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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 […]

Working Certificate Tests

The Working Certificate trials are designed to be somewhat ‘easier’ than the Hunting and Field trial competitions, as they realize that most Retrievers will not be as thoroughly trained as those who compete in hunting trials. The Work Certificate trials are devised to be simple land and water tests using ducks, game birds, or pigeons. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rainbow Bridge

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colours. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is […]

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 […]

Disadvantages of owning a Golden Retriever

Thinking of getting a Golden Retriever?? Well the photos are cute, the dogs look adorable, but Golden Retrievers are definitely not for everyone. Before you decide to adopt or purchase a golden, please consider the following: SIZE: Golden Retrievers are medium-sized dogs. Male golden retrievers are usually 23-24 inches in height at the withers, while females […]

Senior Golden Retrievers

When is a Golden Retriever considered a senior?  Usually the answer is they become a senior canine citizen between the age of 8 and 10. Their needs are changing and their activity levels are decreasing. This special page will address some concerns and highlights of our Golden Retriever’s senior years. Nutritional Needs I found that […]

Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue canine teams can be utilized in the search for missing people. They can also be used in crime and disaster situations. Dogs are used because of their strong sniffing ability (A search dog has 44 times more olfactory sensory cells than a human). As well, dogs can cover a large amount of […]

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