When you decide that it’s time to get a golden retriever puppy, you know you can’t take the decision lightly. A new puppy is a huge responsibility, so that’s why you’ve been busy doing your research, and you’ve found this article. The good news is you’ve come to the right place.
So, what things will you need for a golden retriever puppy? A new golden retriever puppy will need several dog basics like the following:
- a crate
You’ll also need to make sure you puppy proof your home, know how to bathe your puppy, and also know how to keep it happy and healthy.
Since there isn’t a lot of information available on the Internet today about taking care of a new golden retriever puppy, we created this guide to help you out. Below we’ll outline things you will need for your golden retriever puppy and also a few things you’ll need to know.
Things You’ll Need to Buy For Your Golden Retriever Puppy
The first thing you’ll need to know about getting a new golden retriever puppy is that the items you’ll need won’t come cheap. That’s especially true if it’s your first time purchasing a puppy.
There is a learning curve when it comes to buying everything a puppy requires. Below we’ve included a checklist that covers some recommendations. You’ll need to purchase:
- Products to feed your dog
- Products to keep your dog safe in your home
- Items to keep your puppy safe in your yard
- Products to keep your dog groomed.
We’ll cover the specific types of products you’ll need in more detail below.
What You’ll Need to Feed Your Golden Retriever Puppy
Another thing you want to make sure you’re well-prepared for before bringing your new golden retriever puppy home is feeding.
First, we’ll cover what you’ll need for feeding. Then we’ll list a few tips below for you that should help you out with feeding your new golden retriever puppy.
Here is what you’ll need to feed your puppy:
- #1 Puppy food—Your new dog will need puppy food. Start with the food that the puppy’s been eating, and when it is time for a change, make sure you start by mixing the new food brand into the old one. That way, your puppy won’t get a tummy ache when you change the food.
- #2 Dog bowls—You’ll need to purchase food and water bowl for your puppy.
- #3 Puppy treats—You’re going to need a lot of puppy treats when you’re training your pup.
Purchase a High-Quality Dry Dog Food
If you’re not sure where to start with healthy dry dog food, you can talk to your veterinarian or with the breeder or rescue center where you get your golden retriever.
Remember, if you decide you want to switch your dog’s food, you’ll need to do that gradually over a few weeks so that your dog doesn’t experience any tummy aches. You’ll want to purchase a plentiful breed puppy food for your golden retriever puppy.
Feed Your Dog by Age and Weight
You’ll also need to follow directions carefully on the dog food package you purchase. Figure out what your dog’s age and weight are, and then read the instructions on the bag. Divide that by the number of times you will feed your dog daily. Most puppies that are younger than six-months-old need to be fed three times per day. Older puppies should eat twice daily.
Adding Dog Food Extras
You may occasionally wish to mix some extra things into your dog’s food. You can add some canned dog food, cooked chicken breast, cottage cheese that is low salt, or unflavored yogurt into your dog’s food for some extra vitamins and minerals. Keep in mind that if you are adding any extras into your dog’s diet, keep it to a minimum.
Also, keep in mind that if you add extras to your dog’s food often, your dog probably won’t want to eat its dry dog food by itself. So, to prevent that from happening, either mix in extras sparingly, or plan to keep up with your dog’s tastes.
Create an Eating Area
You’ll also need to make sure you create a safe eating area for your puppy. You’ll want to buy decent food and water bowls that your puppy can’t tip over daily. If you don’t purchase heavy enough dishes, your golden retriever will wind up tipping them at points and making a mess.
Also, golden retrievers like to pick up their food bowls and drag them around when they are out of food. So, you’ll need to make sure the dishes are reasonably robust and that your puppy won’t be able to chew threw them. Never buy ceramic bowls for a golden retriever because your dog could drop them and break them, causing injury to itself.
Treat It Up
You’ll also want to make sure you give your new golden retriever plenty of treats, which you’ll need for training purposes. Keep in mind that treats should work as rewards, not spoilers. If you are training your puppy to potty outside or to learn a few tricks, use treats only for rewards.
If you wind up feeding your dog too many treats, it won’t want to eat its regular dog food anymore. So, make sure you keep treats to puppy-sized bites and use treats for training purposes.
Keep Water Fresh
To keep your puppy healthy and active, make sure you keep the water in that water bowl fresh. Now and then, your dog will probably drop something into its dog bowl. So, each day, you’ll need to wash it out and refill the water.
Sometimes you’ll have to do this more than once a day, depending on how messy your dog is. However, make sure you change out your dog’s water at least once per day.
Now that you know how to approach feeding your new golden retriever puppy, we’ll cover how to wash your golden retriever.
Golden retrievers have long, flowing coats, which makes them more likely to experience allergies, mats, and tangles. You’ll need to learn how to keep your golden retriever’s coat up from an early age and bathe your dog frequently to prevent allergies and excessive scratching.
Now that you know what you’ll need to buy for your puppy, you’ll need to understand how to puppy proof your house and yard. We’ll cover how you can ensure your home and yard are safe for your new golden retriever puppy below.
Make Your Home Safe for Your Golden Retriever Puppy
An essential part of preparing for a new dog is to puppy-proof your home and yard before you bring your pooch to the house.
You’ll need to make your home safe for a puppy and then keep it safe as your puppy becomes a dog because even older dogs get curious about things like the trash and get into trouble if you make it easy for them to do so.
Make sure your dog can’t reach any electric cords, remove items from low tables where your puppy might reach them, and put away anything vital that you think might harm your dog.
Here are a few other items you’ll need for your golden retriever at your home:
- #4 Puppy pads—While not everybody feels the need to buy these, they can come in handy while you are potty training your dog. If you have an especially lovely carpet, it might be a wise idea.
- #5 Puppy toys—Puppies require several different types of toys to keep them busy. Chew toys are essential because your puppy will need to chew while teething. Your puppy can learn what is proper to chew and chew toys can help keep your puppy from chewing on your items. Make sure you buy the right size of toys for your golden retriever puppy. You don’t want to purchase tiny toys that your dog might choke on.
- #6 Travel harness—You’ll want this while you are riding with your dog in the car.
- #7 Baby gates—If you want to keep your puppy out of individual rooms in your house, a baby gate will be an idea.
Create a Sleeping Area
You’ll need to make sure you make a sleeping area for your dog. Even if your dog starts to prefer sleeping on the bed with you and you are okay with that, you’ll still want to give your dog its safe sleeping area that’s all it’s own. That’s usually where a crate comes in handy.
If you purchase a crate, you’ll want to make sure it’s big enough for your golden retriever so it can stand up and turn around inside of the box.
Crates not only provide an excellent place to sleep but come in handy when crate training and potty training. Many owners also purchase dog beds to put inside the crates or to put on the floor for the dogs when they don’t get to sleep in the bed with their owners.
To create a sleeping area for your dog, here are some products you’ll need:
- #8 Bedding—You’ll want to make sure your puppy has a soft bed to sleep on at night. It’s up to you if you wish to a puppy-sized one or a larger one that your dog will grow into later.
- #9 Dog crate—Many owners choose to crate train their puppies. If you want to do that, you’ll need to buy the right size crate. It’s a good idea to purchase one that is big enough for your golden retriever when it is fully grown, and use dividers for now to alternate the size.
Plan Out Your Yard
You’ll need to make sure you have an excellent way to keep your puppy safe in your yard if you plan on letting it run around the yard freely. So, you’ll need to make sure you can safely contain your dog in your yard. Check your fence and gate and make sure there are no natural gaps for your puppy to crawl through and escape.
Make sure you’ve got a decent fence for keeping your dog in your yard. With a golden retriever, if a rabbit or neighborhood cat happens to run in your yard, your dog will want to give chase. So, you’ll need to make sure your dog won’t have any way to get out of the yard.
If you can’t install a fence at the location you live at, or you don’t like the way one looks, you can get an invisible barrier. Or, you can purchase a tethered leash so that your dog can’t get off the leash when playing in your yard. Remember, you should never leave your golden retriever alone in your yard without supervision for at least the first few months.
Besides an invisible gate or some kind of physical gate, here’s what you’ll want to have for your new golden retriever puppy while it plays in your yard:
- #10 Dog coats—If you live somewhere that’s quite cold, you might need to buy some coats and sweaters for your dog. However, if you live in a warmer climate, your golden retriever probably won’t need these things because he or she will be kept warm enough by its beautiful coat.
- #11 Dog poop bags—You’ll need a steady supply of poop bags, especially if you plan on walking your dog often. Even if you’re not walking your dog much at first, you’ll still want them to clean up accidents around the house while you are potty training your dog.
Be Ready for Walks
If you plan on walking your dog often, then make sure you have a leash and a harness to take your golden retriever out. You’ll need to start slow and train your new puppy how to walk on a leash. When preparing a golden retriever puppy, you should purchase a strap that’s about six feet long.
A harness is a better idea than buying a collar because you’ll be able to avoid putting stress on your dog’s neck and hurting it while you are training.
Here is what you’ll need to take your dog on walks:
- #12 Dog collar and leash—You’ll want to get your puppy a soft collar that’s comfy, as well as a leash. Although you should not walk your puppy until it has all of its vaccinations, you can start training your pooch at home and in the yard to walk on a leash.
- #13 Dog ID tags—It’s a good idea to get your pooch microchipped. However, even with that, you still want to get some ID tags because it’s often required by law. When you get your ID tag, put your name, address, phone number, and your dog’s name on the tag. That way, if your puppy ever gets lost, it’ll have all of the information it needs to find its way home.
- #14 Dog harness—While harnesses aren’t a necessity, they are favored to purchase if you plan on walking your dog often. Walking a dog with a collar can hurt the dog’s neck. Harnesses are much more comfortable for dogs.
Washing Your Golden Retriever Puppy
Since golden retrievers have beautiful coats that make it more likely for them to experience allergies and need frequent grooming, you’ll also need to be prepared to wash your golden retriever puppy before you bring it home. We’ll cover a few pointers about what you’ll need to buy, and how you can go about washing your golden retriever puppy below.
Here is what you’ll need to wash your golden retriever puppy:
- #15 Pet brush—You’ll need to buy a dog brush that works for a longer-coated dog. Golden retrievers have long, flowing coats, and you need to purchase an appropriate brush to handle their fur.
- #16 Dog shampoo—Since you’ll probably want to get your puppy used to take baths right away, getting dog-friendly shampoo is a great idea.
- #17 Dog toothbrush and toothpaste—It’s vital for you to maintain your pet’s teeth daily. Purchase doggie toothpaste since human toothpaste can be harmful to your pet.
- #18 Nail clippers if you don’t plan on taking your dog to get groomed.
Make sure you purchase a brush for your golden retriever and that you’re ready for baths with some shampoos. Golden retrievers need to be brushed and bathed regularly because of their long coats. You’ll also need to buy nail clippers for your pooch and clip its nails usually.
If you are planning to take your golden retriever to the groomer often, then you’ll only need to purchase a good dog brush. The groomer will bathe and clip your dog’s nails for you.
Now that you know the basics of how to set-up for your golden retriever, we’ll cover
Bathe Your Golden Retriever as Needed
While golden retrievers do need more frequent grooming compared to some other dog breeds, you should not excessively bathe your dog. If you were your golden retriever too often, it can dry out your dog’s skin and cause other problems. It’s best to wash your dog when it gets dirty, or at least once a month to every six weeks.
Get Everything Ready
You won’t know if your new golden retriever puppy enjoys baths or not until you start regularly performing the bathing ritual. Before you wash your dog each time, get all of the products you need ready and in one place so that you don’t need to leave your wet golden retriever puppy in the bathtub alone so that you can grab something.
So, before you throw your dog in the tub, make sure you have your essentials together. You’ll need dog shampoo, a brush, and dog towels to dry off your dog when you are finished. You need to make sure your golden retriever’s undercoat gets completely dry, so dry it as much as possible and grab a few doggie towels.
Get the Water Ready
You should get your water in the tub ready for your golden retriever, too, before you grab your puppy. Make sure the water you use is lukewarm. If it’s too cold outside to wash your do in a tub, then you’ll need to do the bath inside using your tub or shower.
Lather and Rinse
You’ll need to lather up your golden retriever puppy well with doggie shampoo. Remember, you should never use human shampoo on your dog. Make sure you lather your puppy well but avoid the head and face, so your pooch doesn’t get soap in its eyes.
You’ll also need to make sure you rinse your golden retriever puppy very thoroughly. Since your golden retriever puppy has a waterproof outercoat, you’ll need to work into its fur to get everything out of the undercoat. Make sure you haven’t left soap residue on your dog. If you do, your dog will feel very itchy and start to scratch.
Dry Your Dog
If your dog can learn to deal with it, it’s even a good idea to blow-dry your golden retriever, but do so on a low, cool setting. If you can’t get your dog used to the blow-dry, towel dry it as much as possible and keep it in a warm, dry area until your puppy is thoroughly dry.
Brush Your Puppy
Last, you’ll want to brush out your golden retriever’s fur. You can avoid tangling its coat by doing this when your puppy is a little wet.
You’ll Also Need to Puppy Proof Your House and Yard
A new puppy can be a very destructive force around the home for the first few months. With that in mind, you’ll want to make sure you puppy proof your home and yard to prevent your puppy from destroying your prized possessions.
Puppy proofing will not only keep your essential items safe, but it will also keep your puppy safe from harm when it cannot be supervised at all times.
Move Chewable Possessions
Start by moving anything your puppy might chew into safe areas. That means keeping shoes, socks, books, phones, sunglasses, and the like out of your puppy’s reach. Anything that your puppy can reach is at risk of being chewed. So, don’t leave small items on low tables where your puppy can reach them.
Instead, keep your things higher up and out of your puppy’s reach. Not only will your items stay safe, but you also won’t have to worry about your puppy choking on something.
Check Your Houseplants
For the safety of both your puppy and your plants, remove plants that are in your dog’s reach that are in your home and yard. You also want to make sure you don’t have plants that are poisonous to puppies. Plants that are poisonous to puppies include wisteria, foxglove, and yew.
Put Away Medicines and Cleaning Supplies
You want to make sure your puppy won’t get its paws on anything that can kill it, and a big issue with puppies is medication and cleaning supplies. Both of these types of substances can kill a dog that ingests them. So, keep your medications and cleaning supplies high up in cupboards or include childproof latches if the cabinets are on the dog’s level.
Remove Electrical Cords
Make sure all electrical cords are kept out of your puppy’s reach. If your puppy winds up chewing on an electrical cord when you aren’t looking, it could kill your puppy. So, avoid having electrical wires running around the room or out in the open where your dog might grab them. If you need to have electrical cords out, then purchase cord concealers or cord wraps so that your dog is less likely to chew on them.
Check Your Bathroom
You’ll need to keep an eye on your bathroom area, too, to keep your puppy safe. For example, you’ll want to keep the toilet closed, or your dog might wind up drinking dirty water. Also, toilets and unattended tubs could create drowning issues for your puppy that you’ll want to avoid.
Don’t Let Blind Cords Dangle
You’ll also want to make sure you tie your blind cords out of your puppy’s reach. Make sure they don’t fall to your puppy’s height. Cords can strangle a dog, or create broken limbs if your dog gets tangled up in them when you aren’t home.
Assess Your Yard
If you are letting your golden retriever puppy run around your yard without a leash, then you’ll want to fully secure it and make sure your puppy can’t escape your yard. You’ll also need to make sure there isn’t anything laying around your yard that your puppy can chew, or that could harm your puppy while it is out roaming the yard.
Check Garbage Bins
You’ll want always to make sure you keep your garbage bins lidded and closed, whether inside or outside the house. That way, your interested puppy can’t get into your trash. Trust me, your golden retriever puppy will be overly concerned with your trash, and there are plenty of fatal hazards your pup could find in your trash you’d want it to avoid.
Now that you know how to puppy proof your home and yard, we’ll cover how you should set up and prepare for your new golden retriever puppy below.
When you’re getting ready to bring home a new golden retriever puppy, it can feel like an exhilarating time. By following the advice we gave you above, you can purchase the items you need for your new golden retriever puppy and keep your dog healthy and happy with proper maintenance.
If this is your first time raising a golden retriever puppy, think about purchasing a good book about golden retrievers so that you’ll know about all of the stages of your dog’s life. That way, you’ll be able to maintain your dog well and keep it happy and healthy for a lifetime.