Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that choosing a Golden Retriever breeder and welcoming a new furry family member involves many questions. To assist you on this exciting journey, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions on this FAQ page. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help!

What kind of training do your puppies receive?

Our puppies undergo very basic beginning training. We teach basic recall as soon as 4 weeks old and build up from there. We do our best to set up your 8 week old puppy for success. We are constantly learning potty tips and tricks, and trust we can make the transition to your home as easy as possible. 

Do you offer additional training for puppies?

My daughter Lana has developed a real love for dog training. She does a great job of starting your puppy in basic obedience. We are willing to keep your puppy for Level 1 or Level 2 training. This is only on a limited basis or what Lana has time for. Check out Our Program page for more info.

What's your approach to breeding and genetics for puppies?

Our breeding approach prioritizes responsibility and genetics to ensure the well-being of our puppies. We focus on genetic diversity to minimize hereditary health issues, carefully selecting breeding pairs for compatibility and diversity. This dedication results in healthy, resilient puppies with sound temperaments, providing your family with a happy and thriving companion.

How do you handle transportation for out-of-town puppy buyers?

For out-of-town puppy buyers, we offer convenient transportation solutions. If your puppy is over 9 weeks old, we can assist in arranging ground transport through Delifurry. Additionally, for puppies under 9 weeks old, Lana or I are available to personally accompany your puppy on a flight. Clients also have the option to pick up their puppy directly, and for those within 300 miles, we offer a delivery service for an additional fee. We understand the importance of a safe and comfortable journey for your new companion and strive to accommodate your preferences in transportation arrangements.

Do you offer a health guarantee for your puppies?

Yes, we provide a 2 year health guarantee for our puppies. Please refer to our guarantee policy for more details.

How can I stay updated on available litters or upcoming puppy arrivals?

Stay informed about available litters and upcoming puppy arrivals by subscribing to our newsletter or following us on Facebook and Instagram. We regularly announce new litters and arrivals through these platforms. Additionally, you can join our “interest list” by filling out the form located at the bottom of the “Home” page, ensuring you receive timely updates and exclusive information about our adorable puppies.

How soon can I take my adopted puppy home?

You can usually take your adopted puppy home at 8 weeks, depending on their individual development and health milestones. We ensure that each puppy is ready for their new home, and we’ll work closely with you to coordinate a suitable time for the transition.

What if I can no longer care for the puppy?

If circumstances arise where you can no longer care for your puppy, we have a compassionate return policy / rehoming assistance program in place. Our priority is to ensure that our puppies find suitable and loving homes, and we are committed to supporting you through this process. Whether it’s facilitating a return or providing assistance in rehoming, our goal is to ensure the well-being and happiness of our puppies throughout their lives.

What type of ongoing support do you provide after adopting a puppy?

We provide ongoing support to our adoptive families by offering lifetime support / post-adoption consultations. Our commitment doesn’t end with the adoption; we are here to assist with any questions or concerns you may have about your new puppy. Whether it’s guidance on training, health inquiries, or general advice, our goal is to ensure a smooth and joyful experience as you and your puppy build a lifelong bond.

What continuing education have you done?

During the summer of 2022, my daughter Lana and I took the Empowered Badass Breeder course, a comprehensive program that delves into responsible breeding practices, thorough health testing for all dogs, and in-depth puppy evaluations. This course has laid the foundation for our commitment to providing a great start for every puppy, recognizing that every puppy is not “perfect”. Since then, we’ve actively engaged in ongoing education by attending various breeder summits. These summits have been crucial in broadening our understanding of holistic canine health and refining our breeding program. Our continuous learning ensures that we stay at the forefront of advancements in the field, offering families the assurance of healthy, well-cared-for companions from our breeding programs.

How can I reserve a puppy?

To reserve a puppy, please fill out our Puppy Application on the website. A deposit is required, and reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

What will I need to bring my puppy home?
  • Food and water bowls.

  • Old towels or blankets

  • Chew toys

  • Puppy shampoo, conditioner and grooming brush​

  • Crate large enough to provide for puppy growth​ – we recommend using a 42” crate with a divider so that you can gradually increase the space as your puppy grows.

What's included in the adoption/purchase fee for a puppy?

The adoption/purchase fee for our puppies encompasses a comprehensive package to ensure the well-being of your new companion. This includes the first initial vaccination, microchipping for identification, a vet health certificate confirming their health status, and AKC limited registration papers. Additionally, we provide a personalized touch by including a blanket infused with the comforting scent of the litter, sample treats, and antlers for their enjoyment. Each puppy also receives a special toy, making the transition to their new home a delightful experience.

What food do we feed our dogs and puppies?

Your puppy has been weaned onto PawTree’s Turkey and Sweet Potato dog food. To avoid upsetting the GI system and creating diarrhea in your puppy, I highly recommend for you at least feed PawTree for 9 weeks. If you want to change then, that is fine, just make sure you always feed high-quality dog food. Always remember that the nutrition you feed can affect your puppies later in life.

Click on this link to see my recommendations and some of the products we use and love from PawTree.

I feel like I’ve been around the block with canine nutrition! I tried several kinds of dog food, and I was never happy with the results. It seemed like my dog’s hair coat and energy were lacking. After much searching and experimenting, I’ve settled on PawTree. Within a couple of weeks of switching, all my dogs have a softer coats and a lot more energy. Overall, it just seems like their health is better with PawTree. Other brands tend to skimp on the quality of minerals and vitamins in their dog food, and PawTree does not which makes us think that is why my dogs reacted so positively to PawTree.

PawTree does not use corn, soy, or wheat; they use high-quality proteins and antioxidant-rich formulas. I also like the natural source of glucosamine which helps to maintain joint health in our large breed puppies.

Do you feed any supplements?

Adding fish oil gives your puppies a DHA boost for developing brains and ensures proper cognitive development.

Large dog breeds are predisposed to joint issues such as hip dysplasia. By testing the PennHip’s on our adult dogs, we do everything we can to prevent such issues. However, a lot depends on nutrition and the environment. We recommend a joint supplement such as  PawTrees Joint Support for Dogs.

I also keep Gastro Pro Plus on hand. It is a wonderful blend of Probiotics, Prebiotics, Enzymes, and Herbs. I personally don’t feed it all the time, but it would be awesome to! It supports proper digestion and bowel health.  Good Health begins in the gut!!!

How soon shall I start training my puppy?

So, you are about to be a puppy parent – Congratulations! Maybe this is your first time or maybe you are adding to your crew, either way, we are so excited for you. We want to make sure that you are prepared to be the very best puppy parent you can be and offer you an amazing resource.

Being a responsible dog owner ensures that you provide a plan to train your canine companion to be the calm, well-mannered and the best behaved doggie that you could ever want. A trained dog is less stressful, not only in the beginning, but for life. Proper socialization and manners will give you the dog you are envisioning. But you have to do the work and stay committed. They deserve it!

Start training them the day they come home and do it from the comfort of your own house. Online training is one thing, but an entire lifetime membership is a whole new adventure for you and your pup. Please get started today, before you pick up your new fur baby, and make a plan to set you both up for success! Make sure to download the app!!

So, how do you do that? Visit www.baxterandbella.com and use coupon code: REJOICERETRIEVERS for 25% OFF. That means for $178, you can feel confident that you are giving your pup and your family the relationship you desire for a lifetime of fun, excitement, and happiness!

What is ENS?
  • ENS stands for Early Neurological Stimulation. Research shows that if you stimulate a puppy’s neurological system during the early neonatal period of a puppy’s life, you can change a puppy for the rest of its life. What are the results that have been observed with ENS?

  • Improved cardiovascular performance (heart rate)

  • Stronger heart beats

  • Stronger adrenal glands

  • More tolerance to stress

  • Greater resistance to disease

  • Stimulated pups are found to be more active and more exploratory.

  • In my mind, it’s a win-win situation!! It doesn’t hurt them and if it can be a benefit, we will definitely try it!! ENS consists of six exercises that are designed to stimulate. The handling of each pup once a day from days 3-16 involves the following exercises:

  • Tactile stimulation (between toes)

  • Head held erect

  • Head pointed down

  • Supine position

  • Thermal stimulation (on a cold washrag)

  • Each exercise is performed very gently and we hold the pup very securely! It is only done for 3-5 seconds. Sometimes it seems so short, but I do feel it makes a difference!

What is ESI?

ESI is an Early Scent Introduction. ESI is a procedure we do that helps pups with nose awareness and confidence. ESI is also done on days 3-16. We expose them to a different scent each day. We hold the pup close to us and let them smell the item. We chart their reaction on their chart. A positive reaction is a puppy showing interest and moving toward the scent. A negative reaction is a puppy trying to move away from the scent. If there seems to be no reaction it is considered neutral.

A dog’s scent abilities are so important in many ways. Service and therapy dogs depend on their scenting abilities. Studies have proven that stimulating their scent early can dramatically increase scent ability later in life.  Some dogs just naturally have a more natural nose instinct.

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