To make the puppy's transition from our home to yours a success we have listed a few basic supplies and included some information that we think you should have prior to picking up your new Golden Retriever puppy from Eden kennels.

 

Equipment 
  • Food - 20 or 40 lb bag of Eukanuba Growth or Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy food. 
  • Puppy Treats - "Milk Bone" dog biscuits, "Roll Over" sausage roll, dried Liver snacks. No cheap dye and chemical filled junk treats!
  • Dog Crate - Large for a female, extra large for a male. We prefer plastic as it is durable, easy to clean and will contain the dog dirt and hair. Wire is acceptable and slightly cheaper but will rust with time. Blankets and soft beds are not necessary in the crate. They are usually just to make us feel better as the dogs generally find them too hot but a great thing to chew.
  • Metal Stainless Steel Food Bowl - Plastic is hard to clean, retains bacteria and germs, and is easy to chew.
  • Stainless Steel Water Bucket. Must be food grade steel not galvanized metal. Plastic horse bucket found in farm and tack stores is acceptable but is not as sanitary and can be chewed.
  • 6 Foot (quality) Leather Leash - It will last your lifetime with a minimum of care and is gentle on your hands when teaching a dog not to pull. Nylon leashes of the right size and quality are durable, easy to clean, long lasting and come in pretty colours but can injure your hands when teaching a young dog not to pull.
  • 2 Nylon (adjustable) Buckle Collars - Medium for puppy, large for adult.
  • Clicker -  a small plastic box that makes a clicking noise to instantaneously mark and reinforce a desired behavior. We will demonstrate the benefits of clicker training the day you take your puppy home.
  • Quality (welded) Slip Collar - Incorrectly called a choke collar but when used properly is one of the most safe and effective ways to correct a young dog from pulling and making other serious mistakes that could endanger their lives. It should be sized to roll over the dogs head and ears and will need to be replaced with the next size up as the adolescent dog grows to adulthood. Not to be used on a young puppy. NEVER leave a slip collar on an unattended dog!
  • Fenced Yard and/or a Security Pen or Dog Run - a 10 x 10 x 6 foot chain metal fence that sits over patio stone or cement in a semi-shaded area. These portable runs are invaluable for ensuring the safety and security of your puppy and can greatly assists in house training while you are temporarily away from home.  4W x 10L x 6H or 4W x 8L x 6H run is also an acceptable size. 
  • Lots and Lots of Toys - Quality hard rubber for chewing, eyeless and buttonless stuffed toys for snuggling and carrying..
  • Dog Blanket or Matt or Thin, Soft Dog Bed-  optional place for the dog to settle on his own or when he has learned the "down stay" or "go lay down" command.

 

 

Prior To Bringing Your New Puppy Home

  • Puppy-proof your home and eliminate possible trouble spots. Get down to his eye level so that you may see what and where his eyes and nose will draw him to investigate.
  • Discuss and define puppy rules that ultimately reflect how you want your dog to behave both in the home and when out in public. Good social skills and manners are learned not inherited.
  • Carefully consider how you are going to follow through on potty training your puppy. Don't forget to plan on how your puppy is going to relieve himself when you are going to be away from home during the work day or for extended duties or appointments.
  • Create a Training Plan. Formal Obedience Classes are of great benefit to both owner and dog. Training methods have evolved and changed greatly in the last few years. Even professional trainers and dog handlers take their own dogs to formal obedience classes to keep informed and focused.
  • Research what dog related opportunities and activities are in your area. There is a whole new world to discover with plenty of fun Dog Sports to consider joining. Agility Trials, Field Trials, Tracking Tests, Rally Obedience, Standard Obedience and Conformation Showing are just a few of the activities available to all purebred dogs and their families

 

Pet Recovery Program

Your puppy was microchipped and registered with the CanadaChip Recovery service prior to leaving my home to go to yours. It is very important that you keep your contact numbers updated in case your dog is ever in need of help getting safely home to you. Contact and emergency contact updates/changes are free for life. To check your dogs information insert the microchip number into the CanadaChip data base. The microchip number is listed on all your puppies paperwork that I provided to you. Once you have inserted the number in the search field your information can be checked to see if any changes need to be made.
https://www.ckc.ca/Raising-a-Dog/Lost-Your-Dog/default.aspx

 

Picking Up Puppy

  • You should expect to spend at least 1 to 2 hours here getting to know your new puppy, filling out paperwork, asking all those last minute questions and viewing a short clicker training lesson.
  • We ask that Children be left at home during this time. 
  • You should bring a small travel crate or second person to control the puppy during transport.
  • Plastic grocery bags and paper towel for any accident clean up.
  • Bottled water and water bowl if traveling a fair distance.
  • Leash and Collar.

 

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