Goldendoodles are perhaps the most popular of the so-called designer dogs. Bred from poodles for their intelligence and nonshedding, and golden retrievers for their personality and loyalty, Goldendoodles are a great combination of the two breeds. Besides which, they look like teddy bears!
My dogs always attract attention when I have them out in public. They are regular visitors at my local Lowes. I have taken so many dogs there for socialization and training that staff members enthusiastically greet them, and also lend a hand in their training. The rules are no petting until the dog sits, and any treats must be taken gently and not snatched. The long, straight aisles are perfect for practicing leash work, especially in the early morning, uncrowded hours.
A big bonus is that you can take a towel to lay in a cart, add a puppy and hand sanitizer and safely wheel them around the store for early socialization. I wait until the pups have had 1 or 2 sets of shots, but not the full 4 months worth. Just be sure their little paws never touch anything another dog could have touched.
For me, the best attributes of the breed are the intelligence, temperament and none to low shedding coats. Gdoodles make great Therapy Assistance and Service dogs. Their intelligence, laid-back demeanor and willingness to please make them highly trainable.
We proudly debuted as a Blue Ribbon member of the Goldendoodle Association of North America. Membership requires adherence to a Code of Ethics as well as extensive genetic and other health testing to ensure that only the healthiest dogs are produced.
I groom my dogs myself. I began by grooming 2 mini schnauzers for over 10 years. When I started having Gdoodles, I felt that was more fur than I wanted to deal with, so I had Dani groomed professionally.
Whoa – talk about sticker shock! However, let me tell you – a good groom is a whole lot of work and worth every penny. You need to figure in the cost of regular grooming, if you want a GDoodle.
In the Upstate, I highly recommend Four Paws Only in Seneca. That is the only place my dogs go, if I am not up for the multi-day, one section of the dog at a time, house covered in ‘serious amounts of fur’ efforts. LOL, I don’t take my dogs out while their groom is “in-progress;” they can look quite silly if I only have one side completed!