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Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Is a Golden the Dog for You? Origins of the Breed The Make-Up of the Breed Personality Traits Clear Rules and Boundaries Gentle Training Methods A Job for Your Dog Frequent and Regular Exercise Regular Grooming Chapter 2: Finding the Perfect Puppy Finding a Good Breeder Breeder Responsibilities Breeder Contracts Rescue and Shelter Groups Prospective Owner Responsibilities Early Socialization Early Housebreaking Puppy Temperament Testing Adopting an Adult Dog from a Breeder Chapter 3: Bringing Home Your New Puppy The First Night at Home Housebreaking 101 Using a Crate in Training When Momís Away, Puppies Will Play Stopping Destructive Chewing Socializing Golden Retriever Puppies Food Basics Chapter 4: Bringing Home an Adult Dog Adopting an Adult Golden Retriever The First Night at Home Introducing Your Adult Dog to a Crate Developing a Schedule Housebreaking an Adult Dog Bonding with Your New Dog Feeding Basics Social Butterfly or Social Outcast? Chapter 5: Developing Social Skills Socialization Is Important The Development Stage Nature Vs. Nurture Socialization to People Preventing Resource Guarding Taming the Chewing Instinct Dog-to-Dog Socialization Getting Through the Fear Period Chapter 6: Basic Manners The Right Training Class The Clicker Training Method Clicker Training Basics Teaching Your Golden to Sit Teaching Your Dog to Stay Teaching the Down Command Teaching Him to Come When Called Teaching Your Golden to Leave It Teaching Him to Walk Without Pulling Chapter 7: A Goldenís Life Skills The Targeting Tool Alone Time Going to the Groomer A Visit to the Veterinarian Learning to Enjoy Touch Walking on Slippery Floors Mastering Stairs Chapter 8: Fears and Phobias Why Goldens Get Scared Fear Interferes with Learning Helping Your Fearful Golden Negotiating Scary Situations Fear of New People Fear of Other Dogs Fear of Riding in the Car Thunder Storm Phobias Getting Professional Help Chapter 9: Common Behavior Problems Youíre the Leader Correcting Bad Behavior The Joy of Digging Jumping for Joy Using a Headcollar to Train Pulling on Leash Teaching the Leave It Command Stealing Things Chapter 10: Creating a Super Learner What Is a Super Learner? Building a Training Relationship Be an Organized and Consistent Trainer Creative Thinking Skills for Dogs The Art and Science of Shaping Shaping Project: 101 Things to Do with a Box Putting Behavior on Cue Chapter 11: Teaching Your Golden to Retrieve Shaping the Retrieve Retrieving Birds for Field Work Teaching Tricks That Involve Retrieving ìGo Get Your Leashî ìGo Get the Phoneî ìFind My Keysî ìPull Off My Socksî Retrieving for Competition Chapter 12: Choosing the Right Diet A Quality Diet Whatís in Dog Food? Identifying High Quality Foods Ingredients to Avoid Natural Diets Dietary Supplements How Much Should I Feed My Golden? Chapter 13: Visiting the Veterinarian Searching for the Right Veterinarian Preparing Your Golden for a Good Experience Good Health Maintenance Basics Spaying and Neutering Vaccinations Schedules Chapter 14: Common Health Problems Hot Spots and Skin Issues Digestive Problems Genetic Screening Eye Problems Hip Dysplasia Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis (SAS) Hypothyroidism Cancer Chapter 15: Alternative Medicine A Holistic View How Can Alternative Medicine Help? Finding a Qualified Holistic Veterinarian Acupuncture Chiropractic Therapy Homeopathy Bachís Flower Essences Chapter 16: Goldens as Athletes Keeping Fit and Staying Lean Flyball Competition Competition Obedience The Sport of Agility Tracking for Sport Rally Obedience Chapter 17: The Golden Retriever as Therapist What Is A Therapy Dog ? Getting Certified Training a Therapy Dog Basic Obedience Skills Social Skills for Therapy Work Grooming and Appearance The Visiting Experience Chapter 18: Teaching Tricks Natural Born Performers Elements of a Great Trick Skills Needed For Trick Training Kindergarten Tricks First Grade Tricks Junior High Level Tricks Chapter 19: Golden Retriever Grooming Basics Training for Grooming Basic Grooming Equipment Trimming Nails Trimming Feet Protecting Foot Pads Cleaning Teeth Cleaning and Trimming Ears Brushing Basics Giving Your Golden Retriever a Bath Professional Grooming Chapter 20: Goldens at Work Beauty and Brains Hunting Partners Search and Rescue Goldens Assistance Dogs Work Dogs Work Appendix A: Bibliography Appendix B: Resources
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Golden retriever