How to care for your new puppy:
1. Diet from eight weeks.


½ a cup puppy chunks soaked with hot water mix with ¼ tin puppy food (Hills/Husky/Pedigree/Nutriphase).

Lunch and Dinner:

Same as mornings

Points to note:

  • Puppies do not find it easy to eat or digest dry dog cubes, so soften well.
  • Always provide fresh, clean water during the day.
  • Mince, chicken (no bones), fish (fresh or canned), liver or kidneys may be substituted for the canned dog food. Liver and kidneys only once a week.
  • NEVER give chicken or meat bones!!!!
  • Food should be given at room temperature, not straight from the fridge.
  • Add cooking oil to your dog's food to prevent a dry skin. Efazol or Mirra-Cote, which is available from your vet, is a better alternative.
  • When working in a new food, do it gradually, as the puppy may get a runny stomach. If this occurs stop all milky food and feed the puppy on boiled rice or pasta and chicken for a couple of days. Should this not improve, please take your puppy to the vet immediately.
  • Should your puppy still seem hungry increase amount of puppy chunks?

2. Diet from six months.

Cut down feeding to two meals a day, mornings and evenings.

3. Worming.

Breeders will have your puppy dewormed at 3 weeks and again at six weeks, continue to do so regularly in consultation with your vet. Have your dog dewormed at least once every six months, but even every 3 months.

4. Inoculations.

Breeders will have your puppy inoculated (the first inoculation) at six weeks, further inoculations will be required as indicated by the inoculation certificate or per your vet's instructions. It is suggested that you do not expose your puppy to an environment other than your home until its immunity has built up sufficiently. This is usually after the third inoculation.

Rabies inoculations are done at 3 - 6 months, should you live in Natal this should be done earlier. Please consult your vet.

5. Micro-chipping.

As per new KUSA regulations (2011) all puppies registered needs to be micro-chipped by the breeder. Kiaras breeders has their puppies micro-chipped at 6 weeks of age by our vet when inoculations are done. Microchips used are of high standard and approved by KUSA.

It is recommended that you as the new owner transfer your puppy onto your details, as this will ensure that your puppy will be safely returned to your care, if your puppy were to get lost.

6. Fleas and ticks.

Keeping your puppy free from fleas, keeps them free from tapeworm. “Frontline” or “Advantix” (only from 8 weeks of age) is excellent for both fleas and ticks. You can use X-Spot immediately. Dips that can be used are "Flumetrin" and "Amitax". All of these products are available at your local vet. Do not dip your puppy before six months of age! Tick and flea collars are not recommended for Golden Retrievers as they are chewers by nature and will get poisoned if these collars are ingested.

7. Exercise.

Playing in the garden is sufficient exercise for the first four months. If you want to take your puppy for a walk, start with 15 minutes and gradually increase lengths of walks. Do not over exercise your young puppy this may affect the hips, elbows and joints..

8. House Training.

Take your puppy out immediately after waking up, before bedtime, after meals and after having a drink, this will establish a good habit. Your puppy is used to newspaper close to its bedding and knows what it is for. Avoid letting puppy sleep or spend too much time in your carpeted area while not house trained.

9. Toys.

Provide your Golden with lots of different toys to play with unless you want your shoes, socks etc. to become playthings. When choosing your new puppy before collection, bring along a soft toy for your puppy to grow attached to. You will be given this toy upon collection (nice and smelly) with moms and litter mates smell for comfort.

10. Training.

Taking a puppy to doggy school is the best bond that you can form with your puppy. This can be done from four months of age, when their inoculations are up to date. Most doggy schools will start your puppy off in a puppy socialization class which is very important. This will learn your puppy to get on with people and other dogs. It will also build self-confidence. Contact your vet for the name of a reputable doggy school in your area, the breeder can also assist. Golden Retrievers are very intelligent and enjoy the stimulation of training if not stimulated they can become destructive. A well trained dog is a pleasure to have.

11. General information.
  • Don't let your Golden slip and slide on tiled surfaces, as they can hurt their hips and elbows.
  • Do not play tug-of-war with your puppy as aggressive behaviour can be enforced and you can hurt their sensitive gundog mouth.
  • Your Golden will respond to gentle, positively enforced training and discipline, but can be destructive if given insufficient exercise and stimulation.
  • Golden Retrievers are excellent with children. Please ensure that children are made aware of not disturbing a puppy while it is sleeping or eating. Ensure that children are taught the correct way of picking up and carrying a puppy. Never turn it on its back as they tend to wiggle and are often dropped, distressing for both parties.
  • Golden Retrievers love water and can swim from a very early age, however they are unable to climb out of the pool, dam, fishponds etc. A few bricks placed on the step will help puppy get out of the pool. Do not leave your puppy unattended while swimming, as they can drown.
  • Remember Golden Retrievers are "people dogs" and needs to be included as much as possible in your family life. Give lots of love and affection.
  • Grooming is recommended to brush your puppy at least once a week, to help with shedding. You can bath your puppy once a month with approved products.
  • Remember a Golden is not only a pet but also a member of the family.
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