Dr Sarah Door Darting

Dr Sarah’s video about Door Darting is a great resource for training a dog Door darting is common if your dog has an adventurous spirit and often takes you on a game of chase, while you are trying to get to work or an appointment.

This video Dr Sarah Door Darting includes tips to help you to keep your pet safe despite her motivation for door darting.

Dr Sarah Door Darting

Dr Sarah’s video about Door Darting is a great resource for training a dog who wants to rush through the door when it is opened.Related Topics:

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Should You Shave Your Golden Retriever?

 should you shave your goldenEach summer I receive many emails from families asking about “shaving” their Golden Retriever. Should you shave your golden?

I did some research and found there is a risk of changing their coat when shaving them. It could either grow back thicker or not grow back properly at all. This is due to the double-coat that Golden Retrievers have.

If your Golden Retriever swims a lot and the hair stays wet creating hot spots, then this is a risk you might want to take, but most hot spots are eliminated when feeding a high-quality food, such as Life’s Abundance, that does not have wheat or corn, the highest allergens to Golden Retrievers.

Should you shave your golden?

Some people want to shave their Golden Retriever thinking it will keep them cooler, but this is not true. Goldens have two coats — the long outer coat and the soft fuzzy undercoat. These two layers work together to protect the Golden’s skin from sun, heat, cold, and moisture. Their fur acts as an insulator against both the heat and the cold.

There are health risks to shaving your Golden as well — skin cancer. When you cut the hair it exposes the skin to the harmful sun rays, just like it does for us, so they are more susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer, as well as other cancers.

Just something to consider in protecting the health of your Golden Retriever.

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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.

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Biking

Dr Sarah Biking with Your DogTM TrainingDr Sarah has created this amazing video training to show how to safely go biking with your dog. The information includes basics and tips to ensure you and your dog are safe while enjoying a bike ride together. Dr. Sarah’s Pet Talk series video Biking with Your Dog.

Biking with The Dog

Much like we prepare ourselves for exercise activities it is important to prepare ourselves and our pets for exercising as well.

IMPORTANT: Running and Biking are NOT safe for English Cream Goldens until they are fully grown — around 18 months or older. Allow their body to fully develop before you take them running or biking (or other high impact exercise) to prevent injuries or physical developmental problems.

Preparing ourselves and our dog for exercise activities is important for safe and enjoyable results. Take time to ensure your dog is socialized to each of the situations you may encounter along the way. Minimize surprises so both of you are confident and enjoy the experience.

Biking Preparation Thoughts

Before you take your dog biking there are a few important concerns to address.

  1. Is your dog prepared physically? Have you built up to an exercise routine which would make the biking experience a healthy activity for your dog.
  2. Is your dog prepared socially? Have you practiced elements of the route together (obstacles, people, children, umbrellas for example). These are only a few of the encounters you may experience.
  3. Is the weather conducive to an enjoyable ride/run? Consider biking with you dog during moderate weather conditions (not when it is too hot or too cold). For example… In summer find the coolest time of the day and in winter plan to bike during the warmest. Avoid overheating or overcooling.

A few basics to take along for your dog: water, a treat, your clicker, a collar and leash, and other supplies you may need to comfort, redirect, or socialize your dog.

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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.

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

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Puppy Training

Puppy TrainingToday we are sharing the improved update of our Puppy Training Guide Listing

This is a list of the Puppy Training Guides we have published on Wisteria Goldens’ Blog. The Listing page will provide you with answers to the most commonly asked questions about how to transition your puppy from Wisteria Ranch to your Forever Home, Nutrition, Socialization, Playtime, Training, Travel, Memories (Journal), and Health Care.

Puppy Training Guides

The list also includes some of our most popular Blog posts about caring for your dog as well. You’ll find a variety of topics like these popular guides.

Bringing Home New Puppy Transition Tips (preparation and welcoming your puppy to their Forever Home).

Puppy Love Head to Toe (a massage guide).

Puppy Photos — Tips for Getting a Great Shot (taking great pictures for your puppy’s memory book and family album).

Let us know which guides are most helpful to you by providing a comment or joining the conversation on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear what information we can provide for you in helping to raise your puppy or keeping your dog healthy and happy.

Start exploring here on our Puppy Training Guide Listing.

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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 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.

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

Puppies and Ex-Pens

An ex-pen is commonly called an exercise pen or dog/puppy playpen. We utilize ex-pens a lot when raising puppies. They are “play pens” that are a protected area to put the puppy in when you are not available to watch them.

Connect crates and  puppies ex-pens

We attach one end of the ex-pen to a wire crate, which creates an area for play and sleep.

Here are pictures of our set up:

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Ways to Use Puppies Ex-Pen

Check your ex-pen for suggested uses and ensure they are appropriate for indoor and/or outdoor use.

  • Unsupervised times when you are not watching your puppy.
  • Socialization to introduce your puppy to a new environment.
  • Rest time
  • Create a connected set of crates and pens for added space within the pen boundaries.

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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 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.

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

Moleskin Dog Journals

Many of us love to journal, take pictures, scrapbook and use various ways to capture memories of our life. We have baby books, photo albums, travel books, journals, however, I have never thought of having a dog journal. This are the Moleskin Dog Journals.

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Moleskin has journals for all occasions and that includes Dog Journals. What a great idea!

I have several photos of my oldest Golden Retriever, Rusty, but I have never thought of writing and documenting his life like I did my children. Now, that he is 13 years old and in the last years of his life, I wish I had his life documented in such a beautiful way.

Our dogs are such a big part of our family and what a great way to be able to remember the relationship we shared with them when they are no longer with us.

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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 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.

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

Water the Dog

Water the DogIn this blog post, Water the Dog, we are exploring several ways to ensure our dogs are well hydrated.

The importance of hydration for dogs is just as important as human hydration is. We give our dogs plenty of opportunities to drink water and let their bodies tell them when and how much. But there are other ways as well which become especially important to offer during times of high temperature or activity.

Three Ideas to Regularly Water the Dog

Hydration can be provided via internal (water bowl or frozen treats for dogs), or it can be provided via external ways such as bathing and swimming, or playing in the sprinklers.

  1. The water bowl is refilled to freshen it up often through the day. Especially if it is hot or we are engaged in an activity filled day of training or playing. Carry water with you for yourself and for the dog when you are exercising, traveling in the car, or going for a long walk.
  2. Swimming, Bathing, or Playing in the Sprinklers (see this guide for Swimming Safety).
  3. Hydrating massage (fractionated coconut oil is refreshing and soothing).

Water Bottle For The Dog 

Water the dog all year round. While we often think of summer as the only time to be aware of how much water our dog is being offered, the fact is watering the dog is a year-round health care topic. While we do ration food and treats (according to our dog’s weight maintenance plan) we will often offer more water than she needs (using all three of the ideas suggested above).

There are rare times when it would be possible to over water a dog. But, we are always mindful of the routine to ensure there are ample opportunities for our dogs to have hydration whenever their bodies want to drink and above and beyond that we offer external ways to hydrate them as well.

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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 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.

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

Nap Time for Ego

nap time for egoAt this moment, it is Nap Time for Ego and I’ve noticed he is suddenly having one of his adorable running in the field dreams. Did you know a dog needs REM sleep as much as their human companions do? The difference is humans often spend 25% of the night in REM and often stay awake all day. Dogs only spend about 10% of the time they sleep in REM, which means they need a few extra hours to clock in enough restorative sleep.

Puppies and older dogs might spend 14 hours plus napping during a 24 hour period while dogs between the age of 2-8 might spend 12 hours a day (accumulatively). (Statistics gathered from Sleep.Org)

Although dogs sleep a bit more than humans there are similarities to know and plan for.

Nap Time for Ego Guidelines

  1. Give your dog a place to rest without traffic or disturbances.
  2. Keep the sleeping area draft free and a comfortable temperature (see this guide about temperature settings).
  3. Make sure toys and loose bedding are kept to a minimum (see this guide about toys).
  4. Do not feed or water your dog in the bedding area.
  5. When your dog will be unsupervised consider a safe ‘area’ or kennel to ensure her comfort while you are away. This will reduce opportunities for complications giving your dog a safe experience.
  6. Take him outside and provide opportunities to play and potty regularly (See guide about playtime).

Do you have tips or questions about napping dogs?

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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 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.

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

Better Skin Health Tips

Better Skin Health Tips As the seasons change, it is a great idea to revisit great tips for dog health. In this video, Dr. Sarah discusses Better Skin Health Tips to explore. Some highlights include:

Some highlights include:

  • The similarities and the differences between our pet’s skin and our own.
  • Skin changes and possible causes such as bites or allergies.
  • Sensitivities based on age and environment.

Better Skin Health Tips with Dr Sarah Video

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As the seasons change, it is important to think about our pet’s skin care.  Tips for Better Skin Health explores ways to care for a dog’s skin, how to check for potential issues, and what to do when an issue is detected.

Skin Health can be maintained with simple tips and routines. Being aware of potential issues and how and when to check for them gives us better results. Healthy skin means happier pets.

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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.

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