There are recently all sorts of rants and chants about the golden retrievers, seeing that it has become one of the most popular breeds. Naturally, there would be all sorts of get-togethers for the owners, experts, enthusiasts, and even the wannabes. If you are already thinking of Google, be prepared to take in a massive gush of websites and forums thrown at you (as if you didn’t know).
I would agree and actually advice you that if you are owned by a golden retriever, it is a good thing to get in touch with your counterparts. Don’t you just sit back and think your angel golden retriever just came down from the heavens and is extremely unique. I can’t promise you that you won’t occasionally bump into those that are out rightly B.S..ing.
The forums tend to be centered on key themes like; there would be a dedicated forum for training of the puppies, another for the health of the golden retrievers, or better still about the general care of your golden retriever. So where should you begin if you are looking to ‘network’, as it is?
The Internet is a good place to start, but remember, all the online rules still apply. Put an emphasis on only those associations’ websites that have an easily verifiable physical address. Find a forum or group nearest to you, your town or city. No virtual forums.
Many of the forums would require you to register (for free mostly) so as to have access to more information. Its ok, you can do it. But I they ask for more personal details like credit card info, then you should be a little skeptical.
Also, make sure you have control of the communication they can send to you; otherwise they could easily be choking your mailbox before you know it!
Your local vets should give you some ideas or contacts. They will likely be stakeholders or members of these forums. Please keep the vets very close as you might need to verify some advice (like, shoot your dog!) and information that you collect from these forums.
Keep in mind that some experiences or occurrences are unique and rare, and some breeds may be crosses and therefore different from your golden retriever. The kennel clubs should also have lists of affiliated groups and forums – which they should gladly share.
Some will actually cost money to register, and so check to see that you are getting value for money. Some fees might just be a rip off considering the returns for the money you are investing. For instance, you wouldn’t want to pay money to learn that your dog came from England in the 1800s, and that there are both American and English varieties of the same, would you?
Essentially, these forums should be able to expose you to the world of golden retrievers whether you have one already or intent on getting one.