I want to share what a wonderful experience it has been working with Rhonda and the Snitker Golden team.
Claude is a pure joy. The imprint program Rhonda brings these puppies into the world with makes such a difference in forming their gentle personalities and willingness to learn. This little fellow quickly picked up multiple tricks but what I am most impressed with is his desire to learn the more difficult tasks such as ‘stay,' with an open front door or ‘place', while I’m cooking in the kitchen. Every day he works to hold his position a little longer and it’s so fun to watch him jump onto his mat when I say “place". He knows exactly what it is for!
The on-line and face-time training Snitker’s provided were invaluable and great refreshers for me to ensure when Claude came home I was prepared and able to continue his training on a positive path.
His joy is infectious and I treasure the hugs I receive as he slowly wakes up every morning, but what melts my heart most are those little brown eyes filled with love and anticipation so intensely staring into mine as he sits for dinner. It grabs my heart every time.
The sun does shine brightly in my home ever since I brought Claude home!
Thank you Snitker Goldens!! What a fantastic team and family, I will be forever grateful. - Mary
We have had five entire weeks of loving on Louie!! He has our hearts!!! Imprinting matters!!! Thank you Rhonda!! You made it so smooth and prepared to bring Louie home!! The goodie bag you sent home was so helpful, and Louie’s blanket he still sleeps with it every night!! Louie is our second puppy from Snitker Goldens and let me tell you I already want another!! Louie is the sweetest of sweet souls!! He’s unbelievably calm and so smart! Without much effort in the very first weeks Louie learned to sit, lay, roll over, crawl, and shake!! We are working on stay in place, which honestly he naturally does so well with his content nature built into him! He has taken two trips to the dental office I work at, both trips he did amazing!!
Our three children couldn’t be more in love, as they all would say, “Best Christmas gift EVER!!”
Thank you Snitker Goldens!! You have our heart, we will forever get our Golden puppies from you!!
The Shuger Family
Rosie is our family’s third puppy from Snitker Goldens. And what a wonderful addition she is. Rosie was so well-behaved from the minute we picked her up. She is fun, goofy, loving, smart, and adventurous. She has fantastic energy, but can also be very chill and cuddly. She loves people, her older sister, Hailey, (Victoria/Bart), and treats! She is well on her way with potty training, knows how to sit, and already knows her name after just a week. Because of Rhonda and her team’s imprinting system, she adjusted so well to her new home. We adore our Snitker Goldens and just keep coming back! Rose's Family
It’s been a week with my forever family and it’s been the best week ever! I have two kids that I am obsessed with and a mom and dad that give me all the snuggles. I am the very, very best boy. I haven’t had one single accident in the house, even though it’s really, really cold out! I sleep all night in my crate and my mom and dad have to wake me up to go potty, which I do not appreciate. But I’m a good boy and go right back to sleep after we’re done.
I’ve met my grandma, my uncles, and all of my kids’ classmates and everyone thinks I should be a dog model. We went to the vet which was kind of scary, but then the nice vet told me that I was “the perfect puppy” so I decided I liked that place. They also gave me toys! I saw another puppy that looked just like me there, but she was 11 weeks and I was only 8, but I was so much bigger than her! I’m going to be a very big boy, which my mom is excited about.
Everyone tells me I am the sweetest, calmest little dude. I don’t jump on anyone, I sit and make eye contact when I want attention, I come when I’m called, I know the “down” and “off” commands, and I’m learning more tricks every day! Mom says I am just what our family needed to heal their broken hearts from my brother across the rainbow bridge.
Thank you, my first human mama, for raising me to be a fantastic little puppy.
I have arrived at my final destination and my new mom does not know that I hacked her computer to write to you. So far everything seems just great. I love the utility room that was built for me and run to it from the kitchen because the kitchen opens up to the dining area and living area which are kind of scary so I stay in the doorway or on the rug inside the kitchen. But I am so happy with my room and even Vinnie came to visit me there. He is one large kitty but seems pretty nice. We are taking our time to get to know each other but he doesn’t run from me and I’ve been walking up to him very slowly so he knows I am nice.
I mand so well on the rug into the kitchen and mom picks me up and off to the office we go so she can work. I was a good boy all afternoon sleeping not in the crate made for me, or the cuddle donut she bought for me, or the flat foam mattress she provided me but I chose the floor under her feet. Slept so well I was making goofy noises in my sleep. Went outside for potty and performed perfectly each time. This evening after dinner I did the same thing and even pooed….I’m such a good pup, I simply had to tell you?!
Today I watched the garage door go up and down and I was interested at first but then thought what’s the big deal and turned and walked into the house. I picked out this alligator and frog from the toy box and they seem pretty cool but mom played with me with a ball that is very weird as it keeps rolling away from me. Tonight we turned on this box and it has people talking out of it. I watched for a bit and told my new mom “don’t think this will become my babysitter lady” so I acted like I wasn’t interested in it. But I still peak once in awhile.
I have been slaying my legs a lot tonight but she keeps moving my hips to the side. Did you tell her to do that? Better go now but here are a few pics of my day. Thanks for finding me the perfect home.
Well can I just say OH MY GOODNESS!!! Louie had a great first day/evening!!! He’s sweet and kind and so relaxed!!! Everyone is in love!! Pyper already adores him, they were snuggling this morning for a nap together, melt my heart!! And another note we have had no potty accidents yet!! I just can’t believe his tubby belly, makes me giggle!! He walked right into his kennel last night and laid down for bed all by himself!! Slept all night!! I woke him up at 5:30 and he looked at me like really!! (lol) Have a great day Rhonda!! Xo. - The Shuger Family
Thought I would give you an update on our wonderful Walker. He is the sweetest boy and so calm and loving at just 8 months. He is great around other dogs big or small, children and being placed in variety of situations. He has already passed his CGC as well as AKC tricks novice and intermediate. He loves to learn and will be a wonderful therapy dog. We have had 3 dogs from Snitker Goldens and all have been absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to watch Walker continue to grow into a wonderful dog and family member. - The Sharp Family
I was at my mom’s house helping her with storm prep earlier today. Ryder patiently sat on her small covered back porch for about an hour. No whining, no barking, no scratching at the door. He just sits and watches the birds, or lies down and waits. That’s just special to me. Imprinting does indeed matter. This sort of thing happens pretty often…recognizing how well-adjusted, calm, and genuinely friendly Ryder is in different situations…the vet, shopping, around children and pets. He’s a joy to have around. Thank you and your team and your sweet Snitker Goldens. - The Bonds Family
After looking for several years to find just the right Golden Retriever to add to our family, we were thrilled to
come across Snitker Goldens! Right from the start, Rhonda’s careful and thorough attention to our needs and matching us with just the right puppy was evident. We own a large therapy practice and wanted to have a dog who loved children and had the temperament to be trained in Animal-Assisted Play therapy. The minute we met Ellie (Victoria x Bart) we knew she was a perfect fit! She is loving and affectionate, but also calm and obedient and we were simply blown away. An added bonus of Ellie was that as a Gold Select Trainee, we could be confident that she was getting a jump start on her obedience training while she was still being expertly cared for and loved. She earned AKC star puppy status and already knew over 20 commands on the day we picked her up, so we have been able to integrate her into our lives seamlessly and she has quickly become a much-loved presence for staff and children at our practice. Ellie instinctually can find the person in a room that needs her most and quietly and patiently finds them, sitting by them and lending her calming and relaxed presence. Simply put, we are amazed by her on a daily basis and Snitker Goldens and the Gold Select program will be the ONLY place we consider for our future Golden family members!
Why Snitker Goldens
We begin with quality tested and approved breeding Golden Retrievers and build on that solid foundation with our puppies. Championship pedigrees in their lines are our way of remaining true to breed standard. We strive to personally imprint each pup with positive, rewarding experiences – to nurture each one with love and care, realizing that each day we have your puppy is one day closer to the day you will hold him or her. We use this time to make that permanent impression on your pup, one which he or she will carry for a lifetime.
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