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How to Train Your Vermont Farm-Raised Golden Retriever Puppy

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Golden Retrievers are known for their intelligence and eagerness to please - traits that make them relatively easy to train. Training a Golden Retriever puppy requires patience, consistency, and a lot of positive reinforcement.

Obedience Training

Start with basic obedience commands like "sit," "stay," "come," "down," and "leave it." It's important to be consistent with the commands and rewards. Training should be fun for your puppy. Keep sessions short, but regular, to hold your puppy's attention and prevent them from getting bored or overwhelmed.


Socialization is crucial in raising a well-adjusted, confident, and friendly Golden Retriever. Expose your puppy to various situations, people, places, animals, and experiences. This can be done through walks in the park, visits to a friend's house, or a dog socialization class. Remember to ensure all experiences are positive and non-threatening.

Addressing Behavioral Issues

Golden Retrievers are a joy to have around, but like any breed, they can develop certain behavioral issues. It's crucial to address these early on. If your puppy exhibits behaviors like excessive chewing, digging, or barking, it's important to understand the cause of the behavior and address it appropriately. Always remember to use positive reinforcement methods and avoid punishment.

Remember, raising and training a Golden Retriever puppy can be a challenge, but with patience and consistency, it's a rewarding experience that leads to a lifelong bond.

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