Training a Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a medium to large size retrieving breed of dog. Retrievers instinctively love water and are a relatively easy dog to train, from basic to advance obedience levels.
They have long coats of fur, with an inner coat that provides them protection against the cooler weather. A retriever coat also repels water. The breed is well suited to rural and inner city environments, however, they constantly shed fur during the change of seasons and require consistent grooming.
A golden retriever is a very popular dog for disability assistance work such as guide dogs. They also make excellent detection and search and rescue dogs.
They possess a gentle and friendly temperament and make an excellent family dog. However, they do well with a lot of exercise, train easily and enjoy training.
Golden Retrievers are sometimes confused with yellow Labrador Retriever. The one main difference is the shorter hair of the yellow Labrador Retriever.
They are kind, friendly and confident and a great family companion. They are also generally patient with kids. Naturally calm, intelligent and want to please.
A typical Golden Retriever are fun loving and active. They love to work and have a great focus for tasks given to them.
A good training program is highly desirable for the Golden Retriever, as not only will it encourage good behaviours and but mentally simulates the dog.
Training should start with puppy training from 8 to 16 weeks of age, with further dog training during adolescence would stop undesirable behaviours such as digging, chewing, jumping, pulling on the lead and unnecessary barking. Agility dog training would also greatly benefit the breed.
The average life of a Golden Retriever is about 11 to 12 years. Common problems are hip dysplasia and disease. Their weight should be managed as they also like to eat regularly.
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