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Hey all, need help about a possible Golden Retriever I will be getting, please read!!

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by vtecjedi44, Jun 30, 2010.


  1. vtecjedi44

    vtecjedi44 PetForums Newbie

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    Greetings Pet Forum!

    Hey to all, found this site through yahoo and seems like a great way to be apart of something.

    Ok so here is my situation, its very likely that I am going to be getting a Golden Retriever puppy that turns 8 weeks on July 1st this Thursday, so there are ALOT of things running around in my mind and I am desperate for help / questions. Although I will be taking him to the vet when I get him, I figured the thousands of users here who may have Goldies can help out !

    A. What supplies / should I prepare for the pup when he comes home? Anyone know a good brand of HEALTHY kibble to provide thats also not too expensive? Also, do I feed them twice? morning / night? or is lunch needed too, half of the people say yes, other half say no.... im assuming it depends on the dog?

    B. I know for a fact that I will be spending the majority of July / August home, although I hope my sibling and mom can help out occasionally , I will be handling most of it. What should I accomplish / whats important to handle the first two months?

    C. WHAT exactly is " crate training" ? I always assumed when you feed in the morning, wait 20 some minutes, then take em outside, same at night .... however everyone says to crate train..

    D. Related to crate training : is crate training involved when teaching the dog to be alone? or to become accustomed to that? is a crate all thats needed in the beginning or should I buy a bed?

    E. Tips / Suggestions for helping the Dog sleep in the living room / Den area away from the bedrooms? or should I have him near / in our rooms ( and then eventually move him to another room?)

    So many things are going through my head and I probably have dozens more of Q's ... but I'll leave it at that....

    If anyone is able to help out, I would be SOO grateful <3 Thank you

    V
     
  2. Johnderondon

    Johnderondon PetForums VIP

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    A. At eight weeks pups should be fed four times a day. Can't help with kibble as I don't use it but the pup should be allowed a gradual transition from whatever diet the breeder was feeding.

    B. Socialisation - start immediately.

    C. Accustomising a dog to stress-free confinement

    D. Crate training can be useful for dog who might be destructive when alone, some dogs with seperation anxiety reportedly get comfort from the den-like enviroment, house-training can be assisted (although I've never used one for such purpose) as dogs are usually reluctant to soil their bedding and some people think crate training is a good idea in itself in case the dog ever needs crating for veterinary or travel reasons.

    E. Lol. I'll leave this one as my dogs tend to sleep on top of my head.

    Good luck with your new baby. :)
     
  3. vtecjedi44

    vtecjedi44 PetForums Newbie

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    Tnx for the help....

    Do you know the best way to approach crate training? should the crate door ever be closed during the training or should it be open so the dog trusts the crate / gets used to it?
     
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    y2klovebug PetForums Junior

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    Hi, most of your questions have been answered but just to add, i feed my goldie on arden grange puppy food as thats what the breeder was feeding him. Your prob best off giving your breeder a ring and finding out what they are feeding the pups an keep him on that, at least for the first couple of weeks while he settles in then you could change it to something else gradually if you wanted. Crate training isn't as daunting as it sounds. What you want to do is basically make the crate somewhere that the dog really enjoys, so start by treating it in there, playing etc (i even got in the crate and played with mine as he was abit reluctant at first. You can then gradually start shuting the door and leaving the pup in there, you being visible to the dog first of all, then as you gradually lengthen the time the pups in there you can also start going to another room rather than standing by him. I know someones posted a link for you so that prob explains it much better than i did!! It just takes time and patience, you have to harden your heart a little and not rush to your gorgeous puppy when they are sitting there crying - dont let them out until they have calmed themselve otherwise they will associate crying with being let out and you will have made it alot harder for yourself!!! I have an 11 week golden retriever pup who we also bought home at 8 weeks so if you have any questions feel free to PM me and i will try and help.
     
  6. GoldenShadow

    GoldenShadow PetForums VIP

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    Are you in the US or UK?
     
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    ploddingon PetForums Senior

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    Enjoy your new pup, it will be lovely to have him and Goldies are such lovely dogs
     
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    Hi from me.Youve had lots of good replies,so dont need to add much really.
    Have a look at the health section for food advise,and also the training section for some great crate training threads.
    You will be just fine,my little goldie is now 12 wks old,and loves to chew,so make sure you have plenty of puppy friendly toys.
    Congrats and enjoy your new pup!
     
  9. vtecjedi44

    vtecjedi44 PetForums Newbie

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    Some great info so far thank you!

    my mind has dozens of questions yet I can't think of them all otherwise I would ask, but here is one for sure:

    since he will be just a baby, how many times a day should I let him out in the yard to do his business? I mean obviously after feeding , but during the day, should I let him out ever hour or something? Also along the months to come, do I lessen that seeing as how he will be bigger and should be able to hold it longer?
     
  10. ploddingon

    ploddingon PetForums Senior

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    Let him out as soon as he wakes, about an hour after he eats, after he has been playing, after his naps and basically every waking hour every hour:D

    You may find that sometimes you spend your time out in the garden while your pup sniffs around or tries to chase an innocent moth or butterfly, waiting for him to do the necessary action, obly for nothing to happen, but he will get the hang of it in time.

    Have a special word (I use 'pee-pee' for when he has a wee, and 'be quick' for when he has a poo), and whenever it wees or poos then say the appropriate word and give huge praise and a treat.
     
  11. vtecjedi44

    vtecjedi44 PetForums Newbie

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    Heya, I'm in the USA , Los Angeles CA
     
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