Born March 7th!
All puppies have found new homes
Purple Girl —— For Dean
Dark Blue Boy ——– For Dalicia
Green girl ——
Yellow Girl —- For Courtney
Light Blue Boy ———– For Jessica
Black Boy ——— For Joseph
Pink Girl ——- For Jay
Red Girl ——- for Juanita
Past litters these babies all have homes.
1 day old!
Now At home with Sarah
Now home with Lauren
New Baby now home with Jessica and her new friend Dixie, Dixie is also one of our past pups I’m so glad they get to live so close to each other and have regular play dates!
Now in his happy new home!
Now home with Alex
Now home with Sarah
Now home with Lauren and Ben
Now home with Jessica
Now home with Susann
Casper at 6 months
Pictures below are some past pups… 2010-2013
1 Light Purple Girl – Now Dixie Belle !
2 Red Girl – Now Stella !
3 Blue Boy – Now Gatsby !
4 Yellow Girl – Now Maisy !
5 Purple Boy – Now Oakley !
6 Pink Girl – Princess Bella !
7 No collar Boy
Mr. Light blue all the same puppy below
Now in a happy home with Chris
Mr. Dark Blue all the same puppy below
Now in a happy home with Jason
Mr. White all the same puppy below
Now in a happy home with Kyle
Mr. Green all the same puppy below
Now in a happy home with with Art
Miss Pink all the same puppy below
Now in a happy home with Illene
Miss Missy all the same puppy below
Now in a happy home With Barbara and Dave
Feeding your New golden retriever puppy.
Switching foods abruptly will cause tummy problems and cause stress on your new puppy. Your puppy will already be under the stress of leaving his or her home it is not wise to change foods right away. If you choose to switch foods it needs to be done very slowly over a 4-6 week period. And please wait at least 1 month to begin this process. I also add a tiny pinch of dried cultured buttermilk to every meal when switching with my adults as a natural pro-biotic I get it at wal-mart in the baking section. I also use bene bac an even better choice for puppies as it is made specifically for dogs just a bit more costly it is found at petsmart in the vitamin section.
Food should have the following ratios
Calcium = 3.4 g per 1000 kcal Ca to P ratio = 1.2 to 1 Crude Protein 23.00% (min); Crude Fat 12.00% (min)
Below fine to feed.
This food above falls between the 1.2-1.5 (Ca) to 1 (P) Crude Protein (min) 24.00%; Crude Fat (min) 14.00% that a large breed puppy should be eating for proper growth you can go straight to this if you like as most of the ingredients are the same… this is what my adults are on.
Below is a calculator to help you pick a proper food should you decide to change foods after your puppy goes home. Too much calcium is linked to hip and joint problems by causing rapid growth, please take what you feed your puppy seriously.
(The Precise Holistic has a higher mineral ratio so I’m not using it it has a 1.5.1 it is just too high I don’t recommend it until your pup is over 1 year – 18 months or older.)
High protein, (anything above 27%), high fat, (anything above 15%), and high calcium (anything above 1.4%, literally ANYTHING above 1.4% is too high) are dangerous for a growing golden retriever up to 24 months of age. Those values in higher numbers cause rapid bone plate growths which is shown to contribute to hip and elbow dysplasia, and also tend to cause a higher body fat condition, which adds another contributing factor to bone and joint disease. Adults aren’t nearly as susceptible to these issues with these higher numbers, but I don’t consider a male an adult, skeletally until at least 2yrs old really.
So, you can choose for yourself which food to give him/or her, based on your own preference, if you just remember to check the label paying particularly close attention to those 3 percentages. Also, never feed any dogfood that has meat byproducts listed in the first 5 ingredients, they are nutrient empty, so you’re dumping money into something he’s just gonna poop out. Remember Rapid growth will not make your puppy grow to a larger adult and most English golden retriever puppies do not “fill in” until they have hit 2 years or more.
This is another food that I use as a rotation food.
http://www.chewy.com/dog/solid-gold-seameal-dog-cat/dp/49210?gclid=Cj0KEQjw_pmoBRDu986bpISz5ZsBEiQANiuHDM-Hz3LlBxUYOV17gFifIqqPiYO6V6ncTnmrOrRKKD4aAi3F8P8HAQ this is an excellent supplement It can be found at petco as well in the dog food section its about 30% less online though.
this is another favorite of mine don’t need much a little goes a long way its a healthy mixers the dogs love the flavor!
And always give fresh clean water.
Above is a good list of foods with the proper balance all are high quality foods even though they have different price tags. There are other foods out there with the right balance these were just the few that could be verified by the companies.
Another good Article.
Training treats: I like string cheese, cooked chicken bits or dried liver if you are away from home and need something dry and unrefrigerated we do not use most commercial treats too many recalls plus they are usually full of junk and preservatives.
Above link. ^ ^ ^ these are my favorite training treat!!!
Diarrhea after moving to a new home not uncommon usually is caused by “Nervous Coccidia”.
Coccidia is a very common issue with puppies of any breed. This bacteria is found in Nearly ALL dogs, but as they mature they establish a resistance to the bacteria. When puppies go to their new homes, the change or even recent vaccines can sometimes cause them enough stress or lessen the bodies immunity, for the bacteria to emerge and will cause diarrhea. If left untreated they will eventually have blood in their stool and will become weak and often times refuse to eat. You will need to take your puppy to the vet or take a stool sample in a zip-lock bag for your vet to determine if this bacteria is the cause. If this is the cause of the diarrhea your vet will also need your dog’s weight in order to prescribe a liquid medication called Albon. The first dose will be larger than the remaining doses. It is usually prescribed for 10 days and given once a day. It is yellow in color and your puppy will love the taste of it. After the first dose you will see dramatic improvement within 24 hours and stools will be normal again within a day or two. Do not stop the medication prior to the prescribed time your vet recommends as it will return again and could become resistant to the Albon the next time around.
Puppies need to continue on a worming schedule. They have been de-wormed a minimum of 3 times when you get them home and my adults are de-wormed every 3-4 months as a precaution. I use safegaurd for 3 days in a row it can be purchased at petco or petsmart it also covers Giardia if given for 5-7 days. I alternate with Pyrantel Pamoate it can be found under many name brands available at petco or petsmart as well. Nemex 2 same as Pyrantel Pamoate can be found at Tractor Supply these can also be purchased on amazon. I suggest at least 1 worming 1-2 weeks after bringing your pup home. Then every 3-4 months.
Training: The next few months will be a very important time for you and your new puppy they will need much supervision and correcting so they do not learn bad behaviors.
Safety: I also recommend that you get an x-pen or some kind of safe puppy enclosure for when you are away from home or around the house but puppy is not being supervised. You would be surprised at what trouble a puppy can find if they are left roaming the house. You should get a Large sized crate when they are adults… But you can start with a smaller crate to help them with potty training I find that if you give them too much room they may potty in their crate. I crate train all of my dogs!!! This is something I firmly believe in it helps to potty train and teaches your dog they have a safe cozy place to be when they want to get away and rest once my dogs are crate trained they go to them trough out the day just to relax then at night I can say “go to bed” and they know its bed time. It is also important if you have an emergency you will be able to put your pup in a crate without stress if he/she needs to be contained for some reason.
Toys: Puppies need lots of toys I use real baby rattles soft and hard tough balls that are large enough to not get stuck in their mouth. I do not ever give raw hide pups can choke and die on it or it may cause vomiting as is not very digestible. I don’t recommend deer antlers as I have heard that pups can break their teeth on them. Toys need to be checked regularly to be sure they are not losing small pieces your puppy can choke on.
Vaccinations need to be kept up We give the first one at 8 weeks. You should have you vet give the second at 12 weeks and third at 16! I don’t let any puppies out side until 18-20 weeks when they have a strong immune system. Never take you new puppy to parks pet stores or dog parks until they are FULLY vaccinated then wait a minimum of 2 weeks as this is a critical time just after any vaccinations because they first break down the bodies resistance as they are building immunities for at least 2 weeks!!!
List of Vaccines
Bordetella: is a highly communicable bacterium that causes severe fits of coughing, whooping, vomiting, and, in rare cases seizures and death. There are both injectable and nasal spray vaccines available.
Canine Distemper: is a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal (GI), and nervous system , wild canids, raccoons, skunks, and other animals. It causes discharges from the eyes and nose, fever, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, twitching paralysis, and, even death. There is no specific drug for the virus–the symptoms can be alleviated, giving the dog’s immune system a chance to fight it off.
Canine Hepatitis: is a disease of the liver caused by a virus that is unrelated to the human form of hepatitis. Symptoms range from a slight fever and congestion of the mucous membranes to severe depression, vomiting, jaundice, stomach enlargement, and pain around the liver. Many dogs can overcome the mild form of the disease, but the severe form can kill. There is no cure, but doctors can treat the symptoms.
Canine Parainfluenza: is one of several viruses that can contribute to kennel cough.
Corona Virus: is a virus that usually affects puppies less than 6 weeks of age and it affects the gastrointestinal systems, though it can also cause respiratory infections. Signs include most GI symptoms, including loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Doctors can keep a puppy hydrated, warm, and comfortable, and help alleviate nausea, but there is no drug that kills corona viruses.
Heartworm: Though there is no vaccine for this condition, it is preventable with regular medication. The name is descriptive–these worms lodge in the right side of the heart and the pulmonary arteries (that send blood to the lungs), though they can travel through the rest of the body and sometimes invade the liver and kidneys. The worms can grow to 14 inches long and, if clumped together, block and injure organs. A new infection often causes no symptoms, though dogs in later stages of the disease may cough, become lethargic, lose their appetite or have difficulty breathing. Infected dogs may tire after mild exercise. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. The disease is treatable if caught early. You can either treat with monthly medication or you can have your dog tested every 6 months.
Kennel Cough: also known as infectious tracheobronchitis, results from inflammation of the upper airways. It can be caused by bacterial viral, or other infections (see bordetella and canine parainfluenza), and often involves multiple infections simultaneously. Usually the disease is mild and self-limiting, causing bouts of harsh, dry coughing, sometimes severe enough to spur retching and gagging, along with a loss of appetite, but in rare cases it can kill. It is easily spread between dogs kept close together, which is why it passes quickly through kennels and shows. Antibiotics are usually not necessary, except in severe, chronic cases. Cough suppressants can make a dog more comfortable.
Leptospirosis: unlike most diseases on this list, is caused by bacteria, and sometimes evinces no symptoms at all. When symptoms do appear, they can include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, severe weakness and depression, stiffness, muscle pain, or infertility. Antibiotics are effective, but the sooner they are given, the better. There are only 2 or 3 cases reported each year here in the United States so it is not as common as one might think.
Lyme Disease: unlike the famous “bull’s eye” rash that people exposed to Lyme disease often spot, no such telltale symptom occurs in dogs. Instead, an infected dog often starts limping, his lymph nodes swell, his temperature rises, and he stops eating. The disease can affect his heart, kidney, and joints, among other things, or lead to neurological disorders if left untreated. If diagnosed quickly, a course of antibiotics is extremely helpful, though relapses can occur months even years later.
Parvovirus: attacks the gastrointestinal system and creates loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, and often severe, bloody diarrhea. Extreme dehydration can come on rapidly and kill a dog within 48 to 72 hours, so prompt veterinary attention is crucial. There is no cure, so keeping the dog hydrated and controlling the secondary symptoms can keep him going until his immune system beats the illness. Last vaccine needs to be given after 16 weeks to be considered immunized against Parvo… I give my final vaccine at 20 weeks to be safer and do not take them outdoors till 2 weeks after the vaccine.
Rabies: is a virus that invades the central nervous system, causing headache, anxiety, hallucinations, excessive drooling, fear of water, paralysis, and death. Treatment within hours of infection is essential, otherwise death is highly likely. Most states require rabies vaccination at set intervals (every one to five years). Check with your vet about local rabies vaccination laws.
Spaying and neutering :
Please watch this video before you plan a spay or neuter. ^
Recent article regarding golden retrievers and Labs.
Foods not to feed:
Chocolate coffee tea or any other foods containing caffeine
Cat food, Yeast dough can cause gas and rupture the stomach or intestines, Baby food containing onion powder, Onions, onion powder, Garlic, garlic powder, Grapes or raisins, Cooked or small pointy bones, citrus oil, Fat trimmings from meat, Human Vitamins with iron
Salt, Mushrooms, Sugar or sugary foods, Hops or alcoholic beverages, Large amounts of liver
potato rhubarb or tomato plant leaves
Raw eggs contains an enzyme called avidin that causes the body to block Biotin aka vitamin B
Raw Fish, Persimmon seeds
Try not to use anything with sol in it i.e. Pinesol Lysol.
I prefer to use Nolvasan, bleach amonia or odoban but I always let it dry before allowing the dogs on the freshly cleaned surface. Vinegar is another great non toxic cleaner that can be use around them.
1. Why do you and your family want a dog? Why have you chosen this particular breed?
2. Who will be primarily responsible for the dog’s care? —— It is always best for an adult to be the main trainer and care giver even if the pup is meant to be a buddy for your child. Kids should never be responsible for the life and training of a puppy alone though I do believe with supervision this can be a great experience to teach kids responsibility and patience. Let them do the feeding clean-up and training but with adult guidance never alone you do not want to put all the “work” on a child and make them resent the dog this can lead to bad habits by both child and puppy.
3. Do you have the time to meet the demanding needs of the puppy/dog? Time for feeding, training and exercise? ——- Pups should be fed 2 times per day minimum I do not free feed puppies as to help control growth and weight. Plus this makes potty training much easier. I suggest feeding when you will be able to spend the next hour watching you pup to see him or her sniffing for a spot to “go” then call his or her name and direct them to the correct spot and say “go potty” do not carry them though, let them come to you then praise if they have gone in the spot you have taken them to. Dogs need play time, with small pups it can be as little as 15 minutes then its snuggle time usually. They should never be let to run hard until full grown this is very damaging to the skeleton pups should have a place to run around chase toys to keep strong muscles as he or she grows the play can become longer and harder playing on slick surfaces is a big no-no they can slip and pull muscles grass is good when out back but in the house carpet, rugs and non-slip areas are best. I buy kids foam mats for them to play on and plenty of blankets. In the first several months you should have the sit, come and stay commands trained plus walking next to you on a lead (heal) at a minimum then you can move on to funner tricks like shake, other paw, roll over etc. I prefer harnesses to collars for training as I have heard of people collapsing a pup trachea trying to make them slow down. Even a gentle leader is safer than a collar in my opinion.
4. Do you have children? If so, how old are they? How would they be instructed in the care of the dog? —– House holds with rough out of control kids need to have the kids under control before getting any dog or any pet for that matter. On the other hand if you have outgoing well behaved gentle kids a golden puppy can be a child’s best friend. I would never leave a baby alone with a golden or any other dog for that matter I’m seeing so many internet photos of babies on blankets with dogs although goldens are known for their gentle nature and soft bite I would never leave them alone with a small child or baby.
5. Does anyone in the household have allergies? ——- Goldens are not hypoallergenic dogs.
6. Are you committed to the grooming and health maintenance? —— Goldens need minimal grooming brushing around the back of the ears back of the legs and tail with a defurminator once a week should be fine and a monthly to bi-monthly bath unless they have been in the mud should be enough grooming. I dont suggest shaving in the summer this can get them sun burnt and raise the risk of skin cancer.
7. What is the potential owner’s attitude toward training and obedience? —— Goldens are easily trained but if not given proper training early on you can be dealing with a very “bad” dog all dogs need proper training from the start and should know basic manners, come or stay commands can save your dogs life as well as training to not run out the front door.
8. How often is someone at home? —— Goldens love company they can become depressed if left alone for too long too often and turn to destroying things or howling and over excessive barking. If you plan to leave your golden without a play buddy (dog or cat) family member for over extended periods often you should rethink getting a puppy. If on a rare occasion you need to be away for several hours I suggest kenneling or a laundry room until you can get home to snuggle and play with your baby.
9. How much time will you have to walk and play with the dog? ——– As stated above young puppies need short play times several times a day then mostly cuddling. As they get older and all vaccines are given you can take them out starting with short walks around the block usually 1-2 times daily is enough for most goldens.
10. What will happen to the puppy if you can no longer care for him? ———– If your life situation changes and for any reason you can no longer keep him or her I need to be notified immediately. I will help you place the dog if you cannot NEVER surrender him or her to the pound call me first.