House Training Guide

6 weeks pictures English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies for Sale Honor Thor litter born 11-24-2014 Wisteria Goldens RanchPuppies are most easily house trained when we take the lead, prevent accidents (by close observation and limited roaming), and praise for positive behaviors. The most common error in house training is the belief a punishment for accidents is effective.

The truth is a puppy lives in the present moment all of the time. He is unable to connect a few moments ago with the current interaction with you. Correction needs to be kind, in the moment, and accompanied by redirection and praise.

House Training Success

For a correction to be meaningful, you must catch your pup in the act. Use a strong voice and say NO or UH-UH sweep him/her up in your arms and take her out immediately! Praise your puppy when going outside — “reward” their good behavior using positive reinforcement.

House Training Routine

A routine of taking your puppy outside will work wonders for your long term success. Anticipation and attentiveness, especially until your puppy begins communicating with you, will give your puppy ample opportunities for her to potty in the proper place.

House Training Checklist

Timing and routine are key factors for house training your puppy. Take her outside regularly. If you are regularly busy, and overlook the passing of time, a timer system may be helpful for you.

  • Take your puppy out right away:
    * In the morning
  • * After mealtime
  • * Before and after playtime
  • * Before and after grooming time
  • * Before and after training routine
  • * Before and after traveling to an appointment
  • * Before bedtime

When you are busy it may help to set your timer for regular intervals throughout the day and take her outside.

House Training Process

Establish a routine for success. House training is a process of providing opportunities and rewarding positive behaviors. We can help her avoid house training accidents by providing supervision and taking the leadership role to establish a positive routine. Reward her as if she had chosen it and when she actually does communicate praise her enthusiastically.

Our dogs are consistently thinking about pleasing us. Be sure they know exactly how to do this and they will have positive behaviors consistently as well.

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Dog Travel Safety Guide

10408517_10152482598736580_1982671213683866851_nOur dogs are on the move just as much as we are. They accompany us throughout our day and often, in the case of service dogs, into a wide range of transportation situations. This guide will explore how to prepare your dog for traveling to ensure safety, confidence, and an enjoyable experience for both of you.

Dog Travel Safety Event

We routinely prepare puppies for traveling to their forever homes. Two of the transportation options we use frequently are automobiles and airplanes.  Preparing the puppies ahead of time involves a socialization routine to address each of their senses in ways to familiarize them with the upcoming travel experience. Traveling to a forever home, or to the veterinarian, are both important events to prepare for ahead of time.

Dog Travel Safety Automobiles

Taking a few short drives to prepare for a longer drive is a good idea. Plan your short drive with all the details needed for the long drive later on. This way you can practice and you may think of something else to keep your dog more comfortable.

This is a Travel Socialization Checklist. It is a summarized overview of the preparations, socialization practices, travel supplies, and equipment you may need for each type of travel event.

Dog Travel Safety Guide Checklist

Dog Travel Safety Planes

We work with the puppies before they travel. They spend time in the crate each day, we play environmental CD’s that have loud noises and airplane noises on them etc. We also put a crate liner (vs newspaper) and a toy with them. We spray Comfort Zone spray on the crate liner too. We use AA Priority Parcel because we can keep the puppy longer — we check in about 1hr 15 min before the flight. We travel to DFW (a 5 1/2 hr drive for us) so that our puppies are on straight through flights. We try and prepare them for the travel as best we can.

Dog Travel Safety Travel Bag

Your pet’s travel bag should include familiar toy, food and snacks, bottled water, a water dish, a leash/harness, copies of vaccination records, and potty scoop/waste bags.

Dog Travel Safety Related Articles

Puppy Socialization Checklist

Appointments Preparation

ASPCA Car Travel Tips

ASPCA Air Travel Tips


Pet Food Recall Alerts and Notifications

Start-Pack-Lpup-400We use Life Abundance dog food and have not experienced the dreaded food poisoning or recall situations so many other pet owners have experienced. We highly recommend using Life Abundance but, we also realize not everyone is using it.

To help serve all of the pets we would like to offer information about a remarkable notification service offered by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA Animal Health Pet Safety Link) while it is not able to include all possible resources it will provide the most information of any other service we have found so far.

Pet Food Recall Alerts — Receive Alerts by eMail

Subscribe to the free service here and you will receive an email notification when there are new ‘Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts.’

 Pet Food Recall Alerts — Pet Food Recall Alerts and Notifications

If you would like to review a current list of Dog Food Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts you can find a list of brands and distributors organized by date the item was added or reported.

It is remarkable how many brands are susceptible to an outbreak of dangerous conditions regarding foods and products. These are a few of the dog food companies who alerted customers about a recall.

Pet Food Recall Alerts — Reported in the Last Year

Date Brand Name Product Description Reason/Problem Company
12/24/2014 Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews Salmonella Barkworthies
09/26/2014 Bravo! Pet Food Salmonella Turkey and Chicken dog and cat foods
08/31/2014 Pedigree Dog Food Presence of foreign material Mars Petcare US
08/26/2014 Pedigree Dog Food Presence of foreign material Mars Petcare US
06/02/2014 Hill’s Science Diet Dry dog food Salmonella Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
05/27/2014 Pet Center, Inc. Lamb Crunchy’s Dog treats Salmonella Pet Center, Inc.
05/14/2014 Bravo Dog and Cat Food Listeria monocytogenes Bravo
04/08/2014 Abady Cat food Salmonella Robert Abady Dog Food Co.,
02/05/2014 Hubbard Life, Joy, QC Plus Dog Food, Cat Food Salmonella Pro-Pet LLC

*These are reported alerts and recalls.

Pet Food Recall Alerts — Hazardous Foods

Another topic worth noting is the potential danger of everyday foods we eat which have been known to cause health issues for dogs. Some of these include:

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Avocado

Find out more about why each of these and others are hazardous for dogs. The ASPCA site has detailed lists available.

We are on a mission to provide you with information and resources to help you raise your puppy and keep your dog healthy and happy. We’d love to hear from you about how we can help.

Informative Topics

Refer to our Puppy Training Guide Listing for more topics.

Dog Walk Run Safety Guide

service dog selection training and communicationThis article will explore the basics of a Walk Run Safety routine. Warming up, distance, preparation, commands, and the leader’s (you or your dog walker service) responsibilities. It is important to review the sections as they apply to your dog. If you have a dog walker/runner taking your dog for walks ask about these areas of care and how the service addresses each of them.

The safety of our pets is paramount. Health is important, exercise is part of a healthy pet’s lifestyle, and large breed dogs normally will need more exercise than small breed dogs.

Dog Walk Run Safety — Running and Walking Warm Up

Dogs need exercise. Large breed dogs need to be walked routinely. When a dog is in top form a bit of running is also advantageous.

NOTE: it is recommended that large breed dogs do not go “running or jogging” as a partner until they are fully grown which is about 18 month to 2 years of age in order to protect their joints until their growth plates are closed.

Remember it is especially good if you are a runner to help your dog ease into the routine the same way you do. You stretch a bit and warm up before you run. Your dog will benefit from a bit of walking and playing before running as well.

Dog Walk Run Safety —  Determine Distance

The average English Cream Golden Retriever puppy can walk around the block with you once a day and run a short distance. As she gets older, and has been walking with you routinely, you can increase the distance by a block at a time.

When you begin running start out with short distances of walk-run-walk, walk 1/3 of the course, run 1/3, and then walk the remaining 1/3 to cool down. Large breed dogs, such as English Cream Golden Retriever, need daily exercise, which a long brisk walk will sufficiently provide.

Dog Walk Run Safety — Preparation

Be sure both you and your pet are appropriately prepared for the course and that the course is free of safety issues or dangerous obstacles. Avoid areas where construction, other dogs, or high traffic are present. Your clothing and shoes should be appropriate. She needs a safe harness and leash as well.

Dog Walk Run Safety – Commands Heel and Lead

Until your dog is consistently able to follow you (to heel), have her on a loose leash, with enough lead so she can waver a bit without tugging. She should be consistently in the ‘heel’ position. The heel command reminder should not be necessary when your dog understands you are the leader and she is to maintain a consistent heel position. If she consistently needs reminded then spend a bit more time on that training during your routine training sessions.

Dog Walk Run Safety– Watch and Respond

Watch for situations where you should yield to traffic, avoid obstacles, or respond to unexpected situations. Take the lead and do not allow her to command stops or diversions. Be alert to her needs and initiate breaks, cool downs, and other course opportunities.

Other elements to be aware of are the weather, you and your pet’s current health and ability, and consider any breaks in routine which may have occurred due to holidays or unusual schedules. It may be necessary to start out slow if there has been a few days break in the walk-run routine.

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Sharing Puppy Training Guide

Sharing Puppy Training Guide You can eliminate the need to ‘teach’ your puppy to share by adopting these simple tips and training habits. Alternately, if you notice an issue with sharing, you can teach your puppy to share by adopting these concepts. This Puppy Training Guide can be adopted at any age.

Sharing Puppy Training Guide Introduction

Sharing. Puppies are born with a natural awareness of sharing. Right from the start they are sharing their mother with their siblings. So it is natural for them to understand sharing. When the concept is muddled a bit is usually as they are sharing with other pets (in their forever home for example) or with family members (other children and adults who live in their forever home).
At the first sign of a problem in this area avoid the automatic response to scold. Use the ‘drop it’ command while offering something else which is not an item with a sharing requirement.
I got a bit ahead of myself. Make sure your puppy has personal items (toys or a favorite bed) which you will never expect them to share. This way you have something to offer in exchange for an item which is in question.

Sharing Puppy Training Guide Simple Tips

Puppy Training SeriesSigns sharing might be an issue:
  • – Your puppy is tugging at a toy another pet or child is currently playing with. Note: Not to be confused with playful tugging. Goldens tug playfully so this sign could be playful instead of an issue with sharing.
  • – She changes interests depending on what other pets are playing with. She wants what they have until they have something else.
Puppy Training SeriesWhen any of these signs arise, and during your routine training sessions, use the following gestures, commands, and praises.
  • – While taking away an item offer something she will not be asked to share (as mentioned earlier).
  • – Praise her for accepting the offered item.
  • – When you see her ‘sharing’ without being asked give her praise again.
  • – With another person or pet, play ”share” where each participant takes turns giving the shared item to another participant. Note: Have at least the number of items as participants so each (including yourself) has at least one item throughout the ‘game’
Sharing, as discussed earlier, is a natural personality trait for dogs and especially the English Cream Golden Retriever who is delighted to please you and welcomes the opportunity to learn from you. She has her heart set on your praise and approval. Make sure you use every (earned) opportunity to show your puppy you are pleased with him/her.

Puppy Training Guide Reference List

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Wisteria Goldens’ Puppy Training Guide: Simple tips for routine training.

This is our new Puppy Training Guide Reference List  of the new and popular segments of our blog posts and pages.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide

Teething Puppy Training Guide

Appointments Puppy Training

Training PlaytimeYour puppy’s veterinary doctor, groomer, dog trainer, family members, and sometimes even complete strangers play an important role in your puppy’s life. It is important to prepare him to be self confident, polite, sociable, cooperative, and accepting of the activities which are part of the process for each encounter.

When he feels confident it is all wonderful, with each interaction, engagement, and activity, he will love it all, because you have prepared him beforehand. He will enjoy himself and will not cause you embarrassment or cause struggles for his providers.

Appointments Puppy Training  Preparation

The basic elements of socialization training have been started while your puppy is still here at Wisteria Goldens Ranch. You will want to continue the training and build onto the socialization training we have begun. To do this be sure you are touching and playing with your puppy’s ears, feet, tail, tummy, looking into his mouth, and using the following tips to train your puppy to cooperate.

The more comfortable and familiar a puppy is with being handled and played with the more comfortable he will be when the vet or groomer is handling him. While you are touching and playing with him practice some of the behaviors you will expect from him while he is at his appointments. Using the communication you have practiced together will help him to respond well in each situation.

Appointments Puppy Training Communication

Puppy Training SeriesDrop it

Give the command “drop it” when you want your puppy to let go of something. Drop it is a command she needs to learn so you can communicate when she should let go of something. One way to teach this command is to offer a treat or toy in exchange for the item you want her to let go of. She will drop it to take the offered item.

Puppy Training SeriesStay

Give the command “stay” when you want your puppy to be as still as possible. This will be helpful when the groomer is working or his doctor is doing an examination. You can play using this command and touch and play with her feet, tummy, and look in her mouth.

Patience Practice and Treats

Practicing the procedures of an appointment is another aspect of socialization training which often takes time and patience. If you aren’t familiar with your groomer’s routine you might want to ask to watch a session or ask for literature to study. This will give you the information you’ll need to play practice the procedures at home.

Play practice and provide treats when you puppy cooperates and responds to gentle commands. Praise him for each new step in the process he learns.

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Teething Puppy Training Guide

Dog-Gift-BasketPuppies are born without teeth. Their baby teeth will gradually come in, they will gradually lose them as their permanent teeth come in. Similar to a human baby but, the process takes a bit less time. The timeline varies.

At Wisteria Goldens our puppies go to their forever homes at 8 weeks old. They will generally speaking still be going through the baby teeth process at that time and for a few to several months off and on.

Teething Puppy Training Overview

While puppies are getting their baby teeth and/or their permanent adult teeth they will experience discomfort and a bit of irritability. They will exhibit increasing chewing time; will often test various toys (different firmness and textures) to find the best relief (which may change day by day depending on the stage of teething she is experiencing). She will often appreciate suitable chew treats, if you make them available, to assist her in reducing the discomfort.

Teething Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideTeething Puppy Training Treats

We recommend the following Training Treats/Chew Bones

Buffalo sticks, porky puffs, and a supply of Food.

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Although it has become popular we recommend no rawhide be used as a chew toy or teething relief treat. These have a high choking risk even if you are supervising. They are high in fat and become slippery when wet giving your puppy less control over chewing and swallowing.

Teething Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideTeething Puppy Training Veterinary Visits

In addition to appropriate toys, chew treats, and specific timeline of the teething process for the breed of your puppy, be sure to have your puppy’s teeth checked each time she visits the vet. Preventative and Early Signs of problems will give you a head start and prevent problems in chewing and complete oral health in adulthood.

Teething Puppy Training Toys Should Be Toys

It is important to incorporate the tips included our Basic Training series “Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide” in the “Toys Should Be Toys” section as well.

Teething Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideTeething Puppy Training Checklist


Do make sure each toy you provide is safe and treats are healthy

Do educate yourself on the timeline for the whole process regarding teething

Do include teeth examinations with your routine veterinary appointments

Do praise and reward your puppy for chewing on the items you provide for chewing


Don’t give a puppy anything he or she would not be able to maintain chewing and swallowing control (rawhide gets slippery for example), and

Don’t give your puppy old shoes or old socks because your puppy cannot tell the difference between an old sock or a new one, an old shoe or your favorite new (or broken in just right) shoe.


Puppy Training Series

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide

Guide To Fear Puppy Training

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide

English Cream Golden Retriever Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide will provide an overview of the goals, tools, and most common mistakes often made in the process of training a puppy to use their teeth appropriately. We have worked with a lot of English Cream Golden Retriever puppies and dogs over the years. These tips are condensed into a basic training model.

You can expand on these tips, over time, using the basic model as a starting point. All of our approaches are based in a positive reinforcement training model where we focus and praise the behaviors we want. We combine our approach with a communication model which teaches us what we are really saying to our dogs when we communicate with them.

Puppies use their teeth from an early age to communicate with their littermates. This communication is natural as they instinctively explore, learn, play, interact, and communicate. Much like human babies explore their environment by putting things near or in their mouth.  The problems may begin to materialize when a puppy continues chewing or biting your family members, their belongings, or you. The best way to ensure she learns the boundaries and appropriate ways to use her teeth, is to start communicating with her right away. This is how we begin training, each time we are spending time with a  puppy, we clearly communicate appropriate behavior.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide Training Goal

Anytime her teeth touch your skin (even accidentally) say “OUCH” and immediately stop playing with her. Wait a minute. Then continue playing with her again. This will remind your puppy that if she wants to play she will need to pay attention to where her teeth are engaging.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideToy Diversion

Have plenty of toys around to divert your puppy’s teeth from your clothing (robe, shoes, or pant leg).  Make sure you are clearly communicating you are not going to play or continue the activity (walking, training, rewarding, etc.) for one or two minutes, a ‘timeout’ break, and then you will resume.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuidePhysically Moving Puppy

If a time out is needed in another location, another room for example, be sure to return and resume playtime (or the activity you were engaged in) within two minutes. Each time she remembers to chew and bite, on the toys you have provided for her, praise her and reward her.

Common Puppy Playtime Mistakes

When our children were babies we would giggle and coo with them. We would let them model and show us how to play, communicate, and engage. One of the most common mistakes we see is this similar behavior with puppies. It seems to be a natural response to allow a puppy to model the play time games. We might find ourselves tugging a toy (while they are holding it with their teeth and tugging it), or we swat or grab their muzzle, in response to the play they are modeling, and allow them nip on our hands. This is common and will inevitably result in problems over time.

Toys Should Be Toys

Another common mistake in training a puppy is to let him play with old shoes but scold him for playing with your new shoes. This crosses over into several areas and will confuse him. The main goal in training, relationship building, and communication is to provide him with clear understanding of the behavior you want. This goal is complicated when the tools used to teach aren’t clearly defined.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideBe sure all toys can be chewed, nipped, and bitten.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideChoose toys your puppy will not confuse with your belongings or the tools you use in training, such as the leash or harness for example.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide Model Praise and Treat

The right way to train a puppy is to be the model for her, praise and reward her when she behaves how you would like, and disengage with an “OUCH” and a time out (for a minute or two) each time she even gently crosses the boundary. Choose and provide plenty of toys your puppy will not confuse with items she is not allowed to chew on. Praise her for chewing on toys and especially reward and praise her for playing politely with you as well as other people, friends or family members.

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Guide To Fear Puppy Training

Red Boy English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy for SaleIf your puppy seems to be experiencing fear, which is sometimes a reaction to new things, these socialization training tips will help. When something, or someone, brings something new into a puppy’s experience the fear reaction may be expressed.

One of the most common misconceptions about the best way to respond to fear is to express a comforting behavior. We might think it would be helpful to use comforting words or gestures when our dog is showing signs of fear.  After all we would of course comfort a child when they are fearful.  But, with dogs, the comforting response will give us more of the same behavior. He will believe his fear is the response we want.

Because we are giving positive reinforcement of the fear, by comforting, we are essentially telling our dog they are justified to be fearful. The basic problem with this is over time the fearful response may escalate into aggression as he grows up and is conflicted with fear and self-confidence. We can save him a lot of trouble in the future by changing our response to him as soon as possible.

INfographic-bullet3Guide To Fear Puppy Training Goal and the Approach

When a puppy expresses fear, want to assist him in development of self-confidence, develop trust in our guidance, and to be comfortable expressing the behaviors we want. So, rather than comfort during the signs of fear, we will praise him when he begins to move toward the feared new experience, new thing, or new person.

The process may take time, as he is gradually moving a bit closer each time, as he tests our instruction against his hesitancy and emotion. We would not push for quick change, as this may give him a sense of distrust for our guidance. Instead we will be patient and praise every step toward approach. This gives him a chance to develop a trust for us as well as discover there is nothing to fear in new experiences.

INfographic-bullet3Guide To Fear Puppy Training Doorway Fear Example

One example might be when a puppy is fearful of going through a doorway. He may feel fearful when he is near the doorway, unsure of what to expect, he may choose to avoid going in or out when you are encouraging him to go with you.

  • ~First show him it is safe to walk through the doorway by going in and out the door yourself. Encourage him to go with you.
  • ~Each time he gets a little bit closer to the doorway praise him and give him a treat. Repeat this a few times a day at the same time you are going to take him for a walk or go to play outside (for example).
  • ~Then when he has moved past his fear, and has gone all the way through the doorway, the result is an enjoyable experience he can look forward to moving forward.

We aren’t going to force or push him to move past his fear. We aren’t going to comfort his fear (by giving him any response when he is fearful). Our main efforts are going to focus on the goal by using positive reinforcement each time he steps closer to the doorway.

Give him encouragement, praise and incentive (a treat) to move past his fears. Be patient, the process may take time, when he eventually realizes it is safe he will begin to go through the doorway each time you call him to.

INfographic-bullet3Guide To Fear Puppy Training Self Confidence and Trust

We want him to be self-confident and to develop a trust of our guidance at the same time. We want to effectively communicate positive reinforcement of every behavior we want. When fears are misplaced, in other words there is nothing to fear, we can help him to overcome the fear with patience and persistent guidance. We will be developing a trust relationship with him and respecting the way he needs to overcome the fear as well.

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Service Dogs Selection Training and Communication

service dog selection training and communicationThe difference between a service dog and a companion dog is primarily training. A companion dog can potentially have only a basic training background. He or she will have a natural ability to be a companion, friend, and help with small daily tasks.

A service dog will have specialized training for the job he or she is assigned. The variety of service dog training options has become as varied as people who need them.

Service Dog Checklist

When you need a service dog the important things to remember are:

  • Select a dog with a natural ability to learn the skills he will need to perform the job.

For many service dog jobs golden retrievers are used because they have a natural desire to please their family and they are capable of learning tasks and communication to fit the job description. Their personality makes them a lot of program’s first choice unless a smaller breed would fit the job description best.

  • Find the right training program for the job he will learn

Finding the right training means to explore the training program options and find one with experience in the field you need your dog to learn about. The specialty dog training avenues are growing, and becoming cooperative, so whatever you need you are likely to find a group who has been learning the most they can learn to give your dog the best training available.

  • Follow up with the trainer to learn how to maintain the skills

The next area of training is for the handler and the owner. It is important to learn what a service dog has learned. Learn the tasks, how to communicate them, how to praise for them, and how to communicate play time versus work time. In some intensive situations when a service dog is providing an alert service (alerting owner about a health issue for example) a service dog may be ‘on duty’ 24/7.

In this case it would be helpful to provide a respite caretaker for the dog’s owner and a play time companion for the dog on a routine basis. Perhaps a dog walker who takes the service dog to the park a few times a week while the dog owner is supervised by another service provider, a friend, or family member.

As you interact with a service dog it is important to learn the communication skills he understands, and how to assist him in maintaining his skills. Generally speaking he will need to know when he is working and when he is free to play.  When he is working he will need to practice the skills he has learned on a regular basis.

Service Dog Cooperative Organizations

Organizations like “Paws with a Cause” work with potential service dog owners to identify their needs, select the right dog breed for the job, find the right customized training program, and assistance after your dog is living in your home. They will continue to provide support when your dog retires by helping you find a successor dog.

Service Dog Stories

The joy of having an assistant to help you pick things up when you drop them or to open a door for you. The joy of the independence a small yet precious service assistant dog can provide. These are a few of the stories.

Service Dog Purpose

A service dog has a specific job and specific training. What kind of service dog jobs are there? A service dog might assist with a person’s job or with daily living skills. She might help a librarian when children come to read, bring a smile to people in a hospital or assisted living, or bring cheer to any environment where people are in need of healing.

A service dog improves the quality of life for people with limitations. When challenges such as mobility, sensory, mental health, physical health limitations, and project task assistance are problematic, a service dog can help.

Service Dogs Related Links

Some of the service dog jobs we have explored previously include: