Goldendoodle Diet & Meal
Plan Advice

By Hungry Bark | September 20, 2021

Adorable and friendly, the Goldendoodle or “Doodle,” as it’s sometimes called, is a cross between a golden retriever and poodle. The breed is relatively new as it was first designed in the 1990s and can come in three different sizes, from large to medium and toy-sized.

In general, Goldendoodle’s are highly intelligent, curious, trainable, energetic, and friendly.

With a balanced approach that takes nutrition, exercise and routine visits to a veterinarian, your Doodle will live a long, healthy life.

Every animal has a different personality, likes, and dislikes, and your routines and meal plans should account for those individual preferences.

To ensure a healthy life, understand that not every meal plan is designed the same. For example, some recipes provide all the essential nutrients, known as macronutrients. But, at the same time, subpar meal plans are stuffed with additives and fillers that don’t offer much nutritional value and may lead to some health issues.

Keep reading to understand a holistic approach to helping your Doodle have the highest-quality life possible.

The Importance Of Getting Enough Exercise

As a pet parent, the most crucial role you have is to provide a safe and happy home for your Doodle.

Like people, every dog needs a combination of regular health check-ups, vigorous exercise, and the best nutrition possible for a long, happy life.

Regardless of your Doodle’s size, getting enough exercise every day will keep it happy and healthy. As a bonus, allow you and your Doodle to strengthen your relationship over time.  

We recommend 30 minutes of vigorous activity every day for an adult dog, though individual considerations may increase or decrease the amount of time for training.

Exercise provides an enormous amount of benefits for your Goldendoodle is the same as it is with people.

  • Improved Digestion: Exercise helps the body digest food and produce waste more efficiently.
  • Increased Cardiovascular Function: With vigorous daily exercise, your Goldendoodle’s heart and lung health will strengthen and improve for better health.
  • Manage Weight: An active lifestyle will help your Doodle manage its weight to prevent heart issues and complications with flexibility and joints in older-aged pets.
  • Improved Flexibility: Vigorous movement strengthens and elongates the muscles as well as keeps the joints flexible. Flexibility is crucial to prevent injury, especially as your Doodle ages.
  • Enhanced Mental Function: Dogs without enough stimulation and exercise can develop negative behaviors, anxiety issues, and distemper. A Doodle needs regular exercise to calm its mind, which will cause the body to produce mood-enhancing neurochemicals that will alleviate this anxiety.
  • Strengthen The Skeletal-Muscular System: Vigorous exercise will stress your pet’s muscles, a critical function for overall health and wellbeing.
  • Correct Negative Behaviors: Dogs will communicate through actions, so if your Doodle is exhibiting negative traits, it may be a symptom of anxiety or a lack of stimulation or bonding. A routine will calm the mind and make your Doodle happier. As the saying goes, “a tired dog is a happy dog.”

One bonus to a daily exercise routine is allowing your Doodle to explore its environment and surroundings.

Dogs rely on their sense of sniff to engage with and explore their environment to discover food sources and whether there are potential threats in the area.

If you need ideas for things to do that will engage your Goldendoodle and get it the exercise it needs, we have a few suggestions for you.

Before you begin any exercise routine, there are a few things you need to consider first, such as what is your Doodle’s fitness level, its age, and the weather and terrain around your activities?

Here’s a suggestion of 4 activities you can do every day to get your Doodle the exercise it needs and engage its curiosity as well.

Walks: Walks provide a low-impact activity that will improve cardiovascular function without putting a lot of stress on the joints. Walks allow you the opportunity to build on your rapport with each other as well as give your Goldendoodle the chance to explore their immediate surroundings. You can also use this time to train and correct behaviors with your Doodle.

Hikes: Hikes are a phenomenal change of pace from the daily walk around the neighborhood. By taking a hike, you’ll expose your Goldendoodle to new sights and sounds, itching their curiosity in the process. Just plan, be aware of the weather and terrain you may be hiking through, as some may be more difficult or hotter than recommended for your pup’s health.

Dog Park: A dog park is an excellent opportunity for your Goldendoodle to socialize with other dogs, create packs that allow them to understand roles and hierarchies, as well as get some exercise along the way. Social by nature, dogs enjoy interacting with other dogs, so letting them run, wrestle, and socialize is a great mind/body activity.

Agility Drills: Highly intelligent and trainable are traits a Goldendoodle is known for, and as such, agility drills should be in the mix of its exercise routine. For example, consider an obstacle course, a game of fetch, or any other task that allows you to teach and reinforce behaviors you want your Doodle to adopt. In the process, you’ll strengthen your bonds and roles and provide a vigorous, engaging activity.

The Best Type Of Nutrition For Your Goldendoodle

Before selecting the best meal plan for your Goldendoodle, factors such as age, weight, and fitness levels are essential.

The benefits of high-quality meal plans are that the ingredients on the food label are the only things included in the final product. Subpar meal plans may have added fillers or preservatives, which can cause health issues, including foodborne allergies.

Additionally, consider that your pet will have different nutritional needs and individual tastes at different ages.

Your meal plan should prioritize clean, single-source animal protein, avoid grains, soy, and corn while providing a healthy carbohydrate such as brown rice, and enough fats for a balanced diet. These proteins, carbs, and fats are macronutrients, which are the primary energy sources in your pet’s diet.  

Other factors that need to be considered are your Goldendoodle’s age, weight, and fitness levels.

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Why Your Goldendoodle’s Food Ingredients Are Important

Providing the proper combination of macronutrients will give your Doodle more than enough energy for a full day’s worth of activities, aid in digestion, manage weight, and be the foundation for a healthy life.

Avoid meal plans with additives and fillers that don’t use misleading terms such as “meat meal” as these types of meal plans don’t offer the expected macronutrients.

Proteins serve as the primary energy source for your Doodle and create a feeling of being full for a longer duration than fillers. Pure protein is also easier on the digestive system than chemical additives or preservatives.

Carbohydrates break down as sugars in the body, burn off much faster than proteins, and sugars are the primary energy source for the brain.

Long-term energy reserves come from fats in the diet. In addition to offering energy reserves, fats help the body absorb essential minerals and vitamins.

How To Read The Ingredients Label

Reading the food label and selecting the right meal plan can all seem a bit overwhelming at first.

To select the proper meal plan, you need to know what is included in the ingredient list, which means understanding and individual tastes at different agesthatHowever, subpar how to read the product label.

Dog food is a tightly regulated industry, and the FDA requires manufacturers to follow a set of standards to comply.

When you read a food label, the order ingredients are listed in priority of weight. So when you see “turkey” listed first, you can have confidence that the recipe has protein as the most prominent ingredient.

One other way that the FDA dictates standards with product labeling is that there are some terms to understand.

These terms fall under the four categories as “the 95% rule, “the 25% rule,” “the ‘with’ rule,” and “the flavor rule.”

To understand, let’s explain how these terms are used in food labels.

The 95% Rule

When a food label includes an animal protein, such as “chicken,” the FDA requires that the recipe contains at least 95% of that protein source in the final product.

The 25% Rule

If you see terms like “dinner, platter, or entree,” what they mean is that the total percentage of that protein required is at least 25% of the whole recipe. These terms can be misleading and seem healthier than they are if you don’t understand how the FDA regulates these terms.  

The “With” Rule

When a product label uses the term “with,” such as “dog food with turkey,” it is only necessary to have at least 3% of turkey.

The “Flavor” Rule

The final term to understand in a food label is “flavor.” This term is used to hide the lack of protein in the recipe. This rule states that the protein must be discoverable when the word “flavor” is used but not included.

Selecting The Right Meal Plan For Your Goldendoodle

Taking a balanced approach to your Goldendoodle that includes regular health checks, daily exercise, and high-quality nutrition will give your Doodle the best opportunity for a healthy life.  

We know that selecting the best meal plan can be a bit tricky, so we’ve created the Hungry Bark Custom Meal Planner as a great place to start!

In as little as 2 minutes, the meal planner will customize your Goldendoodle meal plan considering characteristics such as breed, age, weight, and activity level to provide a custom meal plan for a quality, healthy life.

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