English Cream Golden Retrievers are intelligent and incredibly loyal breeds, and they’re utterly adorable. You can spot these pups by their signature cream-colored coats that are many shades lighter than what you will see on a more traditional American golden retriever. If you are planning on housing one, you won’t be disappointed!
But if you are a new and emerging pet parent, you might find the idea of keeping a dog somewhat intimidating. With some research and the right preparatory steps, you will do great with your English Cream Golden Retriever! To assist you, we have developed a small guide that will take you from an under-experienced pet parent to a commendable dog owner! Read through this English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy Planning 101 to get ready to welcome your new puppy home.
English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy Planning 101
Finding the Right English Cream Golden Retriever Breeder
The very first step to take is finding the right breeder. You may wonder if you could get one from a dog rescue, but that is highly unlikely. The English Cream Golden Retriever breed is rarely found at rescues or shelters. It can even be difficult to find them among breeders, especially those that are qualified, pet-focused, and professional. We also would not recommend working through a puppy broker, as they frequently get their puppies from puppy mills. Your best bet is to find a breeder that specializes in the breed and has English Cream Golden Retriever puppies for sale to ensure you are purchasing a happy, healthy puppy.
Choosing your English Cream Golden Retriever breeder is just as important as choosing your puppy. Puppies from irresponsible breeders may not be what the breeder claims they are. Oftentimes these puppies are also more prone to health problems as they age. Irresponsible breeders may skip screening parent members for health issues before breeding, which is unethical. In short, such breeders should be avoided.
You will also want to know about how the pups are born and raised. How the breeder handles the puppy, has the puppy been vaccinated, and so on. The right breeders will be positive, open, and honest with you and give detailed answers regarding how their breeding program works.
With the right breeders, you as the buyer oftentimes have to pass their own screening! They won’t sell their puppies to just anybody and prefer for their puppies to go to secure, welcoming homes.
Choose Your English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy
Once you have chosen a breeder, you can now move on to choosing your puppy! Some breeders may have a waitlist, so it’s always helpful to plan in advance for when you’re looking to bring your dog home!
The breeder will most likely introduce you to a litter of available English Cream Golden Retriever puppies and have you select the one you like. If you’ve done your research to find the right breeder, it’s hard to go wrong when choosing the right puppy! There’s no real trick: pick the one that’s the cutest to you!
Some breeders may give you the option of training, so that when you’ve finally got your puppy, they are potty-trained, has gone through socialization with other dogs and people, and are basically just a cute angel that loves you. Without training, you as the pet parent will have to go through those steps: potty-training, crate-training, behavior and safety regarding territorial behavior and food, and so on.
You can look out for small things, however. For instance, see how they react around their littermates and see their energy levels. Are they dominant around their littermates? Are they barking too much? You will also want to see how they react to outsiders; are they curious or fearful? These small observations may give you insight into the slowly budding personality of the puppy.
If you don’t have the opportunity to meet your puppy before bringing them home, ask your breeder if they can provide you with more insight on their behavior and health, or send you videos!
A visit to the vet should already be scheduled as soon as you get a puppy. A vet will give your puppy a physical examination to root out any problems he may have been born with or similar medical issues. You will also be able to discuss when your puppy should be spayed or neutered. But aside from this all, you need to give special attention to puppy vaccinations.
Vaccinations will protect your puppy from dangerous and deadly dog diseases. Most breeders may have your puppy initially vaccinated, but if they haven’t, you need to get your puppy vaccinated as soon as possible. After that, you will have to get your puppy booster shots annually for the remainder of their lives. Until you can confirm that your puppy is properly vaccinated, keep them shielded from stray animals and other dogs that may be carrying diseases.
Even with your dog healthy, you should keep a list of the nearest emergency animal hospitals ready. This way, if your puppy ever gets injured, you will be ready to make sure your puppy gets the help he needs on time.
Puppy Proof Your Home
The next step is to prepare your home for your new puppy. Soon after you bring your puppy into your home they’ll be running around and exploring their new surroundings, especially if they has a curious nature. So, you must ensure your environment is safe for your puppy to walk around.
- You should start by covering your wire cords and power cables. A growing puppy may develop chewing and biting habits which can be dangerous if they start chewing on stray power cables.
- Next, make sure your bags, your medications, and even your trash are not easily exposed. Sadly, pets are inadvertently and accidentally poisoned every year by ingesting toxic substances found in them.
- You also want to remove any poisonous herbs or plants from around the house; not all are safe for dogs.
- Keep an eye out for low-hanging fruit: your puppy will want to test you! Anything on a low table or countertop that looks like it could be food or a toy should be considered. Push sensitive or breakable items into the center of tables or countertops and out of reach of dogs.
- Initially, you may want to consider limiting your English Cream Golden Retriever puppy’s movement inside your home. You can gate off areas to prevent them from getting into these areas and make their space larger over time.
Prepare for Grooming Needs
Keeping your puppy groomed is one of your many responsibilities as a pet parent. To keep your English Cream Golden Retriever’s coat and skin healthy, be careful to feed them high-quality dog food. You also need to purchase a good dog shampoo and a dog brush. If your dog’s coat is maintained correctly, it will help protect its skin and coat for years to come.
While your puppy’s coat will have a self-cleaning quality, we still recommend that you brush your dog’s coat at least a few times a week. This will remove any dried mud and dirt and remove any dead hair that can build up over time.
As for shampooing, use a puppy-friendly shampoo, and do not overbathe your dog. Rinse out the shampoo thoroughly whenever you use it. As a rule of thumb, you should bathe your dog at least once every 30 days or so. Overbathing can dry out your dog’s skin and lead to fur breakage.
Based on your dog’s behaviors and needs, you may need to visit the groomer or brush them out more or less frequently than advised here. Every dog is different, and for some pet parents that have dogs that love rolling around in the mud, a consistent supply of shampoo or a membership to a local self-wash station may not be a bad idea!
Necessary Pet Supplies
You may already be listing supplies to have ready for your new puppy. Some essentials you should be adding include:
- Water bowls and food bowls that are easily washed and won’t break cheaply.
- An identification tag with your dog’s name, complete address, and contact number
- Plenty of chew toys, as your puppy will have a habit of chewing as he starts teething. If you want to save your furniture, you should stock up on plenty of puppy chew toys.
- A dog bed – one with a removable, washable cover, is a good choice.
- A dog harness, leash, and collar to secure them for when you go on walks.
- Grooming supplies such as a nice shampoo, a brush, a nail clipper, a doggy blow dryer (if their coats get too big, they may need a little assistance to dry them), and a dog toothbrush and toothpaste, trimming shears, and ear cleaning solutions.
- Treats! Treating your dog when he’s performing well is the best way to instill positive behavior early on.
- Can’t forget toys! Over time you’ll find out if your dog prefers puzzle toys, heavy-duty chewables, squeakers, tennis balls, or any of the myriad options available at your local pet supplies store.
Bond with Your Cream Golden Retriever
As soon as your puppy enters your home, you want to start bonding with them. This should really be no issue at all! The puppy-parent relationship is a special one; invest in it as much as you can and cherish every moment. This includes making extra time for your puppy on your schedule. Once you are home from your day-to-day activities, it’s a good idea to find a fixed period you will spend with your puppy. Not only will this help strengthen your bond but also help your furry buddy become more comfortable around you, and grow more secure with their daily routine. This could include playtime, a walk, a trip to the park, or a playdate with another neighboring puppy.
If you plan to play games with your puppy, keep them short and simple at the start. Be sure to treat them whenever your puppy performs well and offer words of encouragement. English Cream Golden Retrievers love that sort of encouragement!
This is considered a vital part of their socialization periods when the puppy starts engaging with their surroundings. This includes other pets, pet owners, and visitors. Remember, a well-socialized puppy is a more behaved, relaxed puppy that will be safe around intrusions on their environments such as other dogs, people, or children.
Keep Track of Growth Milestones
As a responsible pet parent, you must closely track your puppy’s growth milestones. Pet parents play a vital role in how fast their puppies achieve these goals.
At first, they will probably not be able to sleep through the night, and this can last until they get to about 4 months of age. They will also soon start teething and develop a habit of chewing or biting on things to relieve the pain. You’ll also find that your puppy starts growing at a rapid rate upon reaching 6 months. Then the growth period may slow down considerably. By the 1 year mark, English Cream Golden Retrievers will have usually reached their full height. But there is still plenty of training and mental growth left to do, even if they seem mature.
Training Your Cream Golden Retriever Puppy
Don’t wait for your puppy to start showing behavioral issues before you start training them. You should train your puppy early on. Having your English Cream Golden Retriever learn to sit, stay and come when you call by their name are basic tasks you should start with. Then you can go on to more complex tasks such as potty-training, fetch, drop, roll over, shake, and all sorts of other creative tricks. If your dog does well, you can slowly start teaching games that use fun toys for enrichment.
Remember to make this as enjoyable for the puppy as can be. They should associate it with fun and not something they dislike. Just give them loads of love, plenty of treats, and kind words of encouragement!
Planning for a puppy is a big undertaking! There are a lot of things to consider. If you think you’re ready to bring home an English Cream Golden Retriever puppy, we hope you’ll consider Majestic Manor Goldens!
Majestic Manor Goldens is a family-run, premiere breeder of English Cream Golden Retrievers. We proudly raise healthy, great-tempered dogs for years of love, licks, and loyalty. If you are looking for a professional, reputable, pet-first English Cream Golden Retriever breeder, you’re in the right place. Contact us today to learn more and get started!