Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about our puppies, the waitlist, application process or more? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we're asked. Of course, if your question isn't answered on this page, feel free to contact us! We're more than happy to help.

Please see our detailed page on future litters and how to get on the waitlist for our Golden Retriever puppies.

Our puppies are $2,500 (CAD) each.

The deposit to secure your puppy is $500 (CAD) and is non-refundable. However, if your life plans should change, you are welcome to move your deposit to a future litter. By leaving a deposit, you secure a puppy and also get to pick from the litter based on your position on the waitlist. Deposits are not placed until our puppies are at least one week of age and have undergone their first complete health check. See more about this process on our future litters' page!

The deposit is non-refundable but it can be transferred to a future litter. At Golden Valley Kennels, we allow clients to return their puppies to us, no questions asked. However, we will not be able to refund the cost of the puppy unless your puppy is returned to us for proven health reasons during the 1-year genetic health guarantee.

You can pick up your puppy starting at eight to nine weeks. We can also keep your puppy with our family longer to accommodate all schedules.

Our dogs are full Golden Retrievers. Our dogs are not CKC registered but they are "purebred" as per the Embark DNA test results. Our dogs are primarily bred for character and health, not for the show ring. Read more about our dogs here.

We deliver across British Columbia and Alberta at an additional cost. We can arrange to fly puppies out across Canada and to the USA, but you will be responsible for travel costs.

We unfortunately can no longer offer boarding but there are two wonderfully accredited dog boarding options in Creston, BC and we can also certainly help in finiding a reputable boarding space close to you.

We are a professional and ethical breeder in Creston, BC and we go about our business with utmost love and care.

Our dog's health, happiness and just overall well-being is always at the forefront. All of our puppies are raised underfoot, receive early neurological stimulation, are properly socialized, and receive impeccable care within our home. If you want to learn more about Golden Valley Kennels, see our about page here.

When you get a puppy from Golden Valley Kennels, you can trust we won't abandon you. We offer assistance for any questions you have and help you through being a new puppy owner. We will be here for you to provide guidance for your aging companion, including after life support.

Absolutely! We are very communicative during the application process. We will send weekly pictures and videos of your puppy, so you are updated on their development. Our clients are always welcome to visit with us in person anytime and experience our dogs' daily life first hand.

We welcome all of our future puppy owners to come to visit their new puppy on our acreage as often as they can! You can also meet our family and the adult dogs and see the property they get to run and play on.

Our puppies receive early neurological stimulation and will be extremely well socialized with children and other dogs. We raise them indoors with professional whelping equipment. The whelping box we use is designed for the best safety and hygiene.

All of our dogs receive a full veterinary check-up including hips, eyes, elbows and teeth. Our dogs are also screened for hip and elbow dysplasia. Our dogs are Embark DNA tested for genetic health concerns found within their breed. We stand behind our dogs and we are proud to offer a 1-year genetic health guarantee.

We are not registered with the CKC. We breed our dogs for comanionship, sound characters, and health. All of our un-registered dogs are 100% Golden Retrievers as per Embark DNA test results.
Raising Your new Golden Retriever

New Puppy Owner's Guide

Now that you have picked up your new bundle of sunshine, how do you take care of them? We have put together some of our top tips to prepare you for your new Golden Retriever puppy and how to best transition them into your home.

Puppy Food

At Golden Valley Kennels, we feed our dogs a diet of fresh foods (fresh farm eggs, chicken, beef, and potatoes and rice mixed with the high-end packaged dog food brand, Acana. We send all our puppies home to their new families with a baggie of the Acana Healthy Grains Puppy Food. If you wish to transition your puppy off of Acana, follow this guide here.

Tips For New Puppy Owners

When you are getting ready to bring your puppy home, there are some items you will have to have prepared before they arrive. Here is a list of things we suggest all new puppy owners have ready:

  • Food & Water Dishes
  • Healthy Dog Treats (Zukes)
  • Collar With ID
  • A Harness & Leash
  • A Crate Or A Dog Carrier
  • A Dog Bed
  • Puppy-Safe Shampoo
  • Nail Trimmer For Dogs
  • Poop Bags
  • Toys
  • Dog Toothbrush & Paste

House Training

Here at Golden Valley Kennels we will lay your puppies foundation for potty training from 3 weeks onward. When you are house training your new puppy, you will want to keep a couple of things in mind. You want to continue house training the second you take your puppy home and start building those good habits. A great way to get your dog used to going outside is to keep them confined to a small area or crate. Dogs instinctively don't like to potty around their beds, which should discourage them from going inside the house.

You should be taking your puppy out every couple of hours. Whenever they successfully relieve themselves, remember to give them praise and a treat to positively reinforce their behavior.

Socializing Your Puppy

Getting your puppy socialized is essential. You should immediately begin introducing them to new sights, smells, sounds and more. At the same time, you shouldn't take them out for walks or have them around other animals until they have all of their vaccinations. Our puppies are very well socialized and while they are on the acreage, they spend lots of time playing with other dogs, children and people.

Lifelong Support From The Breeders

If you have any questions about raising your puppy or need guidance, we are here to help with that. Golden Valley Kennels is here to support all of our puppy owners and make sure that all our dogs get the best possible care and love in their future homes. Feel free to contact us with any of your questions.