Why Are Goldendoodles Destructive? (5 Symptoms and Causes)

Goldendoodles are beloved family pets, but how destructive are they? Many people have heard that these hybrid dogs have a reputation for being particularly naughty and high-energy, but is this really the case?

Yes, many Goldendoodles ARE destructive. As a dog expert, I get asked all the time about specific behavior of common breeds. Goldendoodles come up a LOT when it comes to destructive tendencies that need extra training. 

But we can help! In this article, we’ll explore the truth behind Goldendoodle destruction and provide tips to keep things under control.

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Why are Goldendoodles destructive?

Goldendoodles, a popular crossbreed between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, are known for their friendly and playful personalities. However, many dog owners may be concerned about their potential for destruction. 

The Risks of a Goldendoodle

What risks does owning a Goldendoodle pose for the home? To answer this question, it’s important to look at their ancestry. Most Goldendoodles are bred from either a Golden Retriever or Standard Poodle, both of which are large breeds with considerable amounts of energy. 


With their intelligence and eagerness to please taking up priority,  it can be difficult to keep them in check if they haven’t received adequate training.

When left unsupervised and untrained, Goldendoodles can become destructive in different ways. This could mean anything from chewing on furniture to digging up your garden – even tearing up toys or carpets. 

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While this kind of behavior may be amusing or endearing as puppies, when it continues into adulthood without any correction it can quickly become problematic.

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A Goldendoodle with a rare Parti coat (Chocolate and white). Note the dense wavy coat that is almost curly.

Understanding Destructive Behavior in Goldendoodles

Destructive behavior in dogs can manifest in a variety of ways, such as chewing, digging, and scratching. It is important to note that destructive behavior is not always a sign of a “bad” dog. Rather, it is often a result of a lack of proper training, exercise, or mental stimulation.

Goldendoodles and Destructive Behavior

Goldendoodles, like any other breed, can exhibit destructive behavior if they are not given the proper care and training. However, it is important to keep in mind that the level of destructive behavior can vary depending on the individual dog’s personality and environment.

In general, Goldendoodles are known for being highly trainable and eager to please. With proper training and consistent rules, Goldendoodles can learn to control their destructive tendencies.

Preventing Destructive Behavior in Goldendoodles

Preventing destructive behavior in Goldendoodles can be achieved through a combination of proper training, exercise, and mental stimulation.

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Miniature red Goldendoodle enjoying a quiet moment on a public park in New York City. Small Goldendoodles thrive in apartment settings.
  • Training: Consistency is key when training a Goldendoodle. Establish clear rules and boundaries, and make sure to reward good behavior.
  • Exercise: Goldendoodles have high energy levels and need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. A daily walk or run will help tire them out and reduce their destructive tendencies.
  • Mental Stimulation: Goldendoodles thrive on mental stimulation and enjoy interactive toys, puzzles, and training games.

Do Goldendoodles EVER Calm Down?

Goldendoodles, like many breeds, have a high energy level and can be quite playful and energetic, especially as puppies. However, as they age, many Goldendoodles will become more relaxed and calm.

The age at which a Goldendoodle will become more relaxed can vary depending on the individual dog, but there are some general milestones to keep in mind.

AgeLevel of Energy
Puppy (up to 1 year)High energy, playful, and easily excitable
Young Adult (1-3 years)Energy level begins to decrease, but still playful and active
Adult (3-7 years)Energy level continues to decrease, becoming more relaxed and calm
Senior (7+ years)Energy level may decrease further, becoming more sedentary

It’s important to note that while a Goldendoodle’s energy level will decrease as they age, they will still require regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. 

Additionally, some Goldendoodles may retain more energy than others and may not become as sedentary as the above table suggests.

Prevention Is Always Better Than Cure

While there may never be 100% guarantee that your puppy won’t misbehave at some point in its life (just like humans!), there are steps you can take throughout its growth and development to ensure it grows into a well-socialized adult dog who understands limits when it comes to destructive behavior. 

Ensuring regular trips outdoors (with supervision) provides an outlet for excessive energy levels whilst also teaching valuable lessons about self-control – something all puppies young & old should learn throughout their lives! 

Additionally introducing interactive toys for stimulation helps promote appropriate playtime rather than endlessly distracting areas around the house; this ensures your pup remains interested in something productive rather than finding other ways occupy its time – like gnawing through furniture!

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A curly coat Goldendoodle dog resting on couch. This is a larger (standard size) dog.


Are Goldendoodles destructive? Not necessarily more so than other large breed dogs – however they possess great amounts of energy which needs adequate channels such as exercise & training.

Remember that every dog is an individual and may have different needs. By understanding and meeting those needs, you can help prevent destructive behavior in your Goldendoodle.

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