Q: How do I calm my Labradoodle down?

May 14, 2008 | By Tom N. | 7 answers | Expired: 2402 days ago

Tom N.

My Labradoodle, named Muggle, is a very active, playful dog...almost too much. She is five years old now and still acts like a puppy. She is housebroken and doesn't chew up things anymore, but she is always trying to play with my older dog, Bailey. Bailey is starting to age a lot and I'm worried that Muggle will start affecting Bailey's health. You see, Muggle likes to play rough. She bites (playfully) and tackles Bailey constantly and occasionally knocks her over. The playing is also very annoying as she barks a lot when doing so. It's funny at first but it really gets on my nerves. What can I do to kind of calm Muggle down? I've tried entertaining her with other toys, but she just uses that as a way to keep playing with Bailey. Is there any other way?

Readers' Answers (7)
Corey A.

May 16, 2008

Since Muggle is the younger dog, she might never grow up. She'll definitely settle down once Bailey passes on. I know it sounds horrible, but the younger second dog never really grows up. I hope you allowed Bailey to put Muggle in her place when she was still a puppy.

I'd try to take Muggle on long walks without Bailey so that you develop a good relationship with her alone. It would also tire her out a bit. Maybe a treadmill would also work? Growing up we had three dogs, and the youngest was the biggest. We put her on an electronic treadmill once a day at a good pace for about 30 minutes. She didn't bother the others as much. She liked to bite the furry part on the back of the hind legs of the other two dogs.

Also, obedience training would teach her to focus. We had a labradoodle in our obedience class and she's such a clown too.

You need to establish yourself as the alpha too. You don't have to be mean, but just enforce and follow through. Control the food. Make her wait until you give the command. Also, I find that standing up tall, puffing out your chest and just looking bigger, makes them realize you are the boss. When you lean over to scold or grab at her, it makes you smaller.

I would stand tall, chest out, and just get in between her and Bailey. Each time she goes for Bailey, I would step in between and use my legs, while standing upright and tall to show her that you are the boss. She'll stop when she gets it. You don't have to distract her with toys, but make it clear with your body that playing rough with Bailey is not tolerated.

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Jill R.

May 15, 2008

Labs and poodles are active dogs, now you have the combo. As dogs age, they become more settled, however, she's only 5, so it may be many years until she's really calm and quiet.

Interactive play with you and long walks or jogs will help her get her energy spent. Training classes would also be recommended to help you learn how to control her barking.

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May 15, 2008

Well, unfortunately, you picked a designer dog that is a combination of two extremely spaztic/active breeds. That is the joy of making a decision like that.

I would suggest making sure Muggle gets out and plays as much as humanly possible. Take her to the dog park several times a week. She can run around to her hearts content, and then you get a nice calm dog for the remainder of the day/night.

Toys aren't going to keep her focus for long. I had to work on my boxer mix because she is very high energy. I would firmly scold her when she was getting loud or obnoxious when playing. I gave her treats when she listened. She started to equate that doing the right thing got her treats, so now whenever she gets out of hand, if I say No, she stops immediately.

Good luck!

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