English Cream Golden Retriever Socialization Checklist

English Cream Golden Retriever SocializationSocialization is an ongoing process of introducing your puppy to new environmental objects, textures, sounds, people, and situations. Each phase is important to approach with the understanding your dog is learning how each of the elements in their life happen and what they can expect as a result of it.

Begin socialization training as soon as your puppy comes home. Start with the home environment and work out from there into situations in the community.

At Home: Look at each of these areas and make a list of the objects, textures, sounds, people, and situations happening or potentially happening in that space.

If you miss something, or an unexpected situation arises, approach it as calmly as possible as if you had planned it, and use the same training methods you use when you plan a training session.

English Cream Golden Retriever Socialization Checklist

What objects, textures, sounds, people, scents, sights, and situations do you notice or anticipate in the following areas of your home and home life?

  • Sleeping area,
  • Play area,
  • Potty area,
  • Eating area,
  • Other pets,
  • People who live in the home,
  • People who visit or drop by (delivery people or friends for example)

People: Consider the age of people when socializing. Different ages of children, for example, might involve different skills for your pet to experience. Consider personalities of people, their occupations (uniforms for example), and be sure to have an observant eye to watch for any changes in your dog’s response to situations.

Socialization Sand

Example: One of the textures your puppy may encounter is sand. Sand is going to respond in different ways depending on the depth, moisture content, and other variables around it. One way to introduce sand to a puppy is in a sandbox in your backyard or on a playground in your community.

Socialization Benefits

The main reason to take an active part in Socialization Training with your dog is so he/she can develop a self confident and well adjusted character.

Socialization Umbrella

Umbrella example: Items such as umbrellas and grooming equipment are great to include on your socialization training checklist. There are times when your puppy will be around people who have these items and it would be helpful for him to understand and anticipate what to expect.

English Cream Golden Retriever Socialization Praising Positive Behaviors

Introduction to objects, textures, sounds, people, and situations can be facilitated using clickers and treats to get started. The primary focus for you (or your trainer) is to show positive and consistent praise whenever behavior you want is accomplished.

Introduce each item with the intent to allow your pet to become comfortable with the situation. Praise her for her positive behavior whenever she adapts. This can be in words, clicker sound, and treats. Celebrate a positive behavior and you will begin to see more of the same.

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English Cream Golden Retriever Dog Scouts

Dog Scout Group -Dog Scouts of America Media Press Information Photo Used with PermissionIn 1989 Dog Scouts of America was an idea for a camp for dogs. Over the years it has evolved into a community of dogs and their owners who have taken ‘obedience’ training to a whole new level.  The organization began as a Dog Camp, evolved into ‘Dog Scouts’, and eventually “Dog Scouts of America” with a simple yet remarkable mission.

“To improve the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training, and community involvement.” Dog Scouts of America Mission Statement 

 English Cream Golden Retriever Dog Scouts Troops Trips and Trainings

This is a remarkable organization to become involved in because it is fun! Also, dogs and their owners, who participate in the events, trainings, challenges, organized community services, and rallies, earn badges each step of the way.

The following video will show you a bit more about one of the events.

Dog Scouts Troop 107 River Trip

Happy Campers — Terri and Ty

Happy Campers Terri and Ty Dog Scouts of America Media Press Information Photo Used with Permission

As you can clearly see from the photo Ty is earning a lot of badges but, what stands out the most in this photo is the smiles. Training is a part of developing a relationship with our pets. When you have the opportunity to participate in organized programs, such as Dog Scouts, the training curriculum doesn’t look like a classroom anymore. Instead it is a journey, an adventure, and spending time together which both owner and pet are going to enjoy and cherish.

English Cream Golden Retriever Dog Scouts Training Plan

When you are planning your puppy’s training program we hope you will consider the Dog Scouts of America option. The myriad of results of this model for obedience training are closer relationships, happier people and pets, and the assurance you will remain the leader of the pack for your treasured pet. Giving pets our time and attention, meaningful work, praise and encouragement, all combine to enhance our journey together.

Young Learners Richelle and pup

Young Learners Richelle and pup - Dog Scouts of America Media Press Information Photo Used with Permission

Begin early and you will have the advantages of learning how to teach your pet along the way. The youngest members of the Dog Scouts of America are having just as much fun and they are also learning to play and work together more effectively.

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How Dog Scouts of America was Formed 

DSA Mission, Values and Vision 

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English Cream Golden Retriever Relationship Development

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy Relationship DevelopmentSpeaking the Same Language — Developing a relationship with your English Cream Golden Retriever puppy begins the first time you meet. As you become familiar with your puppy, it is an opportunity to teach him your language, the dialog you will use to communicate.

Consistent Communication

Consistency is a keystone right from the start. Praise should be consistently communicated and can be shown in a few ways, (the tone of your voice for example), it is especially important to have a uniform way to express immediate positive praise. One way to do this is with a sound, such as a clicker, followed by your verbal praise and a treat.

Clicker Training

A clicker creates a unique sound and has the potential to create positive communication. Pair this tool up with positive verbal praise and consistent repetition.  As your dog recognizes the connection between a specific behavior and the sound of the clicker, he will anticipate the sound as confirmation he or she is catching on. Your puppy naturally has a desire to please you. It is important to communicate specifically the behaviors you want to encourage so you can expect to see more of the behaviors which are pleasing to you

Relationship Development

Training is a development of your relationship with your pet. It is a communication which is a lot like learning a new language. First, in order to communicate there should be a set dialog to use. This includes the words you will speak and the sound you use (such as a clicker). Be consistent and use the same terms when you are communicating throughout the day during any activity.

English Cream Golden Retriever Relationship Development

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English Cream Golden Retriever Personality Overview

English Cream Golden Retriever Holly Blue Boy 6 weeks

There are variables to the following general observations about English Cream Golden Retriever personalities. They vary depending on the environment during the formative days, weeks, and years of a puppy’s life.

They are perhaps the innate characteristics which when nurtured will develop and endure. Understanding your puppy’s natural personality will help you to create and maintain an atmosphere which will nurture and support positive self confidence, social development, and the natural personalities which compel our adoration.


Golden Retrievers are Pack and People oriented dogs. They enjoy being in the company of members of the family and other pets in the home.

Include your puppy in the family’s daily routine. He/she is a part of the family and will enjoy playing while you are at play, resting while you are at rest, spending time alongside family, other pets, and being involved encourages team work and motivates a growing bond.


Golden Retrievers have a desire to please. This is why early positive praise for behavior you are pleased with will build your puppy’s self confidence and encourage more pleasing behaviors.


They adjust best when there is a routine and daily activities, such as play time, walking time, or nap time, can be anticipated. Routine gives our pets a sense of security. They recognize when to expect a change in the routine throughout the day. Making him/her a part of the transitions throughout the day will reinforce the sense of security as well.


English Cream Golden Retrievers enjoy activity such as walking and playing. As they grow up their level of activity will increase.

For the first 18 months ensure exercise isn’t exhaustive or forced. This will allow their bodies to fully develop before you take them on longer walks or jogging with you.

As you make your English Cream Golden Retriever a part of your life, your home, and your family, you will be creating an environment and a lifestyle which will instill personality traits to encourage for years to come.

Bringing Home a New Puppy Transition Tips

Bringing Home a New Puppy Transition Tips

Bringing Home a New Puppy

The transition of bringing home a new puppy is an important experience for everyone. This includes your new puppy, members of your family, other pets in your home, and visitors you have in your home during the transition time.

Prepare for Bringing Home a New Puppy

As soon as you know you will be welcoming a new puppy into your home, begin to prepare for the transition.  Include members of your family, other pets who live in your home, and visitors who may drop by. Here are a few ideas about how you can prepare for your new puppy.

Prepare Family Members, Other Pets, and Visitors:

  • Name your puppy. If you have picked out a name for your puppy, please let us know the name you have chosen. We will start using it and get him/her familiar with the sound.
  • Set up sleeping area. This needs to be a space where your puppy will not be disturbed. Create this space and include family members to plan and discuss this is a quiet zone where the new puppy will feel safe and secure.
  • Determine where your new puppy will eat.
  • Determine where your new puppy will potty. Consider other pets and how they will react to a new pet in the family.
  • Have toys and supplies ready. Your new puppy’s toys and play area can be prepared ahead of time so there will be consistency for your new puppy.
  • Practice how to hold a puppy. children may find it helpful to practice with other pets or stuffed toys.
    • –For small puppies, hold using one hand under the chest and the other under the hindquarters.
    • –For larger puppies, hold in a cradle position.

Bringing Your New Puppy Home – First Few Days Home

You will be excited and filled with anticipation as the day your new puppy is coming home arrives. Here are some ideas to help your puppy adjust to new surroundings during the first few days.

  • Keep your puppy under close supervision. Keep him/her safe and respond with praise to correct behaviors.
  • Take your puppy out to potty immediately after arriving home, and then again after eating, playing, napping, and about every two hours. Give your puppy time to learn this is the potty area. The American Kennel Club states a puppy will need to eliminate 15 minutes or less after playing, eating, or napping.
  • Involve family members in play time.
  • Limit visitors the first few days. This will help your puppy know who lives in his/her new home.

New Puppy Care – Continuity – Ongoing Plan

Avoid sudden changes to the environment unless they are unavoidable. When something needs to change give your puppy time to adjust. The transition period can vary depending on the approach to introduction and the age, personality, and self confidence of your puppy.


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