Well ok, top of the list that starts after your family spend an hour ‘awwing‘ and ‘ahhhing‘ and ‘aren’t they just adorable-ing‘ that accompanies new Golden Retriever puppies in any household.
They are remarkably cute as puppies, aren’t they?
Training Golden Retriever Puppies
Now, back to business of training Golden Retriever puppies – it’s very tempting for that new cutesy behavior to continue as long as they stay small, but it’s important to remember that this is also the best time in any dog’s life to instill good habits and for them to learn appropriate behavior in their new environment.
During this time you will assert your authority over the puppies letting them know you are the top-dog, the alpha, in this house. Setting this pecking order early will help through all of the other training exercises and with reaching the other training goals you set for you new family member.
Once the puppy , or puppies, have become familiar with your home, you need to start getting them used to set routines and family schedules. Your aim while training Golden Retriever puppies is to get your Golden(s) prepared for life in your household, and to help them mature without any of the more common behavioral issues such as separation anxiety, neuroses, or developing aggressive tendencies.
4 key areas to work on when training Golden Retriever puppies
Socialization – You new pet needs to become comfortable with your family members, regular visitors, and other dogs and animals it may encounter. Lack of socialization can lead to aggression as the dog grows up and doesn’t know how to conduct itself with others around it.
Crate Training – Training your puppies to understand that they have a place of their own, and what it’s like to be left alone for extended periods can help avoid separation anxiety issues that untrained and pampered dogs experience. The crate should never be used as a punishment, your Golden puppy needs to associate this place as a secure place of comfort.
Lead Training – Young puppies are full of excitement and eagerness, and the first time you place them on a lead they will have a tendency to jump or pull at the lead in an effort to get what they want to go, not where you want them to be. You won’t need to start this training until your puppy is old enough to leave the house for walks, but as soon as they are around 3 months old you want to train them how to behave on a leash – quiet and calm.
Schedules – Your pet Golden needs to understand that he or she is a part of your family’s life and is not in control. Setting a schedule or specific times for activities such as walks, play time, feeding, and potty time helps to enforce a habit on your pet. It’s important to not give in to your dog because he wags his tail or pushes his food dish to you is important in both establishing dominance and in establishing the routine your dog needs to learn to follow.
Training Golden Retriever puppies needn’t be a chore, done right it’s a lot of fun watching your puppy learn and grow!
Historical Fact: Golden Retrievers were first accepted by The Kennel Club og England in 1903, but not officially recognized as a separate breed until 1913.
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