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GROOMING, EXERCISE, AND TRAINING

Wellington, age 3 years

Golden Retrievers do not require an extraordinary amount of grooming. Weekly coat brushing is recommended, plus trimming hair between pads of the feet and around the ears once a month. This lowers the risks of encountering a matted coat, hot spots, and infected ears. Cutting back toenails monthly will prevent toenails so long that your dog rocks back on it's paws, possibly causing orthopedic problems as it ages.

For the how-to's of grooming your Golden Retriever: On-line Grooming Tutorial. The GRCA would like to thank Joanne Lastoka for donation of these pages on Golden Retriever grooming.

Stone, age 10 weeks

Golden Retrievers are an active, energetic sporting breed.   Daily walks or free exercise are important to their physical and mental health, as well as socialization with other people and animals.

It is especially important not to force exercise Golden Retriever puppies during their first two years. Bone growth plates are still growing and might be injured during hard exercise. Swims, daily walks on soft surfaces, and casual short hikes on flat ground are great exercise for puppies. Avoid jogging, biking, trotting behind a moving car or steep climbs and descents with Golden Retrievers under the age of two.


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