What to Consider When Adopting a Golden Retriever Puppy

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Doing thorough research is an essential part of the adoption process when considering a Golden Retriever puppy, just like any other pup. While many know that they are lovable, gentle and loyal dogs who get along great with children, there are some important details to consider when deciding on welcoming a golden retriever pup into your family. After all, those friendly neighbors and dog walkers may not be aware of the full extent of what comes with golden retriever ownership.

Life with a Golden Retriever Puppy

Golden retrievers are high energy working dogs, and they are young for a very long time; about four or five years. One golden retriever owner found this out too late, because she didn't do her research:

Diane, a lonely apartment dweller, decided to adopt a puppy. She'd seen and heard what wonderful pets golden retrievers make. Whenever Diane saw a golden retriever assistance dog, it was quietly sitting next to its owner in the library, or doctors office. She decided a golden retriever puppy was for her so she looked in the classifieds and found one for sale by a backyard breeder. Since she lived in an apartment, she bought the runt of the litter, a blond female cutie she named Sugar. On the way home, Diane bought lots of toys for her new puppy.

Soon, Diane discovered the joys of golden retriever puppies and their abundance of energy that kept them playing from sunrise to sunset. From running and jumping - even on people - to fetch and tug-of-war, these playful pups provided endless entertainment. As Diane's seventy-pound pup jumped around, she was reminded that this breed may not be the most suitable for her lifestyle; but regardless, she could not help but appreciate their lively personalities and enthusiasm for life.

Things to Consider when Adopting a Golden Retriever Puppy

  • Golden retrievers are working dogs and need to be working all the time.
  • Golden retrievers are high energy dogs.
  • Golden retrievers are very social dogs and want to be with people all the time.
  • Golden retrievers need lots of exercise.
  • Golden retrievers need to start obedience training as soon as possible.
  • Golden retriever puppies will be in the puppy stage for a very long time.
  • Golden retrievers do not become calm until they grow out of the puppy stage.

Golden Retrievers as Apartment Dogs

Despite their size, Golden Retrievers can make great apartment dogs when given the proper environment. Taking them to the local dog park twice a day allows these beloved pups to get the exercise they need while also providing opportunities for socializing with other doggos. This lifestyle may require extra effort from stay-at-home parents or retirees, but it’s still possible. Alternatively, adopting an older golden retriever could be another great option for those living in apartments.

Golden Retriever Puppies - the Ideal Living Environment

A loving home with school-age children and a large backyard makes the perfect setting for a golden retriever. They become an integral part of the family, taking part in any activity that they can! Whether that's camping, playing soccer, or curling up on the couch to watch some TV - these canine companions seek out companionship from their owners and are always looking for ways to be involved. Even if their owner is single or retired, golden retrievers can still make great pets. All it takes is some obedience training so the pup can understand basic commands, regular socialization with other dogs and people, and plenty of stimulation. With all that in mind, a golden retriever can be an incredibly calming presence in any home.

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