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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!