3 1/2 years old – Maturity at last!

In the past 12 months, Nando has been changing a bit.

Family Dog:

He has become more of a family dog – he wants to be where we are all the time. When our 2 year old daughter sleeps, he sleeps. When she wakes up and plays, he wakes up and wants to play too. Unfortunately (for me) they don’t play together yet, so I sometimes have 2 high energy ‘toddlers’ underfoot, with very different needs.


Going for a walk is getting much easier. Nando still pulls like crazy on the lead. We have 2 types of harnesses to stop pulling – one that goes over his nose and one for the chest. He hates both with a passion.

But! Off the lead, he listens better, stays closer, and he comes back when called (yay!)(mostly). The exception being if he sees a cat. He is still crazy about cats!!!

Playing with other dogs – he is super easy (except around French Bulldogs!). He is happy and playful and just wants to run. He doesn’t try to wrestle the other dogs now like he used to as a pup. He has little interest in small dog interactions, just big dogs that can run with him. He also avoids aggressive dogs.

Less Anxiety

Thunder and Fireworks and Skateboards noises are all less terrifying now. Partly because we have moved out of the city (less fireworks and skateboarders!) and our new place has what we call Nando’s ‘Panic room’. It is made from solid concrete and is partially underground and thunder and fireworks are hard to hear inside the room, and we can play him music in there.


  1. Thank you for sharing your experiences of adopting a Groodle puppy and the challenges of apartment and city life. May I ask how much exercise Nando now requires daily?

    • Ideally he would get 1-2 hours per day. I can only manage that 4-5 days per week, and that seems to be fine. One problem I found is that he can be too fit. A friend was taking him out on long hikes over the course of a week, and when he came home from those expeditions he was much more restless in the following weeks, and when I took him out for a walk he would just run like crazy.

    • I should also mention that we moved out of the city, and Nando has much more space to run around in now. It is much easier to get him enough exercise. He is happier, so am I.

Let us know about your Groodle experiences! Same or different?