We recommend Nylabones or sterilized beef
bones. Rawhide can be hazardous to your dog; swallowed in
large pieces it can cause damage to the esophagus or digestive
blockage. Large rope toys tied in knots on both ends are
good for dogs but watch that they don't chew off too much
at one time.
Goldens love to carry things around the house so give them
their own toys to retrieve. Do not be tempted to give them
an old sock, shoe or slipper. How can the dog tell the difference
between an old shoe and your new one? It can't! Good toy
choices for goldens are:
- Large latex squeaky toys and
balls. Some dogs can
chew up vinyl toys in a matter of minutes. Latex
toys are generally
sturdier and last a lot longer. Be sure to keep
and eye on squeaky toys and if your dog starts
chewing it apart take it away immediately. Normally
goldens will enjoy many hours of just holding the
latex toy in their mouth and going "squeak-squeak-squeak".
Fleece toys or stuffed animals specifically made
for dogs. Don't buy the cheapest ones you can find
- generally they are made of low quality fleece
and plush materials. Look for one that appears
pretty sturdy and well made. Goldens love to carry
these "babies" around in their mouths. Sometimes
they will carry more than one at once! Some dogs
are too destructive with these toys and start ripping
them apart - if you discover your dog does this,
consider another type of toy. Also beware many
plush toys have squeakers inside, and it is unsafe
to let your dog rip the toy apart and then possibly
be able to swallow the squeaker.
- Kongs, a large
red or black rubber hollow cone toy, are great for
goldens. You can put treats inside or a little bit
of peanut butter. The dog will spend a long time trying
to dig their treat out of the Kong. This is great to
give a dog as you leave the house to avoid separation
anxiety. It is also good to use for helping to settle
a dog into it's crate. Licking the inside of the Kong
is very soothing and keeps their mind off whatever
is making them anxious at that moment.
Don't overdo treats! Many dog treats are very unhealthy
as they have sugar, preservatives and chemicals in them.
Try good quality biscuits and treats such as those made by
Nutro and Nature's Recipe - all available at pet stores.
Or, order high-quality treats from Life's Abundance for home
delivery - you get a discount and GRRMF will receive a percentage
of the proceeds, so we all win! Visit our HPN Web
page to read more and get free samples. You can also feed
little pieces of raw veggies for treats such as baby carrots
or green beans.
Buy a wide nylon buckle style collar
with a parachute or conventional buckle or a rolled leather
buckle collar . Always
keep tags for identification on your dog's collars. Dogs
shouldn't wear a choke or prong collar except when they
are in obedience training or you are walking them on a
You can leave their buckle collar on with their identification
tags, and place the prong collar higher up on their neck.
Buy a high quality collar. Cheap ones don't last. There
are new halter style dog collars (such as "Gentle Leader")
that prevent the dog from pulling. These are meant to be
only when walking the dog and don't take the place of a
regular collar. Your obedience instructor can help show
you the proper
way to use a choke or prong collar. They must be put on
the dog correctly or injury can result.
Goldens are strong dogs and you need
a wide (3/4" - 1")
six foot leash for walking your dog. Use a leather or heavy
duty cotton web leash - they are easy on the hands. Leather
leashes seem stiff at first but they soon become pliable.
Flexi-Leashes (retractable leashes that extend from 6' -
16' or more) are good options for exercising your dog in
the park or your yard. Make sure you purchase one that has
the proper weight rating for a golden. It would be conservative
to purchase one rated for a 100 pound dog. Be careful when
using a Flexi-Leash in some situations - if the person operating
the leash doesn't know how to lock it properly, the dog could
run out into traffic and get in harms way. They are excellent
for exercising your dog and we recommend the "Flexi-Lead" brand
that is widely available in pet supply stores and catalogs.
Pet stores have all of the above supplies. If you are unable
to find these items at your local pet store, there are several
pet supply catalogs where you can purchase mail order. Here
are phone number of some companies if you would like to request
K. V. Vet Supply www.kvvet.com 1-800-423-8211
Drs. Foster and Smith www.drsfostersmith.com 1-800-826-7206
J-B Pet Wholesale www.jbpet.com 1-800-526-0388