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We will be picking up our first golden puppy at the end of March - we're so excited. Our Wheaten Terrier passed away in November. We have always admired goldens. I have researched and decided this is the pet for us. We're getting a boy, born 2/6/08. Live in Long Island, New York. Any advice for the "homecoming"?
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welcome to the forum and congrats on your new golden to come!! my advice? take TONS of pictures... and then come post them here so we can fawn over your new baby
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Get lots of sleep before he gets there!! No, I'm not kidding! You also want to make sure you've gotten all of the essentials: crate (if you're crate training, which I do recommend), leash, collar, toys, bowls, food (the breeder may give you a small supply of what he or she has been feeing. You may decide to change the food though, and can use what the breeder provided to ease the transition). Go ahead a pick up a brush/comb, nail clippers, and other grooming supplies. You want to start working on this from the get go with your dog, even if there isn't much formal grooming to be done. Handle his paws, tail, and ears multiple times daily... it will make things MUCH easier down the road. Ummm... that's all I have at the moment... others will have more, I"m sure! Good luck... can't wait to see pictures of your new pup!!

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welcome to the forum and congrats on your new golden to come!! my advice? take TONS of pictures... and then come post them here so we can fawn over your new baby
What she said. We're kinda good at that

Sorry about the loss of your terrier
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Thanks for all of your advice....I figured we'd start shopping this weekend. I'll take Julie's list along with me. What size crate do you recommend?
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Thanks for all of your advice....I figured we'd start shopping this weekend. I'll take Julie's list along with me. What size crate do you recommend?
Well, that can be a little tricky. When housebreaking a pup through crate training, you want them to have enough room to stand up, turn around, and lay down comfortably, but not much more. You don't want them to be able to potty in one part of the crate and lie in another. That doesn't teach anything. At the same time, nobody wants to buy 4 different crates as the dog grows. My suggestion would be to buy one that will be big enough for the dog when he is fully grown, but you'll need to be able to partition it off in some way while he is small and learning. Some crates come with divider panels and are ideal... but if you can't find them, or they are out of your price range, then get creative. I once used a plastic milk crate to block off the crate for my old roommate's dog. It got chewed on a little, but nothing major and it worked well enough to keep him from going in the crate.

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Ditto to what Julie said. Dont forget to take lots of pictures because he will grow like a weed and before you know he will be grown up.




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Good luck with your new baby boy! Happy to have you as a new member of the Forum!

Sorry to hear about your Wheaten dying. They are beautiful dogs...

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Well, since you have had a dog, you probably know most of this. But, here goes. Be sue to keep electrical cords hidden and out of reach. Some dogs just love to chew on them for some reason. Be sure to put sox, underweqr etc right into hamper. that is something else dogs love to "eat, and it seems goldens are among the worst at doing that. Also, anything else that they can chew on that is dangerous.

Be prepared to laugh a lot at the funny antics, to get wet kisses, and to be loved totally by that little fur bundle.

I would also take him to my vet first thing for check and get his file started.

By the way, I am Sandra, we live on the Texas coast and are bossed by 8 1/2 year old kayCee, a full golden, and Honey, a 6 year old adopted golden mix. We got KayCee and her littermate, Hunter, at 8 weeks--he is the one in my avatar. I lost him 4 years ago this pat oct. to an adverse reaction to the 6 month heartowmr preventative that was on the market for aboug 3 years. It was great--for me--having the pups at the same time and since i didn't work, was here with them all the time so they wre a joy. Were alos extremely good pups, maybe because they had each other.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Puppy proof puppy proof puppy proof. LOL Good luck!!!!!
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