What is the basic nature of Golden retrievers dogs
Golden retrievers are energetic, loving family dogs. They also have beautiful golden coats that may be wavy or straight. If you have a golden retriever or if you are considering getting one, then you will need to know about the special needs of this dog including how to feed, groom, entertain, train, and protect your golden retriever.
What are the feeding tips of Golden retriever dogs:
“Choose a high-quality food. When looking for a dog food to feed your golden retriever, you should make sure that the product is “complete and balanced.” This means that the dog food has passed tests to ensure that it provides all of the necessary nutrition that your golden retriever needs to be healthy.
You may also want to consider buying a breed specific dog food. Some pet food companies produce dog food specifically for large breed dogs, such as golden retrievers.
Look for a food that lists meat as the first 2 ingredients and that does not include grain within the first 5 ingredients. Meat is the most important source of nutrition for your dog because dogs are carnivores. If the first ingredient listed is grain or an animal by-product, then avoid that food.
If you are having trouble deciding on the best food to feed your golden retriever, then ask your dog’s veterinarian or ask the dog’s breeder for suggestions.
It is also important to consider your golden retriever’s age when choosing a dog food. For example, if your golden retriever is a puppy, then he will need special puppy food. If your golden retriever is a senior, then he will need a senior dog food.”
- Puppies 8 to 12 weeks old need to be fed 4 times per day.
- Puppies 3 to 6 months old need to be fed 3 times per day.
- Puppies 6 months to one year old need to be fed 2 times per day.
- Dogs past 1 year old need to be fed 1 time per day.
Provide plenty of clean, fresh water. Make sure that your golden retriever has access to a bowl of fresh, clean water at all times. Change the water at least once per day.
Keep your golden retriever’s water somewhere that is easy for him to access.
Stainless steel bowls tend to harbor less bacteria and they are durable, so you may want to choose these over plastic or ceramic bowls.
Avoid giving your golden retriever toxic human foods. You will need to avoid feeding your golden retriever certain human foods that may make them ill or even kill them.
These foods include:
- Walnuts, almonds, pecans, and macadamia nuts
- Onions, garlic, and chives
- Xylitol a sweetener found in chewing gum among others
What are the grooming tips for Golden retriever dogs?
Brush your golden retriever’s coat daily. Golden retrievers have long coats that may either be wavy or straight. Because they are long haired dogs, they require regular brushing to prevent matting and reduce shedding Get your golden retriever used to brushing from a young age and make it a part of your daily routine.
Use a natural bristle brush to groom your golden retriever’s fur. You may also need to get a wire bristle brush and a greyhound comb to deal with tangles in your golden retriever’s fur.
Brush all surfaces of your golden retriever. Brush his back, sides, stomach, tail, chest, and ears daily. As you brush your golden retriever, check for fleas and ticks in his fur.
Watch for scabs, scratches, redness, lumps, bumps, or cysts as well. If you spot anything unusual, keep an eye on it for a couple of days. If it does not go away, or if it grows bigger or concerns you, then contact your veterinarian.
Do not shave your golden retriever’s fur in an effort to keep him cool. A golden retriever’s double coat is meant to protect him for all sorts of weather conditions, including heat.
Clean and inspect your golden retriever’s ears. Golden retrievers have floppy ears, which puts them at a higher risk of getting an ear infection. Inspect and clean your golden retriever’s ears regularly, especially after he has been swimming.
To clean your golden retriever’s ears, wrap a piece of damp (not wet) cotton gauze around your finger and use it to wipe the inside of your golden retriever’s ear and ear flap.
Do not use cotton swabs or stick gauze deep inside your golden retriever’s ears.
Check your golden retriever’s ears often to check for debris and wax buildup.
If you notice wax buildup, a foul smell, or discharge coming from your golden retriever’s ears, take him to see the veterinarian as soon as possible.