On our last “How to Care for a Golden Retriever” post, we talked about those exciting first few days of change when you first bring your puppy home. Bringing home a puppy is a big commitment. There’s a lot that goes into bringing a puppy into your everyday life. Whether you’re thinking about getting a Colorado white golden for sale or you have a young puppy at home, be sure to read how to assimilate your puppy into family life below.
How to Care for a Golden Retriever Part 2: Part of the Pack
- Time at home. Even before you get a dog, it’s important to consider just how much time you can devote to spending with them. If your job requires long hours or a lot of travel, it might not be the right time to add a puppy to your family. Dogs are pack animals. They need time with you and your family to feel loved. Ideally, there should be someone at home with the puppy during the day. Otherwise, many workplaces now allow dogs, which is great when the puppy is a little older and better trained. Be sure you can dedicate the time to your new puppy at home so he or she will feel loved and part of the pack.
- Regular exercise. Golden Retrievers have a lot of energy, and puppies especially do. You’ll want to make sure your puppy gets plenty of exercise to keep them happy, healthy, and out of mischief. In addition to play time, plan to walk your puppy at least once every day. Establish a routine and walk your puppy daily either before or after work or during lunch. If you know there’s a day during the week you won’t be able to walk your puppy, consider hiring a dog walker for that day.
- Socialize with people and animals. As we said earlier, Colorado white goldens for sale are pack animals. They are very friendly and affectionate. Your Golden Retriever puppy will love spending time with you and other people. Help him or her learn how to interact with others by socializing him or her early – both with other people and with other dogs. If family or friends have other dogs or young kids, scheduling a play date with your new puppy is a great way to help your furry friend learn how to play and interact well with both people and pets.
- Grooming and health care. It’s important to find your puppy a good vet that you like and trust, and an early visit helps establish this relationship and keep your puppy healthy. Be sure you follow up yearly with regular physicals and vaccinations. In between visits, try to establish a routine where you brush out the coat, clean ears, brush teeth, and trim nails at least every two weeks. Golden Retrievers also need regular trips to the groomers – once every month or two – to maintain their soft, lush coats.
True, there’s a lot to consider when looking at Colorado White Goldens for sale, but taking care of your puppy doesn’t need to be complicated. By following our key tips, you’ll help settle your puppy into a routine and life with the pack in no time.