Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of frequently asked questions we encounter as we hear from you.
WILL MY PUPPY NEED TRAINING?
Basic obedience training is absolutely necessary, for a happy, satisfied Golden Retriever. Watch this video below to learn how to teach the basics of Stay, Leash, and Crate. Windy Knoll Goldens highly recommends Cesar Millan’s training methods for your puppy. Here is how you start!
HOW MUCH OF MY TIME WILL MY PUPPY REQUIRE?
Golden Retrievers are “people” dogs. They thrive on attention and need to spend time with, around, and near humans. If you’re considering a Golden Retriever as a pet please consider your lifestyle and how busy your schedule is: do you have time to give the substantial love and attention a Golden Retriever needs? With love and care, Golden Retrievers will add more joy to your life than you could imagine.
WHAT KIND OF SOCIALIZATION DO YOU PROVIDE?
Our children love to play with the puppies and bring them into the house all the time. From a young age we use a method called Bio-Sensor Therapy which gives the puppy a big developmental and neurological head start.
HOW MUCH EXERCISE WILL MY PUPPY REQUIRE?
Golden Retrievers require exercise to allow them to become the calm house pets most owners expect; a fenced-in yard and daily walks are highly recommended.
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WHEN CAN I PICK UP MY PUPPY?
Puppy pick-up occurs at 8 weeks of age. Sometimes pick-up won’t be exactly at 8 weeks depending on scheduling but we try to be accommodating. If you need additional boarding for your puppy for a time after 8 weeks we can do that for you at a competitive per-day rate.
WHAT DOG FOOD SHOULD I USE?
Check out our Luxury Dog Food page for our top three suggested dog foods.
WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND AS A FLEA PREVENTATIVE?
We use garlic from Springtime Inc. in the food as a natural flea preventative. Another good thing if your puppy should get fleas, is diatomaceous earth dusted into their coat for a few days and onto their sleeping and play area. This will mechanically kill the fleas and is perfectly harmless to the puppy.
DO PUPPIES COME WITH ALL THEIR SHOTS?
We make sure your puppy is properly vaccinated before leaving our premises. We use oral homeopathic nosode vaccines which are non-toxic to your puppy. Since it is a topical application, we do not use “shots” to vaccinate. We have an extra supply of the vaccine for your puppy if you should choose to continue with the oral homeopathic nosode vaccines.
WHAT FOODS ARE DANGEROUS FOR MY DOG?
Here’s a list of the 10 most dangerous foods for dogs. Some of these can be toxic or fatal if ingested.
- Coffee & Caffiene
- Fruit with pits/seeds
- Grapes and Raisins
- Macadamia nuts
- Xylitol (artificial sweetener)
- Yeast dough
Avoid giving your dog bones that can splinter and cause internal injuries to their intestines, especially such meats as chicken, fish, or pork chop bones.
If you suspect your pet has eaten any of the above foods then contact your veterinarian immediately or the ASPCA Poison Hotline at: #1-888-426-4435 (a $65 consultation fee may be applied).
HOW TO KEEP MY PUPPY FROM JUMPING
HOW BIG SHOULD I EXPECT MY GOLDEN RETRIEVER BE ?
WHEN DO YOU RECOMMEND TO SPAY OR NEUTER?
After 12 months of age at least! More on the reason “Why after 12 months of age?”.
Here is some good spay and neuter information if you’re considering being a responsible pet owner: