Golden Retriever Puppy Behavior Stages

Golden Retriever Puppy Behavior Stages

Golden retrieversOpens in a new tab. are well known for being one of the best family dogs there are. This breed is also highly versatile because they are excellent hunting and retrieving dogs, comforting therapy dogs, and very popular show dogs excelling in all they do with an abundance of intelligence.

Golden retrieversOpens in a new tab. begin life as little tiny balls of fluff but grow quite quickly, unlike humans who take years to reach maturity.

The Golden retrieverOpens in a new tab. is considered an adult around one year of age, although sometimes still acts like big kid until two or three.

This, however, is a vast contrast between an adult two-year-old retriever and a human at two, which is considered a toddler and entering into the “terrible twos.”

If you are considering getting a Golden retriever puppy, Opens in a new tab.read along to learn about different stages of golden puppy behavior by weeks and months as well as their growth.

Some tips on how to discipline a puppy for bad behaviorOpens in a new tab. are also included.

To check your Golden Retrievers’ health status or their DNA checks, please visit the Embark vetOpens in a new tab. website for all the help you may need.

Golden Retriever Behavior by age

If you are contemplating adding a Golden retriever Opens in a new tab.to your family, one of the most important steps to take is to seek out a reputable breeder and visit the breeding facilities as well as view the parents, especially the mother.

Although the temperament and personalityOpens in a new tab. of your puppy will partly rest on socialization and training, the parents and mother play an important role in the type of golden puppy you will take home.

The puppy’s mother is a very significant factor in their early development and social skills along with their siblings. Their mother should be laid back, calm, and not at all afraid or aggressive towards humans.

Puppies do learn how to “be a dog” from their mother and littermates. The mother feeds, nurtures, and also teaches them what play is acceptable and what is not, showing them how to be gentle so nipping doesn’t turn into biting.

If puppies are taken away from their mothers too soon, before eight weeks, they will miss out on all of those early dog socialization skills.

Below are the different stages of development, behavior, and size of Golden retriever puppies.Opens in a new tab.

Golden Retriever Puppy Behavior Stages
mage by JackieLou DLOpens in a new tab. from PixabayOpens in a new tab.

Golden retriever four weeks old

At birth a Golden retriever puppyOpens in a new tab. will weigh around fourteen to sixteen ounces, doubling their weight before the beginning of their third week, and their mother will be their influencer and caretaker.

They will have the senses of taste and touch at birth, but their eyes won’t open until about two weeks. sometimes one before the other and sight will be clearer at four weeks. Between two and four weeks, teeth will begin to erupt and they will be able to smell and hear.

They will wag their tails, stand, walk, a bit wobbly, and begin barking, although it may be a bit of a squeak at firstOpens in a new tab.. Littermates will help to socialize with each other.

Golden Retriever Three Months Old

In this time period, socialization is of the utmost importance to cultivate an even-tempered pup and one that is not fearful around other people or other dogs.

You, of course, will not be taking your pup home until eight weeks or later, so make sure that puppies at the kennel are well socialized to people and their surroundings.

During the remaining time at the kennel, they will learn to play and interact with their littermates and find their place in”the pack.”

When you take your puppy home at eight weeks, you can begin house training immediately.Opens in a new tab. Be aware that between eight and ten weeks, when you will be getting your puppy settled in their new home, is a time when a puppy begins to be fearful of new things or everyday objects.

Patience will be needed and it is your job to reassure with positivity while continuing to socialize puppy with new people, places, things, and dogs.

Early training, like a puppy “kindergartenOpens in a new tab.“, is held between nine and twelve weeks and will not only teach some basic commands but familiarize them with new people and dogs.

Up to three months is the stage of development that is most important for socialization. The average weight of your puppy at this time will be eight weeks – 10lbs, 9 weeks – 12lbs, 10 weeks – 15lbs, 11 weeks – 17lbs, 12 weeks, or 3 months – 22lbs.

Golden retriever three months old
Image from PixabayOpens in a new tab.

Golden Retriever Six Months Old Behavior

By three months, your puppy will be around 22lbs, 4 Months – 30lbs, 5 months – 40lbs, and by 6 months, about 44lbs. It seems like about a ten-pound growth spurt between four and five months.

The time between three and six months is when the puppy gets their ranking in your household. While you never want your pup to be fearful of you, you do want to be the dominant force in your home, holding the role of pack leader.

Your Golden should always hold the lowest ranking and know that everyone else is in charge and you are the ultimate leader of the pack.

In this time period, teething as well as chewing takes place, so they must have acceptable chew toys so that they don’t resort to chewing on furniture.

Puppy will also be exploring, so don’t leave them unattended or allow them free reign of your home. Disciplining and training should be continuedOpens in a new tab., not with yelling or screaming but with correction, distraction, and always positive praise.

The time between three and six months is when the puppy gets their ranking in your household. While you never want your pup to be fearful of you, you do want to be the dominant force in your home, holding the role of pack leader.
Image from PixabayOpens in a new tab.

One year old Golden Retriever

Your Golden retrieverOpens in a new tab. will keep on growing and be around 48lbs at 7 months, 55lbs – 8 months, 57lbs – 9 months, 62lbs – at 10 months, 65lbs – at 11 months, and 68lbs at 12 months or one year.

Keep in mind that their weight depends on the size of their parents and also if they are male or female. Males are generally weightier and larger.

At one year they will be at their full height but won’t reach their full weight until 18 months which can top in at 75lbs.

Up until six months, your puppy has been cute, adorable, and pretty agreeable. This may change as your puppy enters the rebellious stage in these, their “teenage” years.

In this stage, you must keep up with the training you’ve accomplished and even step up your game, with this being no time to become soft.

Your pup will need plenty of exercises to release all of that pent-up energy and at times they may even seem cranky or moody, just like teenagers.

Discuss spaying or neutering with your family veterinarian, as hormones can play a role in some of this rebelliousness. Just stick with your pack leader mentality even if they “push your buttons” while challenging your authority.

Training at stepped-up classes Opens in a new tab.is an excellent way for bonding, teamwork and to finish the creation of your obedient golden retriever adult.

Your golden retriever will keep on growing and be around 48lbs at 7 months, 55lbs - 8 months, 57lbs - 9 months, 62lbs - 10 months, 65lbs - 11 months, and 68lbs at 12 months or one year.
Image from PixabayOpens in a new tab.

Eighteen to twenty-four months

By 18 months, your retriever will reach their full weight and by 24 months they will be an adult Golden retriever, although, Goldens tend to keep that puppy playfulness until three or longer.

Don’t overfeed your adult rOpens in a new tab.etriever and make sure to give them plenty of exercise. Goldens are prone to weight gain if they have a sedentary lifestyle which isn’t good for their health, bones, or joints. Training should always continue with reinforcement of their commands and all of the excellent traits they have acquired.

How To Discipline A Puppy For Bad Behavior

Disciplining will always be a part of training your Golden retriever puppy.Opens in a new tab. You shouldn’t need to discipline too much if you are consistent right from the start.

With housebreaking, you must be diligent in taking your pup out frequently until they get the idea of what is expected and begin to seek you out when the need arises. A “no” is sufficient when accidents happen and some excited praise for when there is a success.

Training your pup, requires some discipline, with “no’s” for bad behavior and positive praise and reinforcement, sometimes with treats for good behavior.

There is never a need for yelling, screaming, or physical punishment. This type of discipline only causes fear, and confusion and serves no purpose.

Often bad behavior should be ignored, for instance, if the puppy keeps nipping and biting during play, simply squeal, “ouch,” then walk away and ignore the puppy.

When the puppy calms down, resume play. Continue this approach every time the puppy exhibits rough play or other bad behavior Opens in a new tab.like jumping on guests. Your pup will soon understand that bad behavior gets no attention whatsoever.

Choosing a Golden retriever is an excellent choice, especially for a family petOpens in a new tab.. They are so charming with their fun-loving personality, intelligence, friendliness and they are wonderful with children as well. Like all breeds, the Golden retriever puppy needs time, training, patience, socialization, and love.

They each have their own individual personalities, so no two will be exactly alike, but they still all do need to be trained, disciplined, and socialized in the early stages to ensure a well-mannered, happy-go-lucky and obedient adult Golden retriever.

Recent Posts