What You Should Know Before Owning a Retriever

Owning a RetrieverRetrievers are one of the most popular choices for a family dog and companion dog. They are also in high demand with game hunters, since they are the perfect hunting companion. Chances are you have fallen in love with an adorable Retriever and you want to bring him or her home immediately. While this is understandable, you should learn more about Retrievers before you choose to own one.

  • They Crave Attention – Retrievers are not the type of dog you put in the backyard and forget about. Actually know dog deserves that, especially Retrievers. This is because they are highly sociable and crave attention and companionship from their owner. Whether you are seeking to bring home a Retriever to be a family dog, companion or to assist with hunting tasks, you will want to make sure you have plenty of time in your schedule to bond with your dog.
  • Large Space Required – Retriever pups are cute small and furry, but these adorable creatures grow quickly and need plenty of space to stretch his or her legs. You will want to make sure you have a fenced in yard for your Retriever to exercise in or you may be an apartment dweller that has plenty of access to outdoor open space such as a park.
  • They Chew on Objects – Retriever pups take about three years to become adults. During this time frame your pup will be going through stages in life that often times cause him or her to chew on objects. While these objects are usually toys, there are times your Retriever may chew on furniture, shoes, clothes and anything else in sight. You will need to puppy proof your home and keep objects out of reach during this time in your Retrievers life.
  • Easy to Train – Retrievers are highly intelligent and easy to train. While every pup learns at his or her own pace, you can be assured that eventually they will understand and adhere to your rules. The training process will require dog owners to be patient as your Retriever learns at his or her own pace.
  • They Eat Large Portions – Since your Retriever is going to quickly grow into adulthood, they are a large breed that requires plenty of healthy food. This means you will be purchasing dry and wet dog food and healthy delicious treats on a regular basis. Providing a Retriever with the required amount of food for their age, size and health status can become costly over the years.

Sweet, kind, gentle Retrievers also have an enthusiasm for life. This enthusiasm and energy needs to be burned off on a daily basis. Otherwise it can cause your Retriever to have negative behavior. Before you choose to own a Retriever make sure you feel confident that you will have time in your schedule to provide daily exercise such as long walks or visits to a dog park. Make your decision to own a Retriever carefully and feel confident that you can provide him or her with a happy, healthy life.

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The article, What You Should Know Before Owning a Retriever was originally posted on June 15, 2016 and was last updated on June 15, 2016. It was posted in the category, RetrieverBreeds Site News with the Tags: , , ,

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