English Cream Golden Retriever Guide Dog

Joyce Williamson Guide Dog for the Blind Foundation press release storiesGolden Retrievers are historically in the top three breeds of choice for assisting blind and sight impaired individuals. The assistance dog is trained to negotiate obstacles so a person with sight challenges can become more independent.

Training curriculum for assistance dogs includes a wide range of skills including; obstacle identification, response, socialization, personality and behavior, and communication ability. Goldens are naturally well suited because of their desire to be companion dogs and to assist. They are also well suited as guide dogs because they are strong enough to communicate with body language.

English Cream Golden Retriever Guide Dog News

When an individual is sight impaired they are able to respond to sound and touch. A golden retriever can be trained to use both sound and body language to communicate the need to navigate around obstacles.

Vision loss can be frustrating and limits an individual’s ability to safely participate in activities they once enjoyed alone. A guide dog can reopen doors which were closed as a result of losing vision.

This was the case for Joyce Williamson. She gradually lost her vision due to retinitis pigmentosa. After she made a decision to work with a guide dog she soon reclaimed her independence, self confidence, and her personal safety. Williamson said, because of her guide dog, she has her “freedom’ and ‘she has given me back my quality of life and opened doors that were beginning to shut” as a result of vision challenges.

Joyce Williamson found the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and decided they were the best choice for her. “Students live on campus, working and bonding with their dogs, for 25 days.” She said.

Story and Image used with permission from Guide Dog Org Foundation Stories Press Release

English Cream Golden Retriever Guide Dog Related Links

Guide Dog for the Blind Foundation

Wisteria Goldens 

Qualifying for Therapy Dog Certification 

Library Jobs

English Cream Golden Retriever Crate Training

English Cream Golden Retriever Crate TrainingCrate training is a gradual process with the goal of providing our dogs with a comfortable and safe haven for sleeping and retreat. The crate is often compared to a den environment because it is a place where a dog can retreat and be certain disruptions will be at a minimum.

There are a few things to consider and to practice to make the crating process easier and give you positive results.

  1. Crate size,
  2. Crate location,
  3. Routine development, and
  4. What is inside the crate.

English Cream Golden Retriever Crate Training Tips

Each of the items listed above are explained below.

  1. Crate size

A crate should be just big enough for your dog to walk in, turn around, and lay down.

  1. Crate location

A crate should be located in a place where your dog can sleep undisturbed. There should be no drafts and the temperature should be relatively consistent. Place the crate in an easy location for your dog to access, should he chose to go inside for security, or a nap away from activity. Leave the door open so he/she can enter and rest with the option to exit at will.

  1. Routine development

When your puppy is at Wisteria Ranch we begin crating at 4 weeks to introduce them to the crate. We start out by putting two puppies in a crate at a time and then at 6 weeks we put them in a crate by themselves.  They have ‘nap time’ each day in the crate.

As you develop a routine you will want to take your dog out of the crate and right to the potty area before offering food, water, or playtime. Increase crating time gradually, adding a few minutes at a time, at times when your pet is unsupervised but, crating should not exceed two-four hours depending on age.

Remember to include your dog in your family routine as much as possible because he/she is naturally a family companion and will want to join you in the daily activity.

  1. What is inside

Keep the items inside the crate to a minimum. A comfortable mat and a favorite toy for example.

 English Cream Golden Retriever Crate Training Tips

Crate training is part of a complete relationship development training process. Once your dog is comfortable with a crate you can use it when your dog is unattended, when you are away from home, or when your dog is sleeping.

Crating should not be used as a time-out to correct unwanted behavior. A dog should not be alone in a crate for extended periods of time. At most, your pet should not be alone in the crate, for more than three-four hours. If your schedule keeps you away for longer periods of time it is beneficial to have a family member or neighbor let your dog out of the crate for water, playtime, socialization, exercise, and a potty break at mid-day.

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English Cream Golden Retriever Therapy Dogs

English Cream Golden Retriever Therapy DogsOver the years we have watched puppies born at Wisteria Ranch. We watch them socialize, begin to grow, we begin to see their own unique personality, and then, when they are ready, we part ways and they move to their forever home. Later we hear how they are doing, see photos of how grown up they are,  and often we hear they have found a calling.

The first job an English Cream Golden Retriever encounters in life is the job of ‘companion’ as they are remarkable in the art of friendship. Testimonials are submitted to us often and include the sweet sentiments about how each puppy has captured the hearts of their new family and the hearts of everyone they meet as well.

Another kind of ‘job’ story we are proud to hear about is when a Wisteria Ranch puppy grows up to become a service dog or therapy dog. The wide variety of job titles he or she could learn to do is unlimited.

Recently I was looking for stories to share on our blog and was delighted to find and share about the Dog Scouts of America and Library Jobs for Dogs. What I didn’t realize at the time is we really didn’t need to research the news to find amazing stories, because there are so many testimonials describing our very own Wisteria Ranch dogs and the remarkable paths they are taking.

First…I would like to introduce you to CJ and Barley.

English Cream Golden Retriever Therapy Dogs from Wisteria Ranch

CJ (Violet-Harley) aka Red Boy born 01-23-2013

CJ has learned how to be a PTSD specialist therapy dog.  His certification is Service Dog. He is reported to have a clear sense of his schedule regarding work and play. He has this concept mastered so when he is at home “he is all puppy” and while he is at work (with his vest on) he is a professional service dog.

Barley (Sugar-Aspen) born 02-27-2010

Barley is a natural when it comes to helping people feel better. His kind, gentle, and affectionate disposition combined with how much he enjoys making people feel better, combine to enhance his service in settings such as nursing homes.

Next up… Companion Dogs.

English Cream Golden Retriever Companion Dogs

Of course it is remarkable to hear about the amazing fields and vocations the puppies we adore grow up to serve in. We couldn’t be prouder of them. But, most of all, the Wisteria Ranch puppies are all celebrated for their ability to evoke the following kind of testimonial. About Cutter (Zoey-Harley) born 07-28-2012, Brad wrote:

Just wanted to say thanks for such an amazing friend. He literally does everything with me. – Brad

The testimonials we receive always touch our hearts. Testimonials like this one, we received about Baxter (Rory-Buddy) born 12/16/09, and how he has been in continuous intensive training to serve  his new family, remind us how important it is to give each puppy an early start in a training routine.

With or without a ‘job’ what is most amazing about Wisteria Ranch puppy testimonials is the love and companionship they  continue to give to us right from the start, to each of their new homes as soon as they arrive, and to each new person they meet along the way. It is a treasure how they can so easily warm our hearts. Today, as we share these remarkable testimonials, we are reminded why we love what we do. We are grateful to be dedicated to give your future companion the best possible start.

English Cream Golden Retriever Therapy Dogs Related Links

Healing Power of Dogs

AKC Therapy Dog Certification

Qualifying for Therapy Dog Certification

English Cream Golden Retriever Positive Training Approach

Trained Puppies for sale. English Cream Golden Retriever Misha was born 4-4-2014 Zoey & Thor Wisteria GoldensWisteria Goldens has provided dog training information specifically about how to get the best results when training your English Cream Golden Retriever. Today I would like to summarize and elaborate on previous lessons which focused on positive dog training methods with emphasis on desired behavior reinforcement.

Training is a relationship building activity to establish a language between us and our pets. The breed of your pet will determine, based on personality traits, the best approach. For Goldens, who are naturally suited as family dogs and want to please you, the best approach is to communicate to your puppy exactly which behaviors you desire, by practicing behavior observation.

English Cream Golden Retriever Positive Training Approach

Good natured puppies will naturally have a wide range of behaviors. When we see a behavior we do not want, and if the behavior is immediately an issue, we can redirect gently by moving the puppy to a preferred location (in regard to potty training for example). But, our primary responses will be to reinforce positive behavior, when we see the behavior we want to see, we immediately respond with positive praise and appreciation.

Being consistent will result in the best results. Our puppy will first learn about our training approach, then the language we are using, and then will learn the lesson we are teaching. The advantages of using this positive training approach method are numerous. The most advantageous is how quickly our puppies learn, because the language of smiles, praise, and celebration are universal.

English Cream Golden Retriever Positive Training Overview

  • Determine the language you will use for each behavior you want to reinforce.
  • Be consistent by using the same terms and the same praise system (clicker, smile, gleefully respond, treats, or a combination of techniques).
  • Plan each behavior training session simply and methodically. These are 5 basics:
    • Sit
    • Stay
    • Leave It
    • Come
    • Heel
    • Stop

 

  • Use the word ‘no’ only for situations when your dog is in immediate danger, needs to be redirected (gently moved to another location or activity), and you haven’t yet mastered other commands to communicate the importance of the situation.

We often say ‘Uh-Uh’ or “Leave It” instead of ‘no’ to convey our desire to stop a behavior we do not want. The most important positive reinforcement approach training tip of all is to remember a golden’s natural characteristic to please you and to receive praise. Watch for amazing behaviors and celebrate them immediately. Your puppy will quickly be able to connect the behaviors you desire, with your response, and are naturally delighted to negotiate with you to enjoy the celebration with you.

If you say “NO” he has no clue what you really want, but if you say, “leave it” or “stop” he gets it right away.

English Cream Golden Retriever Positive Training Related Links:

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English Cream Golden Retriever Library Jobs

English Golden Retriever library dog article image License: CC0 Public DomainDogs are companions. They are assisting a wide variety of people in all walks of life. The remarkable way they engage with people gives dogs an advantage in many jobs ordinarily suited for people. One such remarkable job is working in a library.

Dogs are assisting children who are learning to read.

At first glance we might wonder how a dog can help a child learn to read. The reasons are many, but, the most apparent are how a dog relaxes a child so they are free from the stress of learning a difficult task.
There are many reasons children may struggle while learning to read. One of the most common symptoms of the struggle is anxiety. The concern that they will not read well may give a child a sense of insecurity.

English Cream Golden Retriever Library Jobs

A well mannered pet can change all of that by providing a comfortable space, a safe and accepting space, where they can read and not feel self conscious about making mistakes.

These are specialized therapy dogs.

The training is specific and relatively similar to other therapy dog program certifications. When your dog becomes a registered therapy dog the scope of the service you can provide together is astonishing. Read more about the R.E.A.D. Program and the dogs and their handlers on the Library Dogs website.

 

Dogs who have completed a basic therapy training program and are registered qualify to participate in reading programs at libraries, schools, and children’s reading programs.
This may be a good fit for a dog who is in a continuing education program to become an emotional support or service dog in any specialty.

English Cream Golden Retriever Library Jobs Related Links

Therapy Certification and Registration
Library Dogs R.E.A.D. Program
United States Dog Registry
American Kennel Club Therapy Dog Organization Directory

Image License: CC0 Public Domain

English Cream Golden Retriever Socialization Checklist

English Cream Golden Retriever SocializationSocialization is an ongoing process of introducing your puppy to new environmental objects, textures, sounds, people, and situations. Each phase is important to approach with the understanding your dog is learning how each of the elements in their life happen and what they can expect as a result of it.

Begin socialization training as soon as your puppy comes home. Start with the home environment and work out from there into situations in the community.

At Home: Look at each of these areas and make a list of the objects, textures, sounds, people, and situations happening or potentially happening in that space.

If you miss something, or an unexpected situation arises, approach it as calmly as possible as if you had planned it, and use the same training methods you use when you plan a training session.

English Cream Golden Retriever Socialization Checklist

What objects, textures, sounds, people, scents, sights, and situations do you notice or anticipate in the following areas of your home and home life?

  • Sleeping area,
  • Play area,
  • Potty area,
  • Eating area,
  • Other pets,
  • People who live in the home,
  • People who visit or drop by (delivery people or friends for example)

People: Consider the age of people when socializing. Different ages of children, for example, might involve different skills for your pet to experience. Consider personalities of people, their occupations (uniforms for example), and be sure to have an observant eye to watch for any changes in your dog’s response to situations.

Socialization Sand

Example: One of the textures your puppy may encounter is sand. Sand is going to respond in different ways depending on the depth, moisture content, and other variables around it. One way to introduce sand to a puppy is in a sandbox in your backyard or on a playground in your community.

Socialization Benefits

The main reason to take an active part in Socialization Training with your dog is so he/she can develop a self confident and well adjusted character.

Socialization Umbrella

Umbrella example: Items such as umbrellas and grooming equipment are great to include on your socialization training checklist. There are times when your puppy will be around people who have these items and it would be helpful for him to understand and anticipate what to expect.

English Cream Golden Retriever Socialization Praising Positive Behaviors

Introduction to objects, textures, sounds, people, and situations can be facilitated using clickers and treats to get started. The primary focus for you (or your trainer) is to show positive and consistent praise whenever behavior you want is accomplished.

Summary:
Introduce each item with the intent to allow your pet to become comfortable with the situation. Praise her for her positive behavior whenever she adapts. This can be in words, clicker sound, and treats. Celebrate a positive behavior and you will begin to see more of the same.

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Karen Pryor Clicker Training

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WG Blog Personality Overview

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English Cream Golden Retriever Dog Scouts

Dog Scout Group -Dog Scouts of America Media Press Information Photo Used with PermissionIn 1989 Dog Scouts of America was an idea for a camp for dogs. Over the years it has evolved into a community of dogs and their owners who have taken ‘obedience’ training to a whole new level.  The organization began as a Dog Camp, evolved into ‘Dog Scouts’, and eventually “Dog Scouts of America” with a simple yet remarkable mission.

“To improve the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training, and community involvement.” Dog Scouts of America Mission Statement 

 English Cream Golden Retriever Dog Scouts Troops Trips and Trainings

This is a remarkable organization to become involved in because it is fun! Also, dogs and their owners, who participate in the events, trainings, challenges, organized community services, and rallies, earn badges each step of the way.

The following video will show you a bit more about one of the events.

Dog Scouts Troop 107 River Trip



Happy Campers — Terri and Ty

Happy Campers Terri and Ty Dog Scouts of America Media Press Information Photo Used with Permission

As you can clearly see from the photo Ty is earning a lot of badges but, what stands out the most in this photo is the smiles. Training is a part of developing a relationship with our pets. When you have the opportunity to participate in organized programs, such as Dog Scouts, the training curriculum doesn’t look like a classroom anymore. Instead it is a journey, an adventure, and spending time together which both owner and pet are going to enjoy and cherish.

English Cream Golden Retriever Dog Scouts Training Plan

When you are planning your puppy’s training program we hope you will consider the Dog Scouts of America option. The myriad of results of this model for obedience training are closer relationships, happier people and pets, and the assurance you will remain the leader of the pack for your treasured pet. Giving pets our time and attention, meaningful work, praise and encouragement, all combine to enhance our journey together.

Young Learners Richelle and pup

Young Learners Richelle and pup - Dog Scouts of America Media Press Information Photo Used with Permission

Begin early and you will have the advantages of learning how to teach your pet along the way. The youngest members of the Dog Scouts of America are having just as much fun and they are also learning to play and work together more effectively.

Related Links:

How Dog Scouts of America was Formed 

DSA Mission, Values and Vision 

Images on this page were used with permission from Dog Scouts of America Media Press Kit

 

English Cream Golden Retriever Relationship Development

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy Relationship DevelopmentSpeaking the Same Language — Developing a relationship with your English Cream Golden Retriever puppy begins the first time you meet. As you become familiar with your puppy, it is an opportunity to teach him your language, the dialog you will use to communicate.

Consistent Communication

Consistency is a keystone right from the start. Praise should be consistently communicated and can be shown in a few ways, (the tone of your voice for example), it is especially important to have a uniform way to express immediate positive praise. One way to do this is with a sound, such as a clicker, followed by your verbal praise and a treat.

Clicker Training

A clicker creates a unique sound and has the potential to create positive communication. Pair this tool up with positive verbal praise and consistent repetition.  As your dog recognizes the connection between a specific behavior and the sound of the clicker, he will anticipate the sound as confirmation he or she is catching on. Your puppy naturally has a desire to please you. It is important to communicate specifically the behaviors you want to encourage so you can expect to see more of the behaviors which are pleasing to you

Relationship Development

Training is a development of your relationship with your pet. It is a communication which is a lot like learning a new language. First, in order to communicate there should be a set dialog to use. This includes the words you will speak and the sound you use (such as a clicker). Be consistent and use the same terms when you are communicating throughout the day during any activity.

English Cream Golden Retriever Relationship Development

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Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Tools and Tips to improve relationship development

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Large Breed Puppy Food. Goldens Health

English Cream Golden Retriever Personality Overview 

Nurture, Develop, and Support Positive Characteristics

 

 

 

English Cream Golden Retriever Personality Overview

English Cream Golden Retriever Holly Blue Boy 6 weeks

There are variables to the following general observations about English Cream Golden Retriever personalities. They vary depending on the environment during the formative days, weeks, and years of a puppy’s life.

They are perhaps the innate characteristics which when nurtured will develop and endure. Understanding your puppy’s natural personality will help you to create and maintain an atmosphere which will nurture and support positive self confidence, social development, and the natural personalities which compel our adoration.

Social:

Golden Retrievers are Pack and People oriented dogs. They enjoy being in the company of members of the family and other pets in the home.

Include your puppy in the family’s daily routine. He/she is a part of the family and will enjoy playing while you are at play, resting while you are at rest, spending time alongside family, other pets, and being involved encourages team work and motivates a growing bond.

Praise:

Golden Retrievers have a desire to please. This is why early positive praise for behavior you are pleased with will build your puppy’s self confidence and encourage more pleasing behaviors.

Habitual:

They adjust best when there is a routine and daily activities, such as play time, walking time, or nap time, can be anticipated. Routine gives our pets a sense of security. They recognize when to expect a change in the routine throughout the day. Making him/her a part of the transitions throughout the day will reinforce the sense of security as well.

Active:

English Cream Golden Retrievers enjoy activity such as walking and playing. As they grow up their level of activity will increase.

For the first 18 months ensure exercise isn’t exhaustive or forced. This will allow their bodies to fully develop before you take them on longer walks or jogging with you.

As you make your English Cream Golden Retriever a part of your life, your home, and your family, you will be creating an environment and a lifestyle which will instill personality traits to encourage for years to come.

Bringing Home a New Puppy Transition Tips

Bringing Home a New Puppy Transition Tips

Bringing Home a New Puppy

The transition of bringing home a new puppy is an important experience for everyone. This includes your new puppy, members of your family, other pets in your home, and visitors you have in your home during the transition time.

Prepare for Bringing Home a New Puppy

As soon as you know you will be welcoming a new puppy into your home, begin to prepare for the transition.  Include members of your family, other pets who live in your home, and visitors who may drop by. Here are a few ideas about how you can prepare for your new puppy.

Prepare Family Members, Other Pets, and Visitors:

  • Name your puppy. If you have picked out a name for your puppy, please let us know the name you have chosen. We will start using it and get him/her familiar with the sound.
  • Set up sleeping area. This needs to be a space where your puppy will not be disturbed. Create this space and include family members to plan and discuss this is a quiet zone where the new puppy will feel safe and secure.
  • Determine where your new puppy will eat.
  • Determine where your new puppy will potty. Consider other pets and how they will react to a new pet in the family.
  • Have toys and supplies ready. Your new puppy’s toys and play area can be prepared ahead of time so there will be consistency for your new puppy.
  • Practice how to hold a puppy. children may find it helpful to practice with other pets or stuffed toys.
    • –For small puppies, hold using one hand under the chest and the other under the hindquarters.
    • –For larger puppies, hold in a cradle position.

Bringing Your New Puppy Home – First Few Days Home

You will be excited and filled with anticipation as the day your new puppy is coming home arrives. Here are some ideas to help your puppy adjust to new surroundings during the first few days.

  • Keep your puppy under close supervision. Keep him/her safe and respond with praise to correct behaviors.
  • Take your puppy out to potty immediately after arriving home, and then again after eating, playing, napping, and about every two hours. Give your puppy time to learn this is the potty area. The American Kennel Club states a puppy will need to eliminate 15 minutes or less after playing, eating, or napping.
  • Involve family members in play time.
  • Limit visitors the first few days. This will help your puppy know who lives in his/her new home.

New Puppy Care – Continuity – Ongoing Plan

Avoid sudden changes to the environment unless they are unavoidable. When something needs to change give your puppy time to adjust. The transition period can vary depending on the approach to introduction and the age, personality, and self confidence of your puppy.