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So you think you want to do field – or – How do I get started?

The breeder of your pup talked about all the field titles his dogs had – field events that tested the dogs natural desire and trainability – who knew! They sounded like fun and the pup as it turns out likes to retrieve, well, “like” may be a bit of an understatement, he is a bit […]

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 […]

Hot Spots

My first two Golden Retrievers have had more than their fair share of Hot Spots. Hopefully you are luckily enough to have a Golden Retriever who has never had own of these awful things, but if you do have a dog that is prone to them, or if you think your dog might have a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cryptococcosis – Laika’s Story

Laika Myriosa Water Off A Ducks Back CD, WC, Am/Can TDX; therapy dog 16 September 2000 – 15 August 2005 Last month, with my “puppy” lying at my feet, I would never have believed I would be writing this note so soon. Laika was such a big part of my life, and I had hoped […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pet Loss and Grieving

I’ll jump right to the heart of the issue: losing your Golden Retriever is a hard and painful experience. If you were as close to your Golden Retriever as most of the people who visit this site, you will be hurting for a very long time. I lost my first two Golden Retrievers, Winger and Surf, in the […]

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