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Goldens and Labs are two of the most popular breeds and make both wonderful family pets and working dogs. They are fun dogs, energetic, relatively easy to train, and a good choice for many families. Despite these positive traits, they can present some challenges. Most have so much energy they need a lot of exercise. They love to jump up on people when greeting them. Many are notorious leash pullers. While they may not be dangerous to other animals, they sure like to chase them and once on the chase they may be hard to get them to come back! And your arm might fall off while throwing them a ball or toy to retrieve - they don't tire easily.

What you should be aiming for is a dog who learns basic good manners (sit, come, stay), a strong recall, and ways to keep them entertained and well exercised.  Here are some ideas:

The Toolbox for Building a Great Family Dog by Terry Ryan.
My Dog Pulls - What Do I Do? by Turid Rugaas.
Rocket Recall DVD by Simone Mueller and Really Reliable Recall DVD featuring Leslie Nelson.
From Birdbrained to Brilliant - Training the Sporting Dog to be Great Companion by Dawn Antoniak Mitchell.
Play Together Stay Together by Karen London and Patricia McConnell.
Hunting Together! Harnessing Predatory Chasing in Family Dogs by Simone Mueller.

Next week will discuss training your retriever to do what they were bred to do out in the field!
Newest books and DVDs

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This small booklet provides a detailed but still concise step-by-step housetraining procedure. It covers preliminary steps, including supplies you will need, as well as troubleshooting for common problems that can arise in the housetraining process.

Your Pandemic Puppy: Finding and Raising a Well-Adjusted Dog During COVID-19

By Dr. Marty Greer JD

In these pages, you'll find information on all aspects of your new puppy's physical and mental well-being, from the challenges of finding a new companion during the current COVID-19 crisis, through training and medical care. This book is intended to help you have a great experience all along the way, from selecting your new puppy through adolescence. 

Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend

By Lili Chin

This small but mighty book is your perfect illustrated guide to seeing and understanding the subtle visual cues and interpreting the behaviours used by your beloved pup to express how they're feeling. The more we notice and listen to what our dogs are trying to tell us, the more we can improve our relationship with our best friends, helping them to feel safe and happy.

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