As a new Golden Retriever puppy owner, you have so much to look forward to learning, teaching, and watching. None of those three will ever leave you feeling not entertained.
However, it’s the “watching” that will give you the loves, the licks, and all out belly laughs! This little Goldie pup is trying to teach us how to prepare your bed, err…water boil, before settling in for a nice cool nap on a hot summer day. Someone was wise to grab a device to capture this moment on video – and now we can all learn!
The good people at TotallyGoldens.com have you covered with everything you’ll want to know what to do with that little fur ball when you get it home! Like any dog owner should know, puppies are work. It’s REALLY fun work, but nonetheless, it is work!
Bringing a Golden Retriever into your world requires from you a time commitment, some dough (cash!), and a lot of energy! Your new Goldie is a part of your family now, and quite happy to be so!
If you already own a Golden Retriever, this might be a refresher course. If you are an “about to be” owner, the following information is priceless and will go a long way to help you and your new pooch setting on a course for a healthy and happy future together,
Why on earth would you want one of these?!
If you have to ask this question you probably haven’t spent very much time with a Goldie before, but that’s totally cool. Here are just a few great reasons to choose a Goldie over other breed choices.
- They are exceptionally cute! That’s true whether they are a puppy or adult, except that when they become an adult, people refer to them more often in terms of a more stuffy-sounding “good-looking dog.”
- Never underestimate the intelligence of a Golden Retriever. This is truly the “gold” in the “Golden” part of their name (other than their color, of course). They are very smart dogs which make them highly trainable, extremely obedient if trained properly, super-duper pooches in agility competitions, and superb assistant dogs.
- Chances are good you probably spent more time researching your Golden Retriever than you took to choose your spouse or current girlfriend or boyfriend.
- Golden Retrievers are people lovers and are great with children as well as other animals.
- They’re very loyal and will go to great lengths to make their owners happy.
- They have a mischievous side to their personality. So do you – don’t judge.
- They love to play. Who doesn’t?
What’s The Best Age To Get A Puppy? This age looks good!
As soon as you are ready to commit time and energy to your new puppy, you are old enough. A far as the age of the puppy is concerned, generally, they should be between seven and ten weeks old. Even after they are a few months old, you haven’t missed out on their trainable window of opportunity. That, of course, has a lot to do with how smart these dogs are.
Where Can You Get A Golden Retriever Puppy?
You have options here, but if you are looking for a great family dog as a companion canine for your kids, friends, and neighbors, please consider an animal rescue shelter first. Unfortunately, we have a huge overpopulation problem with dogs in America and all of the world, in fact. Even getting an adult dog from a shelter is a good option. Again, with Goldie’s. their intelligence will knock you off of your feet!
Your other options will include getting your pooch from a respected, professional breeder, a ‘backyard breeder,’ a friend who’s just had puppies, or a pet store or a puppy mill. Pet stores and puppy mills are not a great idea!
There are professional breeders, adopting from rescues, pet shops and classifieds…there are so many options available to a person looking to get a Golden Retriever. But what are the pros and cons to each place?
There is so much to learn and have fun with before, during, and after getting your new Goldie and researching all about the breed will reveal things that you would never have thought of. And, it’s the kind of research that’s fun! Enjoy your Golden Retriever, because if done right, they will enjoy you right back for their entire lives!