Have you ever gotten down to play with your dog and suddenly had to hold your nose because of their breath? If you have, it’s important for you to understand that just as you need to maintain good oral health for fresh breath, Goldendoodles also need to be provied with proper dental care.
Let’s start today’s blog post by learning more about the possible reasons behind your doodle’s bad breath. This is important since the causes can have major implications on the overall health of your canine companion.
Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath?
Does your dog’s breath almost knock you out? This condition is often called halitosis and results from the bacteria buildup in your dog’s mouth, lungs or stomach. When your dog eats, plaque and tartar start building on his gums, resulting in a less than desirable odor.
Bad breath and bacteria left unattended can result in gum disease which occurs more often in smaller dogs and dogs that are older than three. In fact, periodontal disease occurs five times more often in dogs than people. Gum disease can wreak havoc with your dog’s health, leading to chronic pain, eroded gums, missing teeth, and bone loss.
Your Goldendoodle’s teeth need attention; when you provide the proper care you can prevent other complications as well.
Okay, we’ve established that there’s an issue, now let’s do something about it. There are several ways you can help to combat bad breath in your Goldendoodle. The following post gives suggestions on what to do and what to avoid:
3 Tips On Keeping Your Dog’s Breath Fresh
Did You Know?
- 80 Percent of dogs show signs of periodontal disease by the age of 3.
- The risk of periodontal disease increases 20 percent with each year of a dog’s life
- Proper dental care could extend the life of your dog up to 5 years
The Good News?
- Periodontal disease is completely preventable!
Adopting a home dental care routine may seem overwhelming, but fear not! The dog experts here at Oxyfresh have done your homework for you!
If you would like to try preparing a home-made breath freshener for your doodlebug, the following recipe should get you started:
Fresh Breath Treats
February is National Pet Dental Health month so I decided to share these easy dog fresh breath treats! They’re super healthy to add to your dogs daily breakfast or dinner. Coconut oil and parsley are the two main ingredients and both are fantastic aids in fighting bad breath and cleaning teeth. Here’s the paw mold I used too!* I kept these in the refrigerator for two weeks and they kept fresh.
Also, be sure to check out my video tutorial for an easy homemade toothpaste for dogs to keep your pups teeth pearly white! Click here.
The extremely sociable nature of Goldendoodles makes fresh breath all the more important for them. You don’t want your family members, friends or others to suffer from the breath of an exuberant doodle who loves to snuggle in close.
When looking for the perfect canine for your family, you’ll probably have a list of ideal qualities you’re seeking. For instance, many people want a dog for companionship, others are seeking a loyal protector for the home, and some need a dog they can train to offer visual or emotional support. These different requirements can greatly alter your decision about the best pup to go for. If you’re thinking of bringing a Goldendoodle into the family, however, this one-dog-fits-all crossbreed can make the decision easy.
Goldendoodles possess a range of traits that many dog owners prize. They are beautiful, low-shedding, emotionally sensitive, driven to please, athletic and adaptable to a variety of living situations like pet boarding. The fact that they come in three sizes adds to their appeal. Goldendoodles are wildly popular as evidenced by their following on social media. This is only expected to increase now that one of them, Patton, is the First Dog at the White House.
Goldendoodles are known for their loving temperament. The following post looks at this and other traits that make them the preferred option for many dog lovers:
Let’s take a look at some of the Goldendoodle particulars.
Nothing But Smarts
This hybrid dog carries the smarts genes from both parents and they are very quick learners. In fact, it can be said that they love to learn. Early training with treats and praise will give you a well-trained and reliable adult dog.
Because the Goldendoodle temperament is so well suited to training, they make excellent guide dogs and are also good for things like being paired with someone who has PTSD.
Goldendoodles make excellent therapy dogs due to their combination of intelligence, trainability, loyalty, desire to please and emotional sensitivity.
If you’re still on the fence about why you should consider a Goldendoodle for your new family pet, here are more examples to help make up your mind:
5 Reasons a Goldendoodle Might Be the Right Dog Breed for You
The Goldendoodle, a cross between a Golden Retriever and the Miniature or Standard Poodle, tends to be smart, outgoing and social, much like his parent breeds. Just keep in mind that while the hope of designer dogs like the Goldendoodle is that they’ll have all the great qualities of their parent breeds, breeders never fully know which personality traits and physical characteristics will surface. Learn more about the Goldendoodle and whether he might be the right dog for you.
They can make good guide dogs.
In general, their temperament, intelligence and often uncanny ability to communicate with people means some Goldendoodles can make good guide and service dogs.
housebreaking your new Goldendoodle puppy. It can save your home and belongings from being soiled and chewed. Crate training isn’t just about keeping your belongings and house in good condition, though, it also has a tremendous impact on your pet’s social behavior and sense of security. While not difficult, crate training does require patience and persistence.
Here are some basic tips from us to help you crate train your new puppy:
1. Start by purchasing a good crate that will comfortably accommodate your new friend. A crate can be made of wire or plastic. A wire crate is collapsible and the pet has a good view of the surroundings. (If you opt for a wire crate, you must lay in solid or thickly padded flooring to protect your puppy’s paws.) Plastic crates are lightweight and very easy to clean, but provide less visibility. Both types can be bought at your local department store or pet store.
When selecting the crate, ensure that there is enough space for the pet to stretch and stand erect. You want the dog to be comfortable, but if the crate is too big, all your potty training efforts may be in vain if the dog feels that he can relieve himself in one end and sleep at the other.
2. Place the crate in a frequently used room. When the puppy is in the crate, she needs to feel like she is still part of the family.
3. To get started, secure the door open to ensure that it doesn’t hit your pet and create any initial anxiety. Place a tasty treat inside the crate and call the puppy using a playful, excited voice. Gently encourage him to step inside and retrieve the treat. Keep repeating the process until your puppy is eager to go in and get his snack. Each time he enters, say “go to bed.” Your pet will come to associate this verbal cue with going into the crate. If the puppy is not interested in treats, use some toys.
4. Once your puppy is inside the crate, shut the door for a few seconds. Slowly build up the amount of time she’s in the closed crate while you are sitting next to it. Always give your pet a treat when she goes in and use the “go to bed” cue. Safe toys and chews inside the crate will help keep the pet amused. If she whines during this time, wait until she is quiet for 5 seconds before opening the door. If the whining continues, restart the training. When your puppy is relaxed inside the crate for 5-10 minutes, leave the room for a few more minutes then return to open the door. Do this several times a day, gradually increasing both her time in the crate and the time you leave the room.
5. The crate will become your puppy’s den. Keep the door open when you’re not crating him and you will begin to notice that he is going in on his own from time to time to rest and sleep. Reaching this level of comfort is exactly what you want, so be sure that you don’t undermine the process. Never use the crate as a “time out” space or put your puppy in it when you are visibly angry or upset. This will create negative associations and your puppy will come to see the crate as a place of punishment.
6. For your puppy’s next potty break, take him outside to the spot where you want him to relieve himself. Say his name and the phrase “go potty.” This will help him associate outdoors, and this spot in particular, with urination and defecation. These verbal cues must be used each time you take him outside. Don’t play with your pet until he has completed his business. Reward your pup with small treats and effusive praise after he relieves himself. When praising your dog, always use his name.
7. As the owner of a new puppy, you must be diligent with your training as well. Consistency is crucial: Take your pup outside every time she wakes up or is released from the crate and about 10-30 minutes after eating and drinking. Puppies have small bladders and should be taken to relieve themselves at least every two hours, although more frequency will almost certainly be required in the beginning. Pay attention to your puppy to become familiar with her natural potty times, triggers and telltale behaviors. As she grows, she will be able to go longer and longer between potty breaks and will develop her own unique methods to inform you when it’s time.
Goldendoodles are exploding in popularity. People who love all kinds of dogs want one. In a fashion, doodles are the swiss army knife of dogs. To own one means having an athletic dog, a beautiful dog, an intelligent dog and a loving dog all in the same remarkable package.
And, just as aficionados of various types of dogs are drawn to Goldendoodles, people from every walk of life are as well. From factory workers to physicists, home health nurses to homemakers, doodles exact an irresistible pull that seems as inescapable as gravity.
Case in point, one of our satisfied clients here at Blue Ridge Goldendoodles is Nascar driver Casey Mears. The photo shows him and his lovely wife Trisha with their little bundle of doodle joy. We have helped wonderful people like the Mears from coast-to-coast enlarge their families with a second-to-none Blue Ridge Goldendoodle puppy.