TRAINING

Golden Retriever Training - A GR being taught to sit

Need help and advice on training your Golden Retriever?

This section of Totally Goldens contains all the articles written on Golden Retriever training and aims to become the ultimate resource on the web for such information.

From crate training, to toilet, potty or house training. From basic obedience training to discussion of different training methods and techniques, you will find it all here.

Introductory Training Articles

Before training your Golden Retriever, it’s good to know a little theory, to know the ‘why’, ‘what for’, and ‘how’ before getting into some actual training.

For an interesting look at why regularly training your Golden Retriever is so important, and the benefits it offers to both you and your dog, please read:

Many people wonder when the time is right to start training their puppy. Is there such a thing as too young? Should you wait a few weeks or months? To answer I’ve written the following article:

If you’re looking to learn a little about dog training methods, how they work, why they work, and why we train the way we do, I’ve written the following article:

Obedience Training Your Golden Retriever

A well behaved dog is a joy to be around and is welcomed by all in far more places than a dog who is out of control. But a dog can never learn how to behave properly without guidance from their owner.

Obedience training is teaching your Golden Retriever just a few basic commands that if they reliably follow, allows you to provide this guidance, to steer them through life safely, keeping them form ever being a nuisance or a danger to themselves or others.

The following articles discuss the basics of obedience training before taking you step by step through training techniques to achieve a happy and obedient dog.

Golden Retriever Puppy Training

One of the very first things we have to do is train our puppy their name. If we can’t get their attention, we can’t ask them to do anything else.

We also need to introduce them slowly to a leash and collar, so they are happy to wear them as soon as possible.

Learn how to do this in the following articles:

Crate Training Your Golden Retriever

Training your Golden Retriever to love using a crate is one of the best and most beneficial things you can do for both you and your dog.

With this in mind, I’ve written the following articles to detail why it’s so important and take you step by step from the absolute beginning to a successfully crate trained dog.

House Training Your Golden Retriever

House training is the process of teaching your dog appropriate toilet habits, whether that be outside of your home (most likely) or a particular spot inside your home that you’ve chosen.

These next articles will teach you everything you need to know to have your dog pottying only where you want them to in no time at all. Starting with introductory information, leading onto a complete step-by-step ‘how-to.’

Recommended Comprehensive Training Course

Dogg Dans The Online Dog Trainer is a very popular, positive, force free, comprehensive, effective and great value course.

With it you can learn to train your Golden, solve behavior problems and join a community of dog owners traveling the same journey.

We are very happy to recommend this course, and you can find out why here:

See What You Can Achieve By Just 10 Weeks Of Age!

The following video is a great example of what can be achieved with your puppy by just 10 weeks of age!

I’m showing this as an example of how intelligent and keen they are to learn and follow our guidance.

This Golden Retriever puppy will have been trained these skills in just a few short training sessions per day over the course of a couple of weeks.

Useful Resources

For further information on general dog care and training, please see the following very high quality, useful websites:

Golden Retriever Training Archive

Listed in date order, most recently published on top, with image and short introductory text.

At the bottom of the page you’ll also find links to previous pages of posts

Please dig through the archive…I’m sure you’ll find the articles informative and useful.

How to train your golden to give or drop written beside a man trying to get a tennis ball from a golden retriever

Train Your Golden to Give or Drop Any Item on Cue

All dogs are different but if there’s one thing that every Golden Retriever loves doing, it’s putting things in their mouth. Usually this is playful and harmless — chewing on their favorite toy, for instance — but sometimes you’ll catch them gnashing down on something inappropriate, like your brand new pair of shoes! While it’s impossible to completely stop your Golden picking things ...

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House training the ultimate guide written beside a golden retriever puppy

House Training Guide – For a Puppy or Dog of Any Age

House training your puppy is without doubt one of the most basic and essential bits of living a happy life side-by-side with your dog. When your new golden retriever puppy bounces into your life, they have no idea about the details of toileting. In fact, they’re more than happy to go whenever the mood strikes anywhere in your home. They ...

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Leash training a golden retriever puppy in orange harness pulling on the leash

Leash Training Your Golden Retriever for No More Pulling!

If you’ve ever had family, friends or even perfect strangers on the street joke that your Golden Retriever is walking you and not the other way around, you know what it’s like to have a leash-pulling problem. Leash pulling can happen in puppies and adult dogs, and if it happens to you long enough can begin to feel like there’s nothing ...

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Side view of a golden retriever sitting with a human hand in view

Proofing and Generalization – Making Your Training Stick

Many owners will be familiar with that sinking feeling you get when you’re in a new environment and your dog forgets all their diligently worked training, appearing to regress back to puppyhood. If you’re wondering why your dog seems not to listen to you when you’re out and about, then wonder no more – you have neglected to proof your ...

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