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Hunt Tests

ruger

CKC Hunting tests offer three levels of testing – Junior, Senior and Master Hunter. Dogs must pass three tests at the Junior and four at the Senior levels and five at the Master level to earn titles. The tests are non competitive so the titles earned (JH, SH, MH) follow a dog’s registered name. Hunt […]

Christmas and Holiday Tips & Reminders

Surf and Winger

Christmas can be a fun time when you are living with a Golden Retriever. Some dogs quickly learn how to open their own presents! Some people even hang up a stocking for their dog! Are you prepared for the holidays? Do you have a plan on how to keep that rascally Golden puppy out of […]

How a WC is Judged

morgan

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 […]

Rescue Organizations

Winger

Not every family is suited for a puppy. There are many adult Golden Retrievers that are already house trained, have learned some obedience, and are ready for a new home! Rescue organizations rescue, evaluate, and re-home Golden Retrievers. They can be an excellent alternative to purchasing a puppy from a breeder. Rescue organizations evaluate the […]

How to Choose a Breeder

Monty

Looking to purchase a Golden Retriever puppy? If this is your first puppy, you may be too easily swayed by the first cute pup you see, but I urge you to do some preliminary research before you decide on a breeder. The Golden Rules: Finding a Reputable Breeder¬†(from the CKC) Always visit the kennel. Make […]

Thinking of Breeding?

Hallmark Goldens- Pups

Thinking of breeding your golden? There are so many things to consider, I’d like to take the opportunity to answer some of the common breeding questions here on this page. Please consider the following: WHY SHOULD I BREED?:¬†Serious breeders breed dogs in order to maintain and/or improve a breed’s characteristics. Breeding is serious, and it […]

Frisbee

Winger with frisbee

Believe it or not, there are actually canine frisbee, or flying disc, competitions!! Clubs are starting all across North America, so if there isn’t a club near you yet, maybe you should start one! Here are a list of links for more information: Canadian Disc Dog Association The Airborne Disc Dog Club of Ottawa Southern […]

Mast Cell Cancer – Winger’s Diagnosis and Timeline

Winger - April 2005

My 11 year old Golden Retriever, Winger, had emergency surgery to remove a lump on his head that started bleeding uncontrollably. Results came back from the histopathologist indicating the lump removed was a mast cell cancerous tumor. As I research and read about this cancer, I will add information and resources to this page. What […]

Hot Spots

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My first two Golden Retrievers have had more than their fair share of Hot Spots. Hopefully you are luckily enough to have a Golden Retriever who has never had own of these awful things, but if you do have a dog that is prone to them, or if you think your dog might have a […]

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