Golden Retriever Care And Training

Golden Retrievers are quick to learn and eager to please, patient, fun-loving, full of energy and easily trained. As you read further down this page you will begin to understand that as your Golden Retriever’s human companion you will undoubtledly be the center of its universe – and the chances are it will become the center of yours too.

In ‘Golden Retrievers : Everything You Need to Know’ I cover everything you will need to know about taking care of, maintaining and training your Golden Retriever in one handy Guide which both current and future Golden owners will love!

Potential Golden Retriever owners usually have various goals. Some want a reliable hunting partner, some a competitive show dog, and some just simply want a healthy and personable family pet. Regardless of what your goals may be regarding your dog, your first priority should be choosing one that is as healthy as possible. It’s not hard to find a Golden Retriever, but if you want a good one that represents the breed at its best, you need to choose your source carefully.
Finding Your “Perfect Pot of Gold”

These tornadoes in adorable, sweet, kissable, fuzzy little packages can take a happy, clean home and turn it into a house of horrors to rival the best carnival’s. From their tiny little knives of teeth to their complete lack of comprehension of the word “No,” puppies are trouble. Yet one look into that open, innocent little face and those big, loving eyes that consider you a god and you’re hooked. It’s an addiction, but there’s really no cure besides a good education in all things puppy-related. So put on that thinking cap, and grab your copy of ‘Golden Retrievers : Everything You Need to Know’ because you’ll need it when they get you in their furry clutches… and then breathe on you with that puppy breath!

This guide will give you the information you need to be able to distinguish between good breeders and bad breeders and answer the questions you may have such as

* How to choose the right golden puppy for you.
* Physical attributes to look for (and some to avoid!)
* What papers the breeder should provide.
* What food does your golden puppy need.
* How to Crate Train your Golden Retriever puppy
* Puppy Checklist
* Housetraining
* Obedience Training
* What to expect from your Golden puppy as he grows (Golden Retriever
development and Growth stages)
* and much more

Caring for your Golden from the inside out

Your Golden Retriever’s performance, health, and longevity depend, in part on what you choose to feed him. Dogs’ diets can be as complex as ours, and it’s important to hit all of the vital nutritional bases. Lack of the proper vitamins and nutrients can lead to upset stomachs, skin problems, brittle bones, obesity, and even – in the worst cases – death. Proper nutrition is the building block of his overall health. Without the right nutrition and exercise, his defenses against disease and disorders are weakened.
Because most dogs are usually fed one type of food, choosing the best diet is an important and often daunting decision. In ‘Golden Retrievers : Everything You Need to Know’ you will find out about commercial vs. home-prepared diets, commercial foods, canine nutrition, feeding & weight and eating related conditions.

Keeping Your Golden Retriever Healthy

When you get ‘Golden Retrievers : Everything You Need to Know’ you will also find details of conditions and illnesses that can crop up in the Golden Retriever breed. Early detection and prevention will help your golden live a longer, happier life.

You will also learn the right way to groom your Golden. Grooming won’t only make your Golden look beautiful; it can also prevent serious health problems. Just as with people, good grooming involves more than an occasional brushing of the hair. Keeping the nails, teeth, eyes, and ears well groomed is just as important.

Groom golden retrievers by bathing them every one to six weeks, using a high velocity blow dryer to eliminate shedding fur, combing through the fur behind the ears and on the thighs and shaving the bottom of their feet. Keep a golden retriever groomed and happy with help from a professional dog groomer in this free video on pet care.

Expert: Sammi
Bio: Sammi is a dog groomer at the Animal Care Center in West Bountiful, Utah.
Filmmaker: Michael Burton

Hair Care

One of the Golden’s best assets is its golden coat. The best way to get a good coat is to grow it from the inside, and that means proper nutrition. You can help that coat stay healthy on the outside by brushing and washing.

Brushing a dry coat can result in hair breakage so mist it ever so slightly with water before you start. Your Golden Retriever should be brushed at least one to three times a week.

Never shave your Golden Retriever. You can use any pair of scissors to trim straggling hairs, but the main rule when trimming a Golden is that less is best.

It is normal for a Golden Retriever to shed their hair. If there seems a lot putting 1 teaspoon of olive oil in you dogs food per day may help reduce shedding a little. If you do find your Golden is shedding a lot then try to brush them every now and then and remove the extra hair before it gets on your furniture! If your Golden is not scared of the vacumn you can even vacumn your dog! Many dogs love to be vacumned (use a soft brush attachment).
It is usual to have some shedding with goldens all year round (in addition to replacing seasonal coats), but if it is excessive there may be some other underlying cause such as nutritional, stress or some other kind of imbalance so it would probably be best to double check with your vet if you are worried about excessive shedding.

Exercising With Your Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers generally have tons of energy and love to exercise with you, but it should ideally be on soft ground and probably best to limit it to a couple of miles – especially if your golden is less than 18 months old (unless your vet recommends different). There can be some concerns in the breed with joint issues (elbow and hips dysplasia are common hereditary problems) which is why especially at a young age when the bones are not fully developed it is good to be careful with your golden and make sure that he /she is not displaying any signs of joint pain (it is probably something your vet will also keep an eye out for aswell at your checkups anyway).

Key points when jogging or cycling with your golden include:

* In the summer especially, avoid asphalt and concrete; it gets really hot and is hard on the paws. Instead, choose a grass or dirt-covered route.
* Keep an eye on your dog and slow down if you see that he is lagging.
* Always bring enough water for the both of you.
* Exercise when it’s coolest – either in the morning or at night. Because dogs don’t have the same cooling mechanisms as humans, avoid situations where your golden can become overheated quickly.
* When cycling at night, attach reflective or illuminated strips to your golden retrievers collar.

Goldens are not prone to obesity, but as with any dog their weight should be watched closely. This is especially true for elderly or less active dogs.

Homemade Ear Cleaning Mixture

A homemade mixture of one part alcohol to two parts white vinegar can be used as a simple ear cleaning solution to remove ear debris.*

* Please note: Cleaning solutions will flush out debris, but will not kill mites or cure infections. If your Golden Retriever is showing signs of discomfort or the ear is red, swollen, or painful, please consult your Vet, do not attempt to clean it yourself.

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Golden Retriever

* Alcoholic beverages
* Avocado
* Chocolate (all forms)
* Coffee (all forms)
* Fatty foods
* Macadamia nuts
* Moldy or spoiled foods
* Onions, onion powder
* Raisins and grapes
* Salt
* Yeast dough
* Garlic
* Products sweetened with xylitol

Chicken Gravy for Dogs

There may be times when you want to put some gravy on your goldens food (maybe as a treat, or perhaps to disguise some medicine etc.). Gravy intended for human consumption is usually enjoyed by dogs, but is really too salty for them. Here is a recipe that be used as a gravy for dogs

2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
60 ml (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
120 ml (1/2 cup) whole wheat flour
950 ml (4 cups) water
250 ml (1 cup) dry milk
250 ml (1 cup) shredded carrots

Preparation & Cooking

Melt butter in microwave using large bowl or measuring cup. Stir in whole wheat flour until well combined. Add water and milk and microwave at 50% power for 10 minutes, stirring twice. Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

Serve cool; store leftovers in fridge or freezer.
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Anonymous said...

Nice blog Aylin,
We have raised goldens as family pets for over twenty years and not one has the same personality but each has been a complete and utter joy. We love goldens and will continue to raise them for as long as possible. Best friend a family ever had.\...good luck

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