Golden retriever puppies are intelligent, lively and fun loving by nature, which makes them the perfect addition to your family. Nothing is more precious than litters of golden retriever puppies, but without properly training a golden retriever puppy, unfavorable behavior traits are likely to develop. Golden retrievers are a smart breed that enjoys a challenge, so training sessions can be fun for the entire family.
It is important to start training a golden retriever puppy when he or she is young. Puppies will go through various stages of learning according to their age.
From the time your golden retriever puppy is born until he or she is about four-weeks-old, he or she will do little more than sleep and eat. At four weeks, your puppy’s nose, ears and eyes are fully developed, which means they are ready to become more active and start moving around more.
When your new puppy reaches five-weeks-old, their teeth are developed. This stage is the time when they will begin to establish dominance in the pack by nipping and playing with their brothers and sisters. At this time, the puppies’ personality will begin to develop, with the more outgoing puppies displaying the most dominance. At six to eight week of age, your puppy is ready to begin a simple training routine.
Teaching Your Puppy Basic Commands
One your new puppy is housetrained and eating solid foods; you are ready to being adding basic training commands to your routine.
The easiest command to teach when training a golden retriever puppy is sit. Once your puppy learns this command, you will be able to move on to the more complex commands.
You need to pick out a special treat that your golden retriever enjoys, but is only allowed to have during training sessions. Once your puppy responds to your commands, praise him or her enthusiastically and offer the special treat as a reward.
To train your golden retriever puppy to sit on command, hold a treat firmly in your hand, move it toward the dog’s shoulders and gently push your puppy’s bottom down toward the ground as you give the command to sit. When your golden retriever puppy sits, praise and reward accordingly.
Many new golden retriever owners take the opportunity to enroll their puppies in a quality training class. These classes will train your golden retriever puppy the basic commands that will help keep their high-spirited personalities under control.
In addition, you will also be able to learn how to give the command properly, as well as what type of praise and reward is appropriate. The experienced dog trainer leading the classes may also be able to offer some helpful information to a new golden retriever parent.
It is important that you learn how to train a golden retriever puppy on your own at home. Make sure that your new puppy knows that the commands that he or she learns in class are to be followed at home as well.
Do not expect your puppy to learn new commands the first time they are introduced. The most important parts to training a golden retriever puppy, or any puppy for that matter, is patience and consistency.
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