Newborn puppy care is a very exciting and sometimes daunting task to undertake. During their early months of development, puppies grow very quickly and they require constant attention and care.
Getting a Golden Retriever Puppy Home
The first month or so of life is critical in the care of your new golden retriever puppy, so keep this in mind when you bring him home. You should start your golden retriever puppy care by following proper instructions. Ideally if you are buying a new golden retriever puppy, you should wait until at least 60 days before getting the puppy home.
Golden Retriever Puppy Care
Puppies are so cute that you will want to take him everywhere in your house. He will chase you every time you go out of the house, and when you go out of the house he wants to sit beside you.
However, it is important that you create a safe place for your golden retriever puppy to play. This will help you keep him healthy and happy. Read on to know more about what it takes for the best golden retriever puppy care for your new family member.
Golden Retriever Puppy Food Requirements
Your new puppies may also have a special need for their daily dose of vitamins and supplements.
Golden Retrievers have a very sensitive stomach so don’t give them milk or any other high-calorie food that is dangerous to their health. Milk and milk products meant for human consumption and baby food are NOT suitable for puppies.
You should only feed them dog food 3-4 times a day once the puppies are weaned from mother’s milk. If at all, puppy should be fed puppy milk substitute only. Make sure to use a balanced diet so your puppy receives all the vitamins he needs.
You can read more about dog food in my previous articles in detail here and here. Also it is important to know what ingredients are going into the puppy food that you are buying. Read about dog food ingredients to get an idea.
Puppies that eat too many calories or too many kinds of food will develop obesity. Overfeeding is the number one cause of serious health problems for golden retrievers and you should avoid feeding your puppy too much.
As far as the nutrition part is concerned, this is a natural process and they should receive nutritionally appropriate dog food. Make sure you give good quality puppy dog food available in the market. Feeding home food may leave the puppy nutritional deficient in essential vitamins and minerals.
Puppy-Proof your Home
You should not leave your newborn puppies unsupervised. If you decide to leave them inside their cot, make sure that they are protected by a blanket and that their food and water bowls are always near them. Ensuring their safety will help you to reduce the risk of them developing health problems.
Cleanliness and Hygiene
Puppies need lots of warmth and fur to stay comfortable. As your puppies grow and develop, they will require more warmth from you. When it comes to ventilation, the puppies will need proper ventilation to ensure that their health is protected. Keep them in warm and cozy but open crate for air circulation.
Their skin is also becoming very rough as they grow, and they will need extra attention to keep their fur soft. Proper cleaning, grooming, and shampoo regularly will keep the skin healthy and clean.
You can start bathing the puppy around 60 days onwards and use mild puppy shampoo. Do not use human soap or shampoo as it might irritate the puppy skin.
Puppy Potty Training and Toileting
Puppy house training is important because it starts right from the day you bring him home. Golden Retrievers are very active dogs and they like to be constantly moving around. They need a place to retreat to when they get restless, and they need to go outside for frequent bathroom breaks.
Generally puppies will pee 8-10 times or even more in a day initially, slowly reducing to 2-3 times as they grow. House training is easier if you use positive reinforcement like giving treats when the puppies pee and poo outside and praising them.
Take your puppy out immediately after they wake up because they tend to pee and poop soon after a long nap during the day. Generally puppies sleep quite a lot, so they need bathroom breaks immediately after waking up and of course food also.
Make sure you get a comfortable and cozy dog bed as your puppy will find comfort and security in a secure corner of your home.
Socializing your Puppy
Once all the vaccines are done, take your new puppy to the doggie park or walk in your apartment so he can socialize with other dogs. Golden Retrievers are very friendly animals and enjoy being around other animals, but don’t allow them to get too close to too many different dogs at once. You should keep your new puppy on a leash and a collar and only let him go a few feet away from you at a time. Read my article about Leashes and Collars.
Take care when it comes to supervising your new puppy. If he should wander off and get lost, immediately return him to you. He has a way of remembering things and may come back to see where he left off. Puppies have a way of getting themselves into all sorts of trouble, and you should be sure to keep an eye on him so you can catch him if he gets into anything he shouldn’t.
Puppy Chewing Phase
Golden retrievers have a tendency to be more destructive than most other breeds. As the puppies grow, the most important thing is to provide them with plenty of opportunities to play and toys to chew on to. Puppies love to chew on different things so make sure that they are properly entertained.
Toys play a major role in avoiding destructive behaviour. So get plenty of toys for your puppy. Make sure you buy the Kong Extreme Large Size which is absolutely an indestructible dog toy. Rope toys are also good when you are engaging in puppy play. Note that not many toys can withstand the brute force of a hyper puppy in destructive mood.
- Safe Dog Toy Material ( Rubber Dog Toy) – The Kong extreme is made from durable high quality rubber and is safe. It is tested by Kong USA under string Quality Control. The toy is Dishwater Safe.
- Treat Release Toys – The treat dispensing toy and food dispensing dog toy is the secret behind Kong toys. The idea is to make the dog work for his / her treat ( food). Put the dog food kibble – put some water and freeze them. Before playing take it from the freezer and give it after 15 minutes. This will ensure the dog would not eat in a hurry and would be satisfied when they eat
- Dental Health Toy and Teething Toy – Help them clean their teeth, massage their gums, cultivate attention and increase the intimacy between you and your pet. In addition, it can reduce the loneliness of your pet alone, accompany it to grow, and cultivate good behaviour
- Interactive Dog Toy and Fetch Toy – The treat release and unique bounce makes the extreme kong a perfect interactive dog toy. The KONG Extreme’s unpredictable bounce makes for exciting games of fetch and other interactive play with your pet. This rubber toy is specifically designed for super power chewers and can help them get the exercise they need.
- Great For Stuffing – The stuffable KONG Extreme is even more enticing when treat filled with bits of kibble, peanut butter, KONG Easy Treat, Snacks or Ziggies. Dishwasher safe for easy clean up. Bonus: For an added challenge, freeze stuffed KONG for 4-6 hours before giving to your dog. Toy for Akitas, Cane Corso, Pit Bull, Rottweiler, St. Bernard etc
The most common complaint is that puppies don’t play with puppy chew toys, but chew everything else. This is because they get bored soon with the same toy. Have plenty of toys for them to play with. Also you have to engage with your puppy during play time. Don’t leave the puppy alone with the toy.
They tend to chew on everything in sight, including the furniture, clothes, shoes, blankets, etc. You should keep a close eye on your puppy during this time so you can keep him from chewing up everything. By closing the door to his crate every time he chews something, you will give him a reason not to chew on your stuff.
They will develop a lot of essential skills when they grow up, including problem solving skills, leadership skills and basic obedience skills. These are some of the things that you can teach them when they are still young.
Be sure to play with your Golden Retriever on a regular basis, and always keep an eye on him. Golden retrievers are very active and they need to be let out of their crate to play frequently in order to burn off all the extra energy. If you don’t want to leave your Golden retriever at home alone, you should place him in his crate on a regular basis, such as once every two or three hours, and spend the rest of your time playing with him.
These are some basic puppy care and training tips that will get your Golden Retriever off to a good start. Have a pleasant puppy experience and enjoy your pet parenting that you will cherish for years to come.
Also check out my puppy shopping essentials before getting a puppy home.