The Grace of Golden Retrievers

European and American Golden Retrievers

Puppy Training

Our puppies excel in all areas of their training. From the time babies are four weeks old we encourage their natural inclination to have separate potty and sleeping areas. As they grow we introduce pen confinement during nap time every three hours. It's amazing how quickly puppies start to enjoy the safety and security of their pen. 


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Crate training provides many benefits. It's a portable familiar zone; recognizable and comforting to a puppy even in an environment he/she has never been. It's a secure place of safety for a puppy and prevents bad habits from forming during unsupervised periods. It respects the canine natural desire to have a den, and the dynamic of crate training where the owner chooses a sleeping spot for his/her puppy rather than the puppy choosing his her own sleeping spot respects the canine desire to establish pack hierarchy. 


By initiating the assignment of a sleeping location for their puppy, owners make themselves appear like leaders in the home. It preps puppies mentally and makes them more receptive to future commands, and other forms of training. It also sets them up to be calmer more secure dogs in the home because they will be less inclined to initiate action in the home. Rather than being focused on home security and maintaining control of situations, the pup's focus will be on their owners. 

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Canine socialization is important for puppies and can be a big influencer in creating nice respectful puppies. Our puppies are socialized with their mother as well as other adult relatives. If dogs speak a language (which they do), it's beneficial for dogs to interact with fully mature, well socialized sensible and wise adults. Our momma dogs are all gentle, sweet and sensible and we mindfully select our puppies first doggy friends. There is nothing like an auntie to teach a niece or nephew how to act right. Adult dogs and their reactions in a home situation have tremendous influence on how a puppy will react. If an established adult dog charges the door whenever a visitor comes to call it's too much to ask the puppy not to do the same. In that specific situation not only is the adult initiating undesirable behavior; it's doing so in a manner that makes the pup view it as the leader in the home (the one who initiates action). Puppies follow leaders. 

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Leash training is an important part of training in general. Our puppies are exposed to the lead multiple times a week in preparation for life with their new families. Carries puppies are naturals on lead. This is where the the advantage of an American service and therapy background starts to become obvious

Its important to make early leash sessions a FUN experience. American puppies and American/British cream puppies from Gracie's line (Carrie is daughter of Sally, Sally is daughter of Gracie) are so joyful and responsive that they overcome discomfort during new encounters easily. It's amazing to see seven week old puppies change direction with a gentle indication with the lead. This early positive exposure to training tools such as a leash provides an excellent foundation for our puppies to thrive in many situations. Our puppies do amazingly well in family homes and can go on to do advanced training and have potential for both service and or therapy work.

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