Why Golden Retrievers are the Best Dogs Ever

Golden retriever mom and puppy

Let’s face it—life is better with a Golden around. Golden retrievers are easy to love, they are fun-loving, and they’re utterly gorgeous to look at. Golden retrievers can be a perfect addition to any family, and it is easy to see why it is so easy to fall in love with them. There’s no doubt that there are plenty of reasons why golden retrievers are the best dogs ever:

They are incredibly cute
Just staring into their eyes is enough to make you fall in love. Two of the main reasons people opt for Golden retrievers are their beautiful golden fur and friendly faces. Unfortunately, because of their irresistible cuteness, you cannot stay mad at a golden retriever for very long.

They fit in perfectly
It does not take Golden retrievers very long to become comfortable in their new home. When you leave, they honestly miss you because they do not like being left alone for extended periods. When you come home, you will always be met with hugs and wet kisses.

They are unbelievably smart
Golden retrievers are very intelligent and are always curious. Because of their intelligence, they are used often by rescue teams and police. They also serve as guide and therapy dogs. What’s not to love about a dog that makes the world a better place?

They love to eat
Golden retrievers will eat anything, so you will never have to throw away food ever again. They can slurp up spills and chomp on fruits and veggies just as easily as they can devour a perfectly cooked steak.

They are perfect for kids
Even as full-grown dogs, golden retrievers are basically large puppies. They are so gentle and loyal that they are the perfect pet for shy kids. Because they are so curious, they also make excellent babysitters and playmates for your little ones. They also love to play around for exercise, which should tire out both the kids and the puppies.

They are always smiling
When you are down and out, a Golden retriever can cheer you up and make you feel better. Even when they are unwell or sick, a Golden will always have a smile. Having a Golden retriever around during stressful moments is a lot like having a therapist on call. They are intuitive and seem to always know when you need a cuddly hug.

A Golden retriever will increase your lifespan
People with pets tend to live longer on average than people who don’t have a pet. Therefore, by owning one, you can laugh and exercise more often. Retrievers will stay by your side every chance they get, which is a source of comfort to many.

Sporting Around: Exercise Your Golden

If you want to ensure that your Golden Retriever sticks around for as long as possible, exercise is not a luxury but a critical necessity. Just as people need exercise, golden retrievers can benefit from a daily physical routine. Lucky for you, golden retrievers typically have a good deal of energy and are always down for a good time so it is not hard to get one moving.

Depending on the age of the Golden, the type of exercise will vary. If your Golden is still a puppy, try not to overwork them, as their bones are still fragile and growing. Too much exercise can lead to constant pain as a result of injury, lameness, or deformed bones. (Just think about what it was like when you went through growing pains as a teenager.)

Puppy retrievers
If you are bringing a puppy home, it’s important for you to be well prepared so that you can know what to expect. Puppy golden retrievers can benefit from moderate exercise that lasts between one and two hours. They should attain physical activity mainly through play and should never be forced to be active. Playtime is important for creating a bond as well as stimulating your puppy’s mind.

You can also improve your pup’s socialization by introducing him or her to different smells, sounds, and experiences so that he or she can get used to your world. As the dog continues to develop nearing 1 year old, you can gradually increase the amount of exercise.

Adolescent and adult retrievers
For an older retriever, fitness should be varied and not limited to high-intensity play or activity. Retrievers can get adequate exercise by running and playing with other dogs or they can do so by playing with you. Games such as fetch, running alongside you while jogging or riding a bike, or even on a workout on a treadmill can benefit your Golden considerably.

If your retriever suffers from a disability such as hip dysplasia, swimming can be a perfect alternative to exercise that fragile body. An adult retriever will require at least 1 hour of exercise at least twice per day daily.

Elderly Goldens
Joint pains are common as your dog ages. Some ailments and conditions can be worsened by exercise so it is important to talk to your vet first to maintain your dog’s safety. Every retriever is different; some start to slow down as early as age 8 while others still maintain their bubbly and active personalities as old as 12 years and beyond. Be mindful that you are not pressuring your elderly Golden too much as he or she will probably do anything to oblige you.