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We have been working for a number of years to better learn the breeds we love.  We have also dove into animal behavior to give our new puppies an insight into creating a wonderful, loving companion.  The first step into creating  a better relationship with your four legged friend is to understand animal behavior, puppy development, and proper training techniques.

Animal behavior (Breed specific)

Miniature Goldendoodles F1

A miniature goldendoodle is a mix between a golden retriever and a miniature poodle.  Goldendoodles pull a lot of really good traits from two great breeds.  They are extremely friendly and smart.  They are eager please their owner and train very easily.  They are great with children and do well with other animals, if they are raised with them.  They respond best to affectionate, upbeat training, for they are eager to please.  However they are very social and prefer not be left alone for long periods of time.   Goldendoodles must be kept both physically and mentally active.  They are considered to be non-to light shedders and are a good match with people with allergies.  

All figures below are from my typical past litters.  I am not able to guarantee weight, height, or coat. 

Weight of Males:      35-45 lbs
Weight of Females:   30-40 lbs
Height of Males:       15-20 in
Height of Females:    13-20 in
Coat texture:             Straight with a flip, wavy, curly, with under coat
                                    - most of my pups have a wavy coat and have been low to non shedding
Coat color:               White, cream, light golden, golden, dark golden, and mahogany golden
                                   May have white markings
Live span:                 10-15 years

Golden retrievers

Golden retrievers are friendly, smart, and active sport type dog.  They are very noble, sensitive, and intelligent which make them very adaptable to almost any situation.  They are used as show dogs, obedience dogs, agility events, service dogs for people with disabilities, search and rescue, and as life long companions.  They make perfect family dogs because they are patient with children.  They are known to be friendly to both familiar and unfamiliar people.  Golden retrievers are eager to please and very easily trained.  They respond best to affectionate, upbeat training, for they are eager to please.  However they are very social and prefer not be left alone for long periods of time.  Golden retrievers must be kept both physically and mentally active.  They require above average need of exercise and frequent human attention.

Country of Origin:  Scotland
Weight of Males:      65-75 lbs
Weight of Females:  60-70 lbs
Height of Males:      23-24 in
Height of Females:  20 1/2-22 1/2 in
Coat texture:          Straight or moderately wavy, with under coat, the coat is water and weather resistant
                               Regular grooming required
Coat color:              White, cream, light golden, golden, dark golden, and mahogany golden
Live span:                10-12 years

Australian Shepherd

Aussies are very active, intelligent dogs.  They are of the hearding group and are built for work.  They are very intelligent, loyal, and devoted to their family.  These traits do tend to create a dog that could develop separation anxiety. They need to be trained, given plenty of exercise, and kept both physically and mentally busy to reach their full potential.  They are great in obedance type competitions and agility.  They tend to heard small children.

Country of Origin:   United States
Weight of Males:      55-75 lbs
Weight of Females:   35-55 lbs
Height of Males:      20-23 in
Height of Females:   18-21 in
Coat texture:  Straight or moderately wavy, with dense under coat, weather resistant
                    little grooming
Coat color:  Black, Black Bi-color, Black Tri-color, Red, Red Bi-color, Red Tri-color, Red Merle, Blue Merle
     may have tan points, white markings, or white markings with tan points
Live span:  13-15 years

POODLES (Miniature)

Poodles are active, intelligent dogs.  They are a sociable breed, but are typically reserved with strangers.  Poodles are highly trainable and do well in dog sports.  They must be kept both physically and mentally active. 

Country of Origin:     Germany
Weight of Males:       15-17 lbs
Weight of Females:    15-17lbs
Height of Males:        10-15 in
Height of Females:    10-15 in
Coat texture:              Curly and dense throughout, single coat
Coat color:                White, cream, silver, black, blue, gray, brown, apricot, sable and red
                                  Solid, parti, phantom, and brindle
Live span:                 14-14.5 years

Puppy Development

Social Development of puppies

Your puppy will pass through many stages as he grows and develops. Many puppy owners are shocked, surprised or downright freaked out about the way that their cute little puppy is behaving. Just check of what stage of development the little guy (or gal) is in, this will explain a lot (like he isn’t crazy). Behaviors can be accounted for with these stages, but a lot of these behaviors are also not acceptable and you must train and lead the way.

The mother of your puppy will start the process by building the foundation. This responsibility will then be turned over to you after 8 weeks. It can not be expressed enough times how important is for you to TRAIN and lead your puppy so that he will be a happy well adjusted member of your family for life.

Puppy Toddlers Period (3 - 8 Weeks)
“Mom teaches dog manners”

During the Toddler period, puppies emerge on their own from the litter. They venture into the surrounding environment. These lessons learned in the toddler stage are CRITICAL. Puppies removed too early tend to be nervous, tend to bark a lot, tend to bite simply because these lessons a mother and litter mates usually provides were missed.  This is also the time that we introduce the Rule of Sevens.  Training problems and long-term behavior problems can often be attributed to a puppy removed from the litter much too soon.

Beginning at 3 weeks of age:
The first lessons learned are dog specific behavioral patterns
    * They will learn various postures meanings and their affects to their mother and litter mates.
    * They will learn how to bite and what it is like to be bitten.
    * They will learn what barking and other vocalizations mean and their uses.
    * They will learn how to establish social relationships with other dogs.

Beginning 5 weeks of age:
Vocalization and tempered activities (dog manners) usually are learned at approximately 5 weeks of age.
    * They will learn how to be submissive to the leader of the pack.
    * They will learn and refine additional postures, vocalizations and acceptable dog interaction behaviors.

What the Puppy’s mother will do:
The mother will growl, snarl and snap to communicate. With a few very clear signals and repetitions, the young puppy will learn quickly. At that point a mothers glare or low growl is all that is needed to keep a young pup in line. Litter mates also learn clear signals of communication to each other.

Socialization Period (7 - 12 Weeks)
“Lasting impact, rapid learning”

Dogs that are denied socialization during this critical Socialization period often become unpredictable because they are fearful or aggressive. It is during this time, that your dog needs to have positive experiences. They need to be introduced to new things and begin the groundwork to a happy, well-adjusted dog.

Beginning at 7 weeks of age:
    * Short attention spans.
    * Things learned are permanent and will be resistant to change.
    * Puppy will be eager to learn.
    * What he does and learns now, he will do as an adult.
    * Puppy’s temperament and personality will become more apparent.
    * Puppy will be transitioning his education from his mother to his human environment.

First Fear Imprint Period (8-11 Weeks)

Beginning at 8 weeks and ending at approximately 11 weeks of age:
    * Any traumatic, painful or frightening experiences can have a lasting impact.

What You Can Do:
    * Gradually introduce your puppy to new things, environments and people. (we use the Rule of Sevens)
    * Make experiences positive (provide treats or toys), lots of praise
    * Don’t push your puppy into fearful situations – take things slowly and allow him to adjust and get use to the situation.
    * Do not let others push your puppy or be forceful with them.
    * Provide a secure comforting demeanor.
    * Teach the puppy you are there to protect and lead.

Seniority Classification Period (12-16 Weeks)
“You’re not the boss of me!”

The puppy has been in the home now for a few weeks. He has been watching you and the family very closely. He is picking up on human behaviors and reactions. He is learning the pecking order of the pack. As he observes and learns, he will then attempt to figure out where exactly he stands in the pack order, and to also see if moving up in the pack will work. After all, he knows who the “weak links” are and will start at the bottom and try to move right up the pack. How could such a cute little pup be such a pistol?

What is going on:
    * Puppy will begin to question authority.
    * Puppy will attempt to move himself up in the pack order.
    * Puppy will try to dominate.
    * Puppy will grab leashes
    * Puppy will try to determine what activities are going to be done and when.
    * Puppy may growl.
    * Puppy may put his mouth on you.
    * Puppy can often become over excited.

What you can do:
    * Learn how your actions and body language communicate to your dog.
    * Do not play aggressive games during this phase. (Tug or wrestling)
    * If puppy becomes over excited, growls or mouths you, you stop all activity.
    * Be very aware of how the puppy interacts with children – do not leave children unattended with the puppy.
    * Enroll in a puppy kindergarten class to redirect some of the energy.
    * Evaluate the whole family’s methods of interactions and corrections and make sure that all are consistent and clear.

Flight Instinct Period (4 - 8 Months)
“Fly like an Eagle, into the wind”

Your cute little puppy has been following you around for weeks now. He has been aware of where you are and would stay pretty close. During this period that same cute little puppy will decide that he is ready to go solo and take off running quicker than lightening. During this time, teaching the puppy that he must stay close by or come when called is critical. The failure to do this will result in a dog that will not be reliable to come or to stay close by as an adult and very well could lead the dog into a life or death situation.

What is going on:
    * The puppy will become more independent.
    * A puppy that previously would never go very far, will venture off.
    * The Puppy will ignore commands to stay close or come.
    * How you handle refusal to come or stay will affect future reliability off leash.
    * Puppy will be clever in attempts to run around loose.

What you can do:
    * Leash on 100% of the time they are not in a confined area.
    * Never allow dog loose in an unconfined area. (Yes this is redundant to the above, so it must be pretty important for us to say it twice.)
    * Being off leash outside of a confined area is reserved for who have been well trained.
    * Enroll in training class that utilizes positive training techniques.
    * Reinforce and continue to train your puppy “come”.
    * Make coming a very positive experience.
    * Oh… and never allow your puppy to be off leash in an unconfined area.

Adolescence Period (7 - 10 months)
“Welcome to the Teenage Years – Enjoy the Ride”

This is one of the most difficult times for pet owners. They are so surprised when their puppy turns into “devil dog” or “cujo”. This often is a time when many families start to worry that maybe they made a bad decision in getting a dog. Remember: you get what you put into it. You take the time right now to teach good habits, you will have the dog you always dreamed of for many years. This work will payoff.

What is going on:
    * The puppy will become a free and independent thinker.
    * The puppy will continue to review the pack order.
    * The puppy will be very energetic.
    * The puppy will be exuberant and enthusiastic.
    * They turn into clowns with teeth.
    * They will delight in learning new and fun things.

What you can do:
    * Appreciate the humor of it all.
    * Have you read the book The Dog Listener yet? It will help.
    * Understand that despite the behaviors it is your time to continue to train and reinforce the things you do want him to do.
    * Reaffirm the family pack order.
    * Be realistic about expectations (still very much a puppy in a big boy body)
    * Channel all that energy into positive learning experiences.
    * Continue with training classes; explore options for additional training opportunities.

Second Fear Imprint Period (6 - 14 Months)
“Yikes! What’s up with that?”

You have a puppy that is full of beans, he runs around like a clown in search of his next show. But then, BAM, he refuses to walk down some stairs, he is shaking in the car, or he jumps at the sound of the neighbor’s music. Surprise! This is normal, but you must help your dog figure out how to deal with his fears or concerns. The skills of learning how to “shake it off and keep going” will be valuable to him for the rest of his life. It will also reduce the chances that the things he fears will not be permanently imprinted for life.

What is going on:
    * The puppy that was so confident will suddenly become reluctant to new things.
    * This period can be subtle.
    * This period can come and go several times over this entire period.
    * It may appear to be unprovoked or unrelated to any specific occurrence.
    * Puppy can become frustrating to owners.
    * You may notice this behavior more in males.

What you can do:
    * Avoid extremes in your response (no anger or forcing or over comforting)
    * Be patient and understanding.
    * We aware of surrounding and potential triggers.
    * Work on desensitizing him with gradual introductions with rewards.
    * Avoid too much reassurance or coddling (which is a reward for this behavior)
    * Don’t over react or correct the fearfulness – just make light of it and encourage him to deal with his fear (work through the fear).
    * Praise with grand rewards for his attempts.
    * Your dog will take his clues from you, if you act frightened or concerned he will too.

Mature Adulthood Development Period (1 - 3 Years)
“I shall protect thy kingdom!”

So the puppy is no longer an itty-bitty baby, he is pretty much fully-grown in height. He will begin to fill out a bit and develop more muscle tone. But, mentally, the dog is still working out some last details of his life and what it means to him. He IS a member of a pack and now begins to find that his turf is worthy of monitoring and protecting. Sort of sounds nice to have your dog be protective, but don’t fall for it. You do not want you dog to take over these responsibilities because in no time you too will be under the rule of the King Dog. Which can lead to aggressive behaviors, protective to the point of creating fear or actually harming someone or another animal as he protects. This is bad news, and often a reason a dog is taken out of the home or destroyed. So, don’t allow your dog to be the King of the Castle, assign him the role of court jester – he will be happier and so will your family.

What is going on:
    * The dog may become more turf protective.
    * Strangers may be greeted with barking.
    * Barking at noises, birds, cars, butterflies, pretty much everything he believe worthy of attention.
    * Playing with other dogs may escalate to fighting.
    * Same sex confrontations of other dogs can occur.
    * Once again, checking the pack order to see if he can move up.

What you can do:   

    * Reinforce how to greet strangers into your home.
    * Teach your dog to ignore dogs he cannot be nice to.
    * Practice or reinforce dog manners (utilizing no threatening dogs)
    * Learn to read your dog and other dogs. (Circling, walking on toes, stiff tail wags, tense facial expressions – are the signs of aggressive behaviors)
    * Rally your family to review that the pack order is clear and very one is consistent with training and corrections.
    * Reward him for good behaviors.
    * Give that dog another job, therapy work, obedience classes, agility.

Proper training techniques

Training Techniques
Crate training
     -Dogs are den animals, so a crate that is covered is a wonderful place for them to call their own.  It gives them their own space for sleep and comfort. 
     -Great for potty training.
     -The crate should never be used as a source of punishment.
Obedience training is a MUST
     -puppies respond best to praise and can be trained very easily--IT IS AMAZING HOW FAST THEY LEARN
     -Must be consistent.  Every minute of every day is an opportunity for training, and good behavior should be expected every time.