Preparing For Your Golden Pup
Our Goldens are only adopted through
face-to-face contact with the adopters - absolutely no third parties.
(Please note that this means that if you live too far away you will
have to jump through hoops to get a puppy from our kennel.) Initial
information is usually exchanged by e-mail and then by telephone. Then,
if both parties are interested in further discussions, an appointment
to visit our kennels is arranged at our mutual convenience. Please plan
to spend at least one or two hours at this visit. This appointment is
always made on the understanding that there is no obligation by either
party and it is not expected that a commitment is made during this visit.
(We actually prefer that no deposits be exchange during this visit.
Go home and think about this commitment.) Please discuss your plans
for a pup with other members of the family and adjacent neighbours.
the neighbours? Of particular importance is your proposed location of
the pen, especially if it is to be along a perimeter fence. It is a
good policy to be sensitive to your neighbours' concerns, especially
with regard to their sleep times. Try to arrange for your neighbours
to meet the new pup when it arrives, or as soon as possible afterwards.
This might even be a good excuse for a block party; Goldens often become
neighbourhood pets. Please check your city zoning by-laws, very important
if you already own one or two dogs. When your pup moves to your house,
virtually everything will be different. One of the few things that can
and should be the same is his food. Ensuring that you have the proper
food on hand for his arrival will help him cope with the transition.
Since the premium food that your pup is on is Orijen brand food is not
sold by all retailers, we recommend that you locate a convenient supplier
in your area. Location such as Global pet food and Ren's pet Depot.
BEFORE You Get
You must complete your
education about puppy education before you get your puppy. All behavior,
temperament, and training problems are so easily preventable, if only
you know how.
Please read this book before
getting a puppy.
It is most essential that the pen and/or
fencing plus the doghouse or shelter be in place before your pup arrives.
Without this, toilet training could be become a nightmare. Fencing must
be a minimum of four feet high and the area must be a minimum of 100
square feet. Dog run panels are highly recommended and we recommend
the Co-op bran. (Very well made)
The shelter should have a wooden platform or other suitable floor of
at least two feet by four feet. If possible, you should consider making
it double that size. The ideal surface is crushed stone with a minimum
depth of three inches. The usual stone is "clear" or "clean"
3/4 inch and up crushed stone or pea stone. You will need a minimum
of two yards to cover a 8 by 10 pen; however since stone is inexpensive
and trucking is very costly, you might consider ordering a whole truckload.
Store the extra stone in a convenient place (possibly in your driveway)
as you will need it to fill in holes and to add as the original packs
down. It is a good idea to put railway ties or some other border material
around your pen area to prevent the spread of the stone onto your lawn.
If you prefer not handling the stones then 2’ X 2’ sidewalk
stone make a great clean dig proof area for you puppy. These patio stones
are cold and are not good on the growing puppy joints, so make sure
you have a rubber horse mat near the door for the pup to stand on.
Natural or made (e.g. overhead tarp) shade is absolutely crucial for
the hot months. Since every situation is different, you should discuss
the outside accommodation with us in detail before investing in the
- Wire dog crate - 24, 26, or 28 inches
wide for males, 48-inches long and 36-inches high
- Metal Food bowl (4 cups female or 6cups
for a male)
- Water bucket for the dog run (for winter
months - preferably rubber)
- Combination leather 6’ leash and adjustable
collar for training
- Chew items nylon bones, Kong ball etc…
- Want to know where to go for the best price
in pet supplies. Go to "Ren's Pet Depot"
in Oakville. 4002 Trafalgar RD, Ontario toll free 1-866-736-7738
Click here for a list of things you should buy before your puppy comes
- We will provide all our future puppy
owners with a 10% discount on all food collars, leashes, brushes,
bowls, crates, beds and any other accessories or supplies at Rens. If
we forget please ask us for one when you visit the pups.
This should be planned in advance so
that you are ready for the pup's arrival. Methods vary from using the
regular garbage (double bagging) to composting to mini-septic systems.
If you have any questions on this, please ask us.
If you do not already have a veterinarian,
you should try to locate one before you take possession of your pup.
Neighbours with pets (preferably large ones) are a good source. Also,
we may be able to put you in touch with other owners of Goldens in your
area so that you can get the name of a vet who is particularly good
with this breed. Ideally the vet clinic should be available for emergencies
on a 24 hours basis. We will arrange for the pup's initial worming and
first shots at seven to eight weeks with our vet as well as the vet
exam and passport. Your vet will advise you of his recommended schedule
for further shots (boosters and rabies). Your puppy’s schedule
could look like this: 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, basically very four
weeks a new booster. Most vets recommend a daily or monthly preventative
medication for heartworm. After the first year this is no problem; however,
in the first year, should you and your vet decide to put the pup on
this medication, please ensure that the pup's weight is monitored closely
to ensure the correct dosage.
I strongly advise you to look at the
following recommendation from W. JEAN DODDS, DVM the foremost specialist
on vaccines in dogs. With the high cancer rates and the connection to
vaccines in the U.S. W. JEAN DODDS, DVM has come up with a MODIFIED
VACCINATION PROTOCOL. Please read and try to copy this a bring it to
"Canine Vaccine Guidelines"
You should contact local Kennel and
Obedience Clubs and/or private trainers to find out the availability
of group lessons and minimum age for such classes. We can give you the
phone numbers for clubs in your area or you can purchase the Dogs In
Canada magazine for the listing. PRIVATE lessons are NOT recommended
because your pup needs the socialization that a class setting provide.
Caring For Your Golden Retriever Pup
Congratulations on your choice of a
Golden puppy. If this new member of your family is well cared for, the
rewards will be immeasurableYour puppy has been wormed and immunized
as appropriate for its age. The vet passport from Oro Veterinary
Clinic shows the immunizations received. If you have not already
done so, please consult your veterinarian after taking your puppy home.
On your first visit, bring the immunization record for your vet's information.
Refer to the Veterinarian section above.
Registration Certificate and Identification
We will send you the pup's registration
certificate within six months of sale. Please make sure that we have
your new address should you move in the interim.Your pup has a microchip
please register it with the CKC. Should your Golden ever get lost or
stolen, the microchip provides proof of your ownership and a means of
locating you. The ownership can be traced through the CKC.
Diet And Feeding
Your puppy is on a diet of Of Royal Canin Maxi puppy, when you get him feed him this food for a month and then witch to the Royal canin puppy food. We also feed Kirkland dog food from Costco to our adults or the adult Golden Royal CANIN Food in Canada it can be found or ordered through Global pet foods, Pets Smart or Rens.
You must feed a good food to your Blackpool Golden puppy to keep the soundness and health guarantees
in effect. If you want to give supplements, you may add some of the following supplements:
- FOUR-IN-ONE PROBIOTICS &
- beneficial bacteria,
digestive enzymes, Vitamin C & Barley Grass
- FLEXICOSE or Glucosamine from Costco Daily 500mg - joint support supplement for growing joints.
- MSM-Nutritional Sulfur- not
all MSM is alike - important
for large breed dogs that often have issues with metabolic nutrient
malabsorption of their diet.
- NZYMES dietary enzymes - in
chewable Pet Treat or Granular (goes further.)
- OX-E-DROPS- antibacterial,
antiviral, antifungus - keeps pH of the gut healthy.
- FOR VARIETY ADD-
"Tripett" Green Tripe canned meats.
- For a safe, balanced
raw option use Honest
Kitchen dehydrated raw
Fresh water must be available at
meal times. Never let your Golden eat food without plenty of water
alongside. Ideally, water should be available to your Golden at
all times when outside, particularly in hot weather. When housebreaking
your puppy, control water intake after meals. He can have some but
you control how much. Table scraps should never be given to a pup
under six months. After six months of age, they may be given occasionally,
provided the regular food is being eaten consistently and adequately.
Chew items are great for healthy teeth and gums at all ages. During
the teething period, they are indispensable. You can choose from
hooves or smoked bones. Remember these rules:
- Never give bleached or non pressed
- Hard bones given excessively
will wear out teeth
- Limit giving hard bones once
he has his adult teeth
- Never give rawhide, pig ears
and cow hooves unsupervised.
From time to time, your Golden will go off his food for a day or two.
This is normal and usually not a cause for concern. If this becomes
a persistent problem, please consult the breeder. Stools may be soft;
this is normal with the recommended food. If the stools become liquid
or the pup loses bowel control in the house, you should stop feeding
for one day and the next day cook boiled rice the day after this cooked
rice with boiled chicken. If the problem persist consult a Canine Nutritional
Arndt has a wonderful website full of articles about balance nutrition.
She offers advice on proper nutrition during all stages of life and
even during those trying times.
Food guarding is something pups do to their littermates. To stop them
from continuing this with you or your children follow the following method
of training. Some old training methods are still out there and these trainers
will recommend that you hit the puppy or feed him from your hand only.
We find aggressive methods just lead to more aggression. Withholding food
just convinces the pups that they need to guard their food even more from
you. Many owners do not have the time to do this properly and pups end
up not getting enough nutrients for their growing bodies.
We recommend that you give the pup so much food he walks away from
his bowl. Then add more food call him and put your hand in his bowl
give him some of the tidbits. Do this every day for two weeks. Then
you can start doing it while he's eating his regular size meal. Dogs
that have been hit while eating (old method) will take months to trust
you again. Just sit by them while they eat. Do not touch them or look
at them or talk. Dogs read body language more than humans. He will watch
you and eat fast. If you give him more food than he needs he will slow
down when he's near then end of eating and is almost full. Remember
if the pup went hungry he will feel the need to protect his bowl if
he doesn't feel hungry it's not important for him to guard his food.
All pups should trust that they won't go hungry that you will provide
for them. You will need to rebuild that trust.
Feeding Pups Under 5 Month
Pups under four months are normally
fed three times a day unless you are working. Once in the morning once
at 5pm and a cookie before bed time. 9-10 pm. Feeding is normally done
in the dog's crate. Please check with us before trying any alternative
method. Most pups will poop within 10 minutes of eating (if you feed
them on a regular schedule); so they should be brought to their pen
or yard for at least 30 minutes after eating and you should ensure that
they have pooped before bringing them inside. The quantity of food to
be served at each meal will vary according to age, individual metabolism,
level of activity and ambient temperature. Thus you must adjust the
quantity of food served as described in the next paragraph. Check with
the breeder regularly. Absolute daily minimum for all ages is two cups
and a small can ; maximum is four/five cups and a small can for a male.
To adjust the quantity of food served, check the food bowl after each
feeding. If the bowl is licked clean for seven days in a row, add a
little more food (usually a ½ can) at the next feeding. Should the bowl
have more than a few crumbs remaining for three days in a row, then
reduce the quantity slightly. If you know your dog is wanting more than
he needs (excess fat) the reduce the food. If the poop becomes liquid,
reduce the quantity of food. Be careful some Goldens are food vacuums
so don’t let them fool you if they look plump you’ve overfed them. Small
dog or cat biscuits may be given between meals as treats. Light brown
liquid stool indicates excess quantity - go to smaller treats - cat
biscuits are excellent for this. Avoid liver treat, as these tend to
Feeding Pups Over 5 Months
From four months on, your Goldens
will normally need only one or two meals a day. They will also grow
very fast. You will need to put them on FLEXICOSE or Glucosamine specially
if they start showing growing pains. (see "Panosis" on the web) A single
meal may be offered in the evening, since this will be a large meal
make sure you’re not exercising the dog before or after meals. Check
with the breeder for more details on bloat. Some Goldens seem to do
better if left on two meals daily and this is okay as well. After two
years of age and after neutering some dogs might start gaining weight
please reduce food intake or switch to a low call diet. Do NOT feed
less than two (females) to four(males) cups of food a day; adjust the
levels of protein and fat by eliminating the can food. Dogs need to
chew and eat if you don’t provide it they will chew or eat other things.
Eating the right amount of food also reduces stress and anxiety. Exercice
is always better than to diet so please exercice him/her daily.
Toenails should be clipped as
necessary (usually monthly or bi-monthly); often only the dewclaws need
to be clipped. Ears should be checked at least once a week and cleaned
as required. If your Golden tends to get ear infections, then daily
cleaning is required. Bring you golden to see the vet as it could be
a yeast infection. This requires a special solution called Surolan.
At each stage of your Golden's coat development, we will show you the
grooming techniques and equipment necessary. There is no charge for
these grooming consultations. The first lesson is normally given when
you pick up your pup. Then, when your pup is approximately a year old
you should talk to us on how to maintain mat free neck, ear trimming
and feet trimming. We can show you what to do by showing you what we
do on one of our own dogs. Or you can make an appointment with us. This
latter grooming session also includes a full check up by the breeder
including comparison with a littermate and verification of the microchip.
We encourage owners get a dog blowdryer to blow that excess water and
blow the hair out in the tub instead of around the house.
Disinfecting the Dog
The dog pen should be disinfected at
least weekly in warm weather. When the temperature drops below freezing
for any part of the day, you do not need to disinfect at all. There
are many ways of disinfecting. The method that we recommend is to heavily
sprinkle fine salt over the stones and then wet the pen with a hose.
Hay salt and common fine salt are available from rural feed stores in
40 Kg bags. If this method is not suitable for your situation, please
consult us for alternative methods. Between disinfecting times, you
can keep your pen free from odours by hosing each spot from which you
scooped poop. If your dog is on cement you can use a mixture of Javex
and dish soap and an industrial broom. Make sure you rinse and let dry
before letting you dog in the run. Vinegar will also eliminate odors
- Do not spay/neuter early wait until the bones have stopped growing 2 years in a boy after the first heat in a female.( Please look up California's research on the damages from early spay in golden retrievers.)
- Do not over exercise your pup in the
first six months. Daily walks are fine if you adjust the length to the
pup's size and stamina. The pup can self exercise in his pen. If in
doubt, please consult us.
- Protect your pup in the first year
from rough handling such as being tackled or sat upon or rough play
with older dogs. As a pup, do not let him jump out of the back of pick
up trucks, vans or station wagons.
- Goldens should not be tied on a rope
or chain on a regular basis. As a very temporary measure or while traveling,
this may be necessary: however, on a permanent basis, only a fenced
yard or pen should be used to contain your Golden. When a Golden is
tied up they must be supervised.
- When your Golden is at home, he should
not wear a collar except when being trained. Regular wearing of any
type of collar will wear the fur around the neck and spoil your dog's
appearance. Flea collars may result in allergic reactions. If kept in
a salted dog pen and groomed regularly, your Golden should not have
a flea problem.
- Choke or slip collars should only be
used in conjunction with a leash. Any other use could be dangerous.
- Electric fence collars should only
be used occasionally for training. As soon as the dog is train remove
the prong collar. If left on it can be dangerous.
- Agility, obedience jumps, backpacking,
fly ball and other forms of work should NOT be attempted until your
pup is at LEAST one year of age. We would be pleased to advise you on
- To get the most fun and benefit out
of owning a pure bred dog, we strongly urge you to join a local breed
club. You will get newsletters and be eligible to participate in all
sorts of activities, including seminars on field work, tracking, rescue
work conformation and obedience plus social, charity and fun events.
In addition, you should consider joining and supporting a local all-breed
kennel or obedience club, usually the one where you take obedience lessons.
Besides learning more about dogs, you will have opportunities to participate
in activities open to all breeds such as obedience trials, flyball races,
agility competitions, tracking, hospital visitations, etc.
Welcome To Our Family
Now that the business part of our relationship is over, and you have
adopted a Blackpool Golden Retriever into your family, you are now part
of our family. If you need advice concerning your Golden we are as close
as your phone, day or night. When you have "news" we are interested.
Please keep in touch.