Golden Meadows Retrievers Now Offers Expertly Trained Puppies

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We begin training puppies as young as 4 weeks old. The initial training is to respond to a whistle, a hand clap or a snap

According to the American Kennel Club, Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds in America. The intelligent dogs are often used in media spots, and have been featured in movies such as "Air Bud". They make excellent family pets and are in demand for use in field trials, hunting, and as guide dogs for the blind. In response to the growing number of uses for the breed, Golden Meadows Retrievers is now offering customers the chance to buy professionally-trained golden retriever puppies.

"We begin training puppies as young as 4 weeks old. The initial training is to respond to a whistle, a hand clap or a snap. We do this by giving the puppies these cues before we feed. At 6 weeks we start working the puppies on a more individual basis. We begin to teach them to walk on a leash, and start their obedience training with sit, stay, and down", explained company representative Nikki Asher. She also commented that, "We begin crate training at this time, by feeding the pups in individual crates. We strongly believe that crate training is the easiest and most natural way to house train a puppy. Dogs still retain a 'den' instinct. That is the reason a puppy will crawl under a table, couch or chair. It is dark, snug, and safe in there."

In addition to complete puppy training, Golden Meadows Retrievers offers a program known as "started training". Customers can choose pups that have begun training but are available to go home. This basic training course includes crate training and teaches the puppies to sleep through the night without having an accident. The dogs will come when called with a whistle or a snap. Each puppy has begun learning the basics of sit, down, stay, high 5, wait at the door, fetch and drop, and not to jump on people. Buyers can complete their puppy's training at their own pace.

Asher stated that, "By the time they are 8 to 12 weeks old, the pups have learned both verbal and visual cues for sit, stay, down, and high 5. They are also well on their way to learning how to wait at the door, walk nicely on a leash, and not to chew, bite, bark or dig. The highest level of trained golden retrievers includes off leash obedience, specific service needs, and other fun tricks, depending on the dogs' abilities. By the end of professional training, some puppies have completed their championship titles, and some would make excellent service or therapy companions. Most have earned their Canine Good Citizenship."

About Golden Meadows Retrievers:
Golden Meadows Kennels is located in Southern California and has been breeding quality Golden Retriever puppies for more than 20 years. The facility is run by Tim and Barbie Hoke. Their dogs come from champion lines and are noted for their good looks, excellent health, and sweet temperaments. The company provides adult and young adult dogs, as well as puppies aged 8 weeks and up. Golden Meadows also employs a Puppy Whisperer who helps train young Golden Retrievers and assists customers to choose dogs with the right personality for them. Visit their website at!

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