If you have decided to opt for a Golden Retriever puppy - and therefore a "friend for life" - you will soon see for yourself how it can fill your days with joy….. allowing for some minor naughtiness, of course!
If you have chosen a Golden Retriever puppy, it will almost feel like you are bringing a cuddly Trudy toy home. Soft and fluffy, it may indeed resemble a ball of fur; please remember, however, that your new pet is not a toy.
When you choose your puppy, be sure to get advice from the breeder. If you have children, for example, you should choose a calmer, more easy-going puppy. Remember that, once it has been taken home, children must be careful not to constantly overcrowd the puppy since it will only become frightened and try to hide. Instead, you must try to make the puppy feel at ease, letting it explore its new home and all the areas it is allowed access to. Remain as close to the puppy as possible in the first few weeks so that it can slowly get used to your lifestyle and routine.....
If, while exploring its new home, your puppy decides to leave you a little “wet surprise” ...... don't give it a telling off. Instead, take it outside and try to gain an idea of how often he needs to get out the house.
Each time it wakes up or after meals, for example...... Gradually and with great patience and love, your puppy will learn not to do the toilet inside the house.
There are special puppy training mats you can buy that are also very handy. Prepare a corner in a quiet place where your puppy can sleep. Breeders like us often recommend a "hutch" or kennel that, instead of feeling like a prison, are places where the puppy will feel safe. Be careful not to make it a place you send the puppy when you scold it. In doing so, you will only achieve the opposite result; the puppy will associate the hutch with being punished and, as such, will stop going in. Naturally, what you should do is leave the kennel open and put some toys inside so that the puppy will understand that this is its own special place.
Please note that the size of the hutch must also be large enough to accommodate the puppy when it is fully grown.
MAKE SURE, HOWEVER, THAT YOU NEVER USE KENNELS OR HUTCHES
TO DISCIPLINE YOUR PET!
Here are some safety recommendations that apply to all puppies:
We have many other suggestions for you covering a variety of topics, however the general rule is that, if you start gradually, you will learn to understand your furry golden friend and grow to love this wonderful breed.