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What are some tips for caring for golden retriever puppies?

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The first step in providing a safe, comfortable home for a golden retriever puppy is to buy all of the necessary supplies before bringing the dog home for the first time. This includes food and water bowls, a leash and collar, identification tags, a dog crate, age-appropriate toys and a bed.

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Golden retrievers are smart and easy to house train; nevertheless, if someone is not able to take the puppy outside every 2 to 4 hours, it needs a place to relieve itself indoors. Dogs instinctively do not soil where they sleep, so confining the dog to a small space, such as an uncarpeted room or its crate, with its bed and a puppy pad helps ensure that it relieves itself in the appropriate place. Taking the dog outside every two hours during the day and praising it lavishly each time helps reinforce house training as well.

The puppy needs to see a veterinarian for a health check within 24 to 48 hours of arriving at its new home. If it hasn't yet received all of its vaccinations, keep it away from public areas, such as parks and pet stores, and don't let it socialize with other dogs.These precautions help protect the puppy from canine parvovirus, a highly contagious infection that is often deadly in puppies and young dogs.

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