Here’s the information about how you can bring home a new golden retriever puppy.
Puppies are born in around two months after the dog is bred.
Puppies need to be 8 weeks old before joining their new family.
Filling out our puppy interest form is the first step to bringing home a golden puppy in the future. This step allows us to make sure all homes who want a puppy are a good fit for golden retrievers. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) says that over 3 million dogs are taken into shelters in the Unites States every year. While some of these situations are unavoidable, many could be prevented if potential owners of pets knew what they were up against in the responsibility of owning a dog. While golden retrievers are rarely seen at pet shelters, there are things prospective owners should keep in mind before bringing home a golden. We have outlined a few of them below for you:
Dogs can be expensive
With any dog, there are certain expenses which are unavoidable. Keeping up-to-date on all preventative care is important for your dog’s long-term health, and that starts with a visit to your veterinarian within a week of bringing your puppy home. Your new puppy also has a curiosity that can land him back at the vet’s office for more expensive work (we use this pet insurance). You’ll also need to factor in the cost of food (bigger dogs eat more), toys, treats, crates and travel necessities, and more.
Training, grooming, and exercise take time
Golden retrievers need daily exercise to stay physically fit. 30 minutes to an hour of activity is recommended. Mental stimulation is also important for growing golden retriever puppies, and daily training is important. Grooming is important, especially during shedding seasons. It is suggested that you groom goldens once a week.
Retrievers like space
While owning a golden retriever doesn’t mean you have to live in the country, having some space the them in your backyard to run around and play a game of fetch certainly helps.
Once you’ve gone through the screening process and are cleared to be on the waiting list, a deposit is required to hold your place in line. Our non-refundable deposit is $500, but can be transferred to the next available litter if you’d like a little bit more time to bring home your new family member.
All of our puppies come with AKC registration (limited). Full AKC registration (for breeding purposes) is allowed only with additional screening and will incur additional cost.
Click here to add the Puppy Deposit to your cart
Puppy is Born
Once your deposit is in, you’ll be contacted as soon as we near breeding time for a litter you might be eligible for. From breeding time, puppies will be born in around 62 days, or 2 months. Once the puppies are born, we begin to get them used to the things they’ll encounter on a daily basis in your home. As they begin to grow, we will post and send you pictures to keep you in the loop and give you memories to cherish for years to come.
When the new puppies turn six weeks old, we begin the selection process. Selections are made based on when deposits have been submitted and how many of each gender have been born. You can choose your puppy in person if you live in or near Spokane, Washington – or we can help you choose the best companion for your family by video chat (we can use FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc). We want to make sure you’re paired with the best pet for you and your family.
Of course, if you have any questions along the way we’ll be happy to answer them and help you prepare your home for the new puppy.
Puppy Goes Home
This is what you’ve been waiting for! Once a puppy has been born, it needs another 8 weeks (2 months) until it’s ready to leave and go home to it’s new family.
New Puppy Care Pack
Each of our puppies goes home with a new puppy care pack which includes some things that will help them to make the transition to their new home as easy and comfortable as possible. These items include a week’s worth of food (they will need to transition to a new food if you plan to change it), something they can smell that reminds them of “home” – like a towel or blanket, and a free Ruffly Golden t-shirt (we’ll need to know what style and size shirt you want).
Getting them Home
The first choice is to be able to pick up your puppy in person here in Spokane, Washington.
The second best option is for you to travel with your new puppy. Most airlines will allow you to carry your puppy on-board with you as you travel back home using an airline-approved mesh bag stored underneath the seat in front of you. Usually the charge is between $85-150 to bring your dog on board. Delta airlines will not allow you to travel with a puppy less than ten weeks old, so you’ll probably need to fly on a different airline if you’re coming to travel with your new pet.
Alternatively, we can send them anywhere in the country with the airline that works best (at our discretion) depending on where in the country you live and the time of year. Whenever possible, we will use Alaska Airlines Pet Connect animal travel program, unless there is a direct flight available on either American or United (we do not transport with Delta, and Southwest only allows dogs on-board with a passenger).
Caring for your golden
Getting your new golden retriever puppy home is just the start of a lasting, loving friendship with your new family member. Learn more about how to care for your dog at different life stages to provide the best care possible. If for any reason you are not able to provide the care needed for your golden, we will take him/her back unconditionally.