FAQ

How much does the average Golden Retriever weigh?

  • Males typically weigh between 75-80 lbs, and females are slightly smaller at 60-65 lbs.

What are their coats like?

  • One of the most admired physical appearances of the Golden Retriever is their multi-length coat.  During colder months they have a thick undercoat and a longer, water repellent outer coat with beautiful feathering on the chest, tail, back of thighs and forelegs.  Goldens can vary from a very light cream to dark gold, to even a red coat.  All variations are considered normal and equally desirable, it is completely up to individual preference.

Are Golden Retrievers smart and easy to train?

Goldens not only make unsurpassable family companions, but are also specially trained as guide dogs for the blind, service dogs for those who require assistance or support, therapy dogs for comfort , are superb hunting dogs, and excel in the show rings.

Training is crucial to success and for enjoyment of your puppy – whether as a family companion or a service provider. Early training prevents normal puppy behaviours from becoming problems. Just because you are bringing home a golden retriever, doesn’t mean he/she will naturally be an easy pet, they still require lots of training and consistency to bring out the calm, gentle and loving personality traits that goldens are known for. You cannot expect to do very little training or time spent with your puppy and have the pup develop naturally into a perfect family pet. It just doesn’t work that way. When you contact us in hopes of reserving one of our pups, you can expect we will ask lots of questions to ensure you are ready, mentally and physically for the commitment required of puppy ownership. There are no quick fixes, training is on-going and can’t be skipped due to cold weather, a long day at work, young children in the home, etc. We will help you consider the factors in your life and if a puppy fits in with your realistic plans at this time.

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What kind of training is best for Goldens?

  • Taking part in positive obedience classes either as a group or private professional training with your pup as well as on-going socialization with other dogs, animals and people is extremely important. Please remember that puppy training requires dedication and consistency and will not be perfected in a short amount of time.  Sending consistent messaging and making sure everyone in the family is on-board with sticking to rules is absolutely necessary and treats make all the difference! The rewards of a well trained, good mannered dog are definitely worth all the hard work, but it’s important to consider all the time and energy that basic training will take.  Most of the resources we send home with our puppy families come from Norma Jeanne Laurette & Greg Cici. You can contact them through the following website: Become A Dog Trainer Online (dogtrainingcareers.com) We also refer many families who are local to the St. Thomas, ON area (or willing to travel or learn virtually) to The Phoenix Canine Initiative The Phoenix Canine Initiative | Facebook Brad and Sara are very experienced in dog training, have a peer-led therapy dog program, and train for service dog (certification and accessibility). We are pleased to have several of our puppies in their therapy and service training programs. Another fabulous, positive and experienced trainer we fully recommend is Puppy Power Puppy Power Dog Training Services at Puppy Power range from board & train puppy imprinting, obedience classes and day care.

Will our puppy come with a health guarantee? 

  • YES.  Our dogs are our family and their health is our priority.  We also want their new families to rest assured that we are providing them with a happy, healthy new family member.  We have a very strict protocol for cleaning and disinfection of the areas the puppies and all our goldens live in, we keep our yard clean of dog feces and dispose of it appropriately, we follow a parasite control program, and have regular conversations with our veterinarian on the best harm reduction we can provide. We provide a 2 year health guarantee for specific genetic diseases.

Can we visit our puppy while we’re waiting for him to come home with us? 

  • We understand that it’s exciting to learn you’re getting a new puppy and the wait can be very long, however, it’s also very important that we keep our puppies healthy and with their mom as much as possible during the first weeks.  We offer one visit to meet the puppies. This is to ensure the best health for our pups.  Our dogs are our family and visitors come into our home to meet everyone, so following health protocols is very important.   Thanks to digital technology at our finger tips, we are able to provide pictures and videos frequently. 

What do we need to purchase for our new puppy? 

  • We recommend a crate, collar, leash, bed, treats and quality chew toys and natural chews.  For a complete least of items we suggest you have ready for your new pup, please see our Prep for Puppy menu. Since your puppy is going to grow quickly don’t bother buying a small crate, you can place a divider in it to make it smaller and continue to move it to accommodate your growing pup.  Most of the supplies we recommend can be ordered from amazon.ca. Visit our Preparing For Puppy Page to see a complete list and links. We also recommend a good quality food and supplements.  We use Royal Canine for all our goldens and send our puppies home with information on joining their autoship program.

What About Vitamins and Supplements? 

  • All our dogs take NuVet vitamins and supplements daily.  Learn more about @NuvetLabsOfficial products at https://www.nuvet.com/45049.  If you want to order now, please use our breeder code #45049. We give all our puppies a probiotic supplement daily and our older pups and adults receive salmon oil daily as well.

Will our puppy be provided with any training before coming to live with us?  

  • YES! Check out our Enhanced Training Program Early brain connections, stimulation and development are very important to dogs.  Our reputation is built around providing families with a socialized, stimulated puppy with a solid foundation of neurological pathways and development. Pups are handled and cuddled daily, increasing time as they age and their mom permits. As they mature, they will be provided with tactile items, toys and new experiences to explore daily.  The pups are socialized with new people and taken for car rides to lessen the stress of the ride home.  Puppies are fully weaned from their mom and given the experience of sleeping in a crate in the days leading up to their arrival at their new home. They become accustomed to litter in their play area very early in life, which makes the transition to outdoor potty much simpler. The optimal and most crucial learning period for brain development is in the first 16 weeks. Since we spend at least 1/2 of that period with the puppy, we recognize how important our time with them is and are dedicated to making the most of that time so families will receive a puppy with the optimal foundation for learning and life!