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6 Best Ways to Train Your Golden Retriever

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Although originally bred as a gun dog used to retrieve shot waterfowl, the Golden Retriever has become one of the most popular breeds in America today. Its high intelligence level and gentle temperament makes it a versatile choice for a search and rescue dog, guide dog, detection dog, hunting dog, or simply a family companion. Of course, one of the reasons this breed is so popular is because it is incredibly easy to train, especially with the right tips.

1. Retrieve

A Golden Retriever can be trained to fetch anything from a ball to a human trapped beneath rubble. In fact, Bear, an 11-year-old Golden Retriever was the first dog on the scene at the World Trade Center on 9/11 to work 18-hour days. So, teaching your dog to fetch a ball is simple! It is in his nature! Toss the ball a short distance, and use a command for him to bring it back. When he does, get him to drop the ball by providing a treat. Increase the distance every time.

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