Golden Retriever - Please tell me EVERYTHING
Heck! Tell me everything about bringing a new puppy home.
We are FINALLY ready to get a dog, and I am SO excited. It'll be my first (I've had cats for years) and DH's 927th (he grew up on a farm in Iowa). DS is old enough now, 6, and the house is almost done. I work a staggered schedule so I'm home by 2:30, it's perfect timing.
We're going to see the mommy this weekend, and put a deposit down for a planned Spring litter. We originally wanted to rescue (cause that's what we've always done with our cats) but to no avail on a puppy. I really want the puppy experience once in my life, and we really want a Golden and will have only one dog, so this is it. This has been a hard decision for us normally Nazi shelter people, so that's not what I want to talk about.
But I WOULD welcome any and all information on those of you with experience with Goldens, and/or with puppies. We have approximately six months to get ready. I'm already reading a couple of books. Welcome more resource ideas.
I'll let you know how it goes with breeder on Saturday.
So, WIIIIIIDE open: tell me everything!