Puppy Training and Resources

Training Program

goldendoodle puppy playing in snow

I recommend investing your time in a dog/owner training program: work at home with your puppy until old enough to benefit from a class: I recommend obedience training (with a trainer) beginning around 5 -6 months of age after following The Canine Good Citizen by Jack and Wendy Volhard at home. You will reap the benefit for many years in a well-mannered pet. While your puppy is young use treats such as Cheerios rather that the high fat and salt content treats like cheese, hot dogs, liver, or store bought treats. They can be enjoyed when your dogs is older. NEVER use rawhide treats!!! These have caused many choking deaths of pets.

Inside vs Outside Dogs

Puppies seem to develop a fear of storms if left alone in them...as would any child or small pet, always be sure your puppy is inside with any bad weather. We recommend training early and keeping your puppy with the family all the time. They love water, rain, snow, and ice...a golden left out in the weather will have more skin/coat and ear problems to deal with. As they get older the severe cold and heat can be hard on their health as well. If you do not want your pet inside, these dogs may not be the breed for you. They are a very loving and social breed and will get lonely left outside. More than 90% of behavior problems in dogs are from loneliness, boredom, and a lack of exercise.

Resources:

The Canine Good Citizen by Jack Wendy Volhard (A MUST HAVE!)

Golden Retrievers for Dummies by Nona Kilgore Bauer

Super Puppy, How to Raise the Best Dog You'll Ever Have! by Peter J. Vollmer

Toys

puppy with baseball toys

Puppies LOVE toys. Providing toys for your puppy is important for their happiness and your sanity. Puppies with toys are less likely to chew things that they shouldn't, you just have to teach them what is acceptable. Whenever you see your puppy chewing on something that it isn't supposed to, firmly tell them "no" and remind them that they have their own to by presenting puppy's toy and saying "yours."

If you have a heavy chewer, KONG brand toys are a durable choice. Kong Control Flex Tug Toy KONG Air Dog Squeakair Balls

Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy for Dogs The Hide-A-Squirrel introduces an innovative approach to playtime. The toy works as a reverse puzzle. First, hide the squeaky squirrel pieces in the in the various openings in the plush tree trunk. Then, simply sit back and watch as dogs use their problem solving skills to retrieve them. Dogs love to search, stalk, and capture the small "squeaky" prey.

Toys to Avoid: No rope toys (the shredded rope can be ingested and cause fatal complications.

Training Aids

Grannick's Bitter Apple for Dogs Spray Bottle. Bitter taste to discourage dogs and puppies from licking, gnawing and chewing on surfaces where applied. Stops pets from biting and chewing fur, wounds and bandages. Non-toxic, safe and effective chew deterrent

Doggies love to play and need plenty of exercise! The Exercise Pen Enclosure is a perfect way to keep your dog safe and secure but still give them plenty of room to move around. This exercise pen is easy to use indoors or outdoors

Poochie Bells Housetraining Dog Doorbell

Homemade Dog Treats

Ingredients:

2 cups 100% whole wheat flour (All-Purpose may be substituted.)

2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food - beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken - whatever. Just make sure there are no onions/onion powder in it. Avoid any with artificial preservatives (should be easy, most are just pureed veggies and water).

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mix together to form stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about a 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes.

4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they're still edible).

Easy, right? Now this is where you can get creative! Consider including grated carrots or sweet potatoes, a little bit of parsley (which supposedly helps with bad breath), blueberries, or peanut butter.

I recommend the R and M Dog Bone 7 Piece Cookie Cutter Set

Carrots as a Treat?

Many dogs like carrots, and there is nothing harmful about providing the odd raw carrot. Their diet, as in humans, should consist of a lot of different things in moderation. Your dog can eat most vegetables that humans eat, provided that they are in moderation. Just make sure that the pieces are bite-sized to avoid choking. Vegetables known to be toxic to dogs include onion, garlic, green parts of tomato plants, potato peelings, raisins, grapes, rhubarb leaves, broccoli and pips or stones from many household fruits.