Hi everyone, new to the forum, My husband and I will be getting a new puppy soon (Golden Retriever) ready in a month.
We have a 18 month old daughter so right now I'm trying to get prepared. Its been quite a few years since we have had dogs.
Can anyone give me any tips / advice on things to remember?
We have started shopping around for the essentials (bed, toys, training gear etc) and also pet insurance. I plan on enrolling the puppy straight into puppy school followed by once or twice weekly obedience training for at least the first year. I am lucky that I am home full time so will initially have a lot of time to devote to the training of the puppy and they will get a ton of socialisation and different experiences but I do remember how hard the puppy stage is especially with kids around. Am I best speaking to a trainer before our puppy arives so I can learn to be consistent from day 1? Do you have any obedience club or trainer reccomendations in South East Melb?
Please if you have any advice at all to prepare us for a smooth transition let me know. I realise the puppy and our daughter will not be able to spend a lot of time together until puppy (& child) matures a bit and it will always be 100% supervised. Thank you in advance