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  1. Tips on Socializing puppy during Covid?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi everyone! I will be taking home my golden puppy in mid-June and I’m trying to make a plan for properly socializing her. I regularly take my two dogs (golden and black lab) to a 400 acre off leash dog park near my house where they romp and play for the first five minutes or so before we head...
  2. Crucial Puppy Socialization/Don't Let Them Touch Ground While Unvaccinated Paradox

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi, guys! Read ahead for what may be a stupid question. I've read all over this forum that it is crucial to socialize your new pup to many different sights and sounds when they're young. I will be taking home a 10-week-old puppy in 2 weeks and since he's 10 weeks, he won't be fully vaccinated...
  3. Triner vs Vet

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi, I am confused on how to socialize my puppy. I am working with a trainer and they told me that I should be taking my puppy to new places where there are lots of people at least two times a week. I told them I was concerned because my vet says I shouldn't take my puppy anywhere until she has...
  4. Puppy PreSchool Class

    Golden Retriever Training
    Hi, my local humane society offers a Puppy PreSchool training and socialization class for puppies 8-18 weeks old. One starts a week after I bring my new puppy home so she will be 9 1/2 weeks old. I want to do it because I think it will be fun and will help socialize my puppy but I'm worried...
  5. When can we start taking pup on walks?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi all, Just wondering when we can start taking our pup for walks around town and grassy areas. He's just a little guy, just shy of nine weeks. We were told to wait until 2 weeks after his third set of shots before we take him anywhere where other dogs may have been..right now he's got his...
  6. what age can a puppy socialize with other dogs?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    I would like to start socializing my puppy within the first 2 weeks of bringing her home at 8 weeks. I know some wait until 16 weeks when all shots are completed but I also hear to introduce the puppy to as many experiences in the first 100 days. Advice please. Thanks!
  7. Hi Everyone, meet Buddha!

    Member Introductions
    Hello! I am brand new to the forum! I just adopted an 8 week old puppy, Buddha! I was (up until about a month ago) a Training Instructor at PetSmart for 4 years. I have a senior black lab at home, but this is my first puppy. We've had him almost a week, and so far he's great, he hasn't...
  8. Doggie Daycare for the First Time

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    So I have a 44 pound 19 week old male golden retriever puppy that I have started in doggie daycare. I set him up to go twice a week when nobody is home all day. I brought him in the morning and he seemed to be fine, and called once during the day and they said everything was going good. The...
  9. Happy Dog Plays Overly Aggressively

    Golden Retriever Behavioral Problems & Issues
    We recently rescued a white golden retriever who we found trying to get into the Target store by our home. She's happy, seems healthy, and was estimated to be between 1-2 years old. She wasn't chipped and we don't know whether or not she was spayed, and she's not used to being in cars/doesn't...
  10. New Pup from Nashville!

    Member Introductions member here in Nashville, TN! First off, the advice on this forum is priceless so thanks to everyone that takes the time to respond to questions, etc. So the countdown is on...getting a male golden in two weeks. It's my first golden retriever, but we had a dog for about 15 years...
  11. Shy but super friendly?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Puppy is 20 weeks - she is 4 1/2 months old seems to be a bit hesitant toward people recently but then runs up to them super friendly. Whereas dogs she's more confident towards. This seems new - she's generally a fearless puppy. I take her on a walk everyday. I'm thinking of taking her to fred...
  12. submissive puppy and socialization

    Golden Retriever Behavioral Problems & Issues
    Hi, our girl is about 5 months and has been going out to parks, beach, and on hikes for the past month. We noticed that she is very submissive towards other dogs. She seems okay with smaller dogs, especially those who are either scared of her or antisocial. She will always lie on her back...
  13. Looking for Advice on 8 month old around kids

    Golden Retriever Behavioral Problems & Issues
    Hello, I'm just discouraged I guess. My s-i-l brought her four kids over last night, ages 15, 12, 10, and 4 years. Maizie has been laid back and relaxed a lot more with just me and my DH. No kids in the house regularly. Well, it is like an electric current of energy goes through Maizie...
  14. Where do I look?

    Golden Retriever Events
    Hi! I was hoping someone would have info about where to look to find dog activities in northeast NC and southeast VA! I would like to get Kahuna socialized as soon as all his rounds of shots are completed but I can't seem to find any! I just have a hard time believing there aren't any!
  15. fear reaction

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hello! I have an 11 week old puppy (bubby). This is my first golden and I come from bully breed rescue in the past. We picked out our boy and have noticed that he has fear around meeting new people and meeting/socializing with dogs. He seems more comfortable with dogs his size or smaller, but...
  16. Parvo risk in California?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    I went to Petsmart to ask about a harness for my 10 week old pup. The employee wouldn't sell me one saying I shouldn't take the pup anywhere cuz of the parvo risk. I said I live in an apt and only take her a certain area outside away from dogs....and my parent's backyard....and to the parking...
  17. Puppy socialization vs. parvo prevention

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    So I was reading up on the seriousness of Parvo and taking really strong measures not to let the pup outside before the age of 4 mos (before all shots)..... my question is how have you folks been able to socialize your pup at that critical age also since they need to be exposed to...
  18. New Behavior Issue

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Madison is 4.5 months old. She tested as the alpha female, she's very well socialized and outgoing around people and other dogs. Sometimes she acts submissive or timid around the more bold and aggressive dogs. Other times she'll lay a trap and then spring on the unsuspecting victim, tackling and...