a reply to: Silicis n Volvo
We've owned golden retrievers and after our last one passed away we talked about getting a smaller breed. After 4 months my wife and I missed our
home without a dog and we settled again on another golden retriever. We just love the personality of the dog because they're so lovable and people
oriented. The down side is they shed a lot.
As far as recommendations...Crate your dog at night and when your at work so it learns to "hold it" until you let it outside. When they're a puppy,
it helps keeping the crate in your room at night so they know they're not alone.
Keep your puppy occupied with a chew toy from day one. Puppies love to chew so if you give them a good selection of chew toys, they won't become
bored and start chewing on your sofa or furniture.
Take your puppy out to do her business every hour at first. Reward her or him with a treat and a pat on the head as soon as they squat or relieve
themselves, so they associate doing their business outside is a positive thing to do.
After about 4 - 6 months, you'll probably notice they have caught onto the routine of going outside to do their business and will notify you with a
bark, nose nudge or pacing by the door. If you notice they find their chew toys more attractive than household objects, then at that time you will no
longer need to crate your dog at night or when you are away.
We also have used a shock/vibration collar to prevent her from digging in the back yard or eating mulch. We've never used the shock setting, just the
vibration setting because its effective and not painful like the shock. We've never used the shock setting on her. The vibration setting is just as
effective. It also helps to teach her not to lay on the sofa, chairs or prop their paws on the kitchen counter tops.
My wife and I both work during the day, and have never had any problems leaving her home alone. She has her chew toys to keep her occupied until we
get home. I would recommend bringing her to a dog training class around 5 or 6 months. It well help you train her from pulling when you bring her
for a walk, and they will give you proper techniques on how to train your dog.
Good Luck, the experience we've had owning 3 dogs has proven it makes for a happier home. They become part of the family, and they provide plenty of
laughter. They're emotionally beneficial for children because they provide another full-time friend to play with, and also someone else to hug and
find comfort. I guarantee you won't regret owning one.
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