Introduction

One of the most pawpular dog breeds in America, the Golden Retriever is famous for being friendly, playful, and trustworthy. Of course, there's also the lustrous gold coat for which the breed is named. The Golden's outgoing demeanor and high trainability make them puptastic family pets, but this medium-sized gundog still requires plenty of care, attention, and yes, exercise! So make sure you've done your research before bringing home a Golden Retriever puppy—they may look cute and innocent, but they're still a big responsibility! While raising a Golden Retriever is not without its challenges, a bit of preparation will go a long way in helping you become a pawsome pup parent!

Home Preparation

Congratulations on your new Golden Retriever puppy! Before the newest member of the family arrives, you'll want to puppy-proof your home and garden to keep your pup and possessions safe. Put shoes, phones, and electrical cords away; secure medicines and cleaning products in cupboards; and remove plants that are poisonous to dogs, such as foxglove and yew. You'll also need to do some shopping—some of the things that your pup will need are food, bowls, a comfy bed, a collar or harness, a leash, and ID tags. A crate and baby gates are useful for confining your pooch for short periods when you can't watch them. Once your Golden is older, they'll be sporting a waterproof double coat that sheds continuously, so get a slicker brush as well.

Create a Schedule

Your Golden Retriever puppy will adjust to their new surroundings much faster if they have a routine, so it's impawtant to fix this schedule even before your little furball sets paw inside the house. Your Golden will need to be fed three times a day until they're about three months old, and go outside to relieve themselves every two to four hours. Posting a chart of puppy's feeding, training, and walking times is a good idea if more than one family member is in charge of these tasks. Stick to the schedule as much as possible, and you should have a toilet trained pup in no time! If no one is home during the day, a Wag! dog walker can help to take your Golden Retriever puppy out for walks and potty breaks. Also, make sure your pooch has seen the vet by the time they're 10 weeks old.

What to Expect the First Week

The first week will be an adjustment period for everyone in the household, especially your pup, who will be learning how to live in an unfamiliar place without their mom and littermates. If and when they make a mistake, remember that your Golden is doing their best and wants nothing more than to please you. Provide chew toys, as they will be teething, and opportunities for socialization, so that they'll develop into a well-adjusted adult. Give your Golden Retriever puppy lots of love, and you'll quickly have a best friend for life!
Sleep
Sleep

Frequently

You'll find your Golden Retriever pup snoozing 12-18 hours each day.
Toys
Toys

Fetch

Fetch and water-friendly toys are must-haves for Goldens!
Training
Training

Easy

Golden Retrievers are eager to please, making them very easy to train.
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