Rhonda & Stephanie,
Check out our Nellie! We can't tell you enough how proud we are to have a Snitker Golden as our love bug. She is everything we hoped for in a family member, and more. Nellie is truly a joy.
She's 14 weeks, and such growth and development we've watched. The 8 hour ride home to Kansas City was a breeze. She was so comfortable and trusting, right from the start. No real separation anxiety has ever existed; she knew she was home with us from the start! She's doing great on her potty training, and she's incredibly smart...Nellie rings the potty bell almost every time, and it's been a week since she had an accident!
When we walk her, she has literally stopped traffic. We've gotten to know a ton more of our neighbors as a result of her, as everyone wants to stop and adore her. Nellie has done awesome with the mouthing, and she loves kids. The only real challenges we've had with her stem from her identified high prey drive...she loves to chase things, and she wants to be the boss on the leash around our house.
Thank you again for the amazing imprinting process and investment in creating a wonder dog. She came to us perfect, and we are fully committed to keeping her as close to perfect as possible!
Much love and respect,
Leatha and Michael Cline
These past 7 weeks have gone by so fast! Mila is growing every day! She has been adjusting well, and so are we! We are teaching her all the rules of the house, and she is picking up great! Mila learned the command “sit” in the first week of being home! We are sure this is from the foundation you all gave her, before she came to us. She sits patiently before she is served food as well. We have been getting her exposed to as many new things as possible. She is really becoming independent and likes to explore. Potty training has been easy on all of us. She caught on very fast. She waits by the door when she needs to go out. We joke she goes on command because as soon as we bring her outside, and she hears the word “potty”, she goes!
The whole neighborhood is also in love with her. Everyone always stops to see her. They say she is “the talk of the neighborhood”. Last week we had Begger’s Night. We don’t have little kids, so it was the first time we had seen Mila interact with them for a long period of time. She did AWESOME! Kids came back to see her because they thought she was so fun. Parents said she was ‘so cute and soft’ and asked to take pictures with her. And at the end of the night, Mila sat at the door and cried because she wanted all her new friends to come back! She had a great time.
Our Vet says she sits nicely and waits to be pet, unlike most puppies! And is growing excellently! She will be starting puppy class next week; we can’t wait to see what new tricks and commands she will learn! Our family posts updates on Mila’s very own Instagram, @the_golden_mila_. We update it once a day, and she is starting to gain a following!
The Day Family
Hello to our Snitker Friends!
Where did these past four weeks go? Our “Opie” is 12wk + 3 days today (ok, I sound like a new mom, huh? ) It’s hard to remember days now without our little Opie. However, he isn’t so small – he went from the puppy scale to the “big boy” scale and weighed in at 22.6# thee days ago. It’s probably safe to say he’s 23 # PLUS now.
What do 2 boys + 1 large pile of leaves = ? One very tired puppy!
Our little guy still does not bark nor does he lick. He is in fact quite laid back…just as his testing indicated the week before we picked him up. He’s perfect – perfect for us. He’s still learning household etiquette and I expect we’ll need a little more time. He has learned that Mom or Dad enter the doorway first –noooo pushing and noooo pulling. Opie has learned important things like where his dad’s snack drawer is in the living room……aka where the peanuts are! Opie can hear that drawer open from another room.
Today was a day of “firsts”: rode in a car not a truck hence he could see outside; walked along the Mississippi River and climbed on the rocks; watched the noisy seagulls; walked through Riverside Park in La Crosse and greeted everybody with a proper SIT; saw other dogs running and barking (and did not pull or bark … yippie); inquisitively watched pigeons; treated to a handful of ground turkey; and lastly a real bath. I wouldn’t say that he disliked it, no squirming or thrashing, but more questioning “what ARE you doing to me? He loves the follow-up brushing and massage.
Training works best INside right now – those dancing leaves are so distracting! As we learn our manners and their meaning, we are trying to introduce ASL (American Sign Language). Opie understands the most important to him: ‘sit’ and ‘eat.’ Our walks are getting longer and more controlled. Opie can heel, but needs gentle reminders. Actually, he does better than our 8.5 yr Shih Tzu. These two have fun together and well…get into their own predicaments. At least there is companionship when discipline is doled out:
In closing, we have gone from 8 wk to 12.5 wk all too fast.
Thank you Rhonda and Stephanie for ALL the work you put forth in these wonderful dogs. We could never have made a better choice for ourselves.
- Opie's Forever Family
Why Snitker Goldens
We begin with quality tested and approved breeding Goldens 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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