Basics of Golden Retriever Training

Golden Retriever TrainingIt’s essential for Golden Retriever parents like you to know certain basic factors that determine your relationship with your Golden Retriever and can go a long way in training him effectively.

Before you begin training your Golden Retriever, it is absolutely essential that you build a loving bond with him. This is important as it helps you to understand his needs and instincts and also allows your Golden Retriever to have complete trust in you.

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How To Bond With Your Golden Retriever

Building a bond with your Golden Retriever is the first and the most crucial step involved in training him successfully. As soon as you bring your Golden Retriever home, you must first try to develop a caring and loving relationship with him in order to win his trust and confidence.

When Golden Retrievers are secure in the knowledge that they belong to the family, they are more likely to respond better to their owners’ training commands. Just like with any relationship, there must be mutual trust and respect between you and your Golden Retriever.

Trust takes time to develop and respect comes from defining boundaries and treating any breach of those boundaries with firmness and fairness.

Without enforceable limitations, respect can’t be developed. And when there is no respect, building a bond with your Golden Retriever is almost impossible.

4 Golden Rules To Building A Relationship With Your Golden Retriever :

  • Spend quality time together;
  • Take him out in the world and experience life together;
  • Establish and promote a level of mutual respect; and
  • Develop a way of communicating to understand each other’s needs.

Building a bond with your Golden Retriever will not only help you manage him better but will also make your Golden Retriever calm, quiet and an extremely well-adjusted pet.

Love Your Golden Retriever and He Will Love You back

Once you’re succesful in building a bond with your Golden Retriever, you can rest assured that training him and teaching him new and clever tricks will be a cakewalk.

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How Your Golden Retriever Learns…

Your Golden Retriever’s learning period can be divided into five phases:

The Teaching Phase – This is the phase where you must physically demonstrate to your Golden Retriever exactly what you want him to do.

The Practicing Phase – Practice makes Perfect. Once a lesson is learnt, practice with your Golden Retriever what you have just taught him.

The Generalizing Phase – Here you must continue practicing with your Golden Retriever in different locations and in an environment with a few distractions. You can take your Golden Retriever out for a walk, or to a nearby park and command him to practice whatever you’ve taught him.

Practicing the learned lessons in multiple locations and in the presence of small distractions will help him learn and retain lessons better .

The Testing Phase – Once you’re sure that your Golden Retriever has achieved almost 90% success….he responds correctly almost every time you give a command, you must start testing his accuracy in newer locations with a lot of distractions.

Example: Take him to the local shopping mall and ask him to obey your command. He may not come up with the correct response the very first time you do this, but you must not lose hope.

The idea is to test your Golden Retriever to see how he responds in an environment which is new to him. Set-up a situation where you are in control of the environment and your Golden Retriever.

There are only 2 possibilities:

  • Your Golden Retriever succeeds!!! (Trumpets please!)
  • In case your Golden Retriever fails, re-examine the situation. Review and/or change your training. Then try testing again.

Keep on testing until he succeeds. Follow the rule of the 3 Ps – patience, persistence, praise.

Internalizing PhaseFinally, comes the extremely rewarding phase where your Golden Retriever does everything he is taught to do even without your commands.


  • Never scold your Golden Retriever if he fails. It’s not his fault. You have failed as a trainer!
  • You must be patient and persistent for your efforts to show rewards.
  • Appreciate and love your Golden Retriever when he does it right! A little encouragement will work wonders for your Golden Retriever.

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