Expert Advice: What You Need to Know Before Adopting


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SCGRR and Golden Bond Rescue are committed to finding the perfect homes for the dogs in their care. If you are a new dog owner, or new to the breed, there are some things you should know before you bring a Golden or other Retriever breed into your family.

♥ They shed. A lot.

♥ They love to follow you around the house. You will never be alone.

♥ They are not sorry they can reach counters and tabletops.

♥ They are not sorry for stealing food from surfaces they can reach.

♥ They will sniff out anything you try to hide from them (toys, treats, anything they love)

♥ Most Goldies love people.

♥ Most people love Goldies.

♥ They aim to please, which makes training fun and necessary to build a structure they can thrive in.

♥ You must make time for them. They need enrichment, activity, and training.

♥ Dog care is not inexpensive. Medical costs, dog sitter, dog daycare, dog training, grooming, all have a cost. Consider this before adopting.

♥ Do your research on the breed and educate yourself on common medical issues, behavior traits and challenges, and ask questions! The rescue welcomes your questions about anything relating to potential adoption, because they want a placement to be permanent and successful for you and the dog.

♥ Understand that most rescue dogs are rescues for a reason, be it neglect, poor care, never being trained, to name a few. So, they will make mistakes along the way, and it is up to you to understand that and help them with training and allowing them time to get used to their new home.

♥ Adopting a Golden or Retriever breed dog will bring you a million smiles, a wealth of joy, unconditional love on a level you could have never imagined.

Alicia Bailey
Alicia Bailey
Alicia Bailey is a writer specializing in animal welfare topics and issues. Prior to writing full time she spent 13+ years working in rescue and animal sheltering, holding leadership roles in both. She has worked with numerous local and national non-profit organizations including Best Friends Animal Society, NKLA, The Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Coachella Valley Animal Campus, and many others. Alicia is mom to 3 uniquely abled dogs, including @LittleBoogieShoes & @Bust.A.Moves.


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