As a dog parent, knowing when Goldendoodle (a mix between a Golden Retriever and a standard Poodle) puppies stop growing is essential in raising your fluffy friend in a better and healthier way.

It is much easier to know whether or not your Goldendoodle growth is in line with how its species (breed) is supposed. Monitoring how your Goldendoodle grows, especially a puppy, will enable you to intervene and seek proper help whenever you notice inconsistencies in their growth curve. This way, any development issues will be resolved early, and your dog can continue to grow healthy.

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When Do Goldendoodle Puppies Stop Growing?

Toy Goldendoodles reach half their weight at about 3-4 months and stop growing at about 11 months. Mini Goldendoodles get to half their weight around 3-5 months and stop growing at about 11-13 months. Standard Goldendoodles reach half their weight at around 6 months and stop growing at 13-16 months.

One of the most important things to note is the type of Goldendoodle puppy you have since this dog breed will have specific growth expectations. 

The smaller the Goldendoodle species you have, the quicker they will reach full maturity and stop growing or adding weight. Generally, Goldendoodle puppies should have gained about half the expected weight for their breed by the time they finish puppyhood.

In case of problems in your puppy’s development or lack of proper care, it will lead to problems in their growth, thus adding weight the way they should as they grow up. However, if you take good care of your puppy and feed them meals recommended for their breed, they should be healthy and gain weight the right way as they grow.

When Will My Golden Doodle Puppy Mature?

Just like humans, your puppy will slowly mature and become an adult. Maturity for your Goldendoodle means they will get bigger, be more physically, sexually active, and emotionally and mentally mature.

For most Goldendoodle puppies, this will start at about six months. While most will still be puppies, they will become sexually active. If it is your preference, this is a great time to get your puppy spayed or neutered. It will also prevent your puppy from getting pregnant before they become an adult while avoiding behavior such as marking and roaming.

Your puppy will grow and reach full maturity at about 12 to 18. When your puppy gets to this age, it will have gained most of its adult weight, and its growth curve will plateau.

What Should I Feed My Goldendoodle Puppy During Their Growth Phase?

Unlike adult dogs, Goldendoodle puppies will require a combination of different nutrients in their meals. If you do not provide those nutrients in their food, they might develop unwanted health issues in the latter years, such as joint and bone problems. 

Rather than just buying puppy food for your Goldendoodle, you should consult your vet to understand better what you should feed them.

Nutrition directly impacts your Goldendoodle puppy’s growth; thus, you must be more careful about what you feed your pup. Even as your puppy starts growing into its adult physique, you should continue giving them puppy food until they become adults.

Whenever you want to ascertain that your puppy has become an adult, the best action is to take them to a vet. The vet is better placed to give you advice about the age-specific factors of your dog, including what and when to feed your dog if it is an adult.

Most importantly, it would be best to gradually introduce your Goldendoodle puppy to adult dog food to ensure you do not shock the system or cause stomach upsets.

When Will My Goldendoodle Puppy Calm Down?

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Like any dog, your Goldendoodle puppy will be playful and active in the first few months. During this time, your puppy will run around and be very curious about its surroundings. Therefore, you must monitor them and be careful, so they do not hurt themselves or break things around the house.

There is no way around this stage of your dog’s development except through it. However, when your puppy gets to 8 to 14 months, it will start to calm down a little. You will start noticing their behavior change, and even though they will still be playful, it will not be as much as before.

Given the high-energy nature of Goldendoodles, you should not expect their level of activity around people to change much; it will continue into their adult years. 

Ensuring you provide enough mental stimulation for your Goldendoodle will also help them calm down as they grow.

Why Does My Puppy Poop So Much at Night?

Typically, your Goldendoodle puppy should not poop so much during the night. However, if they poop a lot, there must be an underlying reason. Here are some of the things that might be causing this and how to remedy them:

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

IBS causes your puppy’s gut lining to develop inflammations, leading to intestinal and stomach distress. It may present symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, and stomach issues.

IBS in dogs might be caused by different things such as stress, food, intestinal blockage, and allergies.

Some of the most common IBS symptoms in dogs include:

  • Feces with a lot of mucus
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Depression or lethargy
  • Discomfort when they lay on their belly
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight and appetite loss
  • Bloating and constipation
  • Abdominal pain

Take your Goldendoodle to the veterinarian when you notice any of these symptoms.

Overfeeding

You should give your puppy at least 2 meals per day. Ensure that you measure the portion and provide the recommended amount, not more.

Keep in mind that dry foods will significantly increase when water is added. If you notice the food swelling too much after adding water, reduce the measurement of the food.

Letting Your Puppy Sleep Immediately After Eating

In most cases, your puppy will have a bowel movement 15 to 30 minutes after eating. Ensure that you do not feed your dog just before they go to bed; the best way to avoid this is to give meals to the puppy 2 or 3 hours before their bedtime.

Additionally, take them for a stroll after feeding them before they go to bed.

Feeding Your Puppy Protein-Heavy Food

Dogs love meat, but that does not mean that this is the only food they can eat. Over the years, their digestive systems have adapted and can break down other foods like vitamins, plant starches, and minerals. Feed your puppy food with different nutrients so that they have proper nutrition.

When you feed your dog food heavy in proteins, they only use a percentage of it, and the rest will have to be excreted, thereby leading to them pooping a lot at night or during the day.

As your puppy grows, continuously consult your vet about the amount of protein its meals should contain.

Other reasons

Other reasons as to why your Goldendoodle puppy poops a lot at night might include:

  • Separation anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Stress
  • Poor quality food that is high in fiber
  • Seeking attention

As a responsible dog parent, you should always be attentive to your Goldendoodle puppy. By doing this, you will be able to notice any unusual behavior, possible symptoms of health issues, or any concerning habits. The best course of action is to determine what is causing these changes and seek help from your dog’s vet.

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