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  1. Puppy training during quarantine

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    We have been waiting over a year for Oliver. Unfortunately when it was time to take him home we were in the middle of quarantine. We picked him up at 8 weeks old and he is now 14 weeks. I have been watching videos so as of now he knows sit, lay, stay, and off. We are working at potty training...
  2. Few questions as we get ready for the puppy

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi i am so happy to find this page. We will be getting the puppy in a month and I am trying to understand how to organize the house. This is seriously feels as if I will have a newborn all over again. I am extremely thankful for your generous help. Crate size: What crate size does it need? I...
  3. Super Crate anxiety

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi I have a 4-month golden puppy. We have her from the time she was 11 weeks. We tried the crate training from the second day (not forcefully from the beginning) and she hated it. She hates being alone as well. So for her first week, we worked from home but tried to keep her in her crate or in...
  4. Pup hates crate and being left!

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi! New here and new golden pup parent. We got Lola at 14 weeks old this week. A little older than usual. Breeder has already been crating her at night so we were confident she’d be fine here. First night was horrific. She was so stressed. Barking, crying, banging and evening pooing. We...
  5. Cleaning Rust Off & Possibly Painting a Used Crate?

    Golden Retrievers - Main Discussion
    Hi, I bought the wrong sized crate for my pup when I first got him. While it still is fine, I know he will need a bigger size to be comfortable as he grows bigger. Anyways, I received a nice, big sized, used metal crate from a family friend. They said it's been sitting foldable up in their...
  6. He hates the crate!

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi All, We are first time owners of a fluffy little retriever and have been having issues with our new pup! He came home already pretty house trained and so pees on puppy pads or outside only. However, he has been struggling to get used to the crate; Howling, barking, whining...
  7. How long can a 4 month puppy be in his crate?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hello! I'm so excited to be getting a puppy in 4 weeks. I am a teacher and am getting a Golden Retriever puppy the day after school is out. I'm going to have about 8 weeks with the puppy before I go back to work in the fall. I'm excited to have that time to bond with the puppy, socialize him...
  8. Crating at night

    Golden Retriever Training
    Hey guys! I wanted to pose a question to all of you dog/puppy parents out there: at what age did you stop crating your puppy at night? Milo is about 4 and a half months old. With the weather being so hot, he was very uncomfortable in his crate so he would take to sleeping in the living room...
  9. Question about crate training new puppy

    Golden Retriever Training
    Hi everyone! Just two days ago I picked up my new English cream puppy named Aspen. She has, for the most part, been doing really well in her new home. I did a lot of research on crate training before getting her and decided it is the best option for me since I have to be gone periodically...
  10. Getting nervous...anyone have any POSITIVE stories?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Maybe I'm freaking myself out. I'm picking up my (will then be) 8 week old on April 14th. Of course I want to be prepared, so I've been reading tips, advice, etc. SO. MANY. HORROR STORIES. From people who end up hating their dog to dogs who just won't sleep at night... I'm starting to second...
  11. Introducing a new Puppy to my 8 month old

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi Guys, I'm new to the forum and just wanted to get some tips from other Golden Retriever owners. I have a beautiful 8-month old Retriever and next month I will be getting another Retriever pup. I just wanted to see if anyone had some good advice or tips, or even stories that would be...
  12. Crate Divider?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hello there! I get my new pup November 4th and I'm just making sure i'm totally prepared. I plan to crate train him especially in the beginning (I know there can be a bit of controversy here...). I plan to buy a big crate for him to grow in to, but i've read that you should put a divider up, and...
  13. Thank you to the Forum

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    I just wanted to say how helpful this forum is and a big thank you. We brought an absolutely adorable 12-week old puppy home and for the first few weeks he was peeing/pooping in his crate, in the house, and I was admittedly slightly frustrated that he just didn't seem to get it. After spending a...
  14. Thinks crate is toilet...

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi everyone, I am brand new to the forum (and my puppy is brand new to our home). I have been reading around a lot on this subject, but finally wanted to post here to other GR owners. My 14-week old male puppy, who lasts the whole night in my room without needing to potty, seems to think his...
  15. Cooper, the 8 week fluffball, has his parents freaking out (& not just bc he is cute)

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Cooper, the 8 week fluffball, has his parents freaking out (& not just bc he is cute) Hi! We just brought our little Cooper home this past Saturday! He is so calm and sweet - we are totally in love!! My husband and I are taking turns working from home for this first week to help Cooper get...
  16. Stress about sleeping arrangements for brand new 8-week puppy

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi all! This is my very first post. I'm so excited to be picking up my first golden (Trudy) in almost 1 week. I've been diligently researching everything from food to positive reinforcement training methods to potty training, etc. One thing that's stressing me out a bit, though, is thinking...
  17. Desperately Need Help with New Puppy!!

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    I need help/advice/guidance/words of encouragement, I will take anything!! I got my first puppy almost two weeks ago (she is a day short of being 10 weeks). I went thru a breeder and one main concern was crate training. I live in an open loft in an apartment complex and things echo in these...
  18. squirting???

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Agh! Trying to avoid a big argument with the husband. He thinks it's fine to use a squirt bottle to squirt a little water at our 11 week old puppy while he is IN HIS CRATE when he barks excessively! I disagree - the crate is supposed to be a safe place. What say you?
  19. Help Needed with 8 week old puppy

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hello, I need some advice/help. I have an eight, almost 9 week golden. We went through a breeder and the breeder actually started crate training early for us. She stuck Nala (our pup) in a crate at night with some of her siblings then after a few nights she had her in there alone. When we...
  20. To crate or not to crate

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi all, We are picking up our 8 week old puppy, Balder, on Saturday. Here in Denmark, they are not big on crate-training, but we had done it successfully with our Chug back in the States. My Danish husband and I are going around and around trying to decide what to do. His suggestion is to create...
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