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Our Process

                 We want to make sure our customers know that we raise our puppies with love and affection from the time they are born to the time they arrive at their knew forever home. Let's start at the beginning, birth!

                  During the birth the mother and puppies are watched over and tirelessly taken care of. (1-7 days after the birth we will look at puppy applications and contact you to let you know that you are next on the list for a puppy!)  Afterwards, the puppies will nurse from their mother for the next 3-6 weeks.

 

                   Between 3 and 4 weeks we will begin the process of weaning the puppies off of their mother and feeding them high quality puppy food! First soaked and then dry. By the time you get them at 8 weeks they will be ready to eat puppy food as normal. 

 

                Pictures will be posted between four and six weeks and you can chose your puppy as soon as we receive a non refundable deposit of $200 which will go to the total amount. You can come to our farm to pick your puppy or we would be happy to do a video request if pictures are not sufficient enough to pick a puppy. They will receive their vet recommended shots as well as deworming's and the rest of their care is up to you!

 

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Socialization of Our Puppies

Socialization is one of the most important parts of a puppy's life. That's why we take every puppy through our 7 step - proprietary socialization process. Then we'll teach you how to take over.

We make sure every puppy has - 
1. Seen several new places
2. Been Introduced to 10 different surfaces (Grass, Tile, Cement, Dirt etc.)
3. Played in the water 10 separate times
4. Heard several loud noises while remaining calm
5. Met with at least 10 new people.
6. Met with at least 10 other dogs or animals
7. Accepted food from several different sources. 

Yep, you're going to have a well socialized puppy!

Here's a socialization story from Dr. Lisa Radasta:

"This one is really cute." That is my nurse describing the patient that she just put into the exam room for me. When I enter the room, I am greeted immediately by a friendly but cautious 9-month-old Golden Retriever. He is very, very cute.

 

His owners have brought him to me today because he is fearful of anything new and of most things outside, including noises. Through interacting with him, watching him interact with the environment and unfamiliar people, and watching videos of his behavior with other dogs, it is clear that he was not socialized. How can I tell so quickly? Let me explain…

I can rule out any negative learning because the family hasn’t done anything to scare him. I can also rule out (not concretely, but for the most extent) any hereditary influences because both parents and the rest of the litter are unaffected. However, the rest of the litter was adopted out at two months of age. In addition, to point to an influence other than heredity, this puppy has a desire to greet people. What I mean is that he goes toward someone when he sees them. His temperament and personality are friendly. If the person backs away, he goes toward them again to solicit attention. When they pet him, his tail tucks showing fear. He wants the interaction, but it scares him. Finally, he loves and plays normally with other dogs. There were five other dogs in the breeder’s house. In other words, he was well socialized with other dogs.

 

What is left to cause this puppy to be so scared of things outside and of people? Socialization. That’s right, here we go again. I am like a broken record telling people to socialize their pups, but this is just as important as anything that you do for your dog’s health. It is as important as heart-worm prevention, spaying and neutering, and vaccinations. It is also easy and free.

 

In this case, the breeder bred a wonderful dog but she didn’t socialize the dog for the new owners before the age of 16 weeks. Most likely, she just didn’t know to do this, or she thought that exposure within her house was enough to create a well adjusted puppy. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. As a result of the lack of exposure, the dog is afraid of what he hadn’t experienced between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. Mostly that includes unfamiliar people and unfamiliar things.

 

Burn this equation into your brain:

a) No exposure = Negative exposure

b) If you don’t socialize your pup before 16 weeks, it is equivalent to a negative interaction, not a neutral interaction.

 

The door for socialization closes at 16 weeks. It may be cracked a hair for some individual dogs, but for most, it is closed. After that, you are treating a behavior problem and you don’t want to be in that situation. 

 

What should the breeder have done?

 

She should have taken the puppy out five days a week between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. Some of those outings could have been in her neighborhood because there are lots of new things to see and experience. However, some outings have to be outside of the neighborhood. I like to see about 50 percent of the outings be away from home. This can include running errands, visiting the veterinarian’s office, or even going through the pick-up line at school. It doesn’t really matter where the pup goes as long as the experience is positive and he sees something new.

 

The goal is to expose the puppy to everything you think he will see and hear as an adult, within that two month period. It seems like a lot, but you would be amazed at how much you can get accomplished during just one outing.

 

I am wishing for and waiting for the day when I don’t have to remind people to socialize their puppies. That is definitely going to be a day for celebration.

 

 

Dr. Lisa Radosta

Requirements

Bringing a Golden Retriever into your life requires a massive commitment of time, energy and finances that will impact your life for a decade or more. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly.

Do You Have Enough Space For A Golden Retriever?

A Golden Retriever is a large breed of dog. Some as tall as 25 inches, and some weighing as much as 75 lbs And with that happy, swishing tail meeting with your ornaments and coffee table they can seem so much bigger!

Do You Have Enough Time To Exercise A Golden Retriever Sufficiently?

Goldens are a sporting breed and high activity. So come rain or shine or after a bad day at work, your Golden will still need their 1.5 hours per day to be happy.

This is quite a commitment and is something you need to be aware of and commit to fully.

If you have a big yard, you can get away with 45 minutes per day with a couple of 2 hour exercise sessions per week consisting of swimming, hiking, running or whatever.

But if you don’t do this, your golden will become bored and full of pent-up energy, leading to them bouncing around the house and likely destructively chewing. This is not a golden being naughty, chewing is a completely natural release for bored dogs with no other outlet for their energy. 

Deposits

If you would like to reserve a Golden Retriever puppy from a future litter, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required to get your name on the waiting list for your preferred breeding. If you are purchasing a puppy that is available currently, the full amount is due at the time of sale. 

 

Pickup/Shipping

Local pickup is preferred, as the puppy will not go through the traumatizing shipping process. However, if shipping is the only option. We'll work with you to make sure its as easy as possible. 

All puppies must be at least 8 weeks of age before shipping. Contact us to make arrangements.

 

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