Information on how to engage your golden retriever’s mind and body
The Golden Retriever is a sweet, lovable, attractive and fun dog. If you are thinking of adopting one, you want to get as much information as possible about Golden Retrievers.
There are many different ways to get a Golden Retriever, but the number one best way is to adopt from a shelter. People will help you match a dog with your personality and circumstances and you will have saved a dog’s life.
If you are determined to have a puppy, do not go to the pet store. Instead, look for a serious hobbyist breeder, one who belongs to the American Kennel Club and a local club. If you do, you have most likely found a responsible smart breeder and not a puppy mill.
Golden Retrievers make a great dog for family and companionship. They love to learn and have a great love for children. If you have a family and the dog will receive a lot of attention, then this dog is well suited to your family.
If, on the other hand, you are not at home much and perhaps your household has two income earners and your children are in school all day, then the Golden Retriever is not for you. This dog cannot be home alone all day. It is a very social creature that needs to have people around it.
In fact, your Golden Retriever wants and needs to have people around him to please him. It is part of their nature. They tend to admire humans and need to please.
Golden Retriever also needs to get out and exercise, lots of exercise. It is not an apartment dog and it is not a dog that is well adapted to the elderly. They need to be busy both physically and mentally.
Your Golden will do just about any outdoor activity you can think of. Your Golden is great for jogging, for example. He will play fetch for hours and chase a ball until his legs fall off.
He is also an intelligent dog, which means that you also need to keep his mind stimulated. A great way to do this is to teach them a few tricks. It is relatively easy and fun. In addition to the standard commands, sit, stay, heel, come and now, what to teach him, you can teach him to shake a leg, turn, fetch and crouch.
You can also teach your Golden to walk on its own. By that I mean lead her on a leash and follow you. They are smart and eager to please and this is good for engaging the mind.
Of course, a Golden, like any dog, can have many challenges. They love to chew, for example. Obviously this can wreak havoc on your belongings, your shoes, your furniture, you name it, they will chew you up. It’s relatively easy to remedy, make sure they are well exercised so they don’t dump energy from the exercise into chewing, and also make sure they have some really good chew toys. This will divert the focus from your things.
A Golden Retriever is a great companion and a great friend to the family. However, your Golden Retriever is not a guard dog. It may bark at an intruder, but effectively only to welcome them into the home. The only threatening thing the dog could do is lick the intruder or possibly chew on their shoes.
A Golden Retriever also sheds a lot. You should brush her a lot at least twice a week. The other downside to a shedding dog is that if you have family members who have allergies, you will probably want to consider this breed.