If your child is asking for a new puppy, you may be having a hard time choosing the right breed. A Golden Retriever puppy would be a great choice for you. Below are four reasons why they make such great dogs.
They Are Great for Children
Golden Retrievers are very loving and friendly, and they are very good around children. They are not a hyper breed like some dogs are, and they will form a close bond with your child as they grow. Of course, as puppies they are playful so you should watch the dog around your child until the dog gets a little older. This is especially true if your child is very young.
They Train Easy
Golden Retrievers are known to be easy to train. According to the AKC (American Kennel Club), Golden Retrievers are the 4th smartest dog. Because of this, they are often used as service dogs. They are also very eager to learn and please their family. Take your new puppy to training classes when they are young to give them a great start in their learning. As their name says, they love to retrieve things. Your child and their dog will have a great time playing catch together. They are also generally easy to house train. If you plan to take your dog out in public, consider obedience training classes.
They Stay Close to You
Golden Retrievers love to be around their family, and they will follow your child around as they go throughout the house. They will lie at their feet while watching TV or lie by your child's bed while they are sleeping. You should not be surprised to find the dog in the bed with your child. They are not meant to be outside dogs, as they will become very unhappy if they are away from their family.
They Love Other Dogs
As long as your dog has had social time around other people, they get along well with other pets. This is great if you ever plan to purchase another dog or other type of pet in the future. You should be aware that they may become protective over their family for a short time until they know the other pet is not a danger.
As soon as you get your new puppy, take it to the veterinarian or an animal hospital for a good checkup, as well as get any immunizations they need. The veterinarian can set up an immunization schedule with you for the shots they need in the future.