When it comes to training puppies, you need to teach your Golden Retriever the basics.
Even if you have no desire to teach your Golden the “extra’s”, such as frisbee playing or having the telephone brought to you,(one of our favorites!) it is basic puppy training that will serve you well throughout all of her life.
Your Golden Retriever will go through the
up on you stage at the same time that she is trying out her
Work on these at the same time also.
Start teaching her to
as soon as she comes into your home, and do not put off working with her on her
as her sharp teeth can quickly cause damage! And of course, teaching her to
will bring both of you hours of fun.
It doesn’t matter what words you choose for your commands, the important trick is that you always use the same words, so that your pup will recognize and understand what you want her to do.
If you do not want her on the furniture, then decide if you will say “off” or “get down”, and then stick with the word that you have chosen. Make sure that everyone in the household also uses the same words.
Although, I personally, use the “off” command in this example, as “down” is meant for her to lay down.
Consistency, praise, and fun are the most essential keys in her training. If you are not consistent, then she won’t be either!
Giving her lots of enthusiastic praise and petting makes training fun for her and relaxed and enjoyable for you, especially when you see that famous “Golden smile“!
Too many owners do not take the time to teach their new puppy what is and isn’t acceptable. Then, when they end up with an ill-mannered adult Golden, they want to place the blame on either bad genetics or bad breeding.
When truthfully, most adult dog problems would have been eliminated had the puppy been worked with from the start.
Start with basic puppy training, and after she has mastered that, then move on to more advanced training.
As this site grows, the following list will grow, but in the meantime, here are some good starting points.
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