Our young children love our Goldendoodle dog! We brought him home as a puppy, and he is now a little over a year old. The two kids were always asking for a pet. Years ago, before children, we had both a black Labrador Retriever and a Golden Retriever. We remembered them both as nice dogs, and also the large amount of fur they shed. When thinking about a new dog, we learned about the breeds that were a cross between full size poodles, who don’t shed, and the wonderful retriever dogs like we had before.

We located a few different Goldendoodle breeders online in our area. In doing my research, I found out the difference between varieties of Goldendoodle breeds. The one I desired was an F1B Goldendoodle, which is a Golden Retriever crossed with a Poodle, crossed back to a Poodle. This is good to know, because the F1B Goldendoodles are the type that don’t shed! They look a little more Poodly, but that’s OK.

The Goldendoodle breeders that appeared to be most conscientious about their dogs and reasonable about prices were a little ways out of the city in the country, but it was worth the trip. We found a great breeder whose dogs had recently had a wonderful litter of Goldendoodle pups! The price was reasonable, and I picked up a 10-week old Goldendoodle boy dog to take home.

On my trip to the breeder, I had stopped into a local pet supply store, and bought a few things so I would be prepared. I got a wire training crate with an insert that could make the crate temporarily smaller, but I should have picked up a few more things…

As I was headed home, I realized just how long it had been since we had had dogs, and how totally unprepared we were. The puppy got car sick, made a mess all over the crate, then rolled in it. I had to stop and buy some paper towels just to clean up the inside of my car.

If there is one thing that I now relate to folks who are thinking about getting a new puppy, it is to be prepared!

Find out more about Goldendoodle training on our site about Goldendoodle Dogs.

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