Puppy Training

Helpful tips for training your puppy

Toilet Training

A Golden Retriever puppy is usually easy to toilet train and much prefers to 'go' outside. Just bear in mind that they will want to relieve themselves on waking and after meals. At these times take them outside and as soon as he/she has done his/her business praise him/her lavishly. It is unlikely that your puppy will be unable to last the full night so putting some newspaper on the floor will help with the clean up operation in the morning. Be consistent when training and make sure that all family members set the same boundaries for the puppy as he will only become confused if faced with different sets of 'rules.'

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The Golden Retriever's natural instinct is to retrieve, so expect to receive presents of shoes, socks and other household items! Goldens also love to garden so it is advisable to restrict access to your prize plants, otherwise these also may be presented lovingly to you by your faithful friend! Take any object from the puppy that may be of danger to him by gently opening the mouth and releasing the object. Some Goldens like to greet you by 'holding' your arm, especially when they feel excited, to correct this gently open his mouth and use the command 'NO'. If the puppy or older dog is behaving in a way that you consider inappropriate repeating 'NO' in a firm voice is usually all that is needed for him to get the message. When training remember to praise and make a fuss of him when he behaves correctly. Goldens are anxious to please and to get the best from your dog it is better to teach and praise rather than to scold.

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Your puppy should be fed four meals a day. Your breeder should advise you on the puppy's routine and the food he has been used to. Should you wish to change his diet do so gradually and in accordance with the food manufacturer’s instructions. Between the age of four and six months one of the feeds can be discontinued. By the time he is eight months his meals can be reduced to two per day. Gradually over the next few months introduce him to an adult feed. Your Golden Retriever should have a good covering of flesh but the skin should be loose - never let him get too fat. You should ensure that an adequate supply of fresh drinking water is available to him at all times.

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Golden Retriever puppies like to play with their mouth and teeth… Ouch! It is natural and completely normal.Your dog is in "play-mode" so anything you do will entice him to continue playing. You can try standing still like a tree and look away. This might discourage him because there is nothing to chase or bite.If he continues biting your pants or shirt you need to give him a time out. A time-out means putting your puppy in a small and confined area for a few minutes (30 seconds to 2 minutes max.). Then let the puppy out and start over. You can repeat time-outs until your dog learns to stop playing after you Yelp.Be aware though, using punishment is not the way to teach your pet appropriate behavior. You must tell your dog when he is doing something correctly. So, as soon as your puppy learns to calm down click and treat!

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As a dog breeder I get asked many questions about dog behavior and training. One of the most popular things my clients say is “I want a friendly and social dog”. My answer - SOCIALIZE YOUR PUPPY! Many scientific studies have shown that puppies have a developmental period called “the socialization period”. During this time it is especially important that a puppy has POSITIVE interactions with everything he/she will encounter as an adult. Unfortunately, this period is very short and closes at 3 months of age. This means you have about 4 weeks to socialize your puppy to people of all sizes, genders, colors, ages, with costumes, hats, umbrellas; dogs of all sizes, colors, ages; cars, buses, trucks, loud noises, water, hair trimming, nail trimming, etc. Take your pup to a golden retriever training and socialization class that uses only positive methods.

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