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Well, we FINALLY was able to bring our new fur-baby home. He is an F1b Goldendoodle - Dad is a Goldendoodle, Mom is a Poodle. We named him Murphy. He is sweet, playful and very smart. He is a lover puppy.
Our biggest challenges are potty training & puppy biting. He is really catching on to the "no bite", but potty training has been exhausting! We finally decided to keep him crated for most of the time, take him out to "potty, potty, potty", then play for 15-20 min, then repeat. It has worked well so far. The crate is in the living room with us until bedtime. Then he gets moved to our room in his crate with his snuggle puppy (with the heartbeat that our breeder gave to us). He gets up again anywhere between 4am -6am. He does go back into the crate until I get up around 7am-8am. This is the first time we've crate trained. Gizmo had his "condo" (our laundry room).
Some of the training we used with Gizmo works and some things have to be tweeked to fit Murphy's personality. He knows commands like: sit; Murphy come (when I say it); go tell grandpa (after he goes potty; he runs to grandpa's recliner that has the footrest part way down and climbs up); in the house (from outside); potty, potty, potty; get the bells or ring the bells; food; no; no bite; uh-uh; in the crate; leave it. He loves to watch tv, especially if balls are concerned. He occupies himself with his toys and plays with us. He sits, without being told to do so, when I put his food down. He lays or sits on the floor watching me when I get his food into his bowl. All this and we've only had him for 2 weeks as of today. He is now 9 weeks old, weighed 11.6# a week ago when we took him to the vet and is growing more every day. He is expected to be between 45-55#. Gizmo was between 70-75#, and even hit 80# at one point, as an adult.
Our breeder, Kelli Knochel, was great! See Heart of Goldendoodles on FB. She loved her pups and was sad to see them go, but also happy that they were going to good homes. She was selective in who she let the pups go to. The Sire & Dam and the puppies were all tested for 57 different potential diseases/hereditary problems. She gives a 2 year health guarantee, microchips the puppies, removes dew claws and tries to teach them to ring bells for potty.
We are so happy to have this sweetie and look forward to more training. I hope to post pics & videos as often as I can. (He takes a lot of time and energy).