Goldendoodle Exercise: Energy Level and How Much Activity They Need

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Written by Maura Hoff

Published: December 11, 2023

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Are you considering bringing home a new puppy for your family? Consider a goldendoodle as your furry companion! Goldendoodles make wonderful pets and are great for families with an active lifestyle. Before committing to your puppy, take the time to research goldendoodle exercise needs, training tips, and more to prepare thoroughly.

Goldendoodles are high-energy dogs that mesh well with families, especially those with young children. Many people choose this breed to ensure the safety of their children. A cross between a golden retriever and a poodle, the goldendoodle is a highly loyal and intelligent breed. They make exceptional service animals and also bond well with autistic children. Regularly called a “designer breed,” many cherish goldendoodles for their sweet temperament, friendly demeanor, and trainability. Still, they are very energetic dogs and require consistent exercise and activity. Read on to learn more about goldendoodle exercise needs, their energy levels, and how much activity they require.

What is the energy level of a goldendoodle?

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Before discussing your goldendoodle exercise regime, it’s important to understand their energy level. The combination of the golden retriever and the poodle created a highly intelligent dog. However, it also resulted in a high-energy breed. This is a major factor to consider if you plan to bring home a goldendoodle.

Because of their energy level, goldendoodles require consistent exercise and mental stimulation. Immediate training with positive reinforcement is key to proper development.

How much exercise does a goldendoodle need?

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Goldendoodles are “designer dogs” or “hybrid dogs.” They are a combination of a golden retriever and a poodle.


The goldendoodle is an energetic dog breed that requires 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise, but don’t let the amount of exercise intimidate you. A daily walk and indoor or outdoor playtime is plenty to meet your daily quota. Still, understanding goldendoodle exercise needs is crucial before introducing one to your family.

Also, your goldendoodle’s exercise needs depend on the age and health of your dog. The time mentioned above is a generalization based on the breed. Always consult your veterinarian for the appropriate exercise amount based on your pup’s specific needs.

How much activity does a goldendoodle need?

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Goldendoodles have a natural swimming instinct, and it is not uncommon to find them swimming in a lake, river, or backyard pool.


As you begin to understand the goldendoodle’s personality and temperament, you will learn that they bond with their people quickly. Because of this, they are prone to separation anxiety.

This does not mean you should never leave them alone. Instead, prioritize incorporating physical and mental stimulation into their lives. It helps keep their mind occupied, tires them out, and prevents future anxiety-induced destruction.

You can provide mental and physical stimulation with the following activities:

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Fetch (frisbee, ball, etc.)
  • Tug
  • Agility Training
  • Playtime with other dogs

Getting out every day to exercise your dog can be challenging with busy schedules, workloads, and children. Consider creating dog enrichment activities to keep your goldendoodle’s mind engaged. They are also great tools for helping your dog develop problem-solving skills.

Remember, your dog will let you know when it needs exercise. Whether it’s asking to play with toys or signaling they want to go for a walk, pay attention to what they are trying to communicate. If their pent-up energy isn’t addressed, it can lead to bad behavior and destruction.

Goldendoodle Training Tips

Because of their intelligence, goldendoodles are highly trainable. Their energy level will be immediately high, so early training is key to a well-trained dog. The good news is they have a strong desire to please their people.


With their high energy levels, goldendoodles tend to jump. Control this by teaching them not to jump on and off furniture, people, and stairs. Helping them understand this at a young age will protect them from joint issues in the future.


If you have a pool or live near a public body of water, consider taking your goldendoodle for a swim. They have a swimming instinct and are drawn naturally to the water. Swimming is a great option to help them get rid of energy, and as a healthy bonus, gets you outside as well.

Positive Reinforcement

Goldendoodles are sensitive dogs. Eager to please, they don’t respond well to yelling and negativity, especially during training. Always practice positive reinforcement when training your goldendoodle. Reward good behavior with treats, toys, and praise, and remember to always be patient.

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About the Author

Maura Hoff is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is dogs, travel, and hiking. She has been writing for over 10 years and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Pennsylvania State University in 2016. When Maura isn't writing, she spends time with her husband and two Golden Retrievers, Basil and Sunny, in the Colorado mountains. Her passions are cooking, reading, music, and quoting her favorite show, The Office.

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