Golden Retrievers are a popular choice of dog as a pet because they are extremely playful, loyal and happy dogs and make an ideal pet for everyone including families with children. Golden Retriever training can take a lot of time and effort and this article will cover tips on Golden Retriever training to ensure your dog is trained in a comfortable, positive manner.
Golden retriever Housetraining
One of the most important lessons in Golden Retriever training is housetraining. You will need to teach your retriever to relieve himself in a dedicated place or to let you know when he needs to go outside.
Crate training is an effective method in Golden Retriever training. The crate must be the right size for your pet so that he only has enough room to comfortably move around and sleep; this is because most dogs including retrievers will not soil where they sleep. Your dog should not be left in the crate for longer than 4 hours at a time and after this time he needs to be taken outside to relive himself. You should supervise your dog at all times whilst he is outside so he does not sneak off and soil somewhere he shouldn’t. When your retriever soils in the right place he should be rewarded with treats, a pat or positive reinforcement.
You will need to ensure you are calm and patient when Golden Retriever training because it may take a few attempts before he gets it right. If your pet sees you stressed or impatient he may become nervous and soil where he shouldn’t e.g. inside the crate.
Golden Retreiver Biting and Chewing
Golden Retriever training includes teaching your dog not to chew or bite. This is especially important because when retrievers are in a playful mood they have a tendency to get carried away with their teeth and this can be dangerous especially when children are involved. You need to teach your dog that it is unacceptable behavior to grab or nip any family member during playtime. Make sure you firmly tell him “no” when he is in the middle of the act and you may need to stop playing with him so that he knows if he bites or nips you will not play with him.
Destructive chewing behavior can also develop if a retriever is left alone for long periods of time and they will chew on anything they can get their teeth into which can include shoes, cushions, sofas, clothing and remote controls. So it’s important that your pet has plenty of dog chews and dog toys and is not left alone for long periods of time.
Golden Retriever training takes time and patience to get successful results. Retrievers are highly intelligent dogs but their energetic, playful natures mean they can become disinterested very quickly.
Golden Retriever training sessions should be short and frequent and positive reinforcement should be used at all times so your pet knows you’re happy with their behavior and they will continue to learn positive behaviors.