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Agility

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Agility is a fun sport for both the dogs and their handlers. It is the training of dogs to navigate an obstacle course consisting of some or all of hurdles, weave poles, A-frame, tunnels (open or collapsed), dog walk, teeter-totter, cross-over, pause table and sometimes more! Dogs of any shape, size or breed can participate […]

Thinking of Breeding?

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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 […]

Temperament Testing

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A Temperament Test consists of 10 tests which evaluate your dog’s reaction to a variety of stimuli. They include approaching strangers, walking around in a crowd, having the crowd close in, loud unfamiliar noises, a surprising visual stimulus, uneven footing, and an unfriendly stranger. Unlike an obedience test or the Canine Good Citizen certificate where […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pet Loss and Grieving

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I’ll jump right to the heart of the issue: losing your Golden Retriever is a hard and painful experience. If you were as close to your Golden Retriever as most of the people who visit this site, you will be hurting for a very long time. I lost my first two Golden Retrievers, Winger and Surf, in the […]

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. […]

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 […]

So you think you want to do field – or – How do I get started?

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The breeder of your pup talked about all the field titles his dogs had – field events that tested the dogs natural desire and trainability – who knew! They sounded like fun and the pup as it turns out likes to retrieve, well, “like” may be a bit of an understatement, he is a bit […]

Puppy Development

Monty

When I adopted my first dog, his breeder gave me a book called “Behavior, Development, and Training of the Dog: A Primer of Canine Psychology” by Frederic J. Sautter and John A. Glover. This book is incredible. The copyright is 1978, but if you are able to find a copy anywhere, I highly recommend picking […]

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