Cold Weather Tips for Goldens

Cold Weather Tips for Goldens

Winter weather has arrived, and temperatures are dropping below freezing. What does that mean for your golden retriever? Many golden retrievers love the snow and they don’t mind the freezing temperatures. I know my goldens will lie out in the snow and love making snow…

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Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

I am sure you have heard the term positive reinforcement training. But what does that term mean?  What is positive reinforcement?  Positive reinforcement training involves reinforcing your dog for the things they do right.  There has been a lot of scientific research involved in dog…

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Dog Collars, which ones to use?

Dog Collars, which ones to use?

There are many types of collars for your dog.  Some collars are part of a positive reinforcement approach to training and others are more punishment based.  All collars have the potential to harm an animal if used incorrectly.  It is extremely important to learn how…

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How Do I Know What to Feed My Golden Retriever?

How Do I Know What to Feed My Golden Retriever?

There are many opinions about what to feed dogs. There are grain free foods, limited ingredient foods, designer brands and cheap dog foods. What is really best for my golden retriever? The answer depends on the individual dog but there are some guidelines that can…

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Food Allergies in Dogs

Food Allergies in Dogs

Itchy skin in dogs is more than just a minor annoyance.  Red, oozing bald patches, rashes are a real discomfort to dogs.  The underlying cause needs to be determined so that these symptoms can be dealt with appropriately. Food allergies are one of the itchiest…

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September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month

Being a responsible dog owner includes caring for the health, safety, enrichment and training of your golden retriever. While you no doubt already perform many of the actions listed in this article, read on to see if there might be a few more you want…

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Should I Vaccinate My Golden Retriever?

Should I Vaccinate My Golden Retriever?

Vaccines are one of the safest and most cost-effective means of controlling infectious disease. There are several vaccinations which are considered core vaccines. The other vaccine options are considered non-core and should be recommended based on risk factors, life stage and lifestyle. This article will…

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How To Clean Your Golden’s Ears

How To Clean Your Golden’s Ears

Your pet’s ears are very different than yours – inside and out – and many factors can lead to problems with your dog’s ears. Allergies to things in your dog’s environment (pollen, dust mites, mold, grass, etc.), also known as canine atopy; food allergies or…

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Heartworm disease in Dogs

Heartworm disease in Dogs

Heartworm disease is caused by a worm (Dirofilaria immitis) that is about 14 inches long. Dogs become infected through mosquito bites. The mosquitos carry the larva that they acquired from biting other dogs or coyotes. Heartworm live on the right side of the heart which…

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Child Safety Around Dogs

Child Safety Around Dogs

Most dog bite victims are children.  In many cases, the dog that bites is their own, a friend’s, a neighbor’s or a babysitter’s dog.  There are many things that a parent can do to reduce the risk of a dog bite.  Some of the ways…

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