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The Golden Retriever is a medium size dog. They originally came from Scotland, around the early 1800′s, used to retrieve shot ducks and game birds during hunting and shooting sports. The original cross was of a yellow coloured Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel. They were bred to have a soft mouth to retrieve birds undamaged, and have an instinctive love of water. The Golden Retriever has a thick inner coat that provides it ample warmth. The outer coat is sleek and water repellent, and lies flat against the body. The breed’s intelligence and versatility suit the dog well for a variety of roles including guide dog for the blind, hunting dog, illegal drug and explosives detector, and search and rescue dog. Because of their loyal and gentle temperament, golden retrievers are are popular family pets, with a friendly and eager to please nature.
Golden Retrievers are exceptionally trainable, due to their intelligence, athleticism and desire to please their handlers.They are also very competitive in agility and other performance events. Harsh training methods are unnecessary as Golden Retrievers often respond very well to positive and upbeat training styles. Golden Retrievers are compatible with children and adults and are good with other dogs, cats, and other animals. Golden Retrievers are particularly valued for their high level of sociability towards people, and willingness to learn.
Choosing Your Puppy
When choosing your puppy, keep in mind a few of the health problems with this breed. Choose a healthy puppy, at least 8 weeks old, friendly and not aggressive.
How To Train A Puppy
Golden Retriever puppy training should start as soon as you bring your puppy home, but only if the dog is old enough and has been properly socialized. If the puppy is not yet 10 weeks old or if it has not be properly socialized with people and other dogs, make sure you do this first to avoid the creation of any excess aggression issues.
Next, start training with basic housetraining. Golden Retrievers can be especially stubborn at a young age, so it is highly recommend yo u use crate training and are home as much as possible during house breaking. It will take slightly longer than normal to finalize the housebreaking process, but once they are broken, a Golden Retriever is careful not to violate its home.
After you’ve established the basics, start creating an environment in which you are the clear and obvious alpha pack leader. Train your Golden Retriever puppy not to bite or nip using toys and a clear whining sound to show that it hurts. Do not allow your puppy to jump on the couch and never let it sleep in your bed. The crate should be used as much as possible in these early months as you stretch out how long the puppy can stay in there.
Golden Retriever puppy training should move into the obedience phase between 3 and 6 months with focus on basic commands like lying down, sitting, staying, focusing on you, coming when called, waiting inside doors and not pulling on the leash.
You will find that a Golden Retriever is very adept at picking up on these cues, but may not initially want to follow your lead due to its strong nature.
Because of their innate curiosity and courageous nature, a Golden Retriever will try to explore as much as possible. Teach them early not to chase cars, to stop at the curb and to make sure they don’t run away from you in public. Never take a Golden Retriever off its leash until you can be sure it will return upon being called and not run too far from you. The risks are higher with Golden Retrievers than with many other small breeds.
Proper Golden Retriever puppy training may seem a little tougher than normal when you first get your new friend, but eventually you’ll find that a Golden Retriever is among the most loyal, attentive dogs you could possibly own. They will stubbornly stay by your side, follow your instructions and stay clean indoors. But, only if you lay down the law early and make sure they follow your instructions in the future.