure that your pup stays healthy.

The Grooming – DIY Or A Groomer?

Goldendoodles require regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and looking its best. 

If you’re handy with a brush, you can do the grooming yourself, and you can learn how to brush your Goldendoodle here. But if you’d rather leave it to the professionals, there are plenty of groomers who specialize in Goldendoodles.

However, if you decide to learn how to groom your Goldendoodle at home then it’s important to get the right tools to do so.

Make sure to get them the right shampoo, conditioner, brush, and other grooming tools.

How To Bring Them Home? – The First Day

Your new Goldendoodle will likely be a little overwhelmed when they first arrive in their new home. The puppy may appear scared or nervous, but don’t be discouraged. 

Your Goldendoodle’s true personality will come out within the first month if you provide him with positive experiences and attention.

To make the transition easier, try to keep things as calm and low-key as possible on the first day. 

Try not to introduce them to too many people or pets at once, and give them plenty of time to adjust to their new surroundings.

Take precautions to ensure that your puppy doesn’t have any negative experiences during this time, especially since it is so impressionable.

How To Help Them Get Used To Their New Environment?

Here’s how you can help them get used to their new environment.

  1. Keep a routine
  2. Try to get their energy out
  3. Make their space comfortable
  4. Shower them with love and attention
  5. Stay with them at least the first week.

Keep A Routine 

One of the best ways to help your Goldendoodle get used to their new home is to keep a routine. 

Dogs thrive on predictability and having a set schedule for mealtimes, walks, playtime, and bedtime will help them feel comfortable and secure in their new environment. 

Try To Get Their Energy Out 

Goldendoodles are energetic dogs and they need plenty of exercise to stay healthy.  Make sure you provide them with a safe space where they can run and play and take them for walks or runs on a regular basis. 

If the weather is bad, try to take them to an indoor park or get creative in finding ways to wear them out. 

Also, try to include them in as many activities with you as possible.

Make Their Space Comfortable 

Give your Goldendoodle a place to be just for them so they can feel free to leave everything and nap or just have their space whenever they want.

You should make sure to make it as comfortable as possible.

Shower Them With Love And Attention 

 One of the best things you can do for your Goldendoodle is to shower them with love and attention. They crave human interaction and need plenty of affection from you. 

Make sure to spend quality time with them every day, playing games, going for walks, or just cuddling on the couch.

Stay With Them Them At Least The First Week.

The first week is crucial for your Goldendoodle to get used to their new home and you should try to be there as much as possible. 

If you have to leave them alone, make sure someone else is there to provide them with love and attention. 

Crate training can be an excellent way to help your Goldendoodle feel comfortable and secure in their new home.

Goldendoodles are social creatures and do best when they’re around people.  If you work long hours or are gone often, consider hiring a dog walker or enrolling your Goldendoodle in doggy daycare. 

This will help them stay happy and healthy while you’re away.

The Complete Puppy Supplies Checklist

When you bring your Goldendoodle home, there are a few things you’ll need to have on hand. 

Below is a list of the essentials: 

  • Food and water bowls
  • Good quality food for puppies
  • Puppy kibble or soft food
  • A crate or carrier (for transport)
  • Potty pads or a designated potty area
  • Flea and tick prevention medication 
  • A brush and comb for grooming 
  • Dog shampoo 
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • ID tags with your contact information 
  • A leash and collar.

Pro Tips

Here are some pro tips for you and your Goldendoodle. 

  • Start obedience training as soon as you bring your puppy home. This will help them develop good habits and be more manageable in the future.
  • Make sure your Goldendoodle gets plenty of exercise. A tired dog is a happy dog!
  • Socialize your Goldendoodle with other people and pets from an early age to help them develop into well-adjusted adults.
  • Obedience training, exercise, socializing. 

Bringing a Goldendoodle into your home is a big decision and there are many things to consider before you make your final choice. 

By following the tips in this article, you’ll be well on your way to having a happy and healthy Goldendoodle of your own.

If you’re still undecided about whether a Goldendoodle is the right dog for you, be sure to check out our other articles on the breed.

Thank you for reading! We hope this article has helped you in your decision-making process.

Related Questions 

Can Goldendoodles Be Left Alone For 8 Hours?

No, you should never leave a Goldendoodle for 8 hours by themselves, you can either leave them at a puppy daycare, ask someone to watch them, or leave them at a friend’s house, you shouldn’t leave them for more than 5 hours alone because they may get destructive.

Do Goldendoodle Need Another Dog?

No, a Goldendoodle does not need another dog in the house, but it is recommended so they have someone to play with when you’re not home. If you do get another dog, make sure to introduce them slowly and under supervision.

Are Goldendoodle Puppies Nippy?

No, Goldendoodles are not known for being nippy. If they’re nipping at you, it’s most likely because they’re teething and need something to chew on. Give them a frozen Kong or another type of chew toy, but never encourage the nipping of others since it will eventually turn into biting people.

Helpful Resources 

Puppy-Proofing Tips for Your Home And Yard

10 Point Checklist for Puppy Proofing Your Home

Living with a Retriever: Recommendations and Sources

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