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Anatomy of the Golden Retriever


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 […]


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 […]

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


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 […]

Working Certificate Tests


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. […]

Search and Rescue

Winger in the Reeds

Search and Rescue canine teams can be utilized in the search for missing people. They can also be used in crime and disaster situations. Dogs are used because of their strong sniffing ability (A search dog has 44 times more olfactory sensory cells than a human). As well, dogs can cover a large amount of […]

How a WCX is Judged


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 […]

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 […]

Grooming Guide for Golden Retrievers


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: […]



Flyball is a super-fast, exciting team sport. Four dogs on a team participate in a relay race. The course consists of a starting line, four hurdles spaced ten feet apart and a box. The first hurdle is six feet from the start line and the box is fifteen feet from the last hurdle for a […]

Hip Displasia


My Golden Retriever, Winger, had hip displasia. I have read a lot to deal with his condition. Here is some important information worth sharing. What is Hip Displasia? Hip displasia can be a terrible, painful, degenerative disease. A dog can be affected in one hip or both. Basically, hip displasia means a disfigurement of the […]


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