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    Thanks Kalacreek, we're only going to Toowoomba to get him, but he'll be traveling from Dalby so he'll still have long trip to ours. I'm sorry to hear about your friends loss that would have been awful. It sounds silly but I didn't realise how vulnerable they are, it's almost like bringing a newborn human baby home! We'll talk to the vet/breeder about him spending some time at the markets with us and the wet sand. But I have asked my sister to puppy sit on market days until we can take him with us which she was more than happy to do Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    You will need a good brush for his coat and other things for grooming him.

    maddogdodge' - will be able to help you with this side of it - because that is one of her many talents!
    He won't need much grooming for a while. But basic tools for grooming a Golden would be an undercoat rake (this is the best tool for de-shedding) and a slicker brush. Sometimes a good comb can come in handy, but not needed.

    I don't like clipping or shaving goldens as it seems to cause their fur texture to change and grow back much thicker.

    Handle his feet, ears, tail etc etc a lot from day one to get him used to it... that way you won't have a dog that starts dancing when you try to groom him

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    Thanks Kalacreek, we're only going to Toowoomba to get him, but he'll be traveling from Dalby so he'll still have long trip to ours. I'm sorry to hear about your friends loss that would have been awful. It sounds silly but I didn't realise how vulnerable they are, it's almost like bringing a newborn human baby home! We'll talk to the vet/breeder about him spending some time at the markets with us and the wet sand. But I have asked my sister to puppy sit on market days until we can take him with us which she was more than happy to do Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    WoW – Congratulations and how exciting for you all !

    Some very useful information for you and your new puppy:

    Dog Star Daily which includes free downloads of essential Ian Dunbar reading for new puppy owners:

    http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads

    Kikopup has a lot of really good information via her videos and web page:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/kikopup/videos

    http://dogmantics.com/
    Thanks RileyJ - VERY excited!! Thank you so much for this and all the helpful info on the other posts I'll have a look at them all soon! Just what I was hoping for!

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    Thanks everyone for all you wonderful advice - just what I was looking for.

    Bringing him home I'll have my sister and brother in law with me (they're also very excited and can't wait to meet him!) So I'll be driving, we have a carrier that will be strapped in the backseat between my son and sister so he'll have somewhere there to pet and hopefully soothe him if he gets scared or to alert me of any accidents!

    As for the house - we'll have to block of access to some rooms and toys, but hopefully between exploring where he can go, us and his toys and outside in our yard, adventures in the car and sleeping I'm hoping he'll be content! we are going to get a pen for when I go out to the shops and have to leave him here so he's safe inside, and to use at the markets when his big enough so he doesn't run off!

    But I'll definitely run everything past our vet - and yes sorry I can't see who asked if we have a vet - I think so. I went to a couple in December to have a chat and find out vaccination prices/consults I found a lovely little independent one at Oxenford - the vet nurse was beautiful and the vet who I met briefly was lovely. When I was in Petbarn though I talk to the girl about the Greencross vet they recommend, they offer a free vet check when we get him so might go and see them this week and if I like them I'll take him there to see what they are like, but will probably end up at the one I chose because I really liked the staff.

    Grooming, yes I've heard to play with paws, and check teeth and stuff thank you because I hadn't thought of it. I bought a brush but I wasn't thinking of using it til he's a bit bigger? His coat is so fluffy!

    Anyway thank you all again so much, if I can work out how to post pics I will put some that the breeder sent me

    Thank you!

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    Thanks everyone for all you wonderful advice - just what I was looking for.

    Bringing him home I'll have my sister and brother in law with me (they're also very excited and can't wait to meet him!) So I'll be driving, we have a carrier that will be strapped in the backseat between my son and sister so he'll have somewhere there to pet and hopefully soothe him if he gets scared or to alert me of any accidents!

    As for the house - we'll have to block of access to some rooms and toys, but hopefully between exploring where he can go, us and his toys and outside in our yard, adventures in the car and sleeping I'm hoping he'll be content! we are going to get a pen for when I go out to the shops and have to leave him here so he's safe inside, and to use at the markets when his big enough so he doesn't run off!

    But I'll definitely run everything past our vet - and yes sorry I can't see who asked if we have a vet - I think so. I went to a couple in December to have a chat and find out vaccination prices/consults I found a lovely little independent one at Oxenford - the vet nurse was beautiful and the vet who I met briefly was lovely. When I was in Petbarn though I talk to the girl about the Greencross vet they recommend, they offer a free vet check when we get him so might go and see them this week and if I like them I'll take him there to see what they are like, but will probably end up at the one I chose because I really liked the staff.

    Grooming, yes I've heard to play with paws, and check teeth and stuff thank you because I hadn't thought of it. I bought a brush but I wasn't thinking of using it til he's a bit bigger? His coat is so fluffy!

    Anyway thank you all again so much, if I can work out how to post pics I will put some that the breeder sent me

    Thank you!

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    With the wet sand I always went down to the beach and walked right on the waters edge at low tide, I thought this was likely low risk. The other thing to note is that where I lived at the time was low population and had fairly remote 4WD access beaches where few dogs ran. I don't think I would be as keen to do it at a busy dog beach.

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    Another suggestion – Is to look seriously about health insurance for your new pup. Check with your breeder whether your pup is already covered. Some breeders as part of a ‘puppy pack’ arrange 6 weeks of free health insurance. Regardless – It is something I suggest you to look at.

    https://www.choice.com.au/money/insurance/pet

    https://www.canstar.com.au/pet-insurance/

    http://top10petinsurance.com.au/compare-pet-insurance/

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    As far as a vet is concerned – if it is the vet I am thinking of in Oxenford – he is an excellent vet. Very ‘old school’, the clinic is nothing to look at – but he has an awesome reputation.

    I wouldn’t touch Gr$$nCR%%% with a barge pole ! They are a franchise and spend most of the consult time up-selling ! I was horrified with my first and last visit there !

    That is why I suggested vet insurance in the post above. It is much better value for money than a GCV Clinic. Regardless - insurance is good value to have at least for the first 3 years for this breed of pup.

    Have a look at this FB page and do a search on it for ‘dog vet’. You will find quite a few posts regarding vets on the Gold Coast.

    https://www.facebook.com/GoldCoastCommunityPage/

    AWL Vet Clinic is another I would suggest you have a look at. They are very good and as I have a soft spot for AWL – hence the suggestion.
    Last edited by RileyJ; 01-06-2017 at 08:02 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    So exciting!! Brings me back to March 2016 when I got my Poodle pup

    I drove 10 hours one way to pick up my pup, and took a slow route home over 3 days so as not to overwhelm him.

    In my opinion, socialisation outweighs the risks of disease. So I took my pup out mostly carrying him, but I did let him walk sometimes sticking to pavement and non-dog areas. If we entered an area that is frequented by dogs or if we came across another dog I don't know, I picked him up and carried him (Although he was a little heavy... 8kg puppy!). If we had to take him somewhere that wasn't concrete, I carried him. The only times he went on grass outside of my home were for very brief toilet stops.

    Even being carried, he got loads of socialisation... meeting lots of people and seeing the world
    Thank you! I think we'll take him to the markets and then send him home with my sister - unless - we have a portacot which our toddler has outgrown and weren't planning on using it for the 2nd (SIDS and sleeping surfaces and all) so do you think if we had him in that with a picnic rug underneath that would keep him safe being elevated? The only thing is if he has a little accident then it'll have to be cleaned etc.

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