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Dog Walk Run Safety Guide


dog walk run safety guide - SailorThis 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 […]

Dog Walk Run Safety Guide2017-03-21T10:58:44-05:00

Natural Flea and Tick Prevention


Natural Flea and Tick Prevention Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil RECIPE for mist and cotton bandanna collarWe hosted a class in the spring on the topic of ‘Essential Oils for Pets' and we discovered several amazing ways we can use Pure Essential Oils for our dogs. One of the most popular topics, during and since the class, was how to use certified therapeutic grade essential oils in the prevention of fleas and ticks.

Natural Flea and Tick Prevention

We have long realized a healthy diet will support the goal by improving our dog’s immune system. This is priority when considering the damage a flea, tick, or mosquito can cause us or our pets. This is our checklist for promoting optimal health.

  1. Healthy Diet
  2. Flea and Tick Repellent […]
Natural Flea and Tick Prevention2017-03-10T06:35:22-05:00

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. […]

Teething Puppy Training Guide2017-02-23T08:59:10-05:00

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 […]
Dangers for Dogs Pet Safe Home Guide2016-11-30T17:30:25-05:00

Penn Hip vs. OFA and What Wisteria Golden’s Chooses


Penn Hip vs. OFA and What Wisteria Golden’s Chooses #wisteriagoldens #Blog #englishcreamgoldenretriever #doghealth #hipdysplasia #pennhip #OFACanine hip dysplasia (CHD) affects many preferred breeds, including Golden Retrievers. Several methods test for or are used to diagnose, both CHD as well as degenerative joint disease. The most popular are the tests called PennHip and OFA. Although the information on the Internet is readily available, dissemination of inaccurate information is also rampant. I’d like to explain our decision to use PennHip here at Wisteria Goldens.

When we first started breeding and researching what health clearances were required to be responsible breeders, we ran into the controversy between OFA and PennHip, so we decided to do both. What we didn't think through is; what do you do when there […]

Penn Hip vs. OFA and What Wisteria Golden’s Chooses2016-11-17T05:36:54-05:00

Cutting Board Snacks for Dogs


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 […]
Cutting Board Snacks for Dogs2016-08-10T18:46:12-05:00

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: ( 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 […]

What should I feed my puppy?2016-07-07T10:14:29-05:00

Should You Shave Your Golden Retriever?


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

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

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

Should you shave your golden?

Some people want to […]

Should You Shave Your Golden Retriever?2016-06-20T22:01:32-05:00

Puppy Training


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

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

Puppy Training Guides

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

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

Puppy Love Head to Toe (a massage guide).

Puppy Photos — Tips for Getting a […]

Puppy Training2016-06-17T08:05:46-05:00
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