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Begin preparing for your new arrival!  Here I provide a detailed list of items you may want to purchase in advance of your puppy coming home.

Your Vet is your partner when it comes to the health care of your companion.  It is important to put thought into who your Veterinarian will be and what kind of vet care you expect.

Your puppy/dog’s diet is very important to maintain good health. It is very important for you to choose a dog food that has high quality ingredients.  Learn how to choose the best food!

Well-rounded, healthy pups need a well-rounded , healthy diet and dry kibble is not enough.  Learn about the benefits of these important supplements.

Training is essential and it begins the moment you pick your puppy up.  Start preparing today to guarantee success.

It is our hope that we never have to deal with canine diseases such as cancer or hip dysplasia.  However, knowing the prevalence of these health problems makes it our responsibility to learn more and do whatever we can to prevent them.

Diseases and reconsidering conventional - even indoctrinated - 'wisdom' can be really difficult to talk about.  Desexing dogs and cats has become something we don’t think twice about, but should we?

Proper puppy socialization is essential to raising a happy and well-balanced dog.  This socialization must happen before your puppy is 16 weeks old.

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The GRCA provides puppy referral as a convenience to puppy buyers to find out about breeders who are GRCA members and their litters. GRCA takes no responsibility whatsoever for any puppies/dogs that you may acquire through GRCA puppy referral. GRCA is not responsible for any breeder’s sale practices and sales contracts, nor will GRCA be involved in any manner in contract disputes between puppy buyers and breeders. Availability of puppies and conditions of sale are at the sole discretion of the individual breeder. Buyers are encouraged to readACQUIRING A GOLDEN RETRIEVER, as found on the grca.org web-site, for general information about obtaining a puppy, to take as much time as necessary to locate a reputable breeder from whom they feel comfortable purchasing a puppy, and to investigate breeders and their puppies thoroughly before committing to a purchase. You are not obligated to purchase a puppy from the breeders whose names you obtain from GRCA puppy referral