Category: “Adopting”

Golden Retriever’s – not for everyone!

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Though initially Golden Retrievers may seem to be the ideal pet, there are disadvantages to owning an animal of this type. Below are many areas that need thought and consideration before you buy adopt!

A Golden Retriever is NOT the perfect pet for everyone!

Size – Goldens are medium to large sized animals. The standard size for males range from 23 – 24 inches at the shoulder and weigh proportionally from 65-75 pounds. Females stand around 21.5 – 22.5 inches and weigh 55-65 pounds. They normally possess extremely active tails making clean sweeps of coffee and end tables. Quite simply they need room. Uncluttered houses are a must!

Exercise – Goldens were developed as a sporting breed able to handle a day’s hunting routinely. They need to have hard consistent exercise daily (20-30 minutes twice a day is usually sufficient) or they may have difficulty adjusting to the “calm house pet” role expected by most owners. A fenced in yard is especially important in providing the dog enough exercise. As a sporting dog they are easily distracted by birds, animals or moving objects; they must be kept leashed when being exercised outside of a fenced yard to keep them from running away.

Shedding – They are a long-coated breed and shed their coats a minimum of twice a year, however in Florida they tend to shed moderately all year long. Because of the coat, grooming every other day is to your advantage. If you require a fastidiously kept house – Don’t get a golden. You will always have dog hair around, especially in rugs, on furniture, and OH YES, occasionally even in your food. Oh – and you will have to vacuum much more often than before – or little furballs will accumulate along your baseboards!

Health & Care – Goldens are known to be prone to skin problems – allergies as well as dry and brittle coats. Additionally, they have varying degrees of problems with hip dysplasia and eye defects. Feeding one medium-sized dog for a year will run you between $250 -$400 depending upon type of food and additional supplementation. Goldens must be fed a high quality premium food to prevent costly skin problems – which means you will not be able to buy your food at the grocery or discount store – and will have to make a special trip to the pet supply store. Veterinary expenses for annual checkups and shots will cost around $75 a year, plus any additional vet care your dog may require through the year. This would include a yearly heartworm test and monthly heartworm preventative, costing around $100 a year. If you do not give your dog heartworm preventative, it will probably contract the parasite and must be treated which costs between $300 – $700; if your dog is not treated, it will die. Topical flea preventative medications, which are very effective, cost around $100 a year. There are other expenses such as toys, collars and leashes, brushes, shampoos, toys and nylabones for chewing.

Neatness – Goldens are easily housebroken and make great housedogs. They tend to be messy drinkers, dripping water on the floor after they take their drink. Many goldens slobber and when they beg for food they can drool up a storm!

Training – Many wish to make their Goldens into good canine citizens. A good beginner’s obedience class costs between $50 – $100 plus the cost of any special equipment. Moreover, Goldens tend to be sensitive or soft in many training situations. They must be handled carefully with a loving, firm, but nonetheless gentle hand.

Velcro Dogs – Goldens are faithful companions. They are usually always by your side, many will follow you from room to room. They will lie in the kitchen while you cook and at your feet while you watch TV. If you don’t want that much togetherness, a golden isn’t for you!

Small Children – People automatically assume Goldens are the perfect dog for a family with children. Golden puppies quickly grow up to be rambunctious, strong bundles of energy that easily can play too rough with young children, especially when they are 6 months to two years of age. We don’t normally recommend Goldens for families with children under the age of 8.

Guard Dogs – As protective guard dogs Goldens are LOUSY!!! Though they may bark and growl defensively, when it comes down to brass tacks – they’d as soon kiss the intruder and show him the jewels as corner him with an I’ll rip you to shreds snarl.

Outside Dogs – Goldens make poor outside dogs. They develop skin problems and flea allergies if kept outside. They frequently develop thunderstorm anxiety. As sporting dogs they are easily able to dig out of a fence or sometimes climb over it when left outside for long periods of time unsupervised because they want to be with people. They also are frequent targets for theft if left outside in a backyard when the owner is away from home. Goldens are very social and pack oriented; they frequently develop behavior problems when they are kept separated from their families. A happy golden is an inside dog. In fact, most dogs are this way and do better as inside dogs.

Addictive – Very few people own only one Golden, we simply find them habit forming and contrary to popular opinion, they are not cheaper by the dozen!

Adapted from an article published by the Golden Retriever Club of America,
copyright GRCA/1980 compiled by Liz Watford

Why Adopt A Rescue Golden?

Reasons To Adopt A Rescue Dog
By Patricia Campbell

Faith02101memorialOf course the number one reason to adopt is to provide a loving home to a dog that has either never had one, or can no longer be cared for by a wonderful owner.  Many dogs that come to rescue just need a bit of guidance and a stable environment.

Training. Most rescue dogs have spent time in a family environment, have received the benefit of some basic obedience, and have learned the basics of house manners.  Can you expect a perfectly trained dog? Probably not, but the foundation has been laid and is usually quite easy to build on. 

Temperament and Behavior.  Most Rescue Organizations do some form of temperament testing before agreeing to accept the dog into their program.  Foster families have the opportunity to continue to observe temperament before the dog becomes available for adoption.  Good behaviors, and behaviors that need work are known, and the adoptive home can make an informed decision as to what they feel they are able to cope with. Not all rescue dogs are problem dogs.

Veterinary Care.  Rescue dogs, if old enough, have already been spayed or neutered, are current on shots, have been Heartworm tested and treated if necessary.  While some health issues can arise after adoption, many are recognized and treated during initial physicals and while in foster care.  Known health problems are freely disclosed, and can be discussed prior to adoption.

Image04Bonding.  Rescue dogs tend to form very strong bonds.  Abused and neglected dogs when treated with kindness and respect blossom into loving and loyal companions.  Skittish or timid dogs grow more confident, and with confidence, become more outgoing, and affectionate. Given a home where they can learn to love and be loved, where affection

And attention are combined with consistent training, rescue dogs can and do become the most wonderful of pets.

Matchmaking.  A Rescue organizations primary goal is place their dogs in what will be there “forever” home.  The group and the foster home can help guide you in choosing a dog that fits your life-style.  Active dogs are placed with active families, if you’re desire is a “couch-potato, foot warmer” type, they will strive to make sure that you adopt that “just-right” dog.

Continued caring.  With many rescue dogs there is a period of adjustment.  Rescue groups continue to care long after the dog has been placed.  Should you encounter problems help is usually just a phone call away.  If the problem is insurmountable, most groups will have a return clause written into their adoption contract. 

Housebreaking.  Most rescue dogs are housebroken.  If this area still needs work, an older dog can be much easier to housebreak than a puppy.  Older dogs have more control, and more eager to please their owner by eliminating in the appropriate place.  An older dog can be far more trustworthy with being left alone while you are at work.  It is wise to remember that even the most fastidious of dogs can have an occasional accident.

No Size, Weight or Color Surprises.  When adopting an adult dog, there is no question of how large the dog will get what color it will be, or what the dog’s appearance will be.

For the most part, what you see is what you get.  In some cases, with improved nutrition, and care, coat conditions will improve and color may change slightly.

Opening your heart and home to a dog in need can be a most rewarding experience. 

Before you purchase, please take a moment to consider some of the wonderful dogs available for adoption.

 

Reprint permission of this article is from The National Rescue Committee is a committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America. Questions or comments? contact the NRC Committee.

Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Senior Golden

13867902219530Consider adopting a senior.  There are advantages!  Here are just a few …

1. Live to Love! Golden Oldies are so true to their breed-being kind and giving love. They are grateful for this second chance for happiness with a new loving family and home.

2.  Obedient! Golden Oldies have learned what NO means and contrary to common belief, older dogs CAN learn new “tricks”, particularly since they are more focused and have longer attention spans.

3.  Been There, Done That! Many Golden Oldies have already been socialized to other animals and situations.

4.  Mellow Yellow! Golden Oldies give you some space for yourself during the day, because they don’t make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.

5.  Potty Trained! Most Golden Oldies are housebroken.

6.  Mature! Golden Oldies are not teething and therefore won’t chew up your brand new shoes, antique furniture or favorite photo album.

7.  Adaptable! Golden Oldies tend to adapt more easily to household changes, such as visiting guests and being alone for longer periods of time.

8.  An Open Book! With Golden Oldies, what you see is what you get-most of the dog’s health and behavioral history is already known.

9.  Nighttime is for Sleeping! Golden Oldies let you get a good night’s sleep because they are accustomed to human schedules and don’t require nighttime feedings, comforting or bathroom breaks.

10.  Best Friends! Golden Oldies are instant companions-ready for hiking, car trips, good conversation, and cuddling.