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I did a huge amount of research and studying before we got our puppy, and we have a mini library worth of books on Goldens, Recall, Puppies, Training,
Socialisation During Covid...
yet somehow it was still a bit of a shock to the system in a few areas. Mango’s only 22 weeks so this is hardly over, but up to now what I WISH my books had told me:

* You will worry about your puppy like your first child. Every tiny ailment, tummy upset, limp. It’s kind of terrifying.

* He will be tiny. Don’t worry, he will grow at a completely ridiculous rate. He had some catching up to do, and boy did he catch up!! It’s hard to even fathom.

* Every week seems to bring new challenges that kind of hit you in the face. Just roll with it, stick to the training and it’ll pass.

* There will be bad days. The kind of bad where you question your knowledge, question your dog, question your sanity... they are usually followed by amazingly good days so stick it out!

* You will think you’ve got it difficult, then you’ll hear a number of other puppy stories and realise your puppy is actually really easy compared to what you could have had.

* You will never, ever, ever question your decision to get a Golden Retriever.

I hope someone will come across this and find it useful to know it’s ok to feel it’s a little overwhelming. Especially if you’re juggling young kids on top of a puppy.
Now, bring on the Teen months!! 🤣
 

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I don’t have human children, but Beckett is my first dog, so I turned into a worried mom. The first night he was home I kept checking on him to make sure he was breathing. My friend had to nicely remind me that he’s been breathing well for 8 whole weeks, and just because he’s in a new house doesn’t mean he forgets to breathe!
 

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You nailed it! Everything you wrote is something I've experienced! And Jackson is NOT my first puppy. I think I am more so with him than I was with all the others! I can't imagine doing this with little kids! Mine were teenagers when we got our first golden.

Anne, how is Beckett doing? We are doing great with our birthday buddy. He weighs 32.6 pounds today, tomorrow they will be 5 months old, can you believe it?????
 

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Anne, how is Beckett doing? We are doing great with our birthday buddy. He weighs 32.6 pounds today, tomorrow they will be 5 months old, can you believe it?????
He is doing great! Definitely cannot believe the “twins” are 5 months already! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!
we go to the vet tomorrow for his rabies vaccine so he’ll get weighed, but I think he was 27 when we were there 2 weeks ago for lepto!
 

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You nailed it! Everything you wrote is something I've experienced! And Jackson is NOT my first puppy. I think I am more so with him than I was with all the others! I can't imagine doing this with little kids! Mine were teenagers when we got our first golden.
I’m glad it’s not just me! 😂
 

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I needed to read this today! Thank you.

It gets worse after you’ve lost dogs to things you didn’t see coming…and feel like you should have. I lost two dogs within three months five years ago and I’m a complete lunatic now about my remaining two. And if all goes well, we’ll be bringing home a new puppy this fall and I am already losing sleep about everything I need to remember to protect her. Ugh.

So thanks for the reminder that it’s part of the process and part of what we sign up for.
 
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Pretty funny, our girl is going to be 1year old, and yesterday, she did her morning run round like crazy in the fenced acre paddock and then instead of ignoring me and trying to dig out the larger shrubs, she responded to "come" on a firs try, and sat in front of me with a big smile and after praise, settled down beside my chair !!!!!!!!!!
I must admit my first thought was, OMG what is wrong with her??? until I remembered we have been going for just that response for the last 4 month :)
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Pretty funny, our girl is going to be 1year old, and yesterday, she did her morning run round like crazy in the fenced acre paddock and then instead of ignoring me and trying to dig out the larger shrubs, she responded to "come" on a firs try, and sat in front of me with a big smile and after praise, settled down beside my chair !!!!!!!!!!
I must admit my first thought was, OMG what is wrong with her??? until I remembered we have been going for just that response for the last 4 month :)
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Gorgeous girl! I love that your first thought was what’s wrong. 😆 Definitely good to know it all pays off in the end.
 
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