THE BIG QUESTION IS WHETHER YOU ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SAY A HEARTY YES TO YOUR ADVENTURE. -Joseph Campbell
We know that you have many questions about adopting and caring for your new puppy. We have tried to answer a few of them here on this page. If you have questions that we have failed to answer don't hesitate to contact us!
Q: What do I get when I buy a puppy from Magical Goldens?
A high quality bred AKC English Cream Golden Retriever or Standard Goldendoodle with capabilities of becoming a therapy dog, service dog, show dog, or loyal family companion.
A puppy packet containing the puppy's registration application, microchip registration (if applicable), vaccination and worming schedule.
A USB with pictures of your puppy from birth to 1 week before date of pickup or shipment.
A starter bag of puppy food.
A collar and leash
A favorite toy and a blanket that smells like mama.
A lifetime of friendship and support.
Q: What will I need to bring my puppy home?
Food and water bowls.
Old towels or blankets
Puppy shampoo and grooming brush
Training clicker (recommended)
Crate large enough to provide for puppy growth
Q: What food do we feed our dogs and puppies?
We feed all of our dogs Victor High Pro Plus for active dogs and puppies. Victor Hi-Pro Plus is a nutrient-dense, multi-meat formula packed with USA sourced beef, chicken, pork, and fish. Every bag consistently provides the high levels of quality protein and sustained energy needed for growing puppies, pregnant and lactating females, and high performing dogs to be at their very best. This formula contains the nutrients essential for supporting a healthy pet, specifically: vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, protein and amino acids. Victor High Pro Plus is available on chewy.com
Q: How often should I bathe my puppy?
We recommend you bathe your puppy/dog once a month. If more frequent baths are needed use a soap-free or moisturizing shampoo to prevent the skin from becoming dry. Do not bathe your puppy more than once a week, unless recommended by your vet.
Q: How large will my puppy be when he/she is full grown?
The average weight of the English Cream Golden Retriever dog ranges between 55 to 80 lbs. with the females normally a bit smaller than the males.
Males are generally 23-24 inches tall and females generally 21-22 inches tall.
Golden Retrievers usually reach their full height by one year of age, and their mature weight by two.
Our Goldendoodle’s adult weight usually ranges between 45-60 lbs.
Q: How do I train my new puppy?
We raise our puppies with the Puppy Culture protocol and we highly recommend that you purchase the "new puppy owner" version of this program so that you can continue with this program after your puppy goes home with you. The dvd's and workbook can be purchased at www,puppyculture.com. We feel that you will be pleased with the results of using this program. We also recommend that each new puppy owner enrolls their puppy in Basic Obedience Training classes at approximately 14-16 weeks of age, and later follow up with an Advanced Obedience Training Course. Well trained dogs are happier dogs. They love to learn and are so eager to please.
BasicObedience Classes Provide:
Basic obedience training for puppies
Continued socialization with other pups/dogs/people
Bonding between puppy and family through training
Training skills for family members
Overall good experiences for both puppy and family!
Q: How much exercise should I give my new puppy?
Remember this puppy rule - For every month of age increase activity by 5 minutes. For example: an 8 week old puppy only needs 10 minutes of physical activity a day, a 6 month old puppy only needs 30 minutes a day of physical activity!
It takes awhile for puppies bones to grow and make a proper boney joint. This is why you should never let puppies jump, walk up/down stairs, over exercise, or over train. Doing too much impact activity at a young age can cause serious issues such as hip dysplasia later in life, or even at a young age.
Physical activity includes - going for a walk, training, playing fetch, running, playing with other dogs, etc.
Q: Why is imprinting important?
Puppies are very impressionable for the first 16 weeks of life. We take the care and responsibility of our puppies very seriously and we realize that our care is all that they will know during those first formative weeks. It is our goal to introduce them to a world of healthy discovery, good behavior, and positive experiences. Both positive and negative experiences are etched into their memories that will enormously impact what kind of companion that puppy will ultimately be.
Puppies imprint to:
Their litter mates
This process builds trust between the puppy, owner, and environment and this trust builds confidence and relationships, encouraging healthy development. We focus on human touch: gentle handling, providing a warm comfort, and introducing them to our touch and smell. They are exposed to daily challenges, sounds, environments, car rides, children, strangers, grooming/baths, veterinary checks, and a host of other socialization practices.
Q: What are the characteristics of the English Cream Golden Retriever?
Relaxed, fun loving and loyal natures.
Intelligent and highly trainable in many different areas.
Excellent swimmers. They have an instinctive love for the water.