seeking some advices about my puppy...
April 5, 2010 10:26am CST
well, a very good family friend of ours gave us a month old golden retriever.. hmm... this is the first time that we would be taking care of such wonderful pup... He's adorable and though we haven't taught him anything, he cries or pulls our clothes when he needs to pee or something like that... he is really fluffy and chubby that he's so cute.. ^_^ well, sometimes i think we're spoiling him too much by treating him gentler and letting him in our rooms. We give him bath almost thrice a week because we don't want him to smell.. my aunt called yesterday telling us that pups should only be bathed once a week or once in two weeks... internet also said that we should not feed him very often because they could easily get fat... and also, if you have any tips on how to train our little baby would be really helpful... thanks so much!
• United States
5 Apr 10
Congratulations on your new addition! I can still remember when I got my beautiful baby (you can see her below). I remember when I first got her I didn't want to let go of her. Now you have to make sure that she doesn't sleep with you in your bed because then she will want to always be on your bed and not let you sleep. That's what my dog did to my brother and she would constantly jump on top of him and not let him go to sleep. Make sure that you train her to do her "business" outside. You can use wee wee pads to do that. You can get those at any pet store. I usually give my dog a bath once a week and since your dog is just a month old make sure not to give her too much food so that she doesn't get fat like your friend said. I would also recomment you to buy her lots of toys that she can chew on as well snacks so that you can teach her basic commands like sit, stay and come. Show her how to do these three things and when she does them right you give her a snack. I've taught my dog all three of these commands but I'm going to get a trainer because they know exactly what else needs to be taught. So I would recommend that you should get a trainer as well. Good luck and I wish you and your new doggy the best. ^_^
• United States
5 Apr 10
Your aunt is right about only bathing him every couple of weeks. You will strip the oil from his coat if you continue to bathe him so often. Feeding schedules for young puppies should be what is recommended on the bag for quantity split into two meals, morning and night. Getting enrolled in a good obedience school for training will be important. Otherwise he will develop habits that are hard to break. Start with the basics. Sit, down, stay, come and walk on the leash. Teach one command at a time and give him positive reinforcement when he does it correctly. Never scold while training because it can cause them to become fearful of training time. Training time should be fun and something your puppy enjoys.
6 Apr 10
We spoil our little dog also haha, and there is nothing wrong with that, I think haha. We give him food 3 times a day, sometimes he eats, sometimes he doesn't hehehe. I bathed him almost everyday because he stays inside, and the same with your reason, we don't want him to smell too hehe. If your little puppy makes you happy, them make him happy as well to reciprocate the emotion hehe.
5 Apr 10
One month seems very young to leave the mother. Two months plus was what we allowed with our litters. The pups need to be well and truly weaned before leaving the mother. (Can't say bit*h in Mylot). Why do you want to wash out that glorious puppy smell? It will be gone soon enough. haha. And as said above, don't feed too much - just follow the directions on the bag. Dogs love continuity, stability, regularity. They are very happy to have the same food every day at the same time (plus or minus a few minutes! haha) A well trained dog is a pleasure. A dog with no training is a nightmare! Puppy teeth are like needles but they love to play so be prepared for some punctures in your hands. A short knotted length of rope is a great toy to get those jaws working and something to retrieve. Never ever smack your puppy when it is naughty. A stern voice is usually enough but a little bite on the ear is the last resort just as it's mother would have done. Dogs love to be part of your pack so it is not surprising that they want to be with you wherever you are in your house. Ruby is at my feet under my desk as I write this and she will be on my bed tonight. It is up to you the limits you will set on where your dog can go in the house but whatever it is, be consistent. Once the rules are set keep with them. The dog will get confused if you keep changing the rules. Enjoy your puppy!