English Golden Retriever Puppy Care

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When you come home with your puppy, potty training will already have begun. House training requires patience, vigilance and consistency of everyone in the family. We cannot stress enough that consistency is important.

Crate training your puppy
Crate or confine your puppy when you can't watch him—no exceptions. Train other family members to do the same. Puppies are teething and will chew baseboards, electrical wires, shoes, plants, sofas etc.

Puppies have a basic desire to keep their den or crate clean and will avoid peeing or pooping where they have to sleep. However, make sure the size of the crate is not too large in comparison to their size. Buy a crate that will accommodate your puppy when it is fully grown and use a divider to make the crate proportionate to their present size.

The crate is a safe environment and comfortable place to sleep and relax. NEVER make the crate a punishment area.

Your puppy may whine and cry the first few nights. It is important that you keep your puppy in his crate so he knows this is where he sleeps and he is safe. Have patience!

Potty training outside
Pick a spot and consistently take your puppy to that area. Take your puppy out every hour, immediately after feeding, every time he wakes up from a nap, after an active play session, and in the wee hours of the morning if you hear him moving around. If your puppy starts to turn in circles, sniff the floor, or arch his back while walking, pick him up and take him out. Remember don't play with him until after he goes to the bathroom - then praise him and reward him with a treat or short playtime. Keep your puppy's potty place clean—pick up feces every day. You don't like to step in it, and neither does he.

Dogs and puppies have an acute sense of smell and like to pee where they or others have peed before. This is a great training aid! So be consistent with the location! Also, you may try soaking up a soiled area with a cloth. Next time you take your puppy out to urinate take the soiled cloth. Repeat with the cloth until peeing in that spot becomes a habit. Up until the age of 4 to 5 months, a puppy needs to go to the bathroom about 12 times per day. If a puppy makes a “mistake”, do not scold him, just take him outside immediately.

Cleaning up a mess in the house. Use an odor and stain remover product to neutralize. Do not use an ammonia based product as it smells similar to urine and your puppy will continue to urinate in this area. Ask you local pet store to recommend an enzymatic cleaner – odor and stain remover. Also, cover the spot with baking soda and then vacuum it when dry.

Keep your puppy on a schedule and feed a premium dog food. Feed him at the same time every day. Feed your pup at least four hours before bedtime, and remove his water approximately two hours before bedtime.

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