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Facebook Testimonial ShowcaseWe enjoy hearing from our Wisteria Goldens Family. Facebook Testimonial Showcase includes a few of the messages we’ve received recently on Facebook.

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star ratingLoving..nurturing and just all round good environment for these beautiful amazing animals. I will go back for another if time and money allow.

Bentley 4 1/2 mos. We love this lil guy!!

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Sierra Bay, she becomes more beautiful every day! Love, love, love her!

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Wish I could have them all!! Our girl is now 16 weeks and gorgeous, so smart and such a joy. If you don’t have Wisteria Golden in your life. you are missing so much. (Unsolicited testimony).

Our playful Ernie.

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Hi Ernie!! I’m your brother Bentley!

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English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

Summer Dog Health Training Tips

Mr. Tom Cat is a big help around here playing and interacting with puppies.  He is usually close by whenever they are out to play.  He is 16 years old and slowing down a bit, but still loves to be around the puppies.Today we are gathering a list of blog posts to use as a guide to Summer Dog Health Training Tips. These are previously published topics we would like to have an easy guide to revisit or share for the first time with our new families.

Let us know if there are other topics you would like added to this list for easy reference.

Summer Dog Health Training Tips

  1. Pet Parents Guide Pampered Paws – Part One of Two
  2. Pet Parents Guide to Pampered Paws – Part Two of Two
  3. Riding in Cars with Dogs
  4. Safe Plants for Dogs
  5.  Essential Oil Precautions for Dog Owners
  6. If My Dog Could Set The Thermostat
  7.  Leash Training Etiquette
  8. Dog Swimming Safety
  9. Appointments Puppy Training
  10. Bringing Home A New Puppy Transition Tips

If you would like another topic added to this Summer Dog Health Training Tips list please let us know in the comments.

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase their puppy’s optimal health, as well as into adulthood, increasing the longevity of their life!

HealthyPetsLongerLife.Com

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

Ichthyosis

Ichthyosis and Wisteria GoldensWe have had several questions in regard to the skin condition known as Ichthyosis.  Many families are unsure as to what it means to have adult dogs that are carriers, clear, or affected and how does this affect the puppy they are getting.

Ichthyosis Overview

Golden Retriever Ichthyosis is an inherited autosomal recessive trait.  This condition produces a “white” looking dandruff and progressively turn darker blackish in color.  The complications arise IF the dog obtains a secondary infection due to the dry scaly skin.

While there are no known treatments at this time, providing a high-quality diet and skin supplements can keep the symptoms at a minimum or completely clear.

Ichthyosis and Wisteria Goldens

None of our puppies will ever have Ichthyosis, even though we have females that are affected.  We do the DNA testing on our adults to know if they have a mutated ICT-A gene that produces Ichthyosis, so we are aware how we can pair them for breeding.

Since both of our males, Ego and Thor are clear,  the most any of our puppies will ever be are carriers.  The puppy must have two affected genes in order to ever have the skin condition.

Each dog has two ICT-A genes.  If both of these genes are clear then the dog does not have Ichthyosis and will not produce a puppy that does.  If one gene is affected, then the dog is considered a carrier and when bred will  provide either the clear gene or the affected gene to their offspring.  (Each parent contributes one gene to the puppy) If both genes are affected the dog has ichthyosis.

A dog can have Ichthyosis and have no physical symptoms or appearance of it, which is why the testing is important.

To learn more you can visit  Optigen

Pet Health Insurance

Pet Health Insurance

Pet insurance has had an average annual growth rate of about 13.2% since 2009. Some breeders require new puppy owners to carry pet insurance for the first two years. Recently, I have been having more families ask me about it and if it is worth it.   When registering your puppy with the American Kennel Club (AKC) they provide a Pet Insurance Gift Certificate.  This certificate must be activated, but is good for 30 days.  You can find the details here: AKC Pet Insurance Certificate Activation

Pet Health Insurance Research

Only you can decide if Pet Health Insurance is the right choice for you and your pet, however here are some items to consider and questions you should ask when researching your options:

1. Not all insurance companies are the same

Each company has different plans and there are different plans within each company. It can get very confusing. Some plans are for accidents only, others cover a wide variety of illnesses, some include cancer and others do not. Some plans include annual checks up and health testing. Know what you are buying!

2. Price isn’t the only consideration

While some plans are cheaper, it is usually due to less benefits and higher deductibles. Again, know what coverages you are getting, so there are no surprises.

3. Can you use your own Veterinarian?

My researched showed that pet insurance companies allowed claims from any licensed vet. I would still make sure that your choice of vet is accepted by the pet insurance company you choose.

4. Submitting your Claim

You will be required to pay your vet bill up-front and then submit your bill and any necessary paperwork directly to your Pet Insurance Company.

5. Are Pre-Existing Conditions Covered?

Pre-existing conditions are NOT covered. Make sure you understand how this works with your insurance policy. Some policies are annual policies only and what was not considered pre-existing one year, will be the next if your pet developed an illness within the previous year.

Having the monthly expense of pet insurance is a personal choice. Some families at least have insurance the first two years of a puppy’s life.  Insurance will protect you from the large unexpected vet bills. Those unexpected bills sometimes put the owner in the position of going into debt or putting your “furry” family member to sleep — a difficult choice either way.

Before you buy — please do your research and know what coverage you are getting.

Creative Story Challenge and Match Quiz

Creative Story ChallengeCreative Story Challenge and Match Quiz. Write your creative story about your dog. Find the Match The Star Quiz and match the famous dog star with the show. HINT: The quiz answers are at the end of the post.

These talented critters went through extensive training with their handlers. Socialization is top of the list because a movie set has dozens of personnel milling about at all times and the dog has to be accepting of this. Some dogs get so curious about the equipment and people that it cannot focus on its commands, so you can see how socialization becomes very important. These dogs had to be taken into all manner of situations by their trainers from a very early age. If you have stardom dreams for your pet, you’ve got to get it to obey commands in the middle of very busy environments. Take him with you wherever you go and teach him to obey commands in different locations.

There’s a long list of movie and television stars that just happen to be dogs. We’ve created a little quiz for you just for fun and to see if you can match the star with his best show.

Match The Star With The Show

The “Canine” Movie Star

  1. Asta
  2. Beasley
  3. Toto
  4. Spike
  5. Pal
  6. Milo
  7. Rando
  8. Higgins
  9. Buddy
The Show

Old Yeller
Benji
The Thin Man
Air Bud
The Wizard of Oz
K9
Turner and Hooch
The Mask
Lassie

Imagine the training it took for the Marley and Me movie. There were 22 dog actors used for the role and they had to “achieve their inner bad boy” to act the ornery dog Marley’s role. Mark Forbes, their trainer said: “I remember the very first day, we had a scene where Jen is bringing Marley home, and we were using Clyde and we rehearsed it. She unclipped him, and he ran in, he jumped up on the kitchen table, did a circle, licked Owen in the face, and ran out of the room. From that day forward, [director] David [Frankel] would never let us rehearse, especially Clyde. We’d just let [the dogs] go do what they were going do in their own little Marley way.”

Your dog must be taught to obey commands from a distance with both hand and verbal cues due to the demands on the set. It’s quite challenging for the dog, but it is a highly lucrative position, and worth all the effort it takes.

Creative Story Challenge

Let’s have some creative fun! If your dog had played a leading role in a book or movie what would it be about? Tell us about your dog’s role in our Creative Story Challenge. You can make up the story yourself and then share with us on Facebook. Tell us, in a paragraph or two, about the story line, the lesson, and is it a comedy or a drama. Add photos if you would like. Be creative and have fun!

Match Quiz Answers: Here are the correct answers to the quiz above: 4, 8, 1, 9, 3, 7, 2, 6, 5. How did you do?

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase their puppy’s optimal health, as well as into adulthood, increasing the longevity of their life!

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The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

Excessive Barking

Excessive barking can be very irritating, especially to your neighbors. So what can you do if your dog barks too much?Excessive barking can be very irritating, especially to your neighbors. So what can you do if your dog barks too much?

Barking comes naturally to dogs and the police agree that a barking dog is a wonderful deterrent. Some dog owners just ignore the barking; this does not work for the neighbors, so another solution has to be found. It would be a horrible thing to have a dog’s vocal cords removed and we think this is cruel and way too drastic, yet have heard of people doing this.

Verbalizing is often connected with prompts or reactions to situations. Take a look at your situation and review the following potential causes.

  1. First thing,
    • Make sure he is completely well.
    • Is your dog barking because something is bothering him, hurting, or
    • Is he aware of something in your environment that you aren’t?
  2. Secondly,
    • Check to see if he’s bored, because boredom may cause barking.
    • Does he have enough toys with which to entertain himself if you’re not there, or if you are there and not ready for play time, can he keep himself amused?
  3. Third, use your keen powers of observation to determine just why he is barking. If you truly want to get to the bottom of the “why” of his barking, you might consider setting up a video camera to get to the real reason if you’re not there much of the time. You may discover his barking is caused by loud noises for his sensitive ears. Perhaps they can be muted in some way.

Discovering the reason for barking is the most important step in determining what you can do to remedy excessive barking.

  • He might be afraid or lonely. Some dogs don’t do well left alone in a home or apartment.
  • Does he simply want your attention? If your dog just wants attention, don’t give it. He will learn this kind of barking is a dead end street.
  • Is he giving you a warning? If he’s giving you a warning, this behavior deserves rewarding.
  • Is he anxious or excited? If he’s anxious or excited because you just said “Want to go to the Dog Park?” consider that it’s your excitement he’s bouncing off of and change your behavior.

If he barks when you simply go pick up the leash, drop it and sit down until he learns that his barking isn’t acceptable.

  • If he barks on the way to the car, go back inside immediately, sit down and wait for him to calm down.
  • If he barks when someone arrives at the house, ignore him for several minutes. He will calm down, and learn quickly that his barking isn’t acceptable.

Excessive Barking Prevention

  1. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise on a regular basis. Extra daily walks might be just the thing to relieve his boredom and reduce the barking.
  2. You can also teach the silent command. If you have a chronic barker this tends to be an easy solution.
    • When barking, say “speak” and reward the barking. It sounds counterproductive, however once they “connect” speak and start barking,
    • Then teach the “silent” command – “Shh” repeat “Shhh and when the dog doesn’t bark, say good boy and reward/treat.

While this article offers some practical solutions to solve your dog’s barking problem, there may be even more out on the internet, so I’d recommend a little internet research. YouTube has many videos about barking dogs. And different breeds require different solutions.

All instances of barking can be changed through behavior change. Sometimes, it might be your behavior that needs changing. Sometimes, it might be your dog’s behavior. With consistency, patience, and kind attention, you can help your dog break this barking habit and won’t your neighbors heave a sigh of relief, too?

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The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

Bentley (Harmony/Thor)

BentleyBENTLEY Running with the girls.

Bentley is a very sweet loving lil guy. He enjoys playing with his sisters and has really brought out the “puppy” again in our two seven year old Goldens, Marley and Kaycee. Bentley is going to be big boy! He currently weighs 41 lbs. I swear that every night he grows another inch taller. We cannot wait to take him to the lake.

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase their puppy’s optimal health, as well as into adulthood, increasing the longevity of their life!

HealthyPetsLongerLife.Com

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

Grain Free Turkey & Berry Chewies

Grain Free TurkeyYour dog will love this mouth-watering, Grain Free Turkey recipe featuring free-range turkey, pumpkin, and three berries.

Treats are for nutrition as well as training treats. When the treat is made with Free Range Turkey (a premium protein) plus the raspberries, blueberries and cranberries provide (for an antioxidant boost) the treat is more than just a treat.

Grain Free Turkey & Berry Chewies

Choosing a treat is just as important as choosing the food you feed your pet. We choose food and treat which enhance our dog’s health.

Find a variety of treat options as well as a sampler pack.

Grain Free Turkey & Berry Chewies

Ingredients:

Free Range Turkey, Turkey Liver, Pumpkin, Molasses, Vegetable Glycerin, Cranberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Inulin, Liquid Smoke, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (preservative).

HealthyPetsLongerLife.Com We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood, increasing the longevity of their life! The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent. Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

HealthyPetsLongerLife.Com

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood, increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

Gunnar (Angel/Ego)

Puppy Update Gunnar (Angel/Ego) Everyone loves Gunnar! He is an absolutely gorgeous little guy and we are delighting in watching him grow ( and grow and grow!) He is 3 months old now and has adjusted beautifully to his new surroundings. Thank you thank you for our beautiful puppy!Puppy Update

Gunnar (Angel/Ego) from CW

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Everyone loves Gunnar! He is an absolutely gorgeous little guy and we are delighting in watching him grow ( and grow and grow!) He is 3 months old now and has adjusted beautifully to his new surroundings. Thank you, thank you for our beautiful puppy!

CW

 

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase their puppy’s optimal health, as well as into adulthood, increasing the longevity of their life!

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The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

Charlie (Harmony/Thor)

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Charlie (Harmony/Thor) from D.K.

Charlie is doing so well! He loves to play with our other 2 dogs, take walks at the nature preserve and is a very affectionate companion for our family!

D.K.

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We are always delighted to hear from and share with you about our Wisteria Goldens forever home families. These are a few of the most recent submissions.

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Send us pictures and stories to add to our testimonial collection. Submit Updates Here

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase their puppy’s optimal health, as well as into adulthood, increasing the longevity of their life!

HealthyPetsLongerLife.Com

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015