Tips For Training A Golden Retriever Puppy: (In Just 5 Minutes Per Day)
How to Raise and Train a Golden Retriever Puppy
Do you want to learn how to properly train your golden retriever puppy?
In this article, you’ll learn how to teach them basic obedience using techniques and strategies such as:
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- do not touch it.
Also, life skills such as:
- training on how to use the toilet
- kennel training
- doesn’t jump on people
- leash walking techniques
- to avoid biting people
- to refrain from chewing up the house
You’ll also learn the most common mistakes new puppy owners make, which prevent them from having a well-trained puppy.
This article is for you if you’ve never had a puppy and are starting puppy training for the first time, or if this is your tenth puppy and you want to brush up on your training skills.
Let’s get started!
Your Golden Retriever Puppy’s Training
In a nutshell, here’s how puppy training works:
Golden retriever puppies want to please you and have fun, so positive reinforcement training and learning games work best for them.
When teaching a new behavior, you should start with small steps and ensure that they are successful at each one.
Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that, and we’ll get into that later, but first, if you’ve just brought your puppy home and they’re proving to be a lot more difficult to handle than you anticipated, don’t worry; it’s completely normal.
Golden retriever puppies are a handful, so it’s a good thing they’re so cute!
However, just because your puppy is difficult now does not mean they will be difficult in the future.
They’ll be well-behaved adults before you know it, and you’ll miss their naughty puppy days when they were small and fluffy.
Many people nowadays don’t put much effort into training their puppies when they’re young, preferring instead to hope that their dog will grow up to be a good dog.
This is a big risk because, while golden retrievers are wonderful dogs, they were bred to retrieve birds in the field.
Many issues can arise if they are not mentally stimulated and given a job or a purpose, such as jumping up on people, destroying the house, and so on.
But, with all of that said, if you have a golden retriever, you’re in for a wild ride.
You’ll have a blast watching your puppy learn and grow into a well-behaved adult dog because they’re so sweet and loving.
But, before we get into how to train your golden retriever puppy, it’s important to understand why you should train them in the first place. This will help you persevere when times get tough.
Why Should Your Golden Retriever Puppy Be Trained?
One of the things that came to mind before I got my golden retriever, Oliver, and started thinking about training him was that I didn’t want him to be a robot who only followed my commands and didn’t live or enjoy his own life.
It turned out that I was thinking about it completely incorrectly.
In fact, Oliver’s training has helped him enjoy life more for three reasons:
1. Increased liberty
The better trained your dog is, the more freedom he will have.
We couldn’t take Oliver to public places like coffee shops when he was a wild, untrained puppy, for example.
He was able to go more places with us and spend more time with us once we finally got him under control.
Another time we had guests was when we had a party at our house.
When people first came over, Oliver would jump all over them, so we had to put him in the backyard and gradually let him greet them one by one.
He used to hate being out there when he knew people were coming over, but thanks to our training and him being a good student, he no longer jumps and now gets to enjoy greeting people when they come into the house (and our guests get the joy of not being jumped on by a 75 lb dog).
Training can have a significant impact on your dog’s safety.
Suppose you drop a pill on the ground and your dog is right underneath you.
It could be very dangerous for your dog if she isn’t trained to leave it, or at the very least trained to drop it if she gets it in her mouth.
3. more enjoyable
Aside from giving your dog more freedom and safety, having a well-trained dog allows you to enjoy them more (and when you’re happy, they’re happy).
When your dog chews up your furniture or your shoes, it’s not fun (or safe).
When they pee in the house or bark in the crate, it’s not fun.
It’s even worse when they’re biting your fingers to the point where you can’t even play with them.
Overall, the better trained your dog is, the safer he or she will be, the more freedom they will have, and the more fun they will have.
Let’s move on to the most common question about golden retriever training…
Is It Easy to Train Golden Retriever Puppies?
For a variety of reasons, golden retriever puppies are easy to train.
- They’re extremely intelligent (the fourth smartest dog breed in the world).
- They enjoy pleasing others.
- Food is something they love.
- They love playing games.
As a result, if you use a lot of treats and make training fun, goldens are relatively easy to train.
When it comes to training golden retriever puppies, however, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies…
Why Are Golden Retriever Puppies So Hard To Train?
Golden retrievers are one of my favorite breeds because they adore everything.
However, this can make them difficult to train at times.
Oliver adores other people, so when we’re out walking, he sometimes wants to pull over and say hello.
That’s understandable (it doesn’t help that everyone puffs up his ego by telling him how attractive he is), but there’s also the story…
We were training one day when a leaf blew by…
A leaf, to be precise.
But he was ecstatic to see this fun leaf somersaulting down the street, and he was eager to go play with it.
It completely threw us off our training schedule, but that’s the life of a golden retriever puppy…
When Should Your Golden Retriever Puppy Start Training?
Puppies are surprisingly intelligent, and you can start training them as soon as they arrive at your home.
It’s even recommended that you begin training them as soon as you bring them home.
For starters, it will aid in the development of communication and a bond between you and your partner.
It will also help them gain confidence as they face and get through problems.
It’s also beneficial to begin training them before they develop bad habits.
It will be difficult to train your puppy not to jump up on people if he learns that doing so gets him pets and attention.
And if your puppy learns that crying in the crate gets him out, it will be very hard to get him to learn.
So, now that you know puppies are (relatively) easy to train and that you need to get started training them right away, how do you go about doing it?
Let’s move on to the training methods.
My wife expresses her gratitude and praises the cleanliness of the kitchen every time I do the dishes.
I enjoy making her happy, so I’ve started doing the dishes more frequently.
Maybe it makes her happy, or maybe she’s just training me how to do them, but in any case, she’s using positive reinforcement to make me do more dishes.
Positive reinforcement is the cornerstone of most dog training you’ll do, and it simply means rewarding behaviors you like while ignoring those you don’t.
When you say “sit,” for example, and your dog sits, you are positively reinforcing that good behavior with a reward, such as a treat.
You can use a variety of rewards, but the most common are treats, playing with toys, and praise.
It’s also worth noting that positive reinforcement isn’t limited to positive behaviors.
You can also unintentionally reward negative behaviors.
If your puppy cries in the crate and you let them out, you’re effectively rewarding them for crying in the crate.
So, it’s important to think about what behaviors you might be reinforcing, whether on purpose or by accident.
Training in marker
Marker training is one way to provide positive reinforcement.
Does your puppy get happy when you walk up to the door to get your keys or leash because they think you’re going for a walk or a car ride?
This has occurred as a result of classical conditioning.
The act of grabbing a leash isn’t particularly exciting for you, but when it’s always followed by a fun walk, even the act of grabbing the leash is exciting for your dog.
Your dog has been trained to get excited when you grab the leash in this situation.
For marker training, we use the same concept.
When your dog does something good, you reward them with a treat and a word like “nice” or “yes” or a click from a clicker.
Every time you say your marker word or click, your dog will learn that something good is about to happen.
Your dog will eventually associate a word or a click with a rush of good emotions, so you won’t need to give them treats every time.
Here’s a quick note about using a marker word: whatever you choose, make sure you stick to it.
If you keep switching words, your dog will not associate them with treats and will not have a conditioned response to them.
This was a very brief overview of marker training; if you want to learn more, check out this video from Simpawtico Dog Training.
There are a variety of techniques for training your puppy, but three of them are covered in this article:
Getting your puppy to follow a treat in your hand is known as luring.
To teach your puppy to sit, for example, sit a treat up over their heads until they have to sit their buttocks down.
Capturing is the behavior of positively reinforcing a behavior that your puppy voluntarily performs.
If your puppy jumps on you when you walk in the door, for example, you ignore them until they sit.
Once they’ve sat, you can record and reward them for it.
When you walk in the door, they’ll eventually learn that unless they sit politely, they won’t get any attention.
When you redirect your dog away from something you don’t like and toward something you do like, it’s known as redirection.
For example, if you see them chewing on your shoes, redirect them to a chew toy and praise them for chewing on it.
When your dog has the urge to chew, they’ll look for a chew toy rather than your shoe after a few rounds of this.
Teaching Your Dog To Obey Directions In All Situations (Even While Distracted)
I recall quickly teaching Oliver how to sit.
I’m not going to lie, I was a little proud of how quickly he picked things up, but when we learned to take him to my parents’ house to show him off, he refused to sit down no matter how hard I tried.
Then, when we got home that night, he was always sitting perfectly!
So while Oliver understood “sit” to mean “sit in my living room,” he didn’t realize “sit” also meant “sit in my parents’ living room.”
He eventually learned that “sit” means “sit” no matter where we are, but we ran into another problem: when other dogs were present, he would ignore me and refuse to sit when I asked him to.
So, here’s how to train your puppy to obey you in any situation, including when there are distractions: practice.
Practice in various rooms of your house, as well as in the backyard, driveway, on walks, and at the park.
Also, practice with a variety of distractions, such as other dogs or people.
Here’s a note for when you’re practicing: take small steps.
If you want your dog to always do what you say, teach them new things in new places while slowly adding new things to distract them.
If you just taught your puppy to sit in the living room, teach them to sit in the kitchen next, not at the park.
If your dog is great at obeying when there are no other dogs around, take him to a park, keep him 100 feet away from other dogs, and then try to train him to obey.
Once they can obey from a distance of 100 feet, try again from a distance of 80 feet.
Your puppy will learn to be obedient in all situations if you take small steps and gradually add more distractions and new places.
How Long Should You Train Your Golden Retriever Puppy? And How Often Should You Do It?
Life with a new puppy can be hectic, but the good news is that you can have a well-behaved puppy and train them in as little as five minutes per day.
Puppies don’t have long attention spans, so trying to train them for more than five or ten minutes at a time is ineffective (and could backfire).
In fact, it’s best to keep training sessions as short as two to five minutes when your puppy is young.
This way, your puppy has a good time throughout the training session and develops a positive association with it.
When it comes to how often you should train them, three to five of these short sessions are recommended.
You might be wondering, “How am I going to train this wild puppy in such a short amount of time?”
In reality, every interaction with them is a teaching opportunity.
You spend the “formal” training sessions teaching them the basics, and then you use spare moments to practice.
Let’s say you’re out for a walk with your puppy and you’ve been working on “come” and “sit.”
Ask your puppy to come when you walk up to the door, and then ask them to sit before you put the leash on.
When you return home, you ask them to sit while you remove the leash.
This won’t add much to your training time, but practicing behaviors as part of your daily routine will help your puppy pick up new skills quickly.
Getting Professional Assistance
Take your puppy to a puppy kindergarten class if there’s one thing all puppy owners should do.
Puppy classes are great for your puppy, even if you have previously owned dogs.
Not only will you learn the basics of puppy ownership and training, but you’ll also have the opportunity to socialize your puppy with other puppies, which is well worth the money and time.
Putting them in a puppy class will help them become more comfortable around other dogs and people, as well as teach them bite inhibition and provide them with a positive experience going out in public.
Plus, having a puppy is difficult, and speaking with a professional trainer and other puppy owners will be beneficial.
Typical Golden Retriever Puppy Training Errors
The tips above will assist you in training your puppy, but if you make the mistakes listed below, your puppy will have a much more difficult time learning.
It will be hard for your puppy to progress if you do not consistently train them because they will have to relearn everything every time.
In addition, your house rules must be followed consistently.
Don’t let your puppy chew on your shoes because it’s cute on occasion, then take them away at other times.
Punishment for your dog
Punishing your dog can undermine their confidence, making them reluctant to try new things because they know they’ll be punished if they make a mistake.
It can also make them unwilling to listen to you if they are afraid of or dislike you.
Too much time spent in the gym
You want your puppy to enjoy training as much as you do, and you want them to succeed when you teach them something successful.
Because puppies have such short attention spans, training them for more than five or ten minutes can bore them and cause them to make mistakes.
They may start to dislike training with you if they become bored, and if they continue to make things, they will take the wrong time to correct them.
Puppies are the same age as toddlers.
Would you expect your toddler to be able to complete every task you set for them right away?
Of course not, so treat your puppy the same way.
Make training enjoyable and challenging for them, and praise and reward them for making small progress. Forgive them if they make a mess.
Waiting to train your puppy until he or she develops behavioral issues is a bad idea.
Waiting for a bad habit to form before beginning training is the worst thing you can do.
Instead, teach your puppy good habits from the start and keep them up by giving it positive feedback.
Life Skills and Obedience Training
Now that you know the basics of puppy training, it’s time to get down to business.
One of the most beneficial things you can do for and with your puppy is to begin training them.
They enjoy being challenged and doing things with you, and it will make them more pleasant to live with. Most importantly, they will enjoy all of the treats you give them!