Whether you’ve adopted a Golden Retriever puppy to be a service dog or a lovable companion, you will still need to properly train them. Golden Retrievers are extremely intelligent, so they’re easy to train. However, there are some requirements when training one. Here, we go through our top three tips for training Golden Retriever puppies.
Start as early as possible
Similar to humans, dogs learn best when they’re young. As such, it’s better to start training your puppy as soon as you bring them home. Guide Dogs are trained starting from 7 weeks old, so there’s no reason you can’t start training your puppy around then. You can try training them yourself, or sign them up for an obedience training class near you.
Keep them entertained
Golden Retrievers are smart, sometimes too smart for their own good. While it will be easy to train them, they will also get easily bored. Be sure you keep their attention by continuously introducing newer and harder tricks. They need plenty of mental stimulation to avoid getting bored or frustrated.
They are food-motivated
Most dogs love food, but especially Golden Retrievers. When you’re training your Golden Retriever puppy, you’ll want to use food as a reward for when they do something correctly. However, you don’t want to use food too much where it becomes excessive. Be sure to sprinkle in some verbal praise in addition to all the food.