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For people who want a great family dog but don't want to go through the challenges of a puppy, consider going the Golden Retriever adoption route.
Older, mature Golden Retrievers have proven to be excellent additions to family life. These dogs are an adaptable breed, as well as having a great temperament.
No matter how old the adopted Golden is, they quickly become a valued part of your family once they have adapted to the pace and ambience of your family.
We can't stress enough how important basic "house manners" training is for an adopted or rescued Golden Retriever.
Another place to consider finding a Golden is with breeders. Quite often, breeders have older, retired dogs for sale and there are a couple of reasons why.
Some include show dogs who no longer have the potential to win, males used for breeding, females who have had a few litters then retired, or special situations where a breeder may be assisting a friend with a Golden Retriever adoption.
On the plus side, most older Golden Retrievers are housebroken, are often fully trained, and know how to adapt to a new family situation.
Needless to say, it will be tough on the dog in the beginning, but by giving them plenty of love, attention, and patience, they'll begin to fit in and become a part of the family.
The primary thing you need to do is regularly assure your adopted Golden and let them know you're the new pack leader. Let them know as best you can that you're happy they're a member of the family.
If you're considering Golden Retriever adoption, you want to learn everything you can about the breed so you know what to expect and can deal with any breed specific issues that may arise.
You also want to get a sense of the dogs temperament and if they'll be compatible as part of your family.
Some of the important aspects you should understand about your adopted golden are their diet, what constitutes their daily routine, their excersie needs, and habits.
Before you bring them home make sure all the family members meet the dog, so everyone can talk it over and decide if everyone wants the Golden to become a family member.
When taking an older dog, you need to help them for the first few days in order to let him know where everything in your home is located. Show him where they will sleep, how to go outside, where to eliminate, and where you feed them in the house.
Take your time and be patient, because it normally takes a new dog a few days to learn how and where things are in your home.
As a rule of thumb, give your new Golden Retriever a minimum of a month to get used to their new surroundings before you begin any type of obedience training.
Even if you know your dog had prior obedience training, it's still a good idea to get them in a new class if for no other reason than it reinforces you as their pack leader.
Any Golden Retriever, no matter what their age may be, loves attention. Older dogs however, may have medical issues you aren't aware of, which can cause them to be more withdrawn than normal.
This shouldn't stop you from bringing one into your family, because the rewards you get far exceed any issues the Golden may have as you understand their unique needs.
Although many people don't give much thought to Golden Retriever adoption - these wonderful dogs are ideal for families who don't have the time or desire to go through the challenges of raising a puppy.If you're interested in adopting a Golden Retriever, we strongly suggest you go to RAGOM (Rescue a Golden Retriever of Minnesota) which is a great resource - and you can find tham at the link below:
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