Golden Retriever Book Review - February 2021!
This month we're reviewing the book “How to Train Your Golden Retriever in 30 days or Less”, written by the Golden Retriever Circle. Over 16 chapters cover everything from information about the golden retriever; how to choose a golden retriever puppy or, if your prefer an adult; getting ready for a dog at home; Golden Retriever behavior traits; How to care for a Golden Retriever (includes nutrition, grooming and training your Golden Retriever). Also, crate training is introduced and reasons why you should crate train your Golden Retriever puppy, to include how you can choose a crate for your new puppy. Chapter 7 is more detail on the crate training process over five separate steps from introducing your dog to the crate to leaving your puppy in the crate at night. In later chapters there is a list of basic commands for your dog, such as the “sit” command; the “walk” command; the “down” command and other commands such as the “release” command and several others. Chapters 9 and 10 deal with exercise for your Golden Retriever and how to encourage your puppy to socialize. Chapters 11 and 12 get into whether or not you should neutering your golden retriever puppy. Later chapters get into when you need to seek professional training or medical help for your puppy. Overall, the book is everything you need to bring that Golden Retriever puppy home and get that pup trained in 30 days!
The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1, About the Golden Retriever, History of the Golden Retriever.
“It was only in 1908 that the public first saw the breed Lord Harcourt who owned an estate in Oxford developed a liking for the breed he gather some of the offspring from the original meetings and bred them at his estate. The public was curious about the breed after Harcourt organized at an exhibition in 1908 at the Kennel Club. The offspring were described as yellow flat-coated retrievers and were entered into the category “any variety retriever”. Lord Harcourt coined the term Golden Retriever during the exhibition.
When the public has seen these dogs in the exhibition they wanted to own puppies. This was when the breed gain popularity. Mrs. Charlesworth was the first to acquire a retriever puppy. She then became one of the greatest enthusiasts of the breed. She championed the cause of the golden retriever against all other breeds. She did this from 1910 when she acquired her first retriever puppy until her death in 1954. She also nagged other enthusiasts to maintain the retriever breed as a dual-purpose dog. In 1911 she organized the golden retriever Club, wrote a breeding standard and organized the campaign with the Kennel Club to maintain the golden retriever breed as a separate breed. Previously they registered the golden retriever as the Flat-Coated Retriever. It was only in 1913 that the Kennel Club accepted the breed and allocated a challenge certificate for the breed. Every golden retriever Enthusiast then began to compete in the field trial to see which Golden Retriever owner would win. The owner fell to Captain Hardy and his pet “Vixey” who became one of the most influential dogs in the golden retriever breed.”
It is clear from the book how to train your golden retriever in 30 days or less that the authors spent much time researching their topic. There's much to be said about training your golden retriever that's covered in this book that was not able to be covered in the excerpt but suffice to say this book is well worth your time and attention.
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