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How to Take Care of a New Puppy Dog



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I'm Margo, owner and breeder of beautiful white Golden Retrievers. I breed and hand-raise these purebred puppies to become the best of Golden Retrievers, intelligent, loyal, friendly and healthy. A puppy makes a happy, lovable member of your family. I hope you can welcome one of these little charmers into your home.

Here you'll learn how to take care of a brand new puppy dog. Love comes first, but your puppy will need care and food, supplies, shots, and OFA certification. A puppy will fill your heart with love.

For a happy, healthy life, the basic NEEDS of your dog are:
  1. food and exercise
  2. companionship
  3. sense of security
  4. surprises and excitement
  5. understanding hierarchy
  6. love and connection
  7. mental stimulation
If even one of these is missing, problem behavior will arise. To keep your new puppy happy and in good health, here are a few suggestions for his or her care.

The Care Your New Puppy Dog Needs


  1. Golden Retriever Family with Puppies
    Groom and brush your new puppy regularly.
  2. Feed your new puppy a formula designed for puppies. Like a baby, puppies need nutritious, highly digestible food. Puppies experience their most rapid period of growth during the first six months of life. Provide your puppy with food products free of harmful chemicals. The diet should contain the right ration of meat proteins and carbohydrates.
  3. Try giving your puppy homemade food to supplement commercially processed packed or canned dog food.
  4. Add quality supplements to your puppy's diet to fill the nutritional gaps and to heal and nourish your pet. A puppy cannot live a healthy life without essential nutrients, enzymes, and minerals that are missing from the processed food he or she eats.
  5. Provide your new puppy with as much love and affection as you can. That just comes naturally to most of us.
  6. Walk and exercise your puppy every day! I heard a cute saying the other day. "If you are overweight, your dog isn't getting enough exercise."

Question: What does OFA certified mean?

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Golden Retriever Puppies
Older dogs of many breeds can suffer from hip problems and even arthritis. OFA, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, provides veterinary standards for the hip joints of dogs. My White Golden Retrievers are OFA certified for their hips, heart and eyes at the age of two years.

The Canine Eye Registry Foundation, CERF, provides certification against heriditary eye diseases in dogs. My White Golden Retriever dogs are CERF certified for their eyes at the age of two years.

Our White Golden Retriever puppies come from purebred champion bloodlines. The dogs are OFA and CERF certified. They are AKC registered. The puppies have a temporary AKC registration, which you can convert to a full registration.

Question: Will the New Puppies have their shots?

Young newborn puppies get a series of shots and wormings. After the puppies reach 4 months old, they will need their rabies shot and next series of puppy shots.

Question: Should I Buy a Purebred Dog

A puppy from a reputable breeder will be purebred, and is likely to be healthier, have a more rounded temperament and will have been raised with tender loving care. We are raising the next generation of the breed, and we stand behind them. If you want to show or breed dogs, or want to preserve the characteristics of a breed, then it's important to buy a purebred dog.

Question: What supplies do we need for the new puppy?

  1. pale golden retriever puppies at play
    Pale Golden Retriever Puppies at Play
    Premium pet food to get your new puppy off to a good start
  2. Stainless steel, non-tip food and water bowls
  3. Identification tags with your puppy's name, your name, phone number and your veterinarian's name and phone number
  4. A leash and harness and a collar. We suggest a "breakaway" collar with plastic clips that will unsnap in case your puppy gets hung up on something
  5. A crate for home and travel that's airline approved and will accommodate your puppy's adult size. This crate will serve as your puppy's new room at home, and when traveling and when riding to the veterinarian's office
  6. Stain remover for accidental soilings
  7. A brush and comb suited to your puppy's coat
  8. Dog shampoo, toothbrush and paste
  9. High-quality, safe chew toys that puppy can't swallow
  10. Flea, tick and parasite controls
  11. Nail clippers
  12. Treats

Question: When should a new puppy be spayed or neutered?

Puppies should be spayed or neutered by the time they are six months old. This procedure usually requires an overnight stay at the veterinarian's office. If you don't plan on breeding your dog, having your dog spayed or neutered is the responsible thing to do.

I wish you a lifetime full of love and happiness with a new puppy dog.
-- Margo


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