Caring For Your Golden Retriever
It is very important to Ray that each pup goes to a warm and loving home with people who are able to expend the time, energy, and resources to ensure a long and happy life for their new companions. This is not a trivial undertaking. It will require a true commitment on the owner's part. Goldens are very sociable dogs and need companionship; they are not happy left alone in the backyard for too long. It is your responsibility as an owner to make sure that your dog is never allowed to roam free unsupervised. To maintain the good health of your Golden yearly vaccinations, correct feeding and regular worming are essential. With the right care your Golden may be expected to live from 10 to 13 years.
Basic training is an important part of responsible dog ownership. Your dog will learn to be a better companion, establishing a stronger bond with you and generally acquiring the good manners and obedient responses that will make it a social asset. Classes ranging from puppy to advanced obedience training level are available in most areas through local obedience clubs. The Golden is a very special breed. They are by nature loving, open, gregarious, caring, protective (especially of children), intelligent and eager to please. However, there is some effort involved. Goldens have extraordinary strength and stamina, (after all, they were bred for retrieving), and as such, MUST get a vigorous daily regimen of exercise. This is not just for the physical benefits of the exercise, but even more so for the mental well-being that ensues. Take them for a run (just a walk will not cut it) and get them retrieving! Toss that ball, throw that stick, ride that bike, take them swimming. It is all good for both them and you.If you care, and do right, this is the kind of Golden you will have; one of the family. This one is also known as the 'Bear' ... go figure.