Notes from our Extended Wisteria Goldens Families!

wisteria Goldens familiesWe love to keep in touch and hear from the families that have adopted one of our English Cream Golden Puppies! We adore pictures and they are always welcomed.

Notes from our Extended Wisteria Goldens Families!

Other prospective families also want to hear how your Wisteria Golden puppy is doing, as well as your experience when adopting your English Golden puppy. We also have more pictures and updates in our monthly newsletters.

Want to connect with other Wisteria Goldens families?

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Are Dog Treats Just Bribery?

are dog treats just briberyWARNING for English Cream Golden Retriever Dog Owners: Are Dog Treats Just Bribery? People use treats when they train their dog, especially their English Cream Golden Retriever, to behave in a particular way or with a particular response. Some people think this is bribery and others think it is rewarding their behavior.

Are Dog Treats Just Bribery?

There is a difference between bribery and reward.

  1. Bribery occurs in the heat of the moment when you want your dog to behave a certain way and you “bribe” to get the correct behavior. It is a type of manipulation.
  2. A reward (treat) is a tool to reinforce appropriate behavior and a way for the dog to recognize “yes, that is what I am asking you to do.” It is what is received “after” he performs.

Your dog won’t need a treat for his entire life to perform good behavior or some wonderful little trick. Once he learns the command, the goal is to wean off the reward (treat) for verbal kudos “good boy,” pets, hugs, and the joy of pleasing you. It is only during the learning stages that food motivators are required.

  • When using treats as a motivator it is best to keep the treat hidden in your hand or out of sight until the command is performed. You want your dog to focus on what is being asked of him, not what the reward is.
  • When using treats as a reward remember to provide something healthy and use different types of treats depending on command. If there is something your dog doesn’t want to do, use a “high” reward item, such as turkey hot dogs cut into bite size pieces. Find your dog’s “favorite” treat and only use it when asking big commands or when there is hesitation on their part to do what is being asked of them.

Some dogs are lazy and don’t really care if they “perform” when asked, whether that is a behavior command or trick. Most dogs are food motivated though (some more than others) and treats work well with getting the desired outcome from training sessions with your dog.

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Cutting Board Snacks

Sharing Cutting Board Snacks with our dogs isn’t always a good idea but there are a few people snacks worth mentioning which are nutritious and beneficial for dogs. Moderation is a key factor.

We occasionally share cutting board snacks with our dogs for nutritional reasons as well as to provide a variety of nutritional sources for them.

Avoid sharing while you are eating. We generally share while we are preparing or during socialization training. For example, we may substitute an apple slice for a treat (once or twice) during a session.

Make the snacks bite size to reduce chances of choking. Make the bites sized to ‘fit’ your dog’s age and size as well.

2 Cutting Board Snacks for Dogs with Dental Hygiene Benefits

  1. Apples: Share a slice or two (without the core or seeds).
  2. Carrots: Cut into small chunks.

2 Snacks for Dogs with Regularity Benefits

  1. Oatmeal (a tablespoon of prepared oatmeal without toppings).
  2. Plain Yogurt (could be stirred into the oatmeal or alone).

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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.

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Hope & Harley (Halo/Ego)

Hope & Harley (Halo/Ego)Hope & Harley (Halo/Ego)

“Everyone that sees them says they should be models.”  R & M

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Wilson (Breeze/Ego)

Wilson (Breeze/Ego)

Wilson (Breeze/Ego)

“I thought I would send you some photos of our handsome boy (Wilson). We are so in love with this dog. He has been the perfect fit for our family. Smart, obedient, humorous, affectionate with the perfect amount of energy! Makes us want another!”  BJ

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The Healing Power of Dogs

golden-puppy-photoHave you ever wondered why being around dogs can be so comforting and healing? Think back to some circumstances in your life. Have you ever seen a service dog come into a hospital room to have the patient absolutely light up with joy?

Did you notice that dogs were taken in to lend comfort to the survivors of the Newtown school shooting? Gentle-faced golden retrievers are used quite frequently to lend comfort and support in times of crisis because of their gentle, loving natures.

The Healing Power of Dogs Training

Dogs are trained to be service dogs, but their native intuition makes them wonderful therapy dogs without much training at all. They are the best listeners and lovers on the planet and all ages of humans respond to their attention. Unlike humans who feel the need to “say something,” dogs are just “there,” quietly and attentively listening and then acknowledging what is said to them with a loving response – a nudge of the head or a lick.

Service dogs don’t often display any kind of fear toward strangers, so their loyalty and affection are perfect when it comes to total acceptance and they can move forward fearlessly into situations even a therapy-trained human would find emotionally uncomfortable.

The Healing Power of Dogs Intuition

Did you know that the very simple act of petting dogs helps us humans to decrease stress, to breathe more easily and to lower blood pressure? Unlike medication for these symptoms, there are no side effects.

Dogs have an inbred sense of who is in the most trouble. It’s uncanny to see a dog enter a room where people are talking, laughing and crying. The dog more often than not will go to the one person who is crying and offer solace. This is the sign of a true healer.

The national organization Pet Partners has 11,000 registered teams of volunteer handlers and animals that visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and victims of tragedy and disaster. What a wonderful service they perform. Sometimes, if a therapist and one of the victims are in a room, the conversation between them is helped when a dog is also brought in, because it helps the victim feel better about talking.

It’s wonderful to have those who love us around during times when we really need support. But somehow, it’s not quite the same as having dogs around for the same reason. Dogs are more uncomplicated and there’s a wonderful increase in human endorphins when they’re brought on to the scene. The accuracy of their intuition is uncanny, but no one doubts the benefits they bring.

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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.

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Latchkey Dog Day Care and Boarding

Latchkey Dog Day Care and BoardingTop Questions to Ask About Safe Dog Boarding Services

There may be times when the family isn’t able to take the family pet with them during a holiday or when the day’s activities keep family members away at unusually long intervals. When your pet needs daycare or overnight boarding services be sure to ask these important questions to ensure the service is qualified and prepared to provide safe and healthy care for your dog.

For short routine absences consider electronic pet monitoring.  Be sure to explore the customer reviews. There are some amazing reviews and some cautions regarding device compatibility as well.

First determine the level of care you will need.

  1. In Home Pet Sitter,
  2. Daycare (outside of your home), or
  3. Overnight Boarding.

Develop a Care Plan to outline your dog’s needs, health, schedule, preferences, feeding time, play and exercise time. Depending on the time of day, the extent of your absence, and the provider you choose, some of your pet’s familiar experiences may need to be adapted. The longer the planning period and time spent in providing these adjustments (at home with family) the easier it will be for your pet to enjoy time spent away from familiar people.

Latchkey Dog Day Care and Boarding Question Checklist

Qualifications:

  • What Licenses does the facility possess?
  • What agency or organization monitors licensing?
  • What Training Classes are required for staff that provides direct care?

Practices:

  • What is the method of communication and discipline model used in the facility?
  • Who is qualified ‘on-site’ to provide First Aid and Emergency Planning?

Schedule:

When planning ahead is an option knowing (and implementing) the holiday schedule with your dog before you take them to a provider will socialize him/her to a large part of adapting to new surroundings.

  • Are all guests (pets) on the same schedule?
  • Meals times.
  • Play time.
  • Sleep time.
  • Exercise time.

Are other activities offered? Having an opportunity to introduce your dog to elements of a new activity can also set his/her mind at ease. Familiarity is a large part of socialization training.

Contact Information:

  • How can pet owners contact the facility during and after business hours?
  • Who will be contacted in case of emergency?

Staff Duties:

Each staff may have different qualifications and duties.

  • What duties are assigned to each staff member who will be connecting with your pet?
  • What additional qualifications should each of these staff members possess?

Reviews:

  • What are other pet owners saying about their experience with the service?
  • Do they offer open communication with social media to ensure clients have access to share publicly when they are either satisfied or disappointed with the service?

Our pets are members of our family and we find it just as important to seek amazing services for them as we would for any other ‘people’ family member. Finding qualified care is essential to ensure your dog is happy, healthy, and comfortable with their accommodations. We wouldn’t stay in a hotel with questionable standards. We wouldn’t want our pets to be uncomfortable while we are away.

Remember These Top Tips

  1. Shop around,
  2. plan ahead,
  3. provide your pet with socialization opportunities, and
  4. ask questions.

Everyone have a happy holiday!

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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.

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What sweet sleeping English Cream Golden babies! After a fun day of play, all our puppies fell asleep on my lap. I slid out from underneath them and they all gathered together.

This is what dog piling is all about:

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Enjoy the sweet puppies!
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English Cream Golden Retriever Language

IMG_2443-1024x768We are painfully aware sometimes that the communication we want, need, and really do require to keep our pets happy does not happen in human words. We use human words to speak to them but they cannot reciprocate with human words. There’s only one option: you’ve got to learn to speak their language, be that Pekinese, Boxer, Golden, or Chihuahua.

English Cream Golden Retriever Language Training Tips

Dog language is a matter of silent movements. You have to learn to watch their ears, tails, fur, and the sounds they make. One of my assistants has cats and her cat stands beside her office chair and makes a very distinct sound that means “Stand up, and go over to that door and open it. I want to go outside.” Your dogs speak this language, too, and to learn the vernacular, all you have to do is to become a keen observer. Here are some tips:

  • Watch the tail wagging. Some animal scientists have discovered that when your dog’s tail wags more to the right, he or she feels positive about you or the situation. Left, not so much.
  • A slow, more stiff tail wag means “warning; something’s not quite right here.”
  • When your dog is confident, his tail is up. When he’s experiencing a negative emotion, his tail is down between his back legs.

English Cream Golden Retriever Language

What other silent messages is your dog bringing to you? Does he run up to you and then back to another area? He’s trying to tell you something about that area. If his toy rolls under the couch, does he stand in front of you and look under the couch? His eyes are tell you right where to look. If he’s thirsty and there isn’t water set out, or perhaps he prefers it fresh, does he go to the sink and give you “the look?” Are you watching carefully where your dog points his nose? It contains a message to you.

English Cream Golden Retriever Language Puppies

Golden Retriever puppies and your dog can help you to unfold stronger powers of observation that you can subsequently use in other areas of your life. You might become a better painter because of it, or a better parent, or a better worker bee in your job. All this from observing your pet’s communication with you. What a happy pet you’d have, too, and how much more harmony will exist in your home. We enjoy an interesting game to play with children: see who can learn new “words” in dog talk just by observing.

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What should I feed my puppy?

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.

I’m often asked “What should I feed my puppy? What do you recommend?” I have always researched the dog food and looked at the first few ingredients, as I was told that these were the most important and meat should always be the first one. The guaranteed analysis was the next important criteria.

Note: This blog post was previously published on Wisteria Goldens in 2014. We are resharing for our newest Wisteria Goldens families.

We had been using our brand of dog food for years and are no longer able to get it. So, my research for dog food was on again.

Wow, I have learned so much! I spent over an hour with a gentleman who has bred and shown dogs for years. His personal dogs have lived to be 18 years of age before they passed over the Rainbow Bridge!

He has a wealth of information on where what brands of dog foods were made, which ones swept up the leftover grains off the floor and put them in our foods, and which companies that specialize in household goods also make dog food. It was pretty shocking!

What should I feed my puppy Research

In my research, I discovered Life Abundance Pet Foods. This line of products was formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM. She has been a holistic vet for over 20 years. Served as President of the American Veterinarian Association of New York City, earned three Presidential Citations, appointed by Mayor Rudolph Guliano to help establish one of the largest animal shelters in the world, the author of three books on responsible care and treatment of pets, and has appeared on 48 Hours, Good Morning America, CNN, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and more. She has also created a non-profit foundation where a % of her product line is contributed toward rescue and care for pets.

Needless to say, I was pretty impressed. I learned that pet food was developed around World War II. It consisted of leftover grains that were rejected for human consumption. It was recognized very quickly that grains alone were not providing adequate nutrition, so protein was added, again with the source being rejected meat for human consumption; dead, diseased, dying, disabled, or drugged animals met the criteria.

Did you know that our pets genetically can live to be 20 years old, but the current average is 13 – 15? While many factors help the longevity of life – environment, health care, etc. nutrition is one of the most important factors.

  • Many of the ingredients in our pets food today cause a shorter life span due to the ingredients that cause stress on their kidney and liver functions which include; wheat, corn, and soy. These are also major allergens to our pets.
  • By-products such as chicken heads, duck bills, fish heads, chicken and turkey feet, bones, and diseased & contaminated slaughterhouse meat can also be included in our pet foods! BHA, BHT, which harms our dogs’ liver & kidneys and is known carcinogens. Ethoxyquin, which is used to stabilize rubber can also be used. All these chemicals are added to provide a longer shelf life – 2 years or greater.

Life’s Abundance Pet Foods are made with all-natural ingredients and include meat (quality sources), fruits and vegetables, probiotics to help the immune system, as well as antioxidants like grape seed extract. They do not include corn, soy, wheat or any by-products or chemicals. They do not manufacture the food in bulk and they ship directly to the customer in order to ensure a “fresh” product vs. one that has been on the shelf for months, even possibly a couple of years.

We are now (and have been for 7 years) feeding our dogs Life’s Abundance and raising the puppies on this food to ensure a long and healthy life, as well as provide our puppies a healthy start. We also give our dogs and puppies vitamins.

All of our new puppy owners receive their first bag of dog food directly from Life’s Abundance ordered and shipped by us. We feel that nutrition (just like us humans) helps to prevent health problems, which helps to prevent preventable vet bills, and provides for a healthier, longer life for our pets.

While this dog food “seems” more expensive up front, the cost is about $.70 per day for a 50 lb dog. You feed less dog food, but they receive more nutrition! They are able to digest, absorb, and utilize Life’s Abundance Dog food more effectively, and have less waste, which is a great benefit as well!

We hope you have found this information helpful in learning more about supporting the nutritional needs and health of your puppy/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.

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