Aftercare

Caring for your Golden Retriever

On this page you will find some essential information on caring for your golden retriever.

What do i feed my Golden Retriever?

Your goldens performance, health, and longevity depend upon what you choose to feed them.  They are an extremely active dog with a ravenous appetite. To satisfy your dog’s nutritional needs and ensure that their golden coat remains lustrous, they need to be fed a high-quality diet that provides all the necessary ingredients your dog needs to thrive in life.

Here at Gallaghers Goldens, we feed our dogs “Redmills” made from the finest natural ingredients, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Our puppies are fed with “Classic Breeder Mother and Puppy”. This dog food can be used from initial pregnancy up to weaning the pups.

It is a good idea to set a schedule to feed your golden retriever as many goldens have a tendency to overindulge. Adult dogs can be fed once a day, but it is better to feed smaller meals twice a day.  Very young puppies should be fed three or four times a day, on a regular schedule.  Feed them as much as they care to eat in about 15 minutes. From the age of three to six months, pups should be fed three times daily, and after that, twice daily.  You should monitor your Goldens weight to ensure a healthy muscular lean body.  Water is essential for your dogs health and wellbeing.  

Grooming

Grooming of your dog is not only important for the sake of beauty it also can prevent serious health problems. Just as with people, good grooming involves more than an occasional brushing of the hair. Keeping the nails, teeth, eyes and ears well groomed is just as, if not more, important.

The Golden Retriever has a double-layered coat, with an inner layer and an outer one. The inner coat is short and cropped to the body, its function to protect the dog by keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer. By contrast, the second coat is slightly wavy and a little longer. This is the one that requires regular care. Golden retrievers have strong, fast-growing nails that require regular trimming or grinding to prevent overgrowth, splitting, and cracking. Teeth should be regularly brushed with a dog-specific toothpaste.

Exercise

Golden retrievers are energetic dogs that require regular exercise.  Make sure that you take your golden retriever for a 20 to 30 minute brisk walk twice per day or play some games with him in your backyard for an equivalent amount of time.  

Keep in mind that younger dogs will need even more exercise. Goldens love to play catch and adore swimming.  As your Golden is an intelligent breed of dog make sure that you provide him with stimulating toys to keep him happy.  

Health of your Golden

Along with a nice healthy diet we recommend that you protect your goldens health with yearly vaccinations.  

We vaccinate all of our goldens against Parvovirus, Coronavirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Bordetella.  

If you plan on your dog staying in kennels they should be vaccinated against kennel cough.

All of our goldens have yearly eye tests and once they are 12 months old they are hipscored.

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