Helping your dog meet its exercise needs is so important. Not only does failing to do so put your Goldendoodle at risk of many health problems, but it also reduces your dog’s life expectancy.
Thankfully, veterinarians and other dog experts have worked hard to determine how long your Goldendoodle should be exercising and what sort of exercises it should be doing. Both of these things vary depending on the age and size of the dog.
And this is exactly what we’re going to cover in this article.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why Do Goldendoodles Need Exercise?
- 2 Goldendoodle Exercise: What is Enough?
- 3 Goldendoodle Exercise Regimen: Considering Different Sizes
- 4 Examples of Goldendoodle Exercise Routines
- 5 Exercise for a Goldendoodle Puppy
- 6 Exercise for Senior Goldendoodles
- 7 Excellent Goldendoodle Exercise Activities
- 8 FAQs
Why Do Goldendoodles Need Exercise?
Regular exercise, either in the form of a sport, a daily routine walk, or even playing in the garden, can add years to the life of your Goldendoodle and protect it from all sorts of problems.
Bear in mind that poodles were bred to be active and catch birds to return to their owners. Similarly, golden retrievers were also bred to be bird dogs and, more specifically, to hunt fowl.
These dogs were meant to be active, so without physical activity, you put your dog at higher risk of:
- Heart disease.
- Respiratory issues.
- Bone disease.
- And even various behavioral problems.
However, a regularly exercised dog dramatically cuts away many of the above risks. Along with improving its lifespan, you also improve its quality of life, reduce the amount of pain it experiences, and you help stabilize your dog’s mood. Responsible Goldendoodle owners always incorporate exercise into their dog’s routine.
Goldendoodle Exercise: What is Enough?
How do you know when your Goldendoodle is getting enough exercise? In that same vein, how do you know if your companion is getting too much exercise? How much exercise is enough?
It can be tough to determine, but thankfully, I’ve got some signs that you should look out for. And as beneficial as recognizing the symptoms of these problems is, I’ll also talk about how you can prevent either from occurring.
Too much exercise
The younger your Goldendoodle puppy is, the longer it may need rest. Treat that statement as a rule of thumb. And, if you have a senior Goldendoodle, the same applies.
You might notice that if your dog has done too much exercise, it may show the following signs:
- General laziness and a lack of energy.
- Refusing to go outside.
- A lot of panting.
- Limping and other signs of sickness.
Too little exercise
On the flip side of the problem, there are also signs of underexercising to look out for; these include:
- Weight gain over an extended period, as well as related secondary health issues such as blood sugar and heart health problems.
- Hyperactivity and destructiveness.
The best way to keep this from happening is to know how much exercise is right for your Goldendoodle. Reading the next section will help you with your understanding of what that is for different Goldendoodle sizes.
Goldendoodle Exercise Regimen: Considering Different Sizes
How much exercise will your dog need? Well, the bigger your Goldendoodle, the more exercise it’ll need. But bigger Goldendoodles need more time to develop, so it’ll take longer from being a Goldendoodle puppy to an adult Goldendoodle for its joints and bones to fully develop.
Small Goldendoodles (Teacup, Toy, and mini Goldendoodles) may be ready to engage in all kinds of exercise by the time they’re just ten months old, whereas medium or standard Goldendoodles can take up to two years to become ready.
Generally, a small adult Goldendoodle needs about 30 minutes of exercise daily. However, larger Goldendoodles may require more than this, potentially up to 60 minutes or even more. Goldendoodles, no matter their size, will need the most amount of exercise at nine months old.
Examples of Goldendoodle Exercise Routines
Comparing your current Goldendoodle puppy to these scenarios will help you get a better idea of how your dog should be exercising:
- Jack takes his 4-month-old miniature Goldendoodle out for brief 15-minute walks twice a day, once in the morning and in the evening.
- Jill goes swimming with her standard-size two-year-old Goldendoodle for 30-45 minutes every single evening after taking a walk to the public pool.
- Karen plays fetch with her 18-month-old toy Goldendoodle for 20 minutes in the morning and takes her dog out for a walk to the local baker every evening before closing. She has also started taking her Goldendoodle on hikes on Saturdays in place of their usual routine.
Jack is a fantastic example of not overexerting your dog, especially while it’s still young. Jill offers a great illustration of what it means to exercise your dog enough by considering its size.
And Karen shows us that it’s important to step out of your routine every once and a while. Dogs get bored too!
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Exercise for a Goldendoodle Puppy
When a Goldendoodle puppy has had enough exercise, it lets you know. At the puppy stage, you’ll find them slowing down and panting, lying down, or outright refusing to leave with you for more exercise. So while exercise is essential for young puppies, too much of a good thing can still become bad.
When they’re young, there’s always a risk of damaging their developing joints, which can cause long-term issues. But there’s a lot you can do to attempt to prevent any long-lasting damage, such as cartilage thinning around their joints (leading to pain and potentially arthritis):
- Don’t let your Goldendoodle jump on and off beds and furniture too often or climb up and down stairs all day. Repeated high-impact motions can cause damage.
- Stick to low-impact activities such as walking or swimming instead of high-impact activities such as frisbee catch and extended hiking trips. Even a lengthy jog can cause some damage to the joints of a developing Goldendoodle.
- Don’t exercise your puppy for more than 30 minutes (but at least 15 minutes) a couple of times a day. The younger your Goldendoodle is, the shorter and less intense these sessions should be. For instance, an eight-week-old puppy should only have sessions up to 10 minutes a couple of times a day, and these should be walks or games of fetch.
In addition, and while not practically vital to keeping your Goldendoodle healthy, switching up its day-to-day routine will keep your puppy from getting bored while exercising, which will improve the quality of the time spent. Try to fit in playtime where you bond with your dog in different slightly-intensive activities.
Exercise for Senior Goldendoodles
Unfortunately, this breed is at risk of hip dysplasia, so when they get older, it’s important not to overexert them. Observe your dog for signs of weariness, pain, or fatigue, and adjust what you’re doing accordingly.
It’s also vital that you consider other risks. For example, considering the type of terrain your Goldendoodle is walking on is essential. Gravel or concrete, particularly on hot days, can do damage to your dog’s paws.
Senior Goldendoodles are not as alert either, so keep them on a tight leash to not risk them accidentally strolling into oncoming traffic. In addition, they don’t need as much exercise as their younger counterparts, so take care not to overexercise them and risk injury.
Excellent Goldendoodle Exercise Activities
There are a lot of indoor and outdoor activities that your Goldendoodle can partake in to keep it in its best shape. However, remember that some of these are meant only for adult Goldendoodles, not Goldendoodle puppies, as you could put their joints at risk.
Some great indoor activities to add to your Goldendoodle’s exercise regime include:
- Hide and seek: Goldendoodles grow increasingly attached to their owners over time, as with many dog breeds. Therefore, your little companion will be very motivated to find you. It’ll likely stop at nothing to find you. This can be an exhilarating game for dogs, but be careful that your Goldendoodle doesn’t wander off while you hide.
- Wrestling: I know this sounds odd, but this can be great fun for Goldendoodles. As young littermates, puppies will wrestle for fun. Imitating this can be an excellent time for your dog; make sure to create boundaries, particularly if your dog is starting to bite. Be careful also not to injure your dog by being too rough.
- Tug of war: Goldendoodles adore this game and will challenge you to their heart’s content. Be careful with Goldendoodle puppies, particularly those still growing their adult teeth; you don’t want to damage them.
- Hide a treat: This game, which sounds like hide and seek, involves you hiding not yourself but a treat. As a hunter, your dog will love this game as it searches your home for the treat.
And, if you have the yard space, or if there’s a public park nearby, there are quite a few outdoor activities that your Goldendoodle can enjoy:
- Catch: Just a plain and simple game, but one that could (quite literally) amuse your little buddy for hours on end as it chases the ball, picks it up, brings it back to you, and repeats the cycle over and over again.
- Park or nature walks: A dog park is a wonderful way for a Goldendoodle to not only use up any excess energy it has but also for socialization. Your Goldendoodle will have the opportunity to see and potentially mingle with (if the dog owner allows) other dogs.
Nature walks give your dog a chance to explore nature and reconnect with its most innate tendencies. These dogs adore chances to be “in the wild.”
- Swimming: Goldendoodles love water, which isn’t something I can say about many breeds. A lot of dogs hate water, and the idea of even a simple bath creates nightmares. Take advantage of this trait by taking your dog to your pool or to a local beach (but please, pick up its waste and don’t just bury it in the sand for someone to step on later).
- Build an obstacle course: Okay, I know that this one requires a bit of planning and a lot of work, but you could potentially amuse your dog for hours, as well as teach it discipline (such as sticking between cones). You could purchase a kit on the internet or opt to use whatever is in your garden or garage.
Sports for Adult Goldendoodles
Adult Goldendoodles will be able to tolerate a lot more than puppies and senior dogs. And this active breed loves sports too. You could consider getting your dog into flyball, a competitive sport where it’ll have to jump hurdles only to eventually catch a ball triggered by a flyball box.
And if that sounds too intensive, or you don’t have the available resources (or competitors), you could also try to get your Goldendoodle into frisbee catch. Not only does this bring the excitement of the hunt into this breed with innate hunting tendencies, but it also acts as a wonderful way to bond with your little companion.
Sports offer a best-of-both-worlds situation, where not only is your dog getting the exercise it needs, but it’s also offering a lot of mental stimulation.
How do you tire out a Goldendoodle?
Generally, you’ll have to either engage with your Goldendoodle in a fun but strenuous activity, such as frisbee or catch or take it out for a walk to tire out. These dogs are very active and are best for similarly active families.
How often do Goldendoodles need to be walked?
Goldendoodles need to go for around 30 minutes of walks every day. But this can vary depending on the size of your dog. Larger Goldendoodles need more exercise and, therefore, longer walks than smaller ones.
Does a Goldendoodle need a lot of exercise?
Puppies and senior Goldendoodles will require less exercise than adult Goldendoodles, which will need anywhere from 30-60 minutes of solid exercise daily. Failing to exercise your dog enough can lead to obesity and heart problems, as well as health issues such as diabetes or cancer.