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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 […]

Hunt Tests

CKC Hunting tests offer three levels of testing – Junior, Senior and Master Hunter. Dogs must pass three tests at the Junior and four at the Senior levels and five at the Master level to earn titles. The tests are non competitive so the titles earned (JH, SH, MH) follow a dog’s registered name. Hunt […]

Blastomycosis

Blastomycosis, or “blasto” for short, is a fungal disease found in humans, dogs, and other mammals, occasionally cats. It is commonly misdiagnosed, often as cancer, Valley fever, Lyme disease, and other viral infections. It lives as a mold in warm (room temperature), acid, sandy soils near water. Once in the body, it lives as a […]

Title Abbreviations

The following is a list of titles and their abbreviations that can be awarded by the CKC and/or the AKC for various activities and events. They are sorted into titles that appear as a prefix and as a suffix. As a prefix Ch. Champion (conformation) FC Field Champion AFC Amateur Field Champion NFC National Field […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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