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Old 01-22-2013, 09:23 PM
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Golden Baby on the Way!

Hi all,

As a few others have recently posted, I've also been lurking for a few months. We will be getting our new golden baby boy, Barley, next Tuesday, so I thought it was time to come out of the wood work and introduce myself. I'm sure I'll be asking a lot of questions in the days/weeks/years to come!

We do have a golden mix named Casey who was a rescue. He is 12 years old, and has a pretty typical golden personality. He's one of the most patient, loving dogs, so we're hoping Barley is going to be as great a family member as he has been.

When we got Casey, we were in college and frankly didn't know much about training. Luckily, Casey was super easy to potty train and learned a few commands such as sit, shake, lay down. He does have a few bad habits, like excessive barking if we leave. He also steals food if we leave it anywhere accessible, and he runs off if we don't always have him on a leash.

We wished we had taken the time to train him really well when he was younger, but we do plan to do this with Barley. I'd like to do therapy dog training if he has the right personality.

I've purchased two books in anticipation of his arrival: How to Raise A Puppy you can Live With, and How to Housebreak your Dog in 7 Days. Obviously, full housebreaking is going to take longer than 7 days but I thought this would be a good start to crate training, which I've never done before. We did purchase a nice crate with a divider as well.

Any suggestions or recommendations for other books would be great! I'll post pictures when we get our little guy next week! He'll be 9 weeks old.

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Welcome to the forum. Please make yourself at home here on GRF. Looking forward to the pictures of your new addition. You are going to have a blast with a new pup.
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Welcome to the forum! I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun with Barley, and you've certainly come to the right place for sound advice. Be sure to take (and post!) lots of photos of your pup - the puppy stage is so short!
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Welcome to the forum! Can't wait to see photos of Barley
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I'm very partial to Dr. Ian Dunbar's books. He's a well respected behaviorist and developed the Sirius puppy trainings, among other things. The books are available for free on the Internet: Free downloads | Dog Star Daily

It sounds like you are on the right track with your puppy. Congrats! And welcome to GRF.
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