When Should My GOLDEN RETRIEVER Get Their Vaccination

When Should My GOLDEN RETRIEVER Get Their Vaccination

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Taking your dog for the vaccination is very important and not something you want to forget and today you can learn when this should happen.

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How Do I Introduce My GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPY To My Family

How Do I Introduce My GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPY To My Family

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Brining a puppy home is an overwhelming day for them as they find themselves in new surroundings and today we will teach you how to introduce your puppy to your family.

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DO GOLDEN RETRIEVER HAVE HIGH PREY DRIVE

DO GOLDEN RETRIEVER HAVE HIGH PREY DRIVE

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Whilst dogs have been bred away from being predators like their wolf ancestors, most of them still retain the instinctive ability and want to hunt – due to breeding, the prey drive manifests in many different ways in different dog breeds. Prey drive includes a few different behaviours including searching, stalking, chasing, biting to grab or biting to kill. Obviously not all dogs have such a strong prey drive, but it’s good to be aware of the specific behaviours as all dogs are individuals and temperaments can vary.  Golden Retrievers are very confident, but gentle dogs by nature and although it is common for them to be using as working dogs alongside hunters, they do not have a high prey drive. They are extremely sociable and playful dogs that much prefer to get on with other animals that they come across. It is very well-known that these bouncy and loving dogs adore playing and desire to be as close to everyone as much as possible – they absolutely thrive off of attention.  With the Golden Retriever it’s helpful to understand a few more of the breed’s drives rather than just the prey drive, including pack drive, food drive, retrieve drive, and play drive. Understanding a dog’s natural instincts helps you, as an owner, to be able to better understand your dogs’ behaviours and to find the best ways to train them. Goldens are known for having a high pack drive and are very sociable dogs as a result of this making them a great family pet as they love to spend time with their owners. Being a people-orientated dog with a high pack drive means that they are easy to train due to them being very eager to please their owner and enjoy all the attention they get given during training. As always, you should be aware of the difference between a dog playing and a dog pushing the boundaries to see how far they can go.  Golden Retrievers have a high food drive and even though they are regularly fed they will happily take more food when presented. Using food as a reward system in training can come in very handy and make training your Golden even easier.  A Goldens’ retrieve drive is extremely high, as you would expect, which is why they are so highly used by hunters as working dogs in the field. In a home environment they love to play games where they retrieve different items for their owners. The retrieve drive may mean that if your dog spots or smells something in the distance then they may be so focused on finding it that they ignore your recalls – but with lots of consistent training and patience, this can be corrected, and their recall can be top notch. Your Golden will absolutely adore you and are eager to please making training something that can be turned into an enjoyable activity. These impressive dogs need to be well stimulated both physically and mentally in order for them to be well-balanced dogs and to prevent them from developing destructive or unwanted behaviours. They are a high energy breed and boredom needs to be prevented – the more exercise your Golden is given, the more relaxed they will be in the home.  As I mentioned already, the Golden is a very intelligent breed, and they must be socialised from a very young age with other dogs, people and situations.  It’s important to understand the difference between prey drive and aggression as they can very easily look like they are one in the same. A dog’s aggression is driven by very strong emotions like fear whereas their prey drive is instinctive. Aggressive dogs will want to increase the distance between themselves and the object of their aggression, but a dog’s prey drive will draw them closer to the target. So why does this really matter? Well – as a dog’s prey drive is not driven by emotions, it is most often easier to manage than emotion-based aggression.  An extremely strong prey drive can be particularly problematic if you dog wants to chase absolutely anything that it sees – going for walks could become a nightmare for you as an owner. So, they need to be properly trained and corrected in order to prevent your dog from ignoring your every call. Most of a dog’s prey drive behaviours are harmless, but can cause problems for you as an owner, being unable to go for a walk with your canine companion and to be constantly worrying that they are going to take off.  It’s super important to look into the specifics of a dog breed before bringing them into your home to make sure that you and your pup will be a good match. Plus, it’s good to be aware of the different behaviours that your breed of interest may show more than another breed would.

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ARE GOLDEN RETRIEVER GOOD FOR FIRST TIME OWNERS

ARE GOLDEN RETRIEVER GOOD FOR FIRST TIME OWNERS

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If you are looking for a puppy to add to your family, the Golden is definitely a good choice. These golden dogs are known for their friendly, playful nature and love for everyone. They are so eager to please and to be as close to you as they can. The Golden Retriever is a great addition to an already active family that can take their pup on all their adventures and long walks. A Golden becomes part of the family as they so long to be a part of the ‘pack’ and are good with children of all ages. They are at their happiest when they are around people due to their remarkable social nature, they have unconditional for all which is such a beautiful quality of theirs’. If you tend to have family and friends over regularly, you can be confident that your Golden will be excited to have more people to get affection from rather than being against other people coming into your home. With good socialisation when they are a puppy with other people, other dogs and different environments or situations, your Golden will be much more used to a busy household and lifestyle. Golden Retrievers are fourth on the list of the top ten smartest dog breeds in the world which you may not have expected due to their occasionally goofy and playful personalities. They are highly intelligent dogs which means that they are easily trainable with consistency and patience. Their playful side can make the training process that little bit longer, but if you are prepared for those sorts of behaviours and are able to be persistent in training your Golden, then you and your Golden will make a great match. You can actually start to train your Golden puppy as soon as you bring them home at eight weeks old as they are so quick to learn and easy to please. Starting training at a young age is ideal with this breed as they grow up fast and consistent training throughout this growth prevents any bad habits that may be difficult to control when they are full size. This breed loves to be challenged and especially being rewarded with praise from their human companion. If you feel that you will be able to put in the time to train your Golden, then we highly suggest looking into this breed even more to see if they are the one for you. Their high intelligence can mean that they could pick up unwanted behaviours quickly, but as long as you are consistent in your training and correct them, then they will just want to please you. If you are an active person who is looking for an active companion to join you on your daily exercise routine, then this breed would be a perfect match for you and your lifestyle. Being a part of your routine is important to a Golden as they want to spend as much time with you as they can, so being able to exercise with them makes you great companions.  Golden Retrievers were bred as hunting dogs which means they had to have a very high energy level in order to retrieve gunned down game out in fields for long hours in the day. They may not be working as hunting dogs as your pet, but this high energy is inherent for the Golden and need to have at least two hours of exercise each day through two walks with opportunity for off lead running and plenty of playtime. Goldens absolutely love the water and this is deeply engrained in them from retrieving game from lakes and rivers in their hunting days, so if you are keen on swimming or other water sports, then you can be sure your Golden won’t let you do that alone.  The Golden’s friendly and bouncy personality make for a great pup to add to a family that has other animals already present. So, if you already have other pets like a cat, then with plenty of supervised socialisation, your pets will get on just fine. With plenty of socialisation with other dogs and animals, your puppy will grow up to be a well-rounded dog, confident and playful. Their longing to play is definitely what makes this breed so good with other dogs; all they want is to play with this new friend they have met. So, if you live in a neighbourhood that has a lot of dogs or you are unsure about whether you can bring a Golden into your home to join your other pets – you can be sure that with the right socialising and training your pets will get along very well. So, the Golden Retriever overall is a great choice for a first-time dog owner, but it is also important to be aware that all dogs are individual and, so how easy training is could depend on your dog’s individual personality. They are a loving addition to any family when you put in the time that they need.

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How Soon Should My GOLDEN RETRIEVER Go To The VET

How Soon Should My GOLDEN RETRIEVER Go To The VET

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Taking your Golden Retriever to the vet is extremely important as you don't want to miss their vaccinations and make sure they are healthy.

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GOLDEN RETRIEVER VS DOBERMAN

GOLDEN RETRIEVER VS DOBERMAN

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The Golden Retriever and the Doberman are both incredibly popular breeds. They have a number of similarities and differences but which would be better for you? Today we compare the 2 breeds.

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Where Should My GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPY Sleep?

Where Should My GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPY Sleep?

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Deciding the place you puppy sleeps at night might be something you have not thought about but it can be incredibly helpful especially for their training and routine.

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How Much Does A GOLDEN RETRIEVER Cost?

How Much Does A GOLDEN RETRIEVER Cost?

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When buying a Golden Retriever puppy you should think about more than just the initial cost. Owning a dog can be very expensive so you should always think about the ongoing costs. Today I break down the overall cost of a Golden Retriever.

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NEVER LET YOUR GOLDEN RETRIEVER EAT THIS!!!!

NEVER LET YOUR GOLDEN RETRIEVER EAT THIS!!!!

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Watching what your dog eats is very important as there are many poisonous things to dogs and today you can learn what to foods to keep your dog away from. 

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5 AMAZING FACTS About The GOLDEN RETRIEVER

5 AMAZING FACTS About The GOLDEN RETRIEVER

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Due to their incredibly sharp sense of smell and intelligence, their tracking abilities are extremely impressive. Goldens have been accompanying search and rescue teams, helping to pick up the trail of people who have got lost in the wilderness of potentially dangerous environments. They also have a high tolerance to pain and are able to tolerate injuries that other dogs wouldn’t be able to because of their high level of strength and stamina – this means that they are able to search for long periods of time and rescue people from those harsh environments.  Not only are they incredible search and rescue dogs, they are very popular as therapy and service dogs. Goldens are eager to please and, with lots of positive reinforcement, can be trained to do many different jobs. They are known as guide dogs helping those who are unable to do many tasks by completing the tasks with them or for them. Therapy dogs must be loving, obedient, loyal, affectionate and smart, and Golden Retrievers fit this description perfectly. You often find Goldens in the role of therapy dogs for those who have experienced extreme trauma or who have emotional or mental health issues because of their gentle and caring nature. Their personality and offer of unconditional love is what makes these pups so loved and the perfect companion. Fact Number Two Golden Retrievers are considered to be the fourth smartest dog breed in the world - just behind Border Collies, Poodles, German Shepherds. This is the quality, as I mentioned in our first fact, that makes Goldens so incredible at a vast array of jobs and easy to train. Being easy to train has also meant that many Goldens have made it onto the big screen, starring in movies and television shows alongside human companions. You may have heard of Buddy the dog – but if you haven’t – he was the golden actor on the hit tv show ‘Full House’ as Comet. Comet served as a shoulder to cry on for the younger members of the cast which perfectly sums up a Golden Retriever. Buddy’s most famous role, however, was as ‘Air Bud’ where he played a Golden that found himself on a basketball team due to his amazing sporting skills.  Fact number three – Golden retrievers have water repellent coats. They have two layers of fur which is often referred to as a double coat. The dense outer coat naturally repels water and then they have a thick under coat as well. This water-resistant quality may just explain a Golden’s love for swimming even more. Along with their webbed toes and long tails, Golden Retrievers are amazing swimmers, and this is a quality which aids them in search and rescue teams and in cold weather hunting situations where they have to retrieve the game from different lakes, rivers and streams.  Although this quality is super impressive, their double coat means that Goldens shed all year round, specifically in the spring and autumn time. So as an owner of a Golden Retriever you will have to be prepared to find golden hairs absolutely everywhere, but if you brush your pup at least once a week then this can reduce how much you find around the house. Our fourth fact is that Golden Retrievers have incredibly ‘soft’ mouths. Golden Retrievers’ are known for their gentle nature and this is especially true with their mouths. It is officially called Bite Inhibition, where an animal learns to moderate the strength of their bite. This is usually learnt when they are at a young age when playing with their mother and siblings – they learn through biting each other during play that if they bite with too much strength then this will lead to play time being cut short. You may have seen the challenge where you give your Golden a raw egg to hold in their mouth and not crack it in order to prove their delicate nature and just how well-trained they can be. This quality is what has made these retrievers so good at retrieving game for hunters as they pick up and hold the ducks without causing any damage at all to them.  For our final fact today, we have the famous Golden Pinkie who was no ordinary pup. She served as a surrogate mother to three tiger cubs who lost their mother. Her caring and loving personality meant she took on this role with ease and raised the cubs as though they were her own puppies. Along with raising tigers, she competed and won various awards worldwide, including the Westminster Dog Show!

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When Should My GOLDEN RETRIEVER Be HOUSE TRAINED
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