How we raise our Goldens

We have been raising and training dogs professionally for over twenty five years. Through our experience as canine behaviorists we have established a unique program that integrates the best dog training and socializing methods with careful breeding that promotes calm, stable temperaments and excellent health statistics, (low incidences of hip and elbow dysplasia, cardiac disease and eye disease). We follow the Golden Retriever breed standard and the Golden Retriever Club of America code of ethics. Our dogs are all Champion sired and are beautiful examples of the breed. Through our years of experience we are able to produce stunning Golden Retrievers with fantastic temperaments, excellent house manners and reliable off leash obedience training. We are often asked how we produce such great dogs, so I have added a section below that briefly covers how we raise our dogs and the benefits of buying a trained adult Golden Retriever from us.

Our Foundation – Proper breeding produces a balanced puppy

benefits1There are many things that are required of a puppy for us to consider entering them into our trained adult Golden Retriever program. They must be outgoing, friendly and balanced, and they must possess proper conformation. Their parents must have OFA hip, elbow and heart clearances and a current CERF clearance, (for eyes). At least one parent is usually a Champion and both parents must have a proper Golden Retriever temperament including being outgoing and friendly, being trustworthy with children and being friendly with other dogs and cats. Temperament faults in either parent like being excessively shy, hyperactive, dog aggressive or food aggressive will disqualify a puppy from our program.

Our veterinary screening and general health program

benefits2Our trained adult Golden Retrievers are rigorously screened for health before they are released for sale. They have an initial veterinary health check at eight weeks old to rule out puppy heart murmurs and parasite infection. At sixteen weeks old they visit a veterinary orthopedic surgeon, (a specialist with advanced training in diagnosing orthopedic problems like hip and elbow dysplasia). We x-ray in both the standard OFA position, and the DLS position to improve diagnostic accuracy. Since hip screenings can sometimes be inconclusive at sixteen weeks of age, we do a second set of hip x-rays at six months of age to confirm that the puppy is free of hip dysplasia. At six months we also do elbow x-rays and a cardiac and eye check. Our trained adult Golden Retrievers also receive all of their vaccinations while they are with us and are kept on a heartworm and flea preventative. They are spayed or neutered and microchipped before they sent to their new home. We also feel that proper nutrition is an important part of our program. Our dogs are raised on Canidae dog food, which is an excellent human grade food with an ideal protein to fat ratio for optimal nutrition and slow balanced growth.

Our Health Guarantee

benefits3We have a very rigorous health screening process which allows us to offer a generous health warranty on our dogs. We stand behind every dog we produce and our dogs are guaranteed to be free of hip and elbow dysplasia, cardiac disease and eye defects. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a full copy of our health warranty.

Our dogs are housebroken!

benefits4Housebreaking is a priority around here! The first order of business when we start a dog in our trained adult Golden Retriever program is to get the puppy housebroken and to teach house manners. Housebreaking means that we teach the dog to eliminate outside, away from the house. We then teach the dog to “hold it” for longer periods of time. Once our trained adult Golden Retrievers reach their new homes, they have been reliably housebroken for many months. Because they have free access to all parts of our home while they are with us, transitioning their housebreaking to a new home is easy for them.

Our Golden Retrievers have excellent house manners

benefits5House manners is a part of our adult Golden Retrievers training that consists primarily of intangibles. Everyone knows a Golden that jumps up on guests, licks incessantly, barks, runs out of the front door when it is opened and is hyperactive and unable to settle in the house. That is a dog without house manners! Our dogs are trained to sit when greeting guests and be gentle with children and take care not to knock over toddlers or elders. They learn to sit at the front door and not run outside when it is opened. They learn to play with their own toys and not to be destructive to furniture or carpeting. They learn not to beg at the dinner table and not to steal food off of the counters. In short, they learn to be loving, calm and well behaved members of the family. We are able to shape our dogs into good citizens through thousands of hours of house time in which we are able to constantly correct bad behavior and reward good behavior.

Our trained adult Golden Retrievers are well socialized

Proper socialization during a puppy’s critical period, (from six to sixteen weeks of age), is essential. We make sure that our golden retriever puppies experience as much as possible during and after this important imprinting stage. Our dogs go with us pretty much everywhere we go. They go to parks, playgroups, restaurants with outdoor seating, coffee places, airports, training client’s homes, and busy, noisy high traffic areas. They learn to calmly greet strangers, travel well in a car, and down stay on the side lines at kid’s sports games. The puppies that we deem as having the proper temperament for service work are taken to additional locations like senior homes, office buildings, grocery stores and indoor restaurants and shopping malls. The proper socialization that our dogs receive provides an excellent foundation for obedience training and allows our adult Golden Retrievers to feel comfortable in new situations.

Our Golden Retrievers are off leash obedience trained

There is a huge difference between on leash and off leash obedience. A dog that is only obedience trained on leash can never be trusted to play at a dog beach and come back when called, or to stay near you off leash while the kids are playing in the front yard, and they can’t be trusted to not run into the street when you go to get the mail. Our off leash obedience trained Golden Retrievers can do all of those things and more. In short, and on leash trained dog is really only trained when they are on the leash. An off leash trained dog is trained all the time, regardless of the situation. Below is a list of the basic commands that our dogs follow both on leash and off. Since we customize each dog’s obedience training for each family, we can add additional commands as needed.

  • Sit – Sit on command, as well as automatic sit in conjunction with heel, and automatic sit for greeting.
  • Down – Lay down. The command for down-stay is 1) Down and then 2) Stay
  • Stay – We will teach both sit-stay and down-stay.
  • Heel – Heel means “walk at my side and sit when I stop”. The dog will walk on your left side and have her head about even with your knee. She is not allowed to sniff or greet people while on heel. The dog will automatically sit when you stop and stay at sit until you start walking again.
  • Come – Come when called, even with distractions, both on leash and off.
  • Free – This is how you will call the dog off of another command (i.e. if he is on stay and you want to release him from the stay, say “free”).
  • Free/walk on free -Walking on the free command, the dog will be allowed to sniff around and walk at her own pace, as long as she doesn’t pull on the leash, or if off leash, run more than 15ft in front of you.
  • Out – This is the command that tells the dog to release an object that she has in her mouth, or not pick up and object that she is showing interest in. This command is also used to stop an unwanted behavior like barking or showing too much interest in a guest. This is not a negative word, it is more of a cue to get the dog to move on from an activity, (i.e. she’s not “in trouble”, when you use this command).
  • No – This command should be used if the dog does something she is NEVER allowed to do (like jumping up or getting on the furniture). You can also use “no” as a vocal correction is she doesn’t follow a command.
  • Go – The “go” command tells the dog that you want her to be farther away from you. You will point in any direction and he will walk 10-15 feet in that direction. To get the dog to walk away from you and lie down and stay, you would use the commands: 1) Go, (and point to the area you want the dog to walk to), 2) Down, then 3) Stay.
  • Go to bed- When you tell the dog to “go to bed”, she should walk over to her bed and settle. She is allowed to sit, lie down, or play with her toys on the bed, but she is not allowed to get off of her bed until you give her the “free” command.
  • Fetch – Go get and then bring back the ball and hand it to you. l Up – Use this command to have the dog jump up into the car or onto the bed or couch. To use this command you will point to where you want the dog to go, (ex. point to the open car door), and then say “up”.

Our dogs are trained by professionals with 28 years of experience

We have been training dogs since 1979, and through the years we have created unique training methods that are gentle and fair and provide extremely reliable results. Our trained adult Golden Retrievers can be handled by children and elders, and they are trained to listen to anyone that gives them a command. We are a long standing company that has and excellent reputation and we strive to keep it that way. We pioneered the idea of selling off leash trained Golden Retrievers to families eight years ago because we saw a huge need for trained quality Golden Retrievers. We are the only company offering off leash trained adult Golden Retrievers with comprehensive veterinary screening, (eyes, heart, hips and elbows), and exceptional beauty and conformation. As the originators of this concept we are committed to providing excellent service and ongoing support to our clients. Once you purchase a dog from us you are clients for life. You are welcome to call or email us anytime with questions, and we will be happy to give you training guidance for any new transitions in you and your dog’s life, be it a new home, a new dog, or a new baby.

Why should I buy a trained adult Golden Retriever instead of a puppy?

Housebreaking puppies is hard!

It takes a lot of time and effort to housebreak a puppy. Puppies must be taken out every hour to potty, and there are always housebreaking accidents while a puppy is learning. Puppies under about sixteen weeks of age are usually unable to hold their bowels through the night. Our dog training clients bemoan the four in the morning trips outside with the puppy, but that is still better than finding a “present” in your hallway in the morning! Our trained adult Golden Retrievers are very reliably housebroken and they have been fort many months before they go to their new homes.

Our trained adult Golden Retrievers have gone though the “annoying puppy behavior stage”, and will not be destructive in your home.

One of the most common complaints that we get in our dog training business is that someone’s new puppy has taken over their lives! Puppies nip, jump up, terrorize the kids, steal food, shred the toiled paper and chew up expensive couches, chairs, coffee tables and pretty much anything else they can get their teeth on. Puppies can also do quite a bit of damage to your outdoor landscaping. Our trained adult Golden Retrievers have been raised in out home and we have gently helped them through that difficult and destructive puppy stage with our house manners program.

With an adult Golden Retriever you know what you will get in regards to health and appearance.

Even great breeders sometimes produce a puppy with a health problem. Having two parents with the appropriate health clearances, (OFA hips, elbows & cardiac, and CERF for eyes), does not guarantee that one of their puppies will not develop hip dysplasia or another disease of genetic origin. Puppies can not be screened for hip dysplasia until at least sixteen weeks of age, (side note; puppies under 24 months of age must be screened by a board certified orthopedic veterinarian, a regular veterinarian is not well trained enough to determine hip status in a puppy). The only way to ensure that you will get a dog without health problems is to purchase an adult Golden Retriever that has already been screened for hip and elbow dysplasia, cardiac disease and eye disease. All puppies are cute, but there is no guarantee as to what a puppy will look like as an adult. Many light or english cream Golden Retriever puppies will be medium golden as adults, and a puppy that looks blocky at eight weeks may end up being very fine boned with a poor headpiece as an adult. With an adult Golden Retriever you will already know what shade they are, how much coat they typically carry, whether they have a lot of substance and a nice headpiece, and you will know their approximate adult size.

When you purchase a trained adult Golden Retriever from us, you will be able to enjoy them right away.

Our dogs are confident and well adjusted, and this allows them to fit into a new home right away. From the first day they are home our dog will be able to enthusiastically jump into your routine, joining you on family outings, rides in the car, trips to the park, or just walks around the neighborhood. Our trained adult Golden Retrievers are the type of dog everyone wants, without having to go through the difficulty and uncertainty of raising a puppy.

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