Well I just got a Golden Retriever puppy

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  1. Hrandyrko

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    Hey everyone and thank you so very much for reading my thread. I am 14 years old and we just got a 4 month old Golden Retriever from a friend.

    A few months ago we got a black Labrador from the animal shelter and I felt so nervous on the first day we took it back. If anyone's ever gotten that nervous feeling in your stomach on the first day please tell me how you coped with it. I don't want to let this dog go, but at the same time it is a bit overwhelming. Is this normal for new dog owners? Is this normal for kids? If I get to the point where I can't bear the feeling, should I return the dog?

    Someone please reply; I am so desperate for your help. Thank you oh so much.
     
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  3. Hrandyrko

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    You want me to post pics of the dog?
     
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  4. Sangria Munky

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    don't return it. it takes a few days to settle
     
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  5. Sangria Munky

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    a dog is a life time commitment. how would the dog feel if you had accepted it and then rejectd it? there is nothing to be nervous about.
     
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  6. woodrow1029

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    are you serious?
     
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  7. Sound

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    Please post 1 or 2 pics, it would be nice to appreciate its cuteness! :D
     
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    What nervous feeling??? What the hell are you talking about!?!?!?!
    It's a LABRADOR... One of the most harmless lovable dogs around... And why would you return it!?!??!
    That is just retarded.... You live in Long Island... I'm sure your family is well off and has enough space to own 5 dogs...
    What drugs are you on, seriously???
     
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  9. Hrandyrko

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    Well...There's Murphy!
     
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    Cute... Nice dog...
    Oh and I highly approve of your choice of name for that particular breed.
     
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  11. Hrandyrko

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    Why, thank you! :)
     
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  12. dave333

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    I love golden retrievers.
     
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    cute puppy.... patience is key. Very smart breed and playful too. Have fun with him.
     
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    Ask yourself why you are nervous? If you spend time with your new puppy, they will love you without regard to your failures or successes. My son is 8 years old, and is responsible for "his" dog - so it's easily within your ability to handle the new responsibility. Once the dog is potty trained, it's all down hill from there. Be sensitive to the dogs needs... food, water, love, pets. It's a pretty short list. This will be a friend you will remember the rest of your life!!
     
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  15. Sangria Munky

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    i have a retriever too
     
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    Try reading, _How to Raise a Puppy you can Live With_. Great book!
     
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    What a cutie....
     
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    Nice. If I had a dog, I would name it Tobasco.
     
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    Harshing on a 14 year-old. Way to go.
     
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    Very nice dog! Just remember he's getting used to his surroundings too, and is still a puppy. There's lots of advice you can read out there on how to deal with a dog - most of it contradicting other advice out there.

    I'm not sure what you're nervous about- but most dogs are very gentle, especially goldens, and the responsibility can be handled easily as brad1730 pointed out. Dogs need food, water, pets, love, routine and goldens usually need a lot of exercise! Just relax, and enjoy your dog. He'll be your best buddy ever.
     
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    I'm with everyone else who are telling you to just relax and enjoy your new dog. What did you do with Lab you got from the animal shelter?
    Anyway, congrats on your new friend - he'll be your friend for life, so treat him that way.
     
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    I have two goldens. Heres my advice:

    Don't leave anything out that he can chew because he will!!!

    I dont think this applies yet but when he gets tall enough he will be able to get food off your counter or table so be careful.

    Take him for a LONG walk in the morning to get rid of some energy he has otherwise he will be crazy all day.

    When he is eating make sure he is OK with you touching and picking up his food. Do this when he is still a puppy because when he is older he will be very possessive and growl when you go near his food but also anything he has.
     
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    Nice dog! Good luck with him!
     
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    i wish i had a golden retriever puppy :( you're so lucky
     
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    LOL, I've never had cocaine in my whole life...
    And I don't ever plan on coming into contact with it...

    Oh and to VGP.. Harshing on a 14yr old?? Pfft...
    What kind of kids haven't had a dog by the time they're 14??
    Maybe you think I'm crazy but I'm seriously starting to wonder about the parents...
    Are they the kind of people who have been denying their kids a dog because of their pathological neat freak/control freak disorder...
    OP, please clarify.. :-D
     
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  27. crazysoccer00

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    ^^16 years old max
     
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  28. Ucantplay2much

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    Hang in there! That feeling goes away! There are bound to be rough patches, but the good times make it so worthwhile! When we make a big decision like that, it's not that rare to think "What have I gotten myself into?!" It can be getting a dog, moving to a new place, a new job, new car, new racquet... :)

    He looks like a great dog. Do you have any dog parks near you? It's a great place for him to get exercise. Since he's a retriever, maybe he can fetch balls for you from the other side of the net when you practice serving :) I tried it with my dog Cody, but he gets bored pretty quick.

    And like an earlier poster said, be careful what you leave lying around. That includes stuffed dog toys and beds!

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    I really want a puppy!!!!

    What I fear most is him crapping and ******* in the house for the short while before getting trained!
     
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    I suggest you have a bit more respect for the people here on this forum. What you're saying to some of us is very inappropriate. Thank you. :)

    And thanks to everyone for your advice and suggestions. I'm feeling a bit better now. I really appreciate it. Thank you so much.
     
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    I suggest you have more respect for the creatures that we share this Earth with...
    *stare*
     
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    I have nothing but respect for dogs, sir.
     
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    You certainly are an offensive person.

    To the OP, congratulations mate. Enjoy it, It's perfectly normal to get nervous when making such a large decision.

    That feeling will fade and you will fall in love with him!
     
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    Then stop tossing them back.
     
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    I wrote this thread seeking advice. Not to be flamed by people. Must people always find something to flame about? If you don't have anything nice to say, please say nothing at all. :)
     
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  38. albino smurf

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    did you keep the dog?
     
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    That was not a flame. If you can't have a dog then you can't have a dog. Stop trying and taking them back when you get nervous. I dealt with a serious incident today regarding an abused/neglected dog and when I deal with cruel situations that break my heart I tend to lack the patience for people who lack either responsibility or resolve. Don't get an animal's hopes up while you deal with your issues. That is my advice...if you don't like it, deal with it, but don't label a dissenting opinion a 'flame'. Good grief!
     
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    So you got a dog once and had to bring it back right away because it made you nervous? Then to solve this issue you got another dog? That makes zero sense. If having one dog scared the crap out of you why on earth would you get another one?

    Maybe you are not able to handle taken care of an animal. Dont feel to bad alot of people cant. I grew up always having a dog or 2 in my house and have had friends that wouldnt come over due to the dogs. for some reason they got all jumpy being around dogs.
     
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    Congratulations on your new puppy. Take care of him. (I miss my doggie-WAAAAA!!!)
     
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    Did you keep it? If not, don't ever get another one.
     
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    Yes, I'm keeping it.
     
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    Lucky dog. When he acts up you can tell him what happened to the first one to keep him in line.
     
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    Here he is, four years later. :D

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    Awesome. Total chick magnet. You're going to be fighting them off.
     
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    LOL, if I call your dog handsome, who decides whether this is a compliment, me or the dog?!
     
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    Glad you hung in there with the pup! I have two Cocker Spaniels (father and son) and they keep me happy on even the hardest days, of which there have been quite a few the last two years. It makes it all worthwhile when I pull in the yard after a long day at work!
     
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    Aww :) I'm more of a cat person myself, but if I ever find myself inclined to get a pup it'll probably be a Golden Retriever. They seem calm and relaxed enough for me.
     
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