caring for your new English Cream puppy
how to give your English Cream a long and happy life...
Our first and most important suggestion is to openly embrace your dog a full member of your family. Your dog will be happiest and healthiest when it gets to spend quality time with you. We believe every English Cream should live in your home and not be locked away in the back yard.
what will I need for my new puppy?
Here are a few things you should have before you bring your new puppy home:
Food and Water Bowls - stainless steel only – no plastic bowls
A training / travel crate with an old towel on the floor
A few Chew Toys - we suggest Kong’s
A medium-sized durable pet squeaker toy. Puppies love these!
Moisturizing puppy shampoo and conditioner
Dog brushes – see below for our recommended brushes
A leash and collar with an engraved nametag
Enrollment in a puppy kindergarten
Small training treats
Quality dog food makes a tremendous difference in the longevity and health of your dog. Select a dog food that has real meat as the first ingredient (not meat by-products).
We feed our puppies with a premium brand dry puppy food. Our current favorite is Purina ProPlan Large Breed Puppy food. It is available from Chewy.com and comes in several formulations. We do, however, believe it is a great practice to supplement the dry food with fresh, raw items on a regular basis.
We will give you specific and detailed instructions on feeding your puppy when you take her home and also encourage you to speak with your veterinarian.
Young goldens occasionally have upset tummies when adjusting to a new home and a new routine - possible solutions include changing dog food brands, reducing the amount they are fed based on your vet's reccomendations, giving a spoonful of canned pumpkin, and use of a canine probiotic (we like Fortiflora)
Small treats in moderation are great for training your puppy - tiny little bits of natural meats and cheeses are wonderful motivators for your pup. Raw beef soup bones are also a good treat. Do not cook the soup bones or they will shatter. The extra meat that clings to the bone itself is an added bonus that Goldens love! The beef soup bones should be large enough that they cannot be swallowed.
With all treats - use them in moderation. A high quality, large breed dry puppy chow is nutritionally balanced and should provide the majority of calories for your dog.
A fun treat for your puppy is a silicon treat mat or any durable toy you can hide small treats in to challenge / entertain the puppy!
One word – Kong. Kong makes awesome chew toys that are virtually indestructible. Nylabones are also good but be careful and throw them away if they start to split apart.
With regular excercise and lots of good toys lying around your English Cream puppy should not be chewing anything innapropriate.
If chewing does become a problem you can buy a spray bottle of "Grannick's Bitter Apple for Dogs Spray" - it works well and is an Amazon #1 best seller.
Goldens shed. Repeat - Goldens shed. You can keep it under control with the following approach:
Brush them often – a quick brush every day is best – once a week should be the minimum
A quality Pet Vacuum – you need a good vacuum that can handle lots of hair.
Roomba – does a great job at keeping pet hair under control.
Hardwood and Tile floors with rugs for traction
If your young puppy gets into something smelly - then a bath is certainly in order. Try to use a very gentle shampoo and make sure to rinse well so that your puppy's natural oils are not stripped away.
Adult Goldens should need very little bathing. Maintaining a good diet will ensure optimum skin and coat health which means there should be very little if any odor related to your golden. Bathing should only be required if your dog gets into something messy and out of the ordinary. With proper diet and regular brushing a healthy coat should need very little maintenance and is important to your dog's well-being.
Goldens have 2 coats – a soft fluffy undercoat and a waterproof outer coat. You will need three different brushes to take care of your Golden.
Here are some of our favorites:
Rake Brush: FURminator Grooming Rake - $11 - Amazon Link
Pet Slicker Brush: Hertzko Grooming Brush – $16 - Amazon #1 best seller
Deshedding Brush: Chirpy Pets Deshedding Tool - $14 - Amazon #1 best seller
Choose a good vet carefully… check references.
Take your new puppy to the vet as soon as possible to get the first checkup. Discuss your vaccination schedule and a plan for preventing fleas, ticks and possibly heartworm.
Your golden depends on you to provide daily exercise for optimum health. Typically, a moderate amount of aerobic exercise (30 minutes) morning and afternoon is sufficient. A slow paced walk through the neighborhood does not constitute true aerobic exercise. Exercise that involves multiple muscle groups such as running, playing, fetching on natural surfaces (such as grass or trails) is optimal.
Proper exercise also plays an important role in the mental health of your dog. Goldens love hiking, swimming, retrieving and just taking walks with you. Get outside with your dog often – it is good for both of you.
leashes and harnesses
Your golden will love going on walks - one of our favorite training harnesses is the Wonder Walker made here in Seattle. It does a great job of teaching your Golden to walk beside you without pulling. You can buy it online here.
Your puppy needs a very light, tempoary leash until they are old enough for an adult leash. Here is a link to our favorite leash on Amazon. We like it beacause it has a second handle near the dog that is useful for walking your dog among crowds, in tight quarters or any situation where you want an extra measure of control.
Goldens thrive on predictability. Routine is the safety net that gives every dog a sense of security. As much as possible, keep a regular regime when it comes to rising and going to bed, meals and exercise. When a golden feels secure in what to expect they are less likely to produce stress-related hormones, which can have long-term impacts on overall health.
Learning to be a great dog owner requires a lot of training. Your English Cream puppy will respond beautifully as you learn more about the wonders and abilities of dogs. To teach yourself how to be a good dog owner we strongly suggest you enroll in a good puppy kindergarten class when your pup is 4 to 6 months old.
We also encourage you to visit your library or Amazon and read as many puppy books as you can. We especially reccomend the following titles:
Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement - a very detailed and comprehensive book - if you only buy one book get this one. An Amazon #1 best seller.
The Puppy Primer - highly reccomended as a good all around puppy book.
The Art of Raising a Puppy (Revised Edition) Written by the Monks of New Skete - a classic training book that has been around for decades.
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog - if you want to go crazy with teaching tricks this book has them all - this book is nothing but tricks.
The Everything Essential Dog Training and Tricks Book: All You Need to Train Your Dog in No Time by Gerilyn Bielakiewick (all of her books are great) - this book covers both basic training and tricks.
We also suggest you buy a few cheap "clickers" to help you train your dog.
book - Clicking With Your Dog: Step-By-Step in Pictures
clickers - buy these - StarMark Clicker Dog Training System
videos - Zach George YouTube - dog training
We encourage you to watch all the Zach George YouTube videos! He is a great dog trainer and he can help you solve most common problem behaviors.
Every time your puppy does something wrong it is likely to be your fault. Watching Zach George YouTube videos is a great way to learn to be a great dog owner!
Our entire family participates in the raising and caring for our puppies, which is reflected in the outcome of stable, well-socialized, and happy family dogs. In the first year of life it is critical to expose your dog to a wide variety of people, experiences and environments.
English Creams are confident, outgoing dogs by nature but the more you expose your dog to diverse situations early in life, the better your dog will be able to calmly deal with new or unfamiliar experiences.
Goldens LOVE their family and thrive on human interaction more than many other breeds. Your dog needs human interaction, companionship and regular time spent together doing fun activities. Do not keep your Golden alone in a kennel or on a chain. Goldens are people dogs. Please let your Golden live by your side!