I’ve had many requests for a blog post all about Chester and I can see why. He is the absolute cutest! The question that I receive the most about our sweet pup, Chester, is “what kind of dog is Chester?” As you can see in the title of this post, he is a Golden Doodle. When we decided to get a dog, we wanted to try to get one that didn’t shed as much as others, if that was possible. We kept hearing a lot about Golden Doodles and how they don’t shed much because of the mix of poodle in their blood. It’s true! I would say that Chester sheds about as much as a human. And, in my human shedding case…less than a human. It’s definitely less than other dogs, but it does depend on what type of Golden Doodle it is. We do find fur balls around every now and then, mostly under furniture, but not much.
Chester is 7 and will be 8 on June 1st. He is a F1B Golden Doodle, which is the most hypoallergenic Golden Doodle there is, I believe. It means that his parents were an F1 doodle and a full bred standard poodle. An F1 doodle is when the parents of that pup were a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. It’s kind of confusing, but it’s something that we tried to look for when looking for a dog. Our kids were young and we weren’t sure at the time if they would grow to become allergic to dogs. We wanted a pup that was the most hypoallergenic that we could find.
It does take a lot of brushing to keep him from getting matts. You can see that Chester is a longer fur shaggy type of Golden Doodle. Brushing him every other day keeps his matts away for the most part. I won’t admit to being that good at brushing. He does get some matts, but our groomer is great at getting his fur under control.
We get him groomed about every other month, or every 3 months. We had him shaved pretty short a couple of times when we first got him and he hated it, so we stopped doing that. We now just have him trimmed and the length depends on our matted he is at the time. It was tough to find a good groomer that was sweet to Chester. We went through about 4 groomers before we found the perfect one. I’m sure Chester isn’t the most calm of pups when getting groomed, because he gets so excited, but a groomer should know that about Golden Doodles and not accept them if they can’t handle these pups. They are the sweetest of dogs and they mean well at all times.
I’m not sure how we are going to get Chester to take his sweater off when it comes time for the blazing hot summer here in Tucson, AZ. He loves having a sweater on for some reason. It’s almost like he feels that it becomes part of him if he wears it for more than a day…hence why he wears his Christmas jingle bell all year round now.
Chester has lots of nicknames….Do Dog Do, Ming Ming, Chestie Doo, just to name a few. I’m pretty sure that he would come no matter what you called him, as long as you had a treat waiting for him.
When we found a breeder close by, we drove to meet the family and Chester just happened to be the last pup of their last litter. We weren’t planning on picking a pup that day, but it just happened and we are so glad that we stopped by on that particular day! The breeder where we found Chester is no longer online. I’m not sure if they stopped breeding Golden Doodles or what happened. If you are thinking of getting a pup through a breeder, I would definitely suggest that you go meet their family first.
He loves to model for my photos. Ever since he realized that he gets treats for lying on the floor in a certain place for 5 minutes, he was on it. He actually is so trained now, no lie, he comes and sits or lies down in the photo where I’m taking a photo, before I even ask him to come. It’s so cute! And, then when I say, “ok all done”, he jumps up and runs to the treat jar. His appetite is strong, despite his modeling treats…but he’s funny in that he only eats his food once a day, usually while we are asleep a night. We feed him a beef protein dry dog food and he really loves it!
There are all types of dogs out there and I’m not trying to discourage someone from adopting from the shelters. It’s personal preference and everyone should do what they feel is right for them and their personal or family situation when bringing a pet into their lives.
If I were to give any advice about having a pet, I would say, make sure you are ready for the responsibility of a pet. It’s not easy to train a pet and to take care of them the right way. For the first few months, I felt like we had an extra child. Chester would whine at night and I would have to come home from work mid day to let him out, and clean up any messes if he had accidents. Something that really helped us train Chester when it came to potty training, was this spray. We would spray it in the spot where he had an accident or where we didn’t want him to have an accident and he would stay away from those areas. I don’t think they like the smell of it. We also used it a couple times when he was doing things that we didn’t want him to do. I sprayed it one time in his mouth when he did something “bad” and every time there after, all I had to do was get the bottle out and he would stop doing what he was doing. If he is chewing on something and we want him to drop it, we just get the bottle out and say “drop it” and he drops it. It can also be sprayed on things that you don’t want them to chew. Just be careful not to spray it all over something, until you test a small area to make sure it’s not going to ruin what you are spraying it on. I’m not sure if it works that way for every pet, but it sure did for Chester. Both golden retrievers and poodles are very smart dogs, which bodes well for training purposes of a Golden Doodle.
I’ve been asked many times as to why Chester has shorter fur on the front of both of his paws. He chews it off when we are gone. I’m guessing it’s anxiety. A few have also told me it could be an allergy that he has to some kind of food. We haven’t noticed that being the issue, so I’m leaning more on the side of anxiety.
We never used a crate with Chester because we had a hallway with a tile floor that we could pen him in during the work day when he was little. We just used a baby gate in the doorway of the hallway and let him stay in there. It worked really well for us until he got old enough that he could jump over the gate. We then just began training him to stay downstairs. It took a few months of leaving a baby gate at the bottom of our stairs, but eventually he learned to stay downstairs. At this point, he won’t even go upstairs unless we invite him to come. At that time, our whole upstairs was carpet, so it was just easier for him to stay downstairs (on the tile flooring) if there ended up being an accident of his that we needed to clean up. We never went upstairs and just left him alone for an extended time downstairs, we would always invite him to come up if we were going to be up there for a while…that way we could keep an eye on him.
Chester has never been much of a “chewer”. We don’t deal with him chewing all of our things up. I was glad that was not a trait of his. He also doesn’t bark much. Our neighbors even told us they didn’t know we had a dog for a while when they moved in because he never barks. I would say the only time Chester barks is if he hears someone at the front door, or if we left him outside for longer than he wants. He doesn’t like to be alone outside when we leave him to go to the bathroom…about 5 minutes is max for him. He loves to be around his people.
He loves going to the dog park, but we don’t take him a lot after he was attacked by a neighbor dog. He loves his walks just as much and I think he prefers that over going to the park now. I hope this helps answer the questions that I receive a lot about Chester. He is such a kind-hearted pup and loves, loves, loves his family, and we love him back just as much!