How Do Golden Retrievers Act with Other Dogs?

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Golden Retrievers are known as being one of the most loyal breeds out there and are supposedly one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. The golden retriever is a very intelligent breed of canine and is also one of the easiest breeds to train. This is very good news for people who own multiple dogs. You won’t have to worry about spending too much time training your golden retriever, and as a result neglecting another dog. But having more than one dog can be a handful and you may worry about your new golden retriever getting along with your other dog(s).

This is a concern that most golden retriever owners can rest easy about. The goldens are very friendly and love people. They also love their fellow canine. According to the website http://www.dogtime.com:

Friendliness toward dogs and friendliness toward humans are two completely different things. Some dogs may attack or try to dominate other dogs even if they’re love-bugs with people; others would rather play than fight; and some will turn tail and run. Breed isn’t the only factor; dogs who lived with their litter mates and mother until at least 6 to 8 weeks of age, and who spent lots of time playing with other dogs during puppy hood, are more likely to have good canine social skills.

Dogs can get along.
Dogs can get along.

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Most golden retrievers have a good temperament when it comes people and other dogs. But you may have a better time with this endeavor if your retriever grew up in a litter or around dogs. The website called Dogtime has some great information on raising a dog friendly pup:

There’s a short period in every puppy’s development (from very early puppy hood to three or four months of age) when his experiences have a big effect on his entire approach to life. If he has lots of positive encounters with other dogs during that developmental window, he’s far more likely to grow up to be dog-friendly. If he doesn’t, he can become fearful and aggressive. An adult dog’s personality is far less malleable than a puppy’s, but exposure to other dogs can still improve his social skills. Just move slowly and cautiously, and if you see signs of aggression or timidity, get help from a professional trainer right away.

Here are some more tips:

• Bring home your puppy at the right age. Don’t buy or adopt a puppy who was taken away from his mom and litter mates before eight weeks of age. Any earlier, and your pup won’t have had enough chances to practice his canine manners with them.

• Set up play dates. When you bring your new pup home, invite your friends to bring their healthy, vaccinated dogs over to play. To make sure your pup doesn’t get intimidated, start with mellow, well-behaved dogs.

• Start him in school. As soon as possible, sign up for puppy kindergarten classes that allow the pups plenty of time for off-leash play.

• Feed his social life. When your puppy grows up, take him to the dog park, invite friends’ dogs over to play, and keep exposing your dog to other canines. Even if your dog had a hopping canine social life during puppy hood, he needs regular exposure to other dogs throughout his adulthood or he risks becoming less friendly over time.

No matter what the breed or bloodline, every dog should get regular playtime with canine pals to be friendly and safe around other dogs. This is especially important before the age of three or four months, when a pup’s experiences can shape his personality as an adult.