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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

How a WC is Judged

There you are at your very first Working Certificate test, your number comes up and you run your dog, you are elated, both birds come back to you, eventually to hand, it’s hard to stop smiling! You wait anxiously for the call backs (when the marshal announces which dogs are “called back” to run the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Puppy Development

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 […]

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 […]

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