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Thinking of Crate Training your Dog?

A visitor to CanadianGoldens.com shared these photos with me. He said, “I love my dogs, but it took alot of patience.” If this doesn’t convince you to crate train your dogs, you’re in for a bumpy ride!

Conformation

The purpose of Conformation shows is to judge dogs (males) and females (bitches) based on the breed’s standard (see the official Golden Retriever breed standard). The objective of this is to identify the dogs that are closest to the breed standard. These dogs, providing they pass the appropriate health clearances and have a temperament that […]

Canine Good Neighbour (CGN)

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 […]

Tracking: The Nose Knows!!

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 […]

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 […]

A puppy for Christmas? Not!

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 […]

Temperament Testing

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 […]

How to Choose a Breeder

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 […]

Flyball

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 […]

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, […]

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