Golden Rule puppies are $1500 (limited registration) & $2500 (full registration)
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot in a litter.
Our Selection Process:
Candidates for our therapy and service dog programs are chosen first
We do not consider gender or color when temperament testing or placing dogs into our programs
We follow a puppy protocol from the day puppies are born, exposing them to different sounds and surfaces. We hold them in different positions and we move them around increasingly. We work with their pressure points and we use essential oils to both relax and stimulate them.
Each puppy earns a profile as s/he grows. We construct these profiles based on observed behaviors during weeks 4-6 such as barking, growling, shyness, food assertiveness, independence, maturity, patience, motivation.
Temperament testing occurs during week 6. During these tests, we observe:
The puppy lying on his back
The puppy in a cradled position
The puppy walking on an uneven or unpredictable surface
The puppy’s recovery after hearing loud and unfamiliar sounds
The puppy’s motivation to learn
The puppy’s curiosity and sense of adventure
The puppy’s desire to be with litter mates and/or people
The puppy’s persistence to problem-solve
The puppy’s general behavior in a stressful environment
The puppy’s willingness to self-correct when s/he makes a mistake
The number of repetitions required to learn a task
If you have ever chosen a puppy from a breeder, you were probably given a thirty-minute time slot, a pile of ten puppies and no behavior or temperament information. You likely chose your puppy based on color or gender, or both. You might have chosen the first puppy who came up to you, the puppy lying by himself over in the corner, or the puppy who kept crawling into your lap. Maybe you chose the runt because you felt sorry for her.
Golden Rule NEVER selects puppies using these techniques. There is no “pick of the litter”. Every single puppy has a purpose. Some dogs are meant to hunt or search, others are meant to perform valuable tasks, and still others are meant to offer comfort. Service dogs and therapy dogs serve very different purposes. The testing and selection process for each is different.
Once assessments have been completed and candidates for our programs have been selected, we make suggestions to families on the Litter List in the order in which their deposits were received.
Current availability for male and female golden retrievers are available to August and September Gotcha Days.
Take a look at our Facebook page for current photos and videos!
**** Our breeding program was established to provide for our service and therapy dog training. The selection process differs from those of other breeders and priority is given to our program. We make every effort to match puppies which best fit family profiles that are submitted in online puppy applications. We cannot determine the number of puppies or the number of males and females in a litter. When necessary, placement decisions will be made according to the order in which deposits are received.
Please see our Facebook Page, Golden Rule Retrievers, for more immediate photos and videos.