Housebreaking a Golden Retriever Puppy

Indian Trail Golden Retriever Puppies Connecticut

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Just a few tidbits of helpful puppy information in advance of Adoption Day…….
Upon pickup you will be provided with:
1. Puppy health record for your vet
2. AKC registration papers
3. Pedigrees and health clearances of both Mom and Dad
4. AKC “Your Puppy’s First Year” Handbook
For the initial 5 day “nose to tail” portion of the health guarantee, you are required to bring your puppy to the vet within 5 business days. Please make your appointment now. Plan on bringing your vet a fresh stool sample.
CRATE TRAINING IS THE PREFERRED AND MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF HOUSEBREAKING YOUR PUPPY. HIS CRATE WILL BECOME HIS SPOT WHEN HE WANTS TO BE LEFT ALONE, EVEN AS AN ADULT DOG.  Never use the crate as punishment, it should be the puppy's protective den.  
 
We provide you with a bag of 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' Puppy food.   Do not switch food for at least 2 weeks. If switching, blend old and new food over 10 days to avoid gastro upset. Feeding should be 3-4 times a day. Put bowl of dry food down for 10 minutes and then remove. Give him or her all the water they want whenever watering. ( He will need to potty almost immediately) No food or water in the crate and NEVER ANY PEOPLE FOOD. 

We would suggest no food or water after 8 at night, it will help your puppy to house train more quickly.  The pups should do all their stools outside by the time they arrive at your home, with few accidents, but puppies tend to give you no notice with wetting, so frequent outdoor expeditions are necessary.  Right after your puppy eats, and immediately upon waking, they should be taken outside.  Also, do not give them free roaming in your house. Keep them confined in a kitchen, or someplace where the family is (do not isolate your puppy in the bathroom), with hopefully with easily cleanable floors. 
 
Your puppy’s first day at his new home should be real low key. Not too much handling nor excitement, unless he seeks it out. Let him feel himself around on his own as well as get used to his new crate. Puppy will be going through a lot of new experiences and stresses. Long car rides, separation from littermates, a new home and new people, etc. Some puppies handle it well, others will experience gastro intestinal upset as a result.

You can bring an old bath towel with you when you come to pick up your pup and you can rub down the mom and the scent will make the pup feel more at home during their first days away from mom. This should pass within a day or so, if it happens at all. If it continues, speak to your vet or call us. We can provide instruction on how to best get him through it. We suggest no bedding in crate for a few days until you have a potty routine established. NEVER use papers in the crate, as this may confuse him to go in the crate.
 
You will need a bottle of PUPPY shampoo. Never human or baby shampoo. Wait till the 2nd or 3rd day before shampooing to allow puppy to adjust to all the new changes in his/her life.
 
We love to get pictures, puppy updates, and letters as puppy grows. Even 10 years from now. Please send us pictures and
updates here at our Email address

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