Your Questions About Disadvantages Of Golden Retriever

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Daniel asks…

What are the advantages & disadvantages to having 2 dogs?

My husband says our Golden Retriever needs a friend, and I agree. For those of you who have/had multiple dogs at once, what is it like?
We plan to adopt an adult dog. A local will be getting rid of theirs, instead of them taking it to the shelter, we are hoping to adopt from them.

Justin answers:

I have 3 fur babies/ dogs , 2 rescue Chihuahua’s and 1 AKC female Eskimo, yes it is double of everything ,food,vet shots, etc BUT it is also double the unconditional love, and loyalty, they don’t care what you look like or what kind of day you had they will greet you with overflowing love.

Michael asks…

What is the best way to train a dog not to chew up everything?

My one year old Golden Retriever chews up anything she can get a hold of…She especially loves the kids stuffed animals, shoes and my bras.

I am down to my last pair of shoes and was wondering if anyone had any tips as to how to get her to stop this. Thanks!!
I have had her since she was a puppy. We scold her when she chews on things that do not belong to her. She has a collection of her own things. We keep rawhides and “Dingo” bones for her. She has been found digging in the closet getting items to chew AND yesterday, I found her chewing on the edge of my comforter…while it was on the bed! This has become a recent problem…she’s used to be really good about just chewing her own things with only occasional mishaps. Its not a separation thing. I’m an at home mother. BUT, we have recent moved. Could this be the problem?

Justin answers:

Golden Retreivers are great dogs, the advantage is that they’re bred to have “soft mouths” which means that genetically, they’ve been bred to have the trait of NOT destroying the birds/ducks that they retreive… The disadvantage is that the longer that puppyhood behavior continues unchecked, the harder it becomes to rehabiltate the dog… That being said, and if you’re serious and willing to expend the effort, you can give the dog his/her OWN toys… Ok…now the dog has his own stuff… Dog toys only because they can’t associate that you gave him a shoe, but he can’t have other shoes, he has his own toys now… The trick is to be highly observant and when you see him even eyeball any other items beside his own, give him a warning, like a stern “NO!”, take that item and put it away, then immediatly offer him one of his own toys and reward him when he accepts it by playing with the toy with him for a few…keep repeating it without fail and a dog like a golden retreiver will catch on fast…in his mind he’ll connect it ” Oh ! They don’t want me to have their stuff, but I can have my own whenever I want” I expect that sooner than later, the dog will begin bringing you his toys to encourage you to play with him… Good luck ! Awesome breed !

Paul asks…

Should I get a golden doodle or a westiepoo?

A golden doodle is a crossbreed of a poodle and a golden retriever and a westie poo is a crossbreed of a Poodle and a West Highland White Terrier.

Justin answers:

The two combinations you list are very different in size, as well as what you are adding the poodle too. The disadvantage of a mixed breed is that the mix isn’t always a good one. You are more likely to get the kind of personality you want by going with a purebred or choosing a mixed breed from a shelter where you can see what their personality turned out to be. A dog the size of a golden doodle will take up a lot more space, more exercise room, and food. Goldens are velcro dogs, but can be hyper and anxious if not given enough time with their owners. Westies are terriers, they usually bark more, have a higher prey drive, but will be much smaller. They also need lots of exercise to keep them from being destructive. Poodles come in all sizes and are usually very loyal and sweet, although the small ones can have the attitude of a big dog. Grooming could be a big expense with any of the above combos. Yes, there will probably be less shedding with a poodle cross, but the hair will still be there and it will grow and it will tangle.

I think you need to make a list of what you expect from a dog and what you are able to provide for them. It may help you realize what you are really looking for.

David asks…

Can a Golden Retriever be brought home at 6 weeks?

Im adopting this Golden Retriever puppy from this guy and he says that if they are eating solid foods by 6 weeks ( October 27th, 2012) Then I can bring him home? is that too early what kind of disadvantages will I have? Or will i have any at all?

Thanks
Bonnie: We changed our mind

Justin answers:

Puppies should not leave their mother or litter mates until they are 8-12 weeks old.

Mark asks…

anyone know ALL about golden retrievers?

Iam planning to get a golden retriever but I want to learn from other people and do please tell me about about a typical day in the life with a golden retriever! What are some advantages and disadvantages and as much info as you can! EVERYTHING WILL BE APPRECIATED THANX! :]]

Justin answers:

They are Wonderful Dogs..A great choice, They are very much like labs in the growing up stage ..They stay puppies ALONG time..Yet they are loyal loving faithful pets.They require brushing and everything else other dogs do..They are pretty smart, like to play fetch, swim,and be with you…They can have problems just like other dogs So you need to be firm in training….Good Luck on your New Golden..One of My All time Favorites

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