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Grooming Guide for Golden Retrievers

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Is your Golden Retriever turning shaggy? Have you ever wondered how to trim his ears? Or if you are supposed to trim his shaggy tail? And what about those nails that never stop growing!? One excellent guide is Joanne Lastoka’s online guide for Grooming Your Golden that includes photos for every step along the way! See: http://morningsagegoldens.freeservers.com/Grooming.html […]

Blastomycosis

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Blastomycosis, or “blasto” for short, is a fungal disease found in humans, dogs, and other mammals, occasionally cats. It is commonly misdiagnosed, often as cancer, Valley fever, Lyme disease, and other viral infections. It lives as a mold in warm (room temperature), acid, sandy soils near water. Once in the body, it lives as a […]

Thinking of Getting a Second Dog?

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Is it time to get a second dog? Why do you want a second dog? Are you doing the right thing? This topic has come up regularly since this site began in 1999. And usually it is because the poster has a romanticized idea of what life will be like with a second dog. I’m […]

How a WC is Judged

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There you are at your very first Working Certificate test, your number comes up and you run your dog, you are elated, both birds come back to you, eventually to hand, it’s hard to stop smiling! You wait anxiously for the call backs (when the marshal announces which dogs are “called back” to run the […]

How a WCX is Judged

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You are still in shock. It’s been a week already and still you sit and stare at that beautiful brown rosette with “WCI” emblazoned on it, it doesn’t seem real. Amazed doesn’t even begin to describe your feelings. You are so proud of this accomplishment. Who would have known that the maniac you started training […]

National Clubs

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Here is a list of national dog-related clubs and organizations that may interest you: Canadian Kennel Club – http://www.ckc.ca The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada and currently recognizes 175 breeds. As a non-profit organization, the CKC is dedicated to encouraging, guiding, and advancing the interests of purebred dogs […]

A puppy for Christmas? Not!

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Christmas is a time for giving, and you may be thinking, “What better gift than the gift of love, in the form of an adorable puppy?” And, while you’d be perfectly right, Christmas is NOT the time to introduce a new puppy (or any pet) into a household. A puppy is the ultimate gift that […]

Field Work

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Retrievers are a sporting breed, and became increasingly popular in the 1800’s with the increase in the sport of bird hunting. British nobility desired a dog with a tender mouth, biddability, nose and stamina which could find and bring back wounded and dead game, and the retriever met everyone of these desires. Today, Field and […]

Working Certificate Tests

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The Working Certificate trials are designed to be somewhat ‘easier’ than the Hunting and Field trial competitions, as they realize that most Retrievers will not be as thoroughly trained as those who compete in hunting trials. The Work Certificate trials are devised to be simple land and water tests using ducks, game birds, or pigeons. […]

Tracking: The Nose Knows!!

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Does your dog love to use its nose? Then maybe tracking training is for you! Essentially, tracking is the training of dogs to use their noses to follow a human scent. In Canada, the CKC offers tracking trials, which test a dog’s ability to recognize and follow human scent and to locate an article or […]

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