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Golden only puppy class

We formed a golden only puppy class. All 5 pups are from the same litter, so it's been so much fun to compare notes. We had week 1 on Saturday morning. Our private trainer is a golden owner, hunter, breeder, and trainer. She has helped us understand the breed so much more. We are planning our class to be a mixture of obedience, hunt, rally, and agility. We are going to continue through the winter and end in the spring when we can all move outside.

It has been great to only have goldens in class. They are all the sweetest group of pups. I wish I could do this with every pup I've had. Plus all the pups being from the same litter they are at the same development stage in their lives.
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What a great idea...can't think of a better way to spend the winter with your pup.

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Sounds like fun but just make sure your puppy is having positive experiences meeting a lot of different breeds of dogs. Socialization with a variety of dogs and environments is super important for pups.
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We have all done basic puppy classes. So this is the next step that we could see in their development. The nice part of a golden only class is the focus on things that goldens are good at like hunting. We have found that within this litter some puppies are more field driven and some are more show types. For example the fieldy pups are doing very well on retrieves. We did some work with a pigeon and the fieldy pups were super excited. The showy pups didn't care. We were surprised to see such a difference in pups from the same litter.

Our breeder has done a wonderful job of pulling us all together to do this class as a group. She set us up with the trainer and headed us all in the same direction.

We do not do puppy socialization in class. We only work in class. Once we go outside after class we let the pups play in a big empty field. They play so nicely together! Goldens are such nice dogs.
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Great idea. Also good to see Another Alaskan on here! I live out in Wasilla
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great idea!!! they look so cute. it would be great if you could keep meeting up and take pictures as they grow!
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The only disadvantage is that they don't get to know other breeds: how to deal with dogs that are bigger, smaller, black, white, yappy, etc.
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Your golden training class is so cool!

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Such a great Idea....my lil one Neeko and his brother Molson have been together 2 times now (they are 9 weeks old) and all they do is fight....roll around , growling and teeth baring Is this normal, and when will they just play with each other....we have to take them apart every 10 minutes....thanks for any input...We are planning attending puppy classes in the area, and I think all 5 pups from the litter will be attending....I cant wait..

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