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Below are some of the products we have used and recommend. Whether that be toys that the puppies LOVE while they are with us to books on training that will be helpful to you in your journey of training your new puppy!
The training programs recommended below are both fantastic (and LIFETIME memberships!) and either one will work on helping you continue your new puppy's training at home. If your budget allows, I would suggest investing in both as each one offers unique tips and perspective on the what, when, where, why and how to train. Click on each logo to learn more about each program and enroll if you so choose.
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Good 'high value' training treats are a MUST when working with puppies or adult dogs. And keep it interesting for your pup by not feeding all of one treat ... get a mixture of several and keep them guessing and INTERESTED in listening to what you ask of them next! :)
*Note* the Honest Kitchen fishy treats are fantastic but they are SMELLY. I haven't met a puppy or dog that doesn't go crazy for them ... just a PSA that if you have a thing about fish smells - although your dogs will love them you may not.
Keeping up with the grooming of your Golden is a very important step in owning one of these wonderful dogs. They are known as a 'double-coated' breed and will do 2-3 MAJOR shedding episodes a year, usually in the spring and fall ... and then if you're "lucky" they'll throw one more in there for you just to keep you and your vacuum busy!
A good slicker brush (I've got 2 of them listed above - small square blue one is perfect and soft for puppies to get used to brushing as well as to use it on adult dogs for around sensitive areas like their ears and face. The large green one is great for adult dog bodies and tail) and an undercoat rake are 2 of the most essential tools you'll need for their coats to help in this process. You'll also need to keep up on their nail clipping, so a good nail clipper and grinder are good tools to have on hand also. If you are diligent about starting this process when they are young and get them used to it being a daily/weekly routine, you will have a dog that will understand that this treatment is a pup spa day not an unusual form of torture!
For bathing, good quality shampoo and conditioners will also help keep things in check and condition their skin as well in the process. Just like humans, dogs will go through seasonal allergies and get itchy dry skin, so having a quality shampoo/conditioner will help aid them of these seasonal irritants. If you have a place to setup (space, hot/cold water hookups, possibly a drain - but a 5 gallon bucket works just fine too) the Booster Bath, I will just tell you from my own experience ... this product is a lifesaver on my knees and back from NOT having to hunch over a bath tub on ground level bathing dogs!
Blow Drying. It's no surprise that most, if not all Goldens LOVE water, which means that you will more than likely be contending with a wet dog more than you probably planned (whether that be from a bath or them swimming). Because of their double coat, they do tend to take forever to air dry and sometimes won't even fully dry underneath for 1/2 a day or more . This excess moisture on their skin is just asking for a hot spot to form. If you have never had the "pleasure" of dealing with a hot spot ... let me save you the trouble and tell you to buy a good dog blow dryer. You will need something with a lot more air force than a standard human hair dryer in order to get rid of the moisture. If it's hot outside then air drying is totally fine ... but more times than not it's going to be easier to just spend 20 minutes blow drying your pup and then continue on with your day. Also with a floppy ear breed, be sure you also are taking care of their ears and keeping them free from funk and overgrowth of yeast (which happens with they get wet and not taken car of ... hence why this is in this paragraph!) which will land you in the vets office for an ear infection.
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