Tips For Curing Separation Anxiety In Your Dog

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Tips For Curing Separation Anxiety In Your Dog

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Dog Paws – How You Can Take Better Care of Them

Dog paws need care and attention. Think of it this way -- for your pet, everyday life consists of walking around “barefoot.” In essence, they are exposed to hard surfaces, thorns, broken glass, sharp stones, as well as very hot and very cold surfaces. Even ...
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Tips For Curing Separation Anxiety In Your Dog

You arrive home from work to a crazy, spinning, whirlwind of energy. Your pup is wild with anticipation and your family feels like it’s been dragged out of its mind. Suddenly, you hear a major event round the bend – perhaps a sigh, a sound of thunder or someone banging on the wall. Oh no, you think, my pup and I just had a rough couple of hours. You quickly wrap you arms around your dog and try to calm him down which is sort of like comforting a person in a major disaster. The idea that people with this much emotion can be so surrounds by emotion is scary.

Like babies, some pets become so accustomed to being with their mommies that when left alone, they fret and often cry until their owner return. If mother and father are not around when the pup is young, the pup gets used to replacing them with an adult. They quickly bond with this new person and desire to be close to them.

This is called separation anxiety. While some dogs have a mild case, others can have a severe case that could require a dog therapeutic service. This doesn’t sound like a good option.

We’ve all heard the parlor ads for animals that could be safely left in a room with a television or radio playing softly. The dog becomes so accustomed to this soft sound, but then suddenly when the human tries to leave, the sound becomes too much to bear. That’s when the dog gets walked out the door, tied up, ignored and probably frightened.

Fortunately, there is a better way to do things. One way to prevent separation anxiety in your dog is to instead use a type of ” 1983’s video technology.” Yes that video game you grew up playing on your Super modifiers or preferably with that floppy disks you still have to this day. technology that allows the human and pet to be apart, yet still be “alone together.”

In the video, a man and his dark colored lab go to a place that is inconspicuous and quiet. The man is watching a video on his interactions with his pet while he is watching the television. As the video comes on, the man notes that his dog has aged and cannot keep up with his command to stay with him. The dog’s eyes go from bouncy and energetic to dull and expectant, as if he’s waiting for the man to try again. As the video goes to a close up shot of the man and his now subdued dog, you can tell how uncomfortable the man is with this situation. The dog’s body language is also beginning to show signs of frustration as if he’s thinking “come on, let’s go. I’ve got too much to do.”

The man attempts to make his escape but to no avail. The video then takes a close up shot of the man and his dog as they confront each other. It’s not only the physical action that troubles the man but the way his mind is working. The more he tries, the more his dog seems to burden him. To no avail, as his dog just seems to get worse, woes increase. As the man is increasingly frustrated, so does his frustration at his dog. And it seems that increasingly, the dog is not helping either.

The frustrated man finally decides to take matters into his own hands. He cuts his own throat. In self-defense, he then slices his own throat open. And he becomes very angry, as if to say, “Hey, you’re not going to tell me how to fix this? I’ll just take it easy, y’know.” And off they both go.

The dog does not die but is escapes and finds help. With his new found freedom, he finds he can be more independent. He also finds that he can do things for himself… like watching the television…

I hasten to add that while cutting your pet’s throat, don’t do so with any type of saw or sharp object. You need to ensure that you don’t make any noise as you go through the actions, that you don’t stretch out the snake-like limbs, make any sound, etc…

And, don’t save the snakes after they are dead. The snakes can re-establish a connection with even the driest of your hand, especially if it’s not punctured or injured.

The mind must be made to follow a pattern in order to prevent it from becoming anxious. There are other methods you can use as well, but I’m not going to detail them here.

Common sense? You’d think that common sense is what I’m speaking of.

This, however, is very hard to do. And it is not easy for the average layperson, mentally or physically, to carry out.

Try to harness the body language of those around you.

Dog Paws – How You Can Take Better Care of Them

Dog paws need care and attention. Think of it this way — for your pet, everyday life consists of walking around “barefoot.” In essence, they are exposed to hard surfaces, thorns, broken glass, sharp stones, as well as very hot and very cold surfaces. Even though a dog’s paws are tougher than our own feet, these conditions can still create issues that need be addressed for the health and comfort of your canine best friend. Here are some general tips on how you can care for your pet’s paws from Dog Boarding Experts:

Caring For Your Dog’s Paws: 8 Tips

Your dog’s paws let him run, play fetch, go for walks, or just generally get around. Those paws need to be cared for to protect his well-being. Paw pads do a lot of work by absorbing shock, insulating from heat and cold, and giving support on rough ground. Pups need their paws to be in top shape to stay on the go, and it’s your job to take care of them and make sure your dog is able to keep moving. Here are eight tips for taking care of your dog’s paws.

  1. Watch For Chewing And Licking

If a dog licks or chews at his paw pads, it may be a sign that there is some kind of irritant there, which should be cleared off before your dog causes damage to his pads. If the chewing or licking becomes excessive, it could be a sign of an allergic reaction, which requires a trip to the vet. Read more at Dog Time…

Taking advanced precautions is always better than trying to repair damage. Unfortunately, you may discover that the damage has already been done. In such a case, a visit to the vet may be called for. Plus, what is revealed during the exam may surprise you.

In the following post, a vet explains how the condition of your Goldendoodle’s paws could be an indication of internal health issues:

How to Care for Your Dog’s Cracked and Dry Paws

When we head out for a hike or a run with our dog we put on our most supportive pair of athletic shoes. But our dogs are equipped with their own built-in sneakers. Their paw pads provide support and traction as well as shock absorption for their bones, tendons and ligaments.

But Dr. Donna Raditic, a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition and integrative medicine, says that a dog’s paw pads can also be an important indication of your dog’s overall health.

“The cells in a dog’s paw pads have a high turnover rate. They require a lot of nutrition and a lot of blood supply. If something isn’t perfect in the body it can show up there first. But we tend not to think that way. It can take something drastic before we notice there’s something wrong with our dog’s health.”

Always pay attention to the way your Goldendoodle behaves. When he or she is acting out of character, it could be a sign of ill health that needs to be investigated and addressed. As we mentioned, the best way to deal with your doodle’s paw problems is vet treatment, but when the issues are minor, you can address them at home using natural remedies, as explained in the post below:

So if your dog’s irritated paws don’t ever seem to be clearing up, talk with your vet. But to help relieve and prevent more temporary/situational problems, consider these four natural ways to soothe, pamper, cleanse and heal your pet’s paws at home.

  1. Provide natural barriers

I’ve found that a very thin layer of food-grade wax — such as beeswax, or those contained in the excellent and highly emollient Musher’s Secret — can help protect sensitive paws against the elements all year long. You can rub these waxes in before going outside to help discourage chapping and irritation. They’re technically edible, but just don’t overdo it.


The best way to ensure that your Goldendoodle pup comes to you with healthy paws and everything else is to work with a breeder who offers a comprehensive health guarantee. At Blue Ridge Goldendoodles, we give you a complete two-year health guarantee and lifetime support. We have nearly decades of experience producing second-to-none Goldendoodles, which has cemented our reputation as reliable and high-quality breeders. If you’re interested in adding one of our pups to your home, fill out our online Application to begin the process. If you have questions about us or our Goldendoodles, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to speak with you.

Walking Your Goldendoodle: Importance, Tips And Precautions

Goldendoodles are active dogs and they need to use up their stored energy on a daily basis. If they miss out on this, they are likely to be restless and that can lead to mischief. As a rule, walking your dog every day is really a good idea. It will give you and your Goldendoodle time to spend together or at Doggie Daycare for fun activities with other dogs.

There are numerous reasons why you need to be deliberate about getting into the outdoors with your dog. This post looks at some of the ways a daily walk will be of benefit to your Goldendoodle:

Walking Your Dog – Benefits and Why It’s So Important

Walking is one of dogs favorite activity, they enjoy walking because they do not consider it as an exercise. While walking, they also play, sniff around the park, make new dog friends, and also they get some fresh air.

Here are 7 reasons why you should walk your dog.

*They are able to change their boring, or passive routine they have inside the house.

*While out walking, your dog is most likely going to meet other dogs, then your dog will become more familiar and socially interacting with new animals!

*Walking your dog can be a great time to work on training your dog.

Generally speaking, walking your Goldendoodle will help him do what he does best — explore. You give him the chance to be the dog he is when you get him out of the house and into nature.

Part of being a dog is sniffing around, so whenever you take your dog out, expect this kind of behavior. Don’t be annoyed with your Goldendoodle or angrily pull on her leash when she wants to sniff every other thing. It’s just who she is. The following post offers a little more insight on this:

Why You Should Let Your Dog Sniff During Walks

If you’ve read anything I’ve written for Dogster, chances are you’ve heard of my dog Buster… When Buster first came to us as a foster, I remember how amped up he would get after runs. We would run for 3 to 4 miles, and he would come home and act like a lunatic. Turns out that for some dogs, physical activity really gets them going, and they have a hard time coming back down from the excitement.

So I started incorporating mental stimulation into our daily regimen. We would play hide and seek in the house, and he would sniff out treats on the BUSTER ActivityMat. We also slowed it down on walks sometimes, and I would let him sniff around at whatever his little heart desired.

As wonderful as outdoor excursions with your Doodle can be, it is important to be sensitive to the increase in temperature as summer progresses. Be careful about exposing your Goldendoodle to extreme heat. Here’s more on that:

This Is What Happens if You Walk Your Dogs on Hot Pavement

At this time of year, everywhere you go you see people walking their dogs.  But on the really hot summer days – 75 degrees and higher – you can’t help but wince when you see dogs being walked on streets and sidewalks.  Their paw pads are akin to having really callused feet, so remember, if it’s too hot for you walk barefoot, it’s too hot for them.  Please share so others are aware! Pads aren’t always visibly burned when a dog’s been injured.  Here are some symptoms that those toes have been toasted:

  • Limping or refusing to walk
  • Redness or darkening of the pads
  • Swelling or blisters
  • Excessive licking and chewing of the feet


Adding a Goldendoodle to the family is a great way to bring more zest and color to your life. If you are looking for a Goldendoodle puppy to enrich your family, definitely consider a second-to-none pup from Blue Ridge Goldendoodles. To begin the process of acquiring one, click the “Application” tab on the website and complete the form. If you have any questions, use the “Contact” link to get in touch.

Goldendoodles – Making The World A Happier Place

There are many things to look for in a dog when you’re ready to get one. By necessity, these preferences must jibe with your lifestyle and living conditions. The main thing, though, is that your canine companion suits your personality and makes you smile. You want a new best friend that you look forward to spending time with. If you’re comparing dogs in this light, you really should consider a Goldendoodle.

In this post we’ll look at some particular Goldendoodles and the circumstances that make them unique and so beloved by their owners. First up is Murphy. By the time you finish reading the following post, you’ll love him too:

Murphy the Goldendoodle Will Definitely Make Your Day

Who needs an Easter basket when you can BE your Easter basket? Talk about ways to make your #ConeOfShame into the #ConeOfFame online!

Murphy the Goldendoodle identifies herself as part human. And after a scroll through her Instagram, you’ll totally agree. Her humans dress her up and pose her by the counter with a drink at hand and she’ll smile all by herself! It’s not editing – it’s all Murphy. She has over thirteen thousand followers on Instagram who love her photos. She loves kicking back with a beer or a glass of wine in her free time. That just means in the time where she’s not eating pizza or any other carb. But recently she’s had to wear the Cone of Shame. Since every hour for Murphy is happy, she’s made the best of it.

If you’re an avid social media user, there’s no need to leave your dog out of the fun. You might even build a larger following by keeping your Goldendoodle front and center in your posts. Of course, the bottom line is to have as many happy moments with your dog as possible, whether you share them with the world or not.

Goldendoodles add an extra amount of joy and color to special family times. In the following post, Waffles the Goldendoodle steals the spotlight in his owners’ engagement photos:

Puppy Love: Waffles the Goldendoodle

We’re starting off the week with a smile thanks to this puppy engagement session from Joey Photos. Joelle Julian photographed Waffles, the Goldendoodle, and his family in gorgeous San Diego, California.

From Joelle: “Meet Peter, Hillary and the adorable puppy Waffles, a Goldendoodle. I believe he was about 6-9 months in these photos. I took these engagement photos at Treasure Island Park in Laguna Beach. Peter is from Minnesota and Hillary from Nebraska, and they met online a few years ago. Work brought them to Orange County in 2015. They will be getting married this summer in Omaha. ”

The fact that Goldendoodles are so cute makes them incredibly photogenic. You may find yourself regularly taking selfies with your pup even if you hate cameras.

Goldendoodles have become so popular, there’s even one in the White House now. The First Family couldn’t resist the charm of this friendly breed. Putting political beliefs aside, check out the following post to see how Patton became the First Dog:

Who is Patton the Goldendoodle and how did he get chosen as First Dog?

Patton is currently nine weeks old and in the care of a lady named Lois Pope in Florida.

Pope is a prominent Trump supporter and philanthropist who advocates for veterans and animal causes.

She has known Trump for over 20 years and says that she wrote to him about little Patton, suggesting him as the family’s new pet.  During the Trump family’s recent Thanksgiving event at their Mar-a-Lago Club,  she then showed him a photo of the little pup.

Pope says that Donald told her to go ahead and show the pooch pic to his 10-year-old son, Barron.

How To Choose The Right Goldendoodle For You

You’ve already decided that you want a Goldendoodle. The next question you’ll probably ask is “What type of Goldendoodle?” The answer depends on a number of factors. For example, you may be looking for a smaller dog for your children. Or, you might be more comfortable with a larger dog that can make your home safer. On the other hand, you may just want a dog that’s somewhere in between. One of the great things about choosing a Goldendoodle is all of these options are possible.

The best way to go about choosing the ideal Goldendoodle for you is to have as much information as possible. Since these beautiful dogs can vary a great deal in size, coat type and color, a good place to start is to learn about the different types. The following post offers a good amount of detail:

Types of Goldendoodle

F1 Goldendoodles and F1 Labradoodles

The first generation Goldendoodles and Labradoodles are identified with the letter and number F1. These are the product of a pure Retriever which is bred with a pure Poodle. The result of this is 50% poodle and 50% Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever. F1 Doodles are the traditional Doodle that have many of the traits people think of when then think Goldendoodle. They are intelligence, have a loving demeanor and are also hypoallergenic. Many still shed a little though so best for a home with only light allergies. You also will notice the coats on this generation of Doodles. They are shaggy and can be curly.

F1B Goldendoodles and F1B Labradoodles

You get an F1B generation Doodle when you cross-breed a F1 Doodle with a Poodle. An F1B Goldendoodle or Labradoodle will be 25% Retriever and 75% Poodle. This generation is popular due to the non shedding trait that occurs 99% of the time. This generation is the most hypoallergenic of the different generations. So if you have severe allergies this would be the best fit for your home. You still get the same strength and good health and the favorable personality traits with the F1B Doodle. The coat type again will vary here and can be long and wavy or shorty and curly. You will also see more color variation in the F1B generations.

If you are inclined to narrow down your choices based on the size dog you want, the following post describes the three main Goldendoodle sizes you’ll encounter:

Sizes Of The Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle comes in three sizes and on average you can somewhat predict their height. Just keep in mind, there’s a range.

Large Standard

Average height – 20-24 inches

Average weight – 50-100lbs

There is a perfect Goldendoodle for every individual or family who’s searching for a new canine family member. The great variety in these wonderful dogs makes them excellent for owners of every stripe. And the best thing about them is no matter which size, color or coat type you prefer, you will get a new best friend that is extremely smart, emotionally sensitive and higly trainable.


Special Benefits Of Training A Goldendoodle Puppy

If you are considering adding a dog to your family, there are many reasons to get a Goldendoodle, especially if you have young children. Beyond simply being cute and cuddly, Goldendoodles make loyal and loving playmates. They will be an integral member of the family in no time and will increase the joy in your home tremendously. Moreover, the fact that they are low- to non-shedding and less reactive for allergy sufferers makes them all the easier to live with and enjoy.

Due to their high intelligence and emotional sensitivity, Goldendoodles have the capacity to become an even greater asset to their families and communities, especially in times of distress. The fact that they are so trainable and sociable allows them to function in the community in ways that other dogs cannot. The following post shows how a specially trained Goldendoodle can help in times of bereavement:

Goldendoodle puppy training to brighten funeral services

SOUTH POINT – There are often very few bright spots in a visit to a funeral home. But if you ever find yourself at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point, the brightest silver lining is meeting the mortuary’s newest employee.

Meet Lola – a 5-month-old goldendoodle puppy in training to become the certified grief therapy dog-in-residence at Slack and Wallace. Lola will be tasked with comforting family and guests, and will become a permanent fixture at the mortuary once she is certified by Therapy Dogs International after her first birthday in June.

“Dogs have a calming effect,” said Beth Wallace McNearney, funeral director and Lola’s owner. “They just make you feel good.”

Your Goldendoodle will be an immense comfort to your family, friends and community if taken through grief therapy training, as the post above describes. They can be instrumental in helping people deal with the loss of a loved one.

There are other ways your Goldendoodle can improve your well-being, as well as that of your family. Having your canine companion trained for play therapy could be the key to living a more balanced life, as explained in the following post:

Goldendoodle puppy starts training to become play therapy dog

Little River, S.C. (WPDE) — Ellen King has a new goldendoodle puppy named Beans and he’s being trained to be more than just a loving pet.

Goldendoodle’s are a golden retriever and poodle mix and a hypo-allergenic breed. King, a licensed counselor and a registered play therapist at TLC Counseling Center in Little River, got him to help her at work.

“Therapy dogs are for emotional support. He’s going to be a therapy dog, but in addition to that he’ll do play therapy with me,” she said….

“When talking to an adult you could say, ‘Hey, whats going on with you this week? What’s happening?’ An adult could tell you back, usually, typically. A child, not so. But, they can show you through their art, their play, role play, puppets, that type of thing.”

As you see, your goldendoodle can also be your career partner. What a neat combination. The joy of making people’s lives better is the icing on the cake for this beautiful crossbreed that is skyrocketing in popularity.

While your Goldendoodle possesses the potential to serve in the ways we’ve discussed, you may be content to simply have them be a beloved member of the family. That’s a great choice too. Just don’t neglect your doodle’s training as a result. As soon as they arrive home, the process begins. The following post describes how you and your canine best friend can benefit from basic Goldendoodle training:

Socialization is Critical

Most people think socialization means recklessly interacting with the thing (dogs, people, children, etc.) Nothing could be farther from the truth! It is crucial for your puppy to see the things he will encounter as a dog, but it is even more crucial that he develop good habits with these things!

Goldendoodles and doodles in general tend to be very social. Some would say, overly social. And, it is interesting to note that this mixture of breeds often grows bigger than either of the two that went into making them.

So, it is crucial to begin training your puppy early with making your puppy sit and have manners when he meets new people, children or dogs!

Remember, it’s your responsibility as a dog owner to help your Goldendoodle understand proper behavior and limits and become the best companion possible.