The Aromatic Essential Oil Test for Dog Owners

The Aromatic Essential Oil Test for Dog Owners

The Aromatic Essential Oil Test for Dog Owners

When using essential oils aromatically the first time, I suggest you try the aromatic essential oil test for dog owners. In this episode of our Essential Oils for Dogs series we provide an Aromatic Essential Oil Test Step by Step, Discuss how to let your dog choose an essential oil, and share three more of our favorite oils for our dogs.  If you haven’t read the other episodes in this series, or would like a link list to reference them, you will find a list at the end of this post.

Aromatic Essential Oil Test Step by Step

  1. Place a drop of essential oil on a cotton ball and
  2. put it in the room to determine your dog’s reaction.
  3. The closer to the cotton ball your dog lingers the more certain you can be he is aware of the benefits.
  4. Once you have determined the essential oil you would like to use, and the dog also approves, you can move forward to using a diffuser.

We Can Ask the Dog to Choose an Essential Oil

You may also consider letting your dog choose an essential oil method. Your dog knows which oil will be most beneficial and you can ask her by using two different oils (one drop each on separate cotton balls). Place one on one side of a room and another on the other side of a room. Place them out of reach but, watch your dog to find out which side of the room she is drawn to.

Three more of our favorite essential oils

  1. Tea Tree – Antiseptic, Antibacterial, skin irritations, first aid.
  2. Chamomile – Calming, Soothing, Analgesic, can be used diluted (coconut oil or olive oil) to calm teething pain.
  3. Thyme – Antiviral, Antifungal, excellent for infections.

Important Warning

Keep Essential Oils out of eyes, mouth, ears, and nose when using topically.

Related Topics

Essential Oil Precautions for Dog Owners

Essential Oils to Enhance a Dog’s Health and Wellness

Essential Oil Search Wisteria Goldens (Bookmark this page to check back for series updates)

Quality Essential Oil information resource DebbieFranklin.Com

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Learn More about Essential Oils by visiting these online and live resources, events, and workshops.

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Our pets are benefiting from essential oils, as we use them because they are in close proximity to us. We can listen to them and provide opportunities, noting what works, and listening to our intuition about what they like the best.

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

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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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Why Choose Wisteria Goldens?

Why Choose Wisteria GoldensWhy Choose Wisteria Goldens? When talking to prospective families, we are frequently asked “why should we get our puppy from you?”  This is one family’s experience about why they choose Wisteria Goldens for their English Cream Golden Retriever when looking for a new Golden Retriever family member.  Here is a succinct explanation you can share with anyone considering where the best place to get their next English Cream Golden puppy.

Why Choose Wisteria Goldens Testimonial Quote

“You have a very professional website with exceptional processes for the business of locating buyers, communicating with them, scheduling key events for the litters, processing payments, and pick-up or delivery of the puppies. We obviously visited many sites and determined that Wisteria was the best operation we had seen so, of course, we are making the same conclusion about your puppies although their pedigrees (Sailor/Ego) speak for themselves. We look forward to getting our puppy and we are now trying to figure out what his name will be.”

Why Choose Wisteria Goldens Continued…

Here at Wisteria Goldens we start all our puppies on a routine in order to give them a great foundational start for continued training. Read more on our website home page.

Welcoming Home your new English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy

Welcoming Home Puppy Guide Wisteria Goldens English Cream Golden Retriever puppy training, tips, Welcoming Home Safety

We love security! You are welcoming home a new English Cream Golden Retriever puppy. Although he has been introduced to the crate, now is the time to begin formal crate training. He’s accustomed to running on the ranch, and depending on the time of year and age, introduced to our “Golden” pond. He has been given lots of room to roam and play outdoors, but what about indoors?

Many of you may think of a dog running free across a meadow as idyllic. However, he’s not always in a meadow; he’s in your house and you can prevent or minimize a lot of accidents, like him chewing your table legs, electrical cords or your favorite pair of shoes if he’s given too much freedom too quickly.

Welcoming Home Manners

Your puppy has a new home now, and just as we taught him appropriate manners and our rules here at Wisteria Goldens, you’ll have to educate him as to how you’d like to see him behave your home.

A common mistake new pet parents make when they bring their puppy home is to give them too much freedom too soon. Remember, being in his crate is a source of great security and safety for your new golden. He loves to sleep there to find a quiet place to escape, and it can be used for potty training your puppy, as he doesn’t like to sleep where he’s soiled.

Welcoming Home Crate Time

Remember that young puppies should not be in the crate more than a couple of hours at a time, except during nighttime hours.

Guidelines for Age:
8 – 11 weeks of age – No More than 3 hours
12 – 16 weeks – No More than 4 hours

It is recommended that after 16 weeks the pup should spend no more than 4 hours during the day in the crate. We recommend a dog walker or neighbor to come over and play and spend time with your Golden if longer hours are required.

Welcoming Home Boundaries

You can also close off doors into rooms where he doesn’t need to be when you first bring him home. Let him earn that right through good behavior. Baby gates across open doorways is another way to manage where you want him to be until he gets more accustomed to living in his new home. While he’s learning, you might consider utilizing an ex-pen/crate set up as well to create a playpen area for when you are not actively engaged with him. They are what we use here at Wisteria Goldens for while raising our English Cream Goldens puppies. You can see our set up here: Puppies & Ex-pens

Just like our human children, puppies need guidelines, boundaries, and consistency so they know what is expected of them and how to behave appropriately. No one enjoys being around an untrained and ill-mannered dog. By limiting his freedom and expanding his territory as he becomes trustworthy helps to build his confidence and set him up for success in being a part of your family.

Related Posts

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Dog Bath Guide

 Dog Bath Guide English Cream Golden Retriever Grooming Dog Bath Guide

Bathing Dogs is a discussion I have with our families when I am asked about how to, and how often, to bathe an English Cream Golden Retriever. This Dog Bath Guide isn’t specific to English Cream Golden, however, if you are not an English Cream Golden Retriever owner please consult your veterinarian for specific instructions based on your dog’s breed, health, and coat.

Don’t over bathe. An English Cream Golden Retriever has a coat with layers which (depending on the season) will provide warmth or coolness. Over bathing dries their skin out, damages their cost and causes more shedding. Let’s first discuss coat care.

Dog Bath Guide — Coat Care

I begin with healthy coat care in-between bathing which includes:

Dog Bath Guide — How Often to Bathe an English Cream Golden Retriever

I only bathe them when they start smelling like a dog. Haha. Really only once a month to two months–especially if they are mainly inside and not rolling in the mud or cow pies. The ASPCA suggests bathing “at least once every three months” Read More Here When you are using Coat Care (as outlined above) then bathing isn’t needed as frequently and your dog’s coat and skin are healthy.

Dog Bath Guide — Conclusion Summary

Collectively the suggestions and my routine are:

  • Bathe your Golden every 6-12 weeks using quality dog shampoo.
  • Follow the coat care routine to remove debris from coats and aid in distributing your dog’s natural skin oils, and
  • Use Fresh Mist if you want to freshen up in-between bathing.

Related Posts:

Healthy Coats

Pampered Paws


Teething Puppy Training Guide

teething puppyPuppies 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.

This is a link to the gift basket shown at the top of the page.

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

Dog Gifts

Dog GiftsDog Gifts and Gifts for Dog Owners

When you are shopping for Dog Gifts, be sure to explore these ideas. We have gathered resources from a variety of our favorites (blog posts) to give you a quick review of our recommendations over the past few years.

Dog Gifts

Gift Sets

We have a favorite gift set for our dogs and during the holidays it is a favorite with our families as well. The special Holiday sets do sell out quick. However, Dog Gifts are available year round.

Food Treats

Treats are always welcome. We highly discourage table scraps or treats that aren’t healthy (unregulated and questionable ingredients) so we recommend Healthy Treats here.


Thinking about toys for dogs should include construction, materials used, durability, and of course, the dog must love them. We recently found an organic toy maker who we are going to recommend. Find out more here.


Be sure all dog supplies are a good fit, are durable, well constructed (for comfort and safety) and are suitable for the age and size of the dog. This topic could be expanded into a full article.  In brief, explore customer ratings and concerns. If you would like assistance ask us for information about specific items you are shopping for.


Ramps, crates, and other equipment options need to be well constructed and safe. This could be a full article as well.

Themed Dog Gifts

Themed Gift Ideas are available in many categories. Some of the favorite Dog Gifts are dog themed coffee mugs, blankets, and apparel. Explore the items for quality materials and read other customer’s reviews before buying. In apparel be sure to check customer’s ratings of the sizing. This will allow you to determine if an item’s size runs right, or smaller/larger than normal. This link takes you to a larger selection.

You may also enjoy our Pet Safe Home Guide

Dangers for Dogs Pet Safe Home Guide

Dangers for Dogs: Pet Safe Home Guide discusses several safely issues to consider when you are making your home pet safe.Dangers for Dogs: Pet Safe Home Guide discusses several safety issues to consider when you are making your home pet safe. Many of them are also issues you would consider for people and especially older adults, babies & children. The important take away from today’s article is to do the research (begin with the resources provided) and make a list of the dangers in your home, in the yard, or other areas where your dog may be exploring.

Dangers for Dogs will often fall into two categories.

  1. Poisonous Items: Potentially dangerous when in contact with skin or when ingested. “Toxins can enter the body in multiple ways including through contact, ingestion, and inhalation” LA-Blog
    1. Household cleaners,
    2. Medication,
    3. Foods unsafe for dogs (chocolate, raw meat, chicken bones, and so on),
    4. Plants unsafe for dogs, click here for Safe Plants for dogs click here for poisonous plants
    5. Unsafe Toys (small parts, sharp edges, toxic materials, rawhide, and so on).
  2. Dangerous Obstacles: Potentially dangerous as may promote accidents (slips, falls, or entanglement) and subsequently cause your pet harm.
    1. Breakable furniture or collectibles,
    2. Obstructions in the flow of traffic,
    3. Project supplies (hobbies, cooking, laundry, and so on).
  3. Dangers for Dogs Water Safety
    1. Do not allow free access without supervision to swimming pools in your own yard or in the neighborhood.
    2. Teach your puppy/dog how to get out of a pool.
    3. Check water quality before allowing your pet to swim. Click here to read Dog Swimming Safety
    4. Keep standing water down to reduce possibility of mosquito eggs hatching
    5. Keep pool chemicals out of reach.

When a space in the home is problematic and you are unable to remove risks install safety gates, covers, or guards to prevent access.

Dangers for Dogs Resources and References

When to Call the Veterinarian in Addition to Regular Checkups

Simple Tips to Detox Your Home

Dog Swimming Safety

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase their 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: ( 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.


Before You Get the Party Started

Before You Get the Party StartedBefore You Get the Party Started

Before you get the party started, anticipate how your dog will respond to changing situations. This practice is the basis of a planned socialization routine. Think ahead about the sounds, textures, new experiences, new people, and give your dog time to adjust by practicing before the planned outing or visitors coming to your home. This article discusses ideas about how to plan for changes during holiday parties, guests, changes in the environment, and unexpected changes in the normal routine.

Having a party? Be sure to let guests know your dog is not allowed to have people food. This is especially important when the foods being served are rich (can cause stomach discomfort) and are so often potentially toxic to dogs (can cause serious illness). Is your dog familiar with the people on your guest list? If your dog is prone to difficulty in adjusting to the unexpected (person, child, sounds, or textures) you may need a backup plan.

These are a few ideas you might try if you have socialized (training practice) and when you are unable to socialize beforehand.

  • ✔– Exercise, try exercising before guests arrive (going for a walk or playing with a favorite toy) so she is a bit on the tired side as guests arrive.
  • ✔– Use the crate, if your dog becomes overly excited by the door bell, crate the dog during guest arrival, while the door is busy and the doorbell is causing excitement, and then gradually introduce him to people after they have settled in.
  • ✔– Use sit, stay or wait commands, to give your dog a moment to adjust to the changes. Give him a treat and let him greet your guests after they have all arrived.
  • ✔– Leave the crate door open, make sure your dog has a quiet safe place to retire from the excitement (leave the crate door open for example) so she can leave the group when she is overwhelmed or tired.
  • ✔– Plan to have as much as possible exactly as normal. Avoid moving food, water, bed, toys, and other normal daily routine items while you are preparing for the holiday…unless you have time to plan ahead and give your dog time (many days) to adjust to the change. Because when she is overwhelmed and thirsty it would be easier for her to find water if it hasn’t been moved.

These are ideas to make the changes during holidays less stressful for your pet. If you have ideas please let us know. If you have questions we are looking forward to hearing them. A balanced environment doesn’t mean lack of excitement as much as it means preparation for elevated sounds and moods or changes.

Traveling with your dog? Traveling can also present new environmental elements. Review our guide here.

Time Change Feeding Adjustments

Dog Safe Holiday Basics

Going Green Dog Toys

going green dog toysGoing Green Dog Toys

Yes. Even our dogs can go green with our help. This article about Going Green Dog Toys shows you what to look for, how to set highest standards and one company who won the 3rd place award in the Global Pet Expo Natural Pet Category. We hope this provides you with another step on your journey toward assisting your dog with going green.

What are Going Green Dog Toys

As with other consumer products, going green dog toys are going to begin their life in eco-friendly ways. The materials used (from raw materials to completion) will have traveled a green trail and will be safe for our dogs.

One Example of Going Green Dog Toys

This is a company who creates dog toys out of wool. While the process is green we also like that the toys are durable and come in fun styles dogs are going to love.

  • Eco-Friendly
  • Made from 100% Wool
  • Handmade
  • Durable
  • Safe, and
  • Designed in the USA

Dog Toys Aren’t Usually Regulated

We love that a company will take it upon themselves to meet a higher standard while providing products for dogs. In fact, we look for this quality in everything we use for our dogs. The toys, food, processes, cleaning products, essential oils, and so much more are continually being evaluated for the best, safest, and most healthy options available anywhere.

Le Sharma won the 3rd place award in Global Pet Expo’s Natural Pet Category for new products.

Going Green Dog Toys Click here to visit Le Sharma on Amazon

High Standards are Our Mission & Related Posts

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New Puppy Perfect Name

new puppy perfect nameOne of the countless questions I hear from new puppy owners is “How do we decide on a perfect name for our new puppy?” There are many great and fun ways to discover your new puppy’s perfect name. I’ve gathered together our Top Five ways to discover your new puppy’s perfect name. We would love to hear your ideas as well. Please leave a comment in the box below with your idea.

The avenues to discover the perfect name for your new puppy are numerous. These are a few to spark your own ideas. Personality, distinguishing features, pedigree, history, seasons, and family favorites are explained more below.

New Puppy Perfect Name Five Name Discovery Ideas


Puppies are born with their own individual personality. When we have been holding and handling and introducing to foundational socialization, each week we observe and write down our observations on personality, so we can relay this information to their forever family at six weeks.  Names to highlight a personality trait might include: Angel, Harmony, Happy, Halo, or Strider.

Distinguishing Features

At newborn distinguishing features are a bit elusive. We begin to see individual features in appearance and personality as the weeks go by, and we have the opportunity to get to know each puppy a bit better.

When we begin individual time and introduction to socialization features become easier to notice as well. As you look at your puppy you will notice an appearance characteristic which may spark an idea for a name. There are many names associated with color, texture, and distinguishable postures (often linked to personality). Goldie, Snow, or Honor.


When you want to give your new puppy a name, to honor her pedigree, a study of her family history can provide amazing ideas to get you started. At Wisteria Goldens Ranch we have both Sire and Dame family tree names on each of our dogs pedigree pages.

There are many ways to use this approach. One way is to explore the family tree and pick something you like. Another idea is to combine names from different family members such as your new puppy’s mother and father or grandparents. For example: One idea for Ego and Sunny’s  litter, a girl’s name might be “Faith’s Secret” which is a combination of grandparent’s names. Don’t forget to explore both Sire and Dame pedigree pages for both girl’s and boy’s names ideas.


There are many names in history (fiction, mythology, and Non-Fiction) which are a great way to combine a learning journey with the family with finding a great name for your new puppy. There are many amazing dogs’ names in mythology, science, history, and literature. Names like Thor and Nike for example are from mythology. You can expand the journey to a long term informational journey or do a few internet searches to get a list of name ideas.


The time of year (Summer, April), Geo location (River, Camper), Sports Season (Catcher, Coach), or your personal favorite holiday (Holly, Sunny, Valentine, or Clover) can be a start to discovering perfect name options. Seasonal activities, events, or a celebration can be areas to explore for name ideas. Don’t forget to explore seasonal entertainment as well. You may find the perfect puppy name in a holiday movie or music favorite.

New Puppy Perfect Name Family Focus Group

Family Favorites

Now that you have done a bit of research: Have a puppy naming gathering.

Have a family meet-up to discuss the names each member of your family likes. Just about everyone will want to share something they have thought about. They might have had a favorite character (cartoon or television show) or they met a companion dog at some time and loved his/her name.

Pass out paper and have a formal naming focus group with your family. Nominate the favorites. When the favorites are narrowed down to two or three decide how to make a decision or give your puppy more than one name. Nike’s page may give you some ideas.

Share your New Puppy’s Perfect Name or Name Finding Idea

Which of these ideas to name your new puppy sound the most helpful to you and your family? We would love to hear your ideas and how you have discovered your new puppy’s perfect name.


New Puppy Perfect Name Related Links

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Getting Lifestyle Right Series

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: ( 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