Those of you who want a Golden Retriever but aren’t ready to go through the trials and tribulations of a puppy should look into adopting an older Golden. Older Golden Retrievers are mature, and prove to be great in homes where they need to spend a good amount of time by themselves. They are a very adjustable breed, being good tempered. No matter how old the Golden may be, he will quickly become a valued member of your family in little to no time at all.
Many times, breeders will have older dogs for sale. There are several reasons for this, which include show dogs that have lost their potential, studs that have been used for breeding, female Goldens that have been bred a few times then retired, or other types of special conditions where a breeder is helping a friend get rid of their Golden Retriever. There are other reasons as well, although whatever they may be - the adult Golden Retrievers will be available to anyone who wants them.
Most older Golden Retrievers are already housebroken, and know a lot of behavior patterns and how to adapt to a new and loving family. Although it will be a little hard on your new dog at first, if you give them plenty of love, attention, and patience, they’ll be just fine. You need to keep reassuring your new Golden on a regular basis, and let them know that you are their new owner and that you love you and you are glad they're a member of your family.
If you have been thinking of adopting an older Golden Retriever, you should make sure that you learn everything you can about them. You should also determine their temperament, and whether or not it’s compatible with your family. You should also learn important things as well, such as their diet, likes, dislikes, daily routine, and their habits. Before you decide to take them, you should always make sure that the members of your family meet them as well, so you can talk it over and decide whether or not everyone wants the dog to be a member of your family.
With an older dog, you need to take care of them for the first few days, and let them know where everything in your home is. You’ll need to show them where they sleep, where they should use the bathroom, and where their food and water is. Take your time and be patient with them, as this will normally take a few days to learn how things work in your home.
You should always give your new Golden Retriever at least a month or so to get used to their new environment, before you start any new obedience training. Even though your new dog may have some prior obedience training, you should still enroll them in a new class. This way, they can brush up on their training and you can work with them to help understand what you expect. Once you have finished training, they’ll understand your commands better and you and they will get along just fine.
All Golden Retrievers, regardless of their age, love attention. Older Golden’s on the other hand, may have medical problems that you aren’t aware of. You shouldn’t let this stop you from getting one though, simply because the rewards that you’ll find are far greater than any cons that may come to mind. Although many people don’t give a lot of thought to getting an older Golden Retriever - they are perfect for families who don’t want to put up with the time and troubles of raising a puppy.