We all recognize Golden Retrievers. They are an incredibly popular breed, and for good reason! If you want a dog that’s smart, snuggly, laid-back, and lots of fun, you can’t beat a “Golden.” They make great pets for anyone of any age, and they’re also good working dogs. You’ll often see Golden Retrievers guiding the blind or helping handicapped people and, of course, as hunting dogs.
Whether you already have a house full of pets and kids, or you are looking for your first dog, a Golden Retriever is a good choice. They’re laid back and easy to get along with, and they usually get on with pets and kids just fine.
Owning Any Dog Is a Time Commitment!
Remember that no dog likes to be left alone. Golden Retrievers are extra sociable dogs and they are known for being very devoted and loving. They like to play and get lots of attention. If you have a Golden Retriever, you’ll need to plan on trips to the park to play fetch and chase.
Obedience Training Benefits You and Your Golden Retriever!
Obedience classes are good for socialization and the opportunity to learn new things. The better communication you have with your dog, the more satisfied you will be. A well-trained dog is a happier dog than one that doesn’t have clear communication established.
Good Dog Grooming Takes Time!
Golden Retrievers are pretty long-haired dogs. You’ll need to have good grooming equipment and make some commitment to grooming. Goldens need to be brushed a couple of times a week and bathed about once a month.
Don’t expect Your Golden to Guard Your Home!
Goldens are much too friendly to be guard dogs! But if you like active outdoor activities a Golden Retriever makes a great adventure buddy. Like all dogs, Goldens love to spend time with their people. Because they were bred originally to hunt fowl, Goldens also like to be useful, so be sure to have your Golden learn to do little doggy jobs like bringing in the paper and fetching your slippers! Whenever your Golden pleases you, be sure to praise, praise, praise!
Take Care With Feeding
It’s easy for them to put on too much weight. Be sure to feed the right amount of food, and always feed a good quality dog food. As your dog matures, be sure to step up to the correct age-appropriate food to keep your best friend at the best weight.
Remember the Chew Toys!
Be sure to provide plenty of good chew toys, especially when you have to be at work or away. Chewing is a great way for a dog to fight boredom, but not if it means you lose all your shoes!