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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 […]

Anatomy of the Golden Retriever

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BACK: The portion of the topline between the loin and the withers. CROUP: The muscular area above and around where the tail connects to the body. DEWCLAW: A fifth claw which is located in the inside of the front feet, and is higher than the other toes. Some dewclaws are removed as a puppy to prevent injuries (dewclaws […]

Disadvantages of owning a Golden Retriever

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Thinking of getting a Golden Retriever?? Well the photos are cute, the dogs look adorable, but Golden Retrievers are definitely not for everyone. Before you decide to adopt or purchase a golden, please consider the following: SIZE: Golden Retrievers are medium-sized dogs. Male golden retrievers are usually 23-24 inches in height at the withers, while females […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mast Cell Cancer – Winger’s Diagnosis and Timeline

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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 […]

Canine Good Neighbour (CGN)

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The Canine Good Neighbour program was developed by the Canadian Kennel Club to identify and reward responsible, caring owners and their canine partners throughout Canada. The test is non-competitive and allows dog and handler to demonstrate confidence and control in 12 steps. It assesses the handler and dog’s relationship, together with the handler’s ability to control the […]

Senior Golden Retrievers

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When is a Golden Retriever considered a senior?  Usually the answer is they become a senior canine citizen between the age of 8 and 10. Their needs are changing and their activity levels are decreasing. This special page will address some concerns and highlights of our Golden Retriever’s senior years. Nutritional Needs I found that […]

How a WCI is Judged

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Woo Hoo! You’ve passed your very first Working Certificate (WC) test, you are now the proud owner of “Toller WC”, ah what a day that was, watching him retrieve those birds on land and in the water. He has such fun when you are training him and the day at the test was a blast, […]

All about Obedience

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Competitive Obedience demonstrates dogs’ willingness, capabilities and enjoyment of working with and very closely with humans. In CKC obedience trials, the dog and handler complete a series of set exercises and attempt to score 170 or higher out of a possible 200. Your dog needs a CKC registration number to enter trials but can compete […]

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