Our goal in raising Golden Retriever puppies is to breed a very healthy puppy with the desirable companion traits found in their parents that have been loved for generations.
- Select the puppy you are interested in from the “Puppies for Sale” page.
- You can then contact us. We will confirm availability and answer any questions you have about the puppy.
- If you decide you have found the right puppy, please fill out the online application. This application is a short questionnaire asking about when you would like your puppy to come home to you, your current pets, past puppy experience and your basic contact information. We will then reply to your application and give you an invoice for the nonrefundable deposit to hold your puppy in the amount of $500. Your payment options are cash, check, PayPal, Visa, or MasterCard.
- You must then decide whether you will come here to get your puppy, or have it shipped to a major airport near you. We can make all flight arrangements for your puppy’s arrival. We will need to know what dates and times work for you to receive your puppy.
- We will send you the puppy’s care information, shot/health record and payment information for the puppy’s final balance and shipping cost a few days before the puppy flies home. Set aside some time to visit on the phone to go over any questions you have about the puppy’s arrival, and feeding/general care instructions.
- If you will be picking up your puppy here, you will receive all the above at that time. We love to meet our puppies’ new families.
If you are looking to get a puppy at a future date (i.e. the puppy is not shown on the puppies for sale page at this time), this is the procedure for getting a puppy:
- First, fill out the application, and request to be placed on the waiting list. You will be notified when the litter is expected to arrive, and given a chance to place a deposit on a litter, in the order that you filled out the application. The deposit to be placed on the reserved list for a litter is $500. Fill out the online application/waiting list and request a link to pay through PayPal. This application is a short questionnaire asking about what characteristics you are wanting in your puppy, when you would like your puppy to come home to you, your current pets, past puppy experience and your basic contact information. This application will place you on our “notify when born” list, which means when a litter is born that matches the criteria you specified in your application, we will notify you.
- Once the litter has been born that matches the criteria/timing you indicated on your application, all applicants for that litter will be notified. If you decide you do not wish to get a puppy from that litter, you are welcome to forward your deposit on to a future litter indefinitely. However, if you chose to pass on the litter that matched your criteria, you would be placed on the next litter’s list after any other family who had already committed to that litter.
- At the time we notify you of the litter’s arrival, you will be given the option to go ahead and reserve a puppy from that litter. Once the puppies reach 7 to 8 weeks of age, you will then be asked to choose which puppy from the litter you want. You can come here to choose your puppy in person if logistics permit, or via photos and a video clip (we also offer a FaceTime call with the puppies) if you are from a distance. Puppies will be chosen in the order their families were placed on that litter’s waiting list. Puppies can go home beginning at 9 weeks of age.
Purina Pro Plan Puppy Food
Treats – small soft ones work well. For an extra special treat, use cheese or small pieces of cooked ground beef or chicken.
A copy of Jan Fennel’s book or DVD of “The Dog Listener”. This book is a must read/watch for any dog owner who wants willing cooperation from their pet. If you only read one thing-be sure this is it. Here is a link to Jan’s site where you can learn about her methods. Buy her book on Amazon.
Stainless-steel non-tipping food and water bowls
I.D. Tags with the contact information for yourself and your veterinarian
A collar (8 to 12 inch size) and a 6-foot leather or nylon leash
A 42 inch wire crate with an adjustable divider in the center so you can grow the crate with your puppy.
Dog shampoo (I like the hypoallergenic kind)
Brush – A pin brush goes over the top of the coat to make it look smooth and also will go deep enough to get any tangles closer to the skin
Cleanup supplies such as a stain remover, paper towels, deodorizing and odor neutralizing spray (like Natures Miracle)
Chew Toys (Kong is one of my favorite brands). Do not get any rawhide chews.
This is a list of the basic necessities. Your trainer may have additional items. There are many other helpful and fun products available at pet supply stores.
NEOTECH, LLC is a United States Department of Agriculture licensed veterinary vaccine manufacturer that strictly adheres to the core vaccine principle endorsed by veterinarians, scientists, and dog enthusiasts. Our philosophy towards vaccination of dogs is simple, avoid over-vaccination of dogs by only using simple and potent vaccines.
The core vaccination principle states that dogs should only receive vaccines that are safe and effective in stimulating immunity against the most lethal and infectious viral diseases. The core vaccines are canine parvovirus, canine adenovirus type 2, canine distemper and rabies. Other canine vaccines that claim to protect against diseases that do not represent a significant threat to the dog population are considered non-core vaccines. Furthermore, non-core vaccines have limited efficacy against clinical disease and may potentially cause harm or injury.
Although the core vaccine principle applies to dogs of all ages, it especially applies to young puppies. Young puppies have a functional, but underdeveloped, immune system with a limited ability to fight pathogens and respond to vaccination. Therefore it is unwise to challenge the puppy’s immature immune system with non-core vaccines against diseases of little or no consequence.
For many years, scientists and veterinarians assumed that vaccine-induced immunity was not attainable in young puppies due the puppy’s underdeveloped immune system and a high circulating level of maternal antibody. NEOTECH has discovered the 3 keys to stimulating immunity in the youngest of puppies, often after just one dose.
NEOTECH vaccines are presented in single antigen and simple combination forms. Unlike many complex combination vaccines, NEOTECH’s canine parvovirus and distemper virus vaccines are two separate vaccines. NEOTECH discovered that by separating these two antigens, vaccine-induced antibody production in the puppy is much more efficient than complex 5, 7, and 9 antigen vaccines containing canine parvovirus and distemper virus.
NEOTECH vaccines are modified live virus vaccines containing an unrivaled number of live vaccine particles per dose. NEOTECH’s vaccines contain live vaccines particles that closely resemble the wild-type virus, thus resulting in a greater level of protection. The greater number of live vaccine particles per dose permit a short period from vaccination to protection, a high initial level of protection, and a long duration of protection. The greater number of live vaccine particles per dose enable NEOTECH vaccines to stimulate protection in the youngest of pups with a high level of maternal antibody. This often occurs after just one dose.
NEOTECH’s vaccines only contain core vaccines. Since a dog’s immune system has a limited ability to respond to vaccine challenge, an immune response to a non-core vaccination that stimulates immunity to a disease of little or no consequence is a wasted immune response. This wasted immune response is at the expense of a much needed immune response against the most prevalent and lethal diseases of dogs (core vaccines). Since NEOTECH vaccines are void of non-core antigens, protection is only stimulated against core diseases.
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Heart – A second health issue is heart murmurs. Heart murmurs come in two different forms. Many puppies, like human babies, can have heart murmurs that go away around 16 weeks of age. A more severe heart murmur may not go away and develop into an adult dog health issue. If adult parents have heart murmurs, there is a good chance that a percentage of their puppies may also have heart murmurs.
While these are the two major tests that are done, all the parents at Sunnyside Meadows have had multiple other tests completed, which can be seen on the Parents page. All of our parents are CHIC certified.
If you intend to breed your dog, please let us know. We encourage good breeding practices, and request that you implement the same. Breeding for the high genetic quality that we strive for, and the fact that all of our parents are fully tested, lowers the chance that any Sunnyside Meadows puppy would not pass the same tests that their parents have. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have.
0-3 weeks — The puppies are maternally socialized. This simply means they are cared for and taught by their mother. Human contact is limited to healthcare and frequent but short contacts.
3-6 weeks — The puppies are imprinted to human contact with petting and light play as well as continued training from their mother.
6-8 weeks — The puppies spend time meeting different aged humans (primarily children) and are placed in different environments to accustom them to change. They will also interact with other adult dogs and see and hear various other animals.
8-12 weeks — The puppies are now ready to go to their new homes and start their skills training.
Socialization never ends. As puppies join their new packs, they will instinctively seek their level in the family hierarchy. Although we love them dearly, they must be trained and taught that they are at the bottom of the family hierarchy. A very big help to learn how to communicate with your puppy is to enroll him or her in a puppy basic obedience course as early as allowed by the instructor. Classes are offered at most pet supply stores and canine schools in your area. This class not only teaches your puppy skills, but continues your puppy’s socialization to you, other people, and other dogs.
The importance of beginning to train your Golden Retriever as soon as he comes to your home cannot be over emphasized. Just a few minutes each day spent in fun interaction and training with your puppy will reap life long benefits. By learning how to interact with your puppy, and understanding how a dog’s mind works, potential behavior problems will be avoided. Help your puppy understand what your expectations are through obedience training. A well mannered Golden Retriever puppy is one who will be loved by all and welcomed everywhere!
Following is my recommended schedule for your Golden Retriever puppy once he/she is in your care:
8-16 weeks — Take your puppy to its veterinarian for a wellness check shortly after your puppy comes home (within 3 days). Start to potty train your puppy. I recommend the crate-training method. Teach your puppy to sit and stay. Take your puppy for short walks, but limit interaction with strangers and their pets until his or her immunizations are complete. Finally, enroll your puppy in an obedience class. This class will strengthen the bond between you and your puppy, teach you both about basic obedience and be a continued socialization opportunity for your puppy. This class can be started as soon as your puppy has complete his puppy shots (usually between 12 and 16 weeks). If you prefer, professional trainers can also do individual classes, or come to your home for private lessons.
16+ weeks — Once a puppy is trained, he or she will occasionally relapse or possibly start an undesired behavior. Review the basics with your puppy to remind them of your expectations. There are many additional courses and training that is offered and you may consider more classes.
It is so, so, so important to train them up in the way you want them to go or else they will be the biggest menace in your life! You must learn how to communicate with them. Read the books and attend a Basics class of your choice. I do recommend the formal class setting for at least the first part of training so your puppy may continue to socialize with other puppies and people.