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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 […]

Christmas and Holiday Tips & Reminders

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 […]

Retriever Trials

The ultimate challenge for retriever owners are the Field Trials! These tests are designed to test both the dog and the handler. Differing from the Working Certificate tests, the Retrieving Trials are competitive, meaning the dogs are competing against each other. It works as a series of eliminations until the best dogs are remaining to […]

Winter Tips

Winter brings its own changes and challenges for our Golden Retrievers – or maybe more so for us! I usually refer to winter as any time after muddy paw season! As soon as the ground freezes, and you are excited that you can put your paw towels away from your doors, you aren’t too far […]

Canine Freestyle

Have you ever danced around your living room with any of your dogs? Well maybe you have the potential to be part of a winning team, and you didn’t even know it! Canine Freestyle involves the movement around the ring of the dog and the handler, choreographed with music. Through a close partnership of the […]

How a WCI is Judged

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

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 […]

Agility

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 […]

Mast Cell Cancer – Winger’s Diagnosis and Timeline

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 […]

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: http://morningsagegoldens.freeservers.com/Grooming.html […]

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