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Golden Retrievers are an outstanding human companion dog - they display a long list of traits which us dog lovers truly admire and value.
The Golden Retriever is much loved all around the world for their gentle affectionate nature, high intelligence, absolute loyalty and attractive good looks. They are one of the few dog breeds who truly build a strong and lasting bond with their human family.
Golden Retriever puppy training is an essential, fun and rewarding experience for both you and your dog. You'll find that your Golden Retriever puppy may be a bit unruly and excitable early on but with some puppy socialization and training will develop into a wonderful trustworthy companion.
Since then the Golden Retriever has been known as a Golden, Yellow Retriever or simply as a "Goldie".
The Golden Retriever has a lovely warm gentle expression, is athletic, muscular and has a smooth fluid gait. They love to greet you with their head held high and tail wagging furiously.
One of the most distinctive features of the Goldie is their beautiful rich golden coat. It is a thick double coat which is weatherproof - they do shed!
Goldies are a powerful well proportioned dog, males grow to 56-61cm tall at the withers and weigh in at between 29-34kg. Females are a centimeter or two shorter and a couple of kilos lighter.
The easy to handle and very trainable nature of the Golden Retriever has seen them utilized in many "canine jobs". Their love of human company and patience has made them ideally suited as guide dogs for the blind, service dogs and also as narcotic detection dogs.
Golden Retrievers absolutely crave and thrive on human attention. They are happiest when involved in all family activities - they are not an outside dog. Therefore if you are away from home for long periods a Golden Retriever puppy is probably not the right option for you. Separation anxiety can be a real problem with Goldies who are left alone and bored for hours on end.
Golden Retriever puppies grow to be confident, friendly to all people and animals, well mannered, patient, inquisitive, adaptable and stable. Basically they are a great asset to any responsible dog loving household.
Goldies love to swim, retrieve a ball, they enjoy all types of dog sports and training. They thrive on the physical and mental stimulation which activities like agility, flyball, tracking and obedience training provides.
It's an unfortunate fact that there are many unscrupulous and opportunistic Golden Retriever breeders out there cashing in on the vast popularity and money making potential of the breed. They have little or no regard for the mental and physical wellbeing of the Golden Retriever puppies they produce. This has led to a disturbing increase in Golden Retriever puppies with unstable temperaments.
Golden Retriever's are still a pretty sturdy and healthy breed but there are a few problems to look out for:
So if you want a healthy, well socialized Golden Retriever puppy the best place to start is by locating a good Golden Retriever breeder - they are your valuable ally.
Golden Retriever puppy training is most effective when using positive, reward based dog training methods with plenty of encouragement and praise. You'll find that your Goldie is eager to please when training and won't benefit from any harsh punishment or intimidation.
From puppy house training (potty training), crate training right through to all the basic obedience commands (sit, down, stay, heel, come etc.) your Goldie will catch on quickly. All they require from you is some clear guidance, consistency and repetition.
If you plan to train your puppy (or older dog) at home I would recommend that you closely follow this comprehensive Golden Retriever training community.
Please consult the services of a Professional Dog Trainer, Behaviorist or Veterinarian before implementing any of the advice contained on this site.