English Golden Retriever Puppy Developmental Program
Our English Cream Goldens are welcomed into the world in our home and raised indoors. We begin our Developmental Puppy Program at Birth with our Foundational Start Program.
Foundational Start at Wisteria Ranch
Each Wisteria English Cream Golden Retriever puppy receive lots of love, attention, socialization, and start on the concept of training. It is important to us to provide the best care and give them an excellent foundational start. We have built a solid reputation for providing quality care and healthy puppies.
We use a puppy development program by Puppy Culture -- a socialization and training program from the whelping box to going to their new homes, and also include our own experience for what works best for our breed and puppies.
Our routine is instrumental in giving each of our English Cream Golden puppies a great foundational start to become the best possible member of your family.
English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routine
Each week we introduce more concepts building upon the next one for growth and development.
Weeks 1 - 2 include being gently spoken to while being handled, cuddled, picked-up, and turned over. It is also during this time we do Early Neurological Stimulation, which helps to stimulate their immune system and develop a health startle/recovery process.
Week 3 the puppies are introduced to the grooming table and given “mock” grooming sessions. Toys are added to their daily to start the process of new novelty items.
Week 4, we open the doggy doors. This transition helps the mom to teach them how to “go potty” outdoors, which helps make housetraining your English Cream Golden Retriever puppy easier. We provide crates to their sleeping area with the doors open to start the introduction process. Puppies are spending time in the playroom and new places.
Weeks 5 – 6 , We start giving treats during this time. We have puppy parties in the yard (depending on weather) play on the stairs, use the vacuum, work with puppies on going potty outside, etc.
Week 7, we work with the collar and leash and spending more time in the crate, as well as the concept of training utilizing the clicker and treat.
Week 8 is time to go to their forever home. We recommend each family continue with the socialization and training process and continue to build on the foundational start we have provided with your puppy.
Living in the country provides excellent benefits of giving the puppies plenty of room to play; however, exposing them to city noises does present a challenge. We start playing classical music at three weeks of age, gradually exposing them to soft, gentle sounds. We play environmental CD’s at four weeks of age, exposing them to a variety of sounds such as babies crying, trash trucks, airplanes, gunshots, fireworks, and many more.
We start using “Through A Dog’s Ear” Cd’s while the puppies are nursing, conditioning them to this music while they are engaging in something enjoyable and positive. When introducing them to the crate, then play this music to help them associate it with something positive, which eases them into the crate training process.
We love receiving letters, pictures, and updates from our Wisteria Golden family members.
We have a fantastic community of Golden Retriever families on our Facebook Page — (Wisteria Goldens Facebook Page) and Instagram Page.
We invite you to read our blog, visit our website, our Facebook and Instagram Communities to help you decide if Wisteria Goldens is the right choice for you and your family. We believe that there is the right puppy for each family and honored if we can provide that for you.
If you have additional questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Interested in getting one of our puppies, want to put a deposit on one of our current or upcoming litters, or still have questions, please Contact Us!