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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thinking of Getting a Second Dog?

Is it time to get a second dog? Why do you want a second dog? Are you doing the right thing? This topic has come up regularly since this site began in 1999. And usually it is because the poster has a romanticized idea of what life will be like with a second dog. I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mast Cell Cancer – Matt and Maggie’s Experience

After reading about Winger’s experience and death due to mast cell cancer, Matt wrote me a similar heart-wrenching story about his special dog Maggie. Here is his email: Lisa, I read your article today about your dog Winger, and I am sad to say that I read it because I had to put my 11 year old […]

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