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A few days before Easter we added our new Doodle BOLT, to the family! It was love at first sight, but took some convincing and research to get my husband on our side (mine and the kids), as fate would have it we saw BOLT was then "Bear" at the park with his brother, they were the last two of the litter and needed homes fast. BOLT came right up to us wanting attention, he was friendly out going and so plush! :) I knew the breeder and made an appointment to see him again later that day to see him and meet "mom". We took BOLT home the next day. 

BOLT's mother is Labradoodle and his father is Pure-bred Golden Retriever (16th Gen), so that makes BOLT? They call him a Goldendoodle, but I think that makes him a Double-doodle? Not sure, he is my first DOODLE, but he is JOY!!!

I know I am using a lot of Capitols but It is out of pure excitement and LOVE :) LOL 

BOLT, is a eager boy, and is pretty smart. We found out fast Kenneling is not for him, it works for some dogs, but not him. He has a dog bed and that works. We are training with treats and praise, so far so good. Bolt is mostly potty trained, but as others have mentioned, he doesn't always bark or whine when he wants to go out, he just sits there sometimes, but he is on a feeding schedule so for the most part I can predict his needs. Any suggestions?

I have had dogs before, but because BOLT is so easily excited, he is proving a bit difficult. BOLT knows sit, stay, come, crawl and "paw" or what most people call "shake". He goes on walks, has plenty of toys and LOVES Fetch.

The problems come with getting fully potty trained, getting him not to jump on people (getting there with "sit" before he gets petted etc), keeping him out of the garbage (he opens the cupboard under the sink where we put the can), pulling when he is on leash, learning to inhibit his bite, and keeping him focused. 

BOLT is like the dog on the moive UP, "squirrel" (he is easily distracted..lol). All and All he is fantastic. We are on a waiting list for a training class..until then I am on my own. He gets playdates with my sisters two Germador (lab and shepherd) dogs, and he lives with two cats.

Thanks for reading and any suggestions/help in advance! BOLT is 13 weeks today!

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Comment by Jo Bill on April 27, 2012 at 10:00pm

Everyone has it right .... Bolt is a puppy and will do puppy things.  I thought Gizmo would NEVER grow up or behave.  I really struggled with it for several months.  We got him when he was 9 weeks old and he is now almost 9 months old.  He grew up all of a sudden around 7 months.  Don't know what changed ... maybe all of our "training" kicked in. 

 

At first Gizmo did not bark at the door to go out, either.  He would sit by the door and if we didn't see him (which we usually didn't), he'd come and sit in front of us and stare.  Eventually we figured out he wanted to go outside.  When he was around 3 months old or so, I bought some bells.  It was Christmas time, so I got large, round bells.  I put them on the door handle and when he needed to go out, I took his little face and pushed his nose into them going back & forth in an exaggerated move, so they'd make lots of noise.  I never had to bait them with cheese or peanut butter as I've heard others do.  He got the hang of it in about 2 days.  Then he would go up and push his face into them and move back & forth in the same exaggerated motion I taught him.  He loves his bells.  Sometimes he goes up and rings them just because.....frustrating, but very cute.  I always go to the door when he rings them for whatever reason. 

 

Good luck with your training.  Read lots of the blogs (past & present) on this site and you will learn A LOT!  If it wasn't for the suggestions from the people here, I''m not sure I would have survived puppyhood.  LOL

Comment by Stephaine Moctezuma-Hernandez on April 26, 2012 at 9:01pm

Thank-you all for the warm welcome! :)

It's nice to know what we are experiencing is just "puppy-hood" 

I've been reading about the bell-method for house-training thoughts? It seems like it could work...

Also still curious is Bolt a Goldendoodle? A Golden-labradoodle? Or a double doodle? I love him no matter what just not sure what to say when everyone asks so I give the long story of his mom being a labradoodle and dad being a 16th Gen Golden Retriever.

Comment by LaWonda and Lucie Peppermint on April 26, 2012 at 8:13pm

Wow!!! Fate stepped in and now you have BOLT!! Good Luck and we will learn a lot from one another.

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on April 26, 2012 at 6:35pm

Welcome to this wonderful community Bolt and family!

Bruce said it right, Bolt is a puppy and as long as you exercise patience and consistency, he will fill your lives with joy and beautiful moments. Unconditional love at its best!

Enjoy and loving paws from Pedro and I.

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on April 26, 2012 at 4:49pm

you seem to be on the right track.  Just remember, 13 weeks is a PUPPY...and he will act like a puppy.  Be patient and consistant.  Training held now will pay dividends later on, and you are correct to put him in a training class...that gives him not only training, but socialization with other dogs while they do the training, too.  That helps loads !!  They see and they learn from what the other dogs are doing.

Our older blogs clearly show that excitement at seeing people, jumping, mouthing are a common problem.  But he WILL outgrow those... even my Ginger, at age 5, still gets excited when people come to the door, and will grab our hands and arms when we come back home after being gone for a while.

Doodles are smart...so they will learn fast.

Good luck...

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