If you are in search of a trusty canine companion and you value loyalty, cuteness, and small dogs above all else, you will not likely do any better than a mini Goldendoodle. Mini Goldendoodles are just like their larger compatriots except they are travel-size and twice as adorable. However, are there any destructive habits or behaviors that you ought to be worried about if you get a mini Goldendoodle?
Mini Goldendoodles tend to suffer from separation anxiety which can lead to destructive behavior. If a doodle is left alone for too long, it may either panic or get bored and start to chew things up. Though this anxiety is possible for all Goldendoodles, mini doodles are most susceptible to it.
So, with all of this said, the question remains as to whether a mini Goldendoodle is, in fact, a worthwhile investment. Below you will find some pros and cons of owning a mini Goldendoodle as well as a few tips on keeping their anxiety at bay. Hopefully, knowing a few of these tips will help you to come to the best conclusion and then make the best decision!
Destructive Behavior: What Causes it and How to Stop it
Now that you know what you could potentially be dealing with, you undoubtedly want to know what causes destructive behavior in Mini Goldendoodles as well as ways you can curb that behavior. Here are a few tips that should be able to help you get started.
Destructive behavior in mini doodles can occur for a myriad of reasons. Firstly, it can occur if the dog has not received proper training. Mini Goldendoodles are smart dogs, but even they can be naughty if they are not started on obedience training during puppyhood. If you don’t take the time to teach your dog good habits, it will take to destructive behavior just because it wants to.
Your Mini Goldendoodle might also develop bad habits if it gets bored. A dog that doesn’t get enough exercise and or attention from its owner is more than likely to wander around until it finds something to chew on. If your mini doodle is gnawing on your shoes or furniture that might mean they just need a walk and some quality time.
The biggest reason why Mini Goldendoodles destroy things is anxiety. Mini Goldendoodles are smaller and more vulnerable, therefore making them twice as susceptible to anxiety as other, larger Goldendoodles. If your Mini Goldendoodle has developed the habit of tearing things up while you’re away, that likely means it is having a few issues with separation anxiety.
Usually, solving these problems is pretty easy (except for anxiety which might take a little time!). All you have to do is really what a good dog owner would do anyway. Hopefully, you will have given your dog adequate training as a pup, and if not, perhaps you should start that sooner than later. It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks, but not impossible!
You should also change your dog’s exercise routine. Make sure your Mini Goldendoodle is getting out regularly for walks or runs or fetch or whatever else. This should greatly improve their regular mood and help them to feel calmer when you leave the house.
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Mini Goldendoodles: Pros and Cons
Hopefully, your mind is a little more at ease after learning why your mini doodle might be acting up. However, there are still a few pros and cons that could be discussed that will help you to decide whether this dog is truly the right one for you. Here are the pros and cons of mini Goldendoodles!
First of all, Mini Goldendoodles are tiny and cute. They’re the smallest variety of Goldendoodles which makes them especially adorable. They are not too small but small enough that you can cuddle one on your lap with minimal discomfort. They make great lap dogs and just overall great companions.
Because of their size, Mini Goldendoodles are also very easy to take with you while traveling (which is nice especially if your dog suffers from separation anxiety). You can put them in a little crate or even just have them on your lap for the drive. Either way, they are fun to bring along!
Smaller dogs tend to be yappy and sometimes rude or defensive because many of them have high anxiety. For this reason, a lot of families with small children don’t have smaller dogs. This can be the case with mini doodles, but for the most part, they can be surprisingly gentle and patient with kids. Mini Goldendoodles are also known for bonding strongly with their owners, so you will likely find a very loyal companion in a Mini Goldendoodle. This will be beneficial not only for you but also for your kiddos!
Sadly, there are a few cons to having a Mini Goldendoodle that every owner should know. One of these is the price. Mini Goldendoodles tend not to eat nearly as much food as larger Goldendoodles so they’ll be less expensive in that department, but they are expensive to get as a puppy. You may be paying anywhere from $1,500-$3,000 for a Mini Goldendoodle, and on top of that, you’ll have to account for food, toys, grooming, and vet visits.
As you have already seen, Mini Goldendoodles also have issues with anxiety from time to time. This can get pretty exhausting for dog owners to deal with, especially if your dog is ever allowed to build up their anxiety before you leave home. Owning a Mini Goldendoodle is not for the faint of heart.
The smaller the dog, the smaller the coat, and the less hair you’ll have to maintain. That much is true, but a Mini Goldendoodle still has a coat that needs to be groomed regularly about every 6-8 weeks. You can do this yourself, but most take their dogs to a groomer. Groomers can cost anywhere from $50-$80, although it will likely be at the lower end of that range because your dog is small.