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new golden retriever owners HELP 911

So we just rescued a golden retriever he is only 11 months old. The old owners fed him house food kibbles and bits and used human shampoo on the poor pup. Any recommendations on how to weed him off the kibbles and get him to eat nutro max or something healthy. Also any tips for what shampoo to use on this beautiful animal!! Please i can use all the help i can get. Also any good post anyone could recommend on this site or any good tips.
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Hello and welcome to the forum!
How long ago did you rescue him? If it's very recent - within the last week or so, I wouldn't want to change his diet until he is properly settled in. Then start changing his food, say 1/4 good food, 3/4 kibble, until you're sure it's not upsetting his stomach. After that, it's just a matter of substituting more of the kibble with good food.
The shampoo should not be a problem - I'd use the new stuff, but watch out for any sign of allergy, such as itching or redness.
Good luck with your new rescue!
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hello thanks for the advice. we rescued him today so yes he is still eating the kibbles for now. he has a whole fun day ahead of him tomorrow! He has his first vet appointment tomorrow and the groomers. lol. My girlfriend is really excited about him. If you have any other advice please let us know.
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I would switch him fairly quickly to a higher quality food. I would stay away from the richer, grain free formulas. For shampoo, we have had good results with Dawn dishwashing soap. Enjoy your new pup.
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Every new owner should, in my opinion, read the sticky "Its a puppy, not a problem." http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...t-problem.html (It's a Puppy, Not a Problem)
Even though yours is not a cute little fluffy baby, it's still a puppy. Golden retrievers remain puppies for a lot longer than many other dogs (which is why there is a recommendation not to breed a dog until they are at least 2.) So, although I don't expect you to have too much trouble, don't expect perfect behaviour for a few months yet! And that is enough advice for now. Go and enjoy bonding with him!
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Hello, welcome from the coast of Texas, and congratulations on your new golden. I hae owned my own dogs for 61 years (yep, I am an old geezer) and they included several English Setters (my first was an English Setter) a couple of Irish Setters, 6 golden retrievers and two Great Pyrenees--they are the odd balls, not sporting dogs. And each breed is different...or least mine have been. One thing all the sporting breeds had in common was their desire to please their humans. The guldens are the "goof balls" for lack of other description. Our Honey was lost to lymphoma at age 13+ and she was so playful up until 2 weeks before her death people took her to only be 3-4 years old. Being pale gold, if she had gray you really couldn't see it. The Prys do not play like most breeds do--oh, when young they will but they were bred to watch over and protect herds and flocks against any threat--bear, mountain lion, pack of wolves. They take on any thing with no gear. But at the same time are so gentle with their people. Our Sir Moose gravitates towards kids, loves kids and other dogs, but "guards" us against hawks, ospreys, etc that he sees flying over---but only birds of prey. No idea how he knows the difference. He loves attention, but still remains so dignified. Did I saw goldens are "goof balls?" Irish Setters are more majestic--I think they are the most graceful, elegant of all breeds. They are loyal and they do play and crave attention. Did I say goldens are "goof balls"?". English Setters love to be in the field with you, are driven to hunt quail, but still love to be with their humans. All different, all special. I love them all. Enjoy your new golden and and as I have with each new breed, learn as you go.

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wow really dawn? i thought that would dry his skin. ill look into it thank you for the advice
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Not to be a jinx to myself but he seems to be a great dog thus far! he listens to us already from go to bed to stop walks ok on the leash but needs training and attention etc. Its sad he seems to be obedient the owner just didn't have time for this beautiful beast! I'm going to look at the book because yes I know I hear they are pups for a long time. Thanks for the advice pilgrim123!
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I would start transitioning him to whichever food you've selected right away. Start by mixing a quarter of the food as the new food and increase gradually. It shouldn't take more than a week or so to have him completely on the new food. If you switch it all at once he may have tummy troubles. As for shampoo I use JP tee tree shampoo in the summer for my dogs (it's gentle on their skin and has natural insect repllents). I use JP oatmeal bath in the winter and for puppies I have used JP puppy and kitten shampoo. All of them are gentle and rinse out easily (which makes my life easier!). Enjoy your new family member. As Pilgrim said he's still a puppy

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Thank you everyone one for your advice. Thus far the little monster decide to eat purina pro plan. Out of nutromax, purina pro plan and merrick. Any thoughts on him eating purina pro plan.
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