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.
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.
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.
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
- Dog Toothbrush & Paste
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.