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Looking For A Golden Retriever Puppy?

Updated on August 11, 2009

If you're like most people, there will come a time when a decision must be made about whether or not your family will have a pet. For many, this may be an easy decision, but If you're not sure, then take some time and learn all there is to know about the different breeds that are available. Making sure, both canine and owner are happy is the best way to ensure you both will have a happy, long life together.

If you are one who knows exactly what you want, and you happen to be looking at the prospect of a Golden Retriever, you must know already that they are by far one of the most wanted breeds on the market today. But where is the best place to go to get your new puppy? Do you want to buy one from a breeder or adopt one from a puppy rescue? Either way is good, it's just a matter of preference.

Golden Retriever Puppy For Sale

Not all Ads that say Golden Retriever Puppy For Sale are the best way to look for a puppy. It's much better if you happen to know of someone who already owns a Golden Retriever. If you do, then ask them if they wouldn't mind recommending their breeder to you. This is one of the best ways to ensure that you get the best looking and purest bred Golden Retriever puppy you can find. If you don't happen to know of any one personally, you can google some breeders online. It may not be the surest way, but there are a few questions that you can ask your prospective breeders that will put your mind at ease:

During your first conversation, you will want to ask when the puppies will be ready. Be cautious if the breeder:

  • Says that they do not have any puppies available at the time, but will be getting a "shipment" in soon.
  • Can't answer all your questions.
  • Takes a deposit from you, before you have even seen him or the puppies.
  • Is very eager to sell, without asking you any questions about your family and life you will be providing the puppy.
  • Agrees to sell the puppy younger than 8 weeks of age.

If you feel that you have been lied to at all, or things may have been held back, then move on. If you like what you are hearing, and want to move forward, then ask them if you can visit the puppies. This is a great way for everyone to get to know each other. At this time you can talk about expectations, price and terms. If a breeder is good he will be concerned where his puppies are going, so expect to be interviewed as well.

During the interview, you can check things out as well:

  • Make sure the facility is clean
  • Is the mom and dad on the property as well? Sometimes the breeder only has the Dam,which is fine and very typical.
  • Have both the Sire and the Dam been checked out for heritable diseases? A good breeder will make sure that both parents are "certified free" of any health issue.
  • Will the puppy be sold with a written guarantee and AKC registration papers?
  • Do you feel comfortable with this person? Do you think you would feel good about calling this person for any reason at all? Did you feel pressured into buying your puppy? Are his own dogs treated well and over seem healthy? All of these questions should have been answered with a BIG YES!

Before you bring your puppy home, there are 2 more things that you should check out:

  • First make sure your puppy is alert, mobile,friendly and inquisitive. They should be playful and interested in their surroundings and you,
  • The puppy's eyes should be clear and bright,
  • Their nose should be moist and pliable with no difficulty in breathing, and gums are pink
  • Check under the tail- they should be free of all diarrhea
  • They should have no fleas or flea dirt
  • Is he plump and healthy looking?

Your Breeder should also give you at least a 72 hour guarantee on your puppy's health. If not, ask him why. He should be just as confident as you want to be when you leave their house with your brand new puppy

Golden Retriever Puppy Rescue

If you are thinking of purchasing your puppy from a Golden Retriever Puppy Rescue, then you will be happy to know that it can be just as rewarding as buying from a reputable breeder. You'll find yourself facing many of the same challenges, while experiencing the happy times as well.

It's sad to say that many Golden Retrievers end up at animal shelters or dog rescues every year. Sometimes the owners have to move away to a place that may not accept dogs or maybe there's a divorce or death in the family. However, Even though the dog is not the one at fault here, it's sad that they have to go through this at all.

Many rescuers offer these dogs a second chance by helping them to find new loving homes. When purchasing your dog this way, you are ahead of the game in finding one that is just right for you. Because the family has been taking care of him, they have had the chance to get acquainted and learn about what training and socialization they've already had or need in order to be placed with a family and lifestyle that would fit them best.

Golden Retriever adoptions can be very rewarding, but they can be difficult as well. If the dog you happen to be interested in has had a rough start, he may need your love, attention, and some extra help from you, to help rebuild his confidence. However many of them have already had the opportunity to be in loving homes, and are ready to slip into a new family routine without any hesitation.

If you're looking for a Golden that is AKC registered so you may have papers in hand, it is possible to come across one that is fully loaded and ready to show in the ring. You will never know unless you call and find out.

Most Golden Retriever adoptions are very successful because these dogs are one of the most loving, friendly dogs around. They are great companions, and will stick by you no matter what.

Training A Golden Retriever Puppy

Even Though this breed is exceptionally friendly and very easy to please, if you are a first time owner of a Golden Retriever puppy then you may be a little surprised at his or her excitable personality. Since they are eager to please, the time and effort that you spend in training is well worth it. The sooner you start training your new puppy the better it will be for both you and your puppy.

There are a few behavior issues that seem to be pretty typical when it comes to Golden Retrievers. To help you out, I have put together a list of issues that you may be dealing with, along with some solutions to help guide you in how to go about training your puppy so you end up with a pet that your family will enjoy.

Crate Training- The first thing you must teach your puppy is where he or she is to go potty. The best way to train your puppy to successfully go outside and relieve himself is to use a crate.

Not only will a crate be a positive tool used in guiding your puppy to learn bladder control, but crates can also be used as a place of comfort and safety when your puppy is asleep for the night. Knowing your puppy is safe and unable to get hurt while you're sleeping will give your family peace of mind. Most dogs do not like to sleep in the same place that they go to the bathroom, so this is usually pretty simple to train as long as you are consistent at all times.

When you first bring your puppy home- This is day 1 in training your puppy to go outside. By putting him in his crate often throughout the day, you are teaching him to hold his urges until he is let outside. Once he is used to doing his business outside, make sure you praise him by giving him his favorite treat. Not only is crate training a solution in housebreaking, but it can also be used in dealing with the issues of chewing.

Chewing and biting- A Golden Retriever is known for mouthing. Even though He loves to use his mouth when he plays, he must be taught at a your age that this is unacceptable. Usually this behavior begins because he is left for long periods of time during the day, or simply not getting enough attention. So in order to steer your dog away from this behavior, make sure to provide him with plenty of simulation, by getting him plenty of toys to chew on, and take him on long daily walks. All of this will help to keep his mind occupied on other things, instead of your furniture and other belongings.

Barking- If you do not encourage barking and growling during playtime from the very beginning, you can avoid this obnoxious behavior very quickly. If you want a dog that will bark every time someone comes to the door, then all you have to do is wait. He will naturally do this without training. If not, then it's going to take a few steps on your part to make sure he is under control when the doorbell rings.

First of all, you have to start by letting your dog know that it's ok to let you know someone is at the door with the only way he knows how. But at the same time, he has to know that when you say enough is enough that he has to stop immediately. The way you go about doing this is quite simple, but again it takes patients and consistency. It doesn't happen overnight though! When your dog is barking, it is sometimes difficult to simply tell them to stop barking because no matter what they still know there is something out there. The best thing you can do when he starts to bark is by giving him the command (quiet, enough, etc.) and then immediately show him something else to do. By redirecting their attention on other things, you keep his mind off what was outside. You can use treats or a favorite toy to lure him away from any situation. When you have his attention, tell him to sit and give him the treat. Since we don't want our dog to learn that if he barks he gets a treat, you always use the sit command before you give him his treat.

Tip:  Keep your words simple and use the same commands every time you verbalize what you want them to do.  If you use different commands, you risk confusing him and your puppy will not be able to follow your simple commands.  This goes for everyone that is around your puppy whether it's a neighbor, friend or family member.


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      4 years ago

      Hey Dog Fond, Golden retrievers are very well-known for being extremely friendly dogs. They have very outgoing personalities, and seem to love almost everyone they meet. These make ideal family dogs, as they are patient and good with children. You can read more here: (You can register to a free email minicourse about golden retrievers)

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      5 years ago

      Are golden retrievers aggressive?


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