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Before you come pick up your new family member, there are a few things you have to make sure are readily available at home.
- Puppy Food (preferably Redford puppy food and Nutri-source Puppy for large breed puppies)
- Several cans of wet canned puppy food (Any brand) about 6.
- Nuvet Vitamins 90 count Wafer multi vitamins (The only FDA approved for Dogs) https://www.nuvetlabs.com/order_new2/nuvet-plus-wafers.asp (15%off with autoship) Code: 576087
- Puppy Shampoo
- Collar & Lease
- Body Harness 8 Week pups (Medium)
- Name tag with your information their name and your contact information
- Puppy chew toys (change frequently for stimulation)
- Bully sticks (no raw hide)
- Wee wee pads (extra large from Petsmart)
- 48" Crate (For Goldens)
- Safe-guard Dewormer (fenbendazole) for 6 days supply and based on your puppy's weight
- Probiotic powder (treats or powder) (if you can find one with enzymes included is better)
- Ear cleaner
For the first two years, your puppy should only be consuming puppy food. Do not feed them adult food, cooked or uncooked (unless specifically requested by a veterinarian) and not adult dog food. We recommend the following brands and why:
1. Victor Hi Pro Plus from Pet Supplies Plus. They adapt better to this and it does include grain by products. The nutritional valves within this puppy food have been the best one we use and have found dogs have less transition shock to this brand. Use this food for the first month not to offer shock the puppy during transition.
*This is not a paid sponsorship. We simply are informing of our preferences and from personal experience with these products. Our puppies will be using these products from the moment they begin self feeding.
For the first few weeks, set up two to three times in the day that you can consistently feed the puppy. Morning (Est. 7AM) Afternoon (est 12PM) and Evening (5PM). We do not recommending feeding past that time until they have learned to control their bowels which should be around 6 months of age.
During the summer months, please give your puppies water every two to three hours. Puppies must stay hydrated to remain healthy.
Raw Diet/Human food - Many veterinarians have different opinions on what a puppies diet should consist of. Please note, what we advise is specifically tailored to a Golden Retriever only, not other breeds. Goldens are known for food sensitivity and sensitive digestive health. It is important that they say on a strict diet with Probiotics, Prebiotics and enzymes to remain healthy. Golden Retrievers should NOT be on a human food or raw diet.
How Much to Feed?
Your puppy should be feed based on its weight and will continue to increase as they grow. Most dog food bags list how much to feed.
Weight Cups (Daily total)
5 lbs +under 3/4 cup
10lbs 1.5 cups
15lbs 2.25 cups
20lbs 3 cups
Increase 1/2 cup per day for every additional 20lbs thereafter. Food can be given dry or mixed with 1 to 2 tablespoons of wet canned food to entice their appetite. Any brand that says puppy on it will be fine.
Make sure to buy several cans of Wet puppy food for deworming powder mixture. See below for additional instructions under "deworming".
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No dog walks until the puppy has received all its shots. Doing so early will subject your dog to serious illnesses that can result in death and expensive vet bills. Long Island is have prevalent to Parvo and Distemper. Do not take the risk. Doing so will void your health guarantee and could cost you your dog's life.
After shots have been given: Always walk your puppy and adult Golden with a body harness appropriate for their size. Never walk them with the pull and pressure from their collars. This will result in neck injury and future problems for your pet. Your puppy should be able to be exposed to the outside world around 16 weeks of age. Again, only after they have received all their necessary shots and booster. Do not let them out other wise. Note: it is a county law: Avoid leaving them outdoors unattended.
People don't realize how important this really is. Puppies teething phase always results in chewing to comfort them through it. During that process, we as the owner must show them what is good to chew and what is not. Like furniture and shoes, they all become objects of interest if not given an alternative more appealing. It is also important for mental stimulation. If you don't socialize enough with your pet, it will look for alternate sources of entertainment. This is where the toys and/or treats come into play. Especially during crate training. Do not over gift toys to puppies. Give two or three at most at a time. Change toys monthly. Keep in mind during deworming and flushing of their system that their toys are removed and disinfected. Keep to one to two toys during deworming.
Bedding should only be used in the winter months and when your puppy has fully master potty training along with clear fecal tests from parasitic microbes. The most challenging part of them all. Potty training is difficult to do only if not done consistently and properly. The key lies with its owner, if the owner is not consistent, neither will the puppy.
During the first 4 weeks. It is crucial to do it correctly. Some puppies have difficulty controlling their bowels up to six months of age. This can be very discouraging for some to continue the process of having a dog for a pet. Puppies are stimulated to go the moment they have a slight amount of food or water. Which is important to not leave their food and water bowls easily accessible for your puppies leisure. They will only allow your puppy to go very frequently and not learn to hold and control their bowels.
In the morning, take your puppy out (if the age and shots are done) or to the pad and say the phrase, go potty. Feel free to camp out their with your puppy for the moment to help them understand their is an expectation. If your puppy does go or release outside and in the proper place, immediately say "good potty", and pet your dog and/or give a treat. Once fed, immediately after take your puppy to the pad (or outside once more) and repeat the process. The repetition will become clear for your puppy over time. If the puppy accidently does go within the house, it must be corrected immediately. Tell them bad dog or bad potty sternly and take them outside once more. Make sure the location of the accident is completely cleaned and without any traces of the scent. If they continue to sense it, they will release within that location on a regular bases. Always correct the puppy, not doing so will have longer consequences on both the puppy and the owner.
Deworming is vital and absolutely necessary for all dogs. Puppies put their mouths into everything, it is important that you continue dewormers as instructed or contact us if you need to schedule a deworming process for your puppies, we will happily walk you through it. Check our other sections within the website regarding this process. Do not panic!
-There is a large misunderstanding on how parasites come to be with puppies. The mother cannot be regularly dewormed during pregnancy and during nursing. Parasitic eggs only hatch if they are in the intestine environment long enough. The mother creates this situation during nursing her pups and during cleaning them. She ingests eggs long enough for them to hatch and passes it along to her puppies. There are many parasitic eggs on our surfaces, especially, soil, flooring, under our shoes. Parasites are everywhere. Even flies, fleas and mosquitos carry them around and just need to be ingested or land on a space to contaminate. There are many types of parasites and not all are treated the same. It is important to get their fecal test to see which treatments of dewormers (Detox) your puppy will need. Parasitic adults are killed during deworming. While eggs are only flushed out. If a puppy or animal reingests them at any time. They will need to be dewormed again in order to get rid of them. It is important to note, that we provide all the dewormers for the common parasites. Giardia and Coccidia are the most well known bacteria based parasites on Long Island. The worm based parasites, are tapeworm, round worm, hook worm. It is important to continue deworming your puppy even after they have left your breeder. Worms take a 3 day treatment every two weeks and bacteria based can take up to 20 days treatment. Its perfectly normal and part of the process. It is important to not let your puppy stay dirty with their fecal matter for any period or deworming will become a challenge. Keep toys and bedding cleaned at all times. Deworm your puppy with Safeguard for 6 days every two weeks to reduce and eliminate the population of parasites within your puppy and home.
- Note: Where ever there is a large traffic of animals, so will there be parasites and diseases that your puppy can obtain. Make sure to hold your puppy the entire time you are at the vet and place him only on disinfected surfaces.
- Your Breeder will teach you how to do your very first round, the remaining times your puppy needs to be dewormed, you will have to continue on your own. Please don’t panic. In order for humans/adults to catch it, is by ingesting your puppies fecal matter. It is especially important to keep children away from doing the clean up work of the puppy or not cleaning children’s hands after playing with a puppy.
- Please note, deworming must be done regularly, no exceptions, do not stop deworming just because they are not having diarrhea or showing symptoms. They are frequently exposed to eggs in all environments, including your premises and are putting their mouths into everything.
- Bathe immediately upon taking home. Do not let your puppy roam the house or contaminate it in any way. Your puppy has been rolling in fecal matter with their siblings during play time. It is very common to have parasitic eggs attach to their coat. Please have them bathed immediately upon arriving at home. Take them straight to the bath, start with their feet first, body next, head last. Do not let water get in the ears. Goldens are prone to ear infections. Towel dry only and keep them warm.
- Transportation – Puppies have motion sickness, it is important to keep them relaxed and anticipate the possibility of the puppy vomiting during transport or shortly thereafter.
- Puppy will be anxious for the next few days and may not eat, sleep or drink. If they don’t eat, mix a tablespoon of the wet canned food with their dry kibble to entice them to eat. Keep the water out more often if necessary. At night time, let them say someplace quiet from interruption, crate is recommended. You may use an old smelly shoe, just clean the soil. The overwhelming smell will make them feel like they are not alone at night.
- Keep to only one to two toys at a time. Puppies must master potty training first so not to contaminate their toys or bedding with fecal matter or parasitic eggs.
- No bedding until they have mastered potty training and have two consecutive fecal tests.
- Do not take the puppy outside, until all the parvo and distemper shots and boosters are completed. No walks around the block, back yards, grass, dog parks, pet stores or let them be on the floor at the vet. Any area with high traffic on animals, sick or health, has diseases that can make a puppy sick or potential be fatal. Don’t risk it. It will void your health guarantee.
- Slow Development – Goldens are large breed dogs, although they can leave at 8 weeks of age, it doesn’t mean all puppies are done developing. Please allow your puppy the necessary time to complete development. Most common delays, heart, retained testicles, umbilical hernias and recessed vulvas. Most required several months to finish developing.
Please allow your puppy the ample time to develop. Most common are heart murmurs. Just like people, puppies are born with a grade 2 murmur, although within normal level and not life altering. As they grow, puppies go from grade 2 then to grade 1 and eventually gone. Most goldens are at grade 1 at 8 weeks of age. This is perfectly normal. Although 90% of them finish within 15 to 18 weeks, we provide 6 months health guarantee for any puppy who does not develop outside normal levels within the heart. This includes Grades 3 or above. These cases are very rare.
- Transitions Shock – When ever a puppy changes environment, changes food, gets a shot, gets stressed or anxiety, it shocks their immune system and weakens their ability to fight off infection. This transition shock during environment change usually causes the puppy to be anxious, nauseas, lack of appetite and diarrhea. It is important not to give a shot during this period as the puppy can catch the live viruses from these shots. Transitions shock varies per puppy, on average is 5 to 7 days.
- Shots – You can give a puppy a booster shot every 2 weeks so long as it is not given during the transition shock period or the puppy is going through some form of ailment. Make sure to follow the guidance of your vet. They know your regent best and will direct you to how many booster are needed for your area prior to going outside.
Youtube.com has a lot of videos on how to train your puppy correctly and what methods may work best for the owner and your pet. We always recommend that a husky book that specialized on the Husky breeds to be purchased to further understand your pet's method of thinking, communicating and how to properly maintain the type of breed.