Harvey the Goldendoodle!

Hey friends!
Okay, by popular demand, here’s a little update on how life has been about a month after adding a sweet, snuggly Harvey (4 months old currently) to the mix, plus I’ll try to answer a few frequently asked questions, too!  But first….AWWWWW!!!!

Okay, that’s out of my system.  😉

What breed is Harvey?

So Harvey is an F1b goldendoodle, which means mama was an F1 (first generation) goldendoodle, and his dad was a poodle.  Both of his parents are standard size, so he’s expected to be around 50-60lbs, give or take.  In these photos, he’s about 3 to 4 months of age, and he’s already such a big ol’ guy!  I’m interested to see just how big he grows over the next months.  (Read more specifics of goldendoodles HERE.)

Why did you choose goldendoodle?

In the past before we had children, we’ve adopted dogs from local shelters and had mixed luck as far as their personalities and temperament went, so this time around with four very young kiddos in the mix, we wanted to be a little more certain of what type of dog we’d be adding to the family (as far as you can tell just by breed standard, of course).  The more I read about goldendoodles, the more I was drawn to how smart and loyal they are, and the breed is known for being great with small children (and three fluffy kitties)!  Another factor for us was the little to no shedding from this hypoallergenic breed, especially when you go with an F1b (it’s basically 75% poodle at that point, which equals very little to no shedding).  These were the main factors behind our choice of breed for this particular season of life in our family!

How is Harvey doing with the kids, cats and human parents?

The girls LOVE him, and he loves them!  Kinda think that HE thinks they are his fellow puppy playmates, so if his puppy “zoomies” get a little nutty, my littlest two daughters seek shelter up high on the couch or chairs, ha!  He’s been very gentle with them, even allowing them to help train him on things like sitting, laying down and releasing something he isn’t supposed to chew.

The cats are slowly forgiving us for ruining their calm and quiet existence. 😉  They will now allow him the gift of their presence in the living room, and Tilly (our most gentle kitty) seems to want to play sometimes when Harvey is a bit more calm.  We don’t allow him to chase the cats or go crazy when he sees them (as best we can), and it seems like he’s sort of learning how to not lose his cool when one saunters through the room.

When it comes to being with me (or my husband…but especially mama😉), Harvey is just the biggest floppy, squishy, sweet baby boy.  He wants to sit in my lap any time I get down on the floor with him (he’s not allowed on the furniture), and he’ll even put his front paws up on my shoulders when we’re snuggling and “hug” me…GAH! 😍 He’s very gentle and knows to wait before exiting a door until I’ve walked through first, and he obeys commands so well so far…unless he’s got his outside zoomies. 😳😂

How’s training going for Harvey so far?

I kinda don’t want to jinx this by answering….but it’s going really well so far.  😅  Knock on wood!  I’m a pretty strict puppy mama, and I wanted to make sure we started out with his behaviors and boundaries in a way that would carry us into his adult years.  Plus…he’s gonna be a BIG BOY, and I need him to obey.  In the first week, he had learned to sit, lay down, stay and walk into his crate on his own, and now we are working on things like fetch, being calm in the presence of kitties and strangers, and ceasing to bark at the neighbor dog on command.  😏

As far as crate/house training goes, he seems to like being in his cozy spot (we draped his crate with blankets so it feels like a comfy little den), and he goes in willingly with a tiny treat bite as a bribe, although these days he’s just walking on it without it.  He’s had a couple of accidents when we weren’t paying attention like we should have been, but for the most part, Harvey has totally gotten the point of the little bell we hung by the back door and will ring it when he needs to go out to potty.  Of course…this also means he rings it whenEVER he wants to go out, and now the HUMANS are all trained to ruuunnnnnnn at the sound of the bell, ha!  😉  Overall, we have been very strict but very pleased at Harvey’s level of obedience and gentle spirit this month, and I hope that a tight ship while he’s a young puppy will result in a well-behaved dog later on!  Of course, he’s not perfect and has been known to chew on dirty undies and socks when no one is looking (DOGS ARE GROSS), but I guess that comes with the canine territory sometimes, ha!

This crazy cat lady still can’t believe how quickly a floppy doodle has stolen her heart…but she’s glad he did.  I love my sweet Harvey boy so stinking much!!  Thanks for always sending love when he shows up on Instagram…he has sure completed our family in a big way!
❤️ERIN

 

  1. Tisha

    November 12th, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    He’s a wonderful dog, that’s obvious ❤️
    Our house isn’t a home without a dog!

  2. Erin | Cotton Stem

    November 12th, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    It’s been a nice change to add a pup back into ours!

  3. Kelly

    November 12th, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Harvey is so adorable and it’s so obvious how much he’s loved. Puppies are the best! 😊

  4. DiB

    November 13th, 2018 at 3:50 am

    We have a Chester,the Golden doodle. This breed has a perfect temperament for children and just people in general! We love x 100 our dog.

  5. Amy Montaldo

    November 13th, 2018 at 6:43 am

    We have a golden doodle. They are seriously the best dogs ever! I laughed when you talked about the dirty underwear and socks – that is our dog to a tee! His favorite toy is dirty socks! We’ve given up on taking them away and I’ll forever be buying socks when I walk into Target! They have such gentle souls and have the cutest little faces! Love all of them!!

  6. Katie

    November 13th, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Thank you for the update. I can relate to so much. We have an English Springer Spaniel but would like a Goldendoodle as our next family pet!

  7. Marms

    November 13th, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Can’t wait to meet Harvey!

  8. Shawn Suarez

    November 13th, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Awww, what a sweetheart!! Proud owner of 2 Goldendoodles here and I can attest to what an amazing breed they are! Super smart, loving and OMG, cuteness overload. Best dogs ever! Our oldest learned to ring his door bells right away to go outside and to this day- almost 5years later — rings them all.the.time, lol!!

  9. Cindy

    November 13th, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    OMG golden doodles are awesome!!! We just got a brother and sister a month ago…. Mike and Bella. Potty trained in 2wks(thank God) and they use the doggy door to go out to their dog run.
    We love these puppies sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much and they are a perfect addition to our family 🤗

  10. Lori W.

    November 13th, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Oh my gosh!! He is darling!! I love how expressive their eyes are. I have an Irish Wheaten Terrier, and her eyes are the same way. A friend of mine from high school has a goldendoodle about the same age and same color as Harvey, and his name is Tater. He has his own instagram, so you can find him at dood_its_taterdog. He is a bit spoiled and gets a bit sick of his mama taking his picture all the time. But, he is darling just like Harvey is!!!

  11. Talkie

    November 13th, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    We love goldendoodles too! We gave our very own Willow that has an Instagram account the willow doodle. She loves to eat cat food when we forget to pick it up and swim in her pool in the summer. She gets a bit of knotted fur if we don’t keep her brushed good or her coat short. She get a excited about the door bell and when company comes. Would love some tips on how to control barking and getting over excited. She is a great addition to our family as well.

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