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Golden Retriever runs a store

October 26, 2010 on 10:41 am | In Golden Retriever | 25 Comments

This is Murphy our golden retriever that helps us run our drive thru beer and coffee company. Located in Michigan Center, MI on Page Ave. Just outside of Jackson, MI. YellowdogCoffeeCo.com
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Breakfast at Ginger’s- golden retriever dog eats with hands

October 24, 2010 on 3:20 pm | In Golden Retriever | No Comments

Ginger enjoys a leisurely breakfast. Be sure to check out the version with no laugh-track and let us know which one you like better! Here is the link: www.youtube.com (Unfortunately we are having trouble posting the actual video here).
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Is The Golden Retriever Right For You

September 23, 2010 on 10:09 pm | In Golden Retriever | No Comments

Is The Golden Retriever Right For You

Having a golden retriever for a pet is the greatest in my opinion. They are wonderful animals, that are a joy to be around.


They are always happy to see you when you come home, love to be by your side, are great with kids, and are just darn good looking.


But, and it’s a big but, they are a fair amount of work to take care of. If you already own one you know what I am talking about.


If you are considering getting a golden retriever you want to make sure you are ready for the commitment it requires to properly care for one of these beautiful dogs.


Every year, thousands of golden retrievers are abandoned at local dog pounds, and rescue centers, for various reasons. Sometimes the owner gets sick and can no longer care for the golden, or often the owner is forced to move to housing that does not allow pets.


But a very common reason that golden retrievers end up at shelters and rescue centers is simply because the owners decide they are just too much trouble to take care of. As sad as this is, it happens more that you would think.


People are drawn to the beauty and the popularity of the golden retriever, but they never do any research on what is required to properly care for this breed. After a period of time they find out that it is more than they bargained for, and they give the dog up.


Golden retrievers are a great breed, but they are definitely not for everyone. First of all they are a large dog. If you have a very neat house with a lot of fragile breakable items, a golden may not be the right dog to have.


Golden retrievers are constantly walking around wagging their tails, so anything you may have on a coffee table, which is just the right height, will be cleared off in a wag or two of their tail.


They shed their beautiful coats quite often, so there will always be dog hair to vacuum up, and they will require at least a quick brushing once every week or so to keep their coat looking good, and free of knots and tangles.


Daily exercise is probable one of the hardest requirements to fulfill for the golden retriever. If you have a large yard, and maybe some kids to throw the ball, and run around with your golden you are all set, but if you don’t have that, then you will have to provide at least 30 minutes of exercise for your golden once, and preferably twice a day.


This can be a problem if you work long hours, or live in a region where weather is a concern, like new england in the winter. Giving a golden retriever proper exercise is something you have to do every day.


If they do not get the proper exercise they need, it can cause behavioral problems. They are also prone to becoming overweight very easily without proper exercise, and can develop health problems.


The golden retriever is definitely not a dog you can just leave in the house all day. They have been know to get bored without proper exercise, and start getting into mischief by chewing on things around the house, including themselves.


Golden retrievers like any dog require regular health care from a veterinarian. They will require the normal vaccinations and shots. They are also number one on the list for certain health problems like cancer, and hip dysplasia, which is a disease of the hips in the rear, causing problems walking, which can lead to surgery.


If you are looking for a watch dog the golden Retriever is probably not the right dog for the job. They will often bark if an intruder approaches but that is about it.


If a robber breaks in, a golden retriever will probably help carry your stuff out the door, if he thinks there is a biscuit in it for him.


Golden retrievers need to be with people. They love to be with the family and be involved with what is going on. They want to be part of the family.


If you are looking for a dog to leave outside in a kennel, or dog house, or down in the basement away from the family, the golden retriever is definitely the wrong dog.


Golden retrievers seem to need to be involved in everything you do. They are definitely not a stay in the corner all day type of dog.


Whatever you are doing, they need to be there, even if it is as simple as dusting the coffee table.


The only time I can get rid of my golden retriever is when I get the vacuum cleaner out. Then she runs for her life. Other than that she is my shadow wherever I go in the house.


If you think that could be a problem, then the golden retriever might not be the right dog for you. I suppose you could train them to stop following you, but I really think it is just their nature.


If you are considering getting a golden retriever, just realize that these are the needs and traits of the breed.


There are thousands of people like myself that would not have it any other way, or have any other dog besides a golden retriever.


They are sweet, loveable, beautiful dogs. They just require a lot of care and exercise, but the love and companionship you get back from them is well worth the effort.


If after reading this you still think the golden retriever is right for you, then find a reputable breeder, to help you make the right choice.


Just be sure you can make the commitment for the life span of the golden that you choose, which can be ten to twelve years or longer.

Glenn Downer is an owner and trainer, of the golden retriever breed. He also has a web site and free newsletter, that shows how to easily keep your dog happy, healthy, and well behaved at The-Golden-Retriever.Com and a blog atThe-Golden-Retriever.Net

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Got A Golden Retriever? – Give Your Golden Retriever Puppy A Healthy Start!

September 13, 2010 on 11:42 pm | In Golden Retriever | No Comments

Got A Golden Retriever? – Give Your Golden Retriever Puppy A Healthy Start!

Starting your new Golden Retriever puppy out on the right foot by feeding him properly will help him grow to be a happy, healthy adult. Puppies receive their nutrients from their mother until they’re about 7 weeks old. But at about three weeks, it’s time to start giving them puppy food that has been soaked and mixed to a thin paste that resembles the food they get from mom. The breeder should have started this process before you pick up your new Golden Retriever puppy.

Before you bring your Golden Retriever puppy home, be sure to find out exactly what food he’s been given and the times he’s been fed. Because puppy stomachs are very sensitive, it’s important to continue the same regimen. When you begin to change to a more mature diet, gradually transition from 25% new mix with 75% of the old diet to the opposite (75% new and 25% old) over a ten-day period. This will give your Golden Retriever puppy time to adjust to the new diet without undue discomfort or digestive problems.

When your Golden Retriever puppy is at least 8 weeks old, it is acceptable to separate him from his mother and bring him home to meet his new family. At first, your new puppy may not show much interest in eating. Changes this big can be very stressful. Don’t force him to eat. Once he figures out he doesn’t have to fit his brothers and sisters to get his fair share, he’ll become more curious and hungry. So don’t worry if he only sniffs and nibbles at first.

Puppies need twice the nutrients that adult Golden Retrievers need to stay healthy. Don’t be tempted to use too many treats with your Golden Retriever puppy, as they do not contain enough nutrients for his healthy growth. For the fist few weeks, stick to the type of food and the same feeding schedule as he was getting from the breeder. It’s hard for a new Golden Retriever puppy to adjust to changes, and maintaining a stable schedule with familiar food will be a nice balance to the shock of new surroundings and people. During the transition to the new food, watch closely for vomiting, loose stool or constipation. If these occur, slow down the transition until your Golden Retriever puppy adjusts and can eat without becoming upset or ill.

Professionals recommend that puppies should eat three times a day until they are about six months old. But it’s a good idea to take the puppy to your vet as soon as you can. Get him checked out, and discuss diet and nutrition with your vet. Your vet will be able to give you tips on appropriate weights so that you can avoid over- or under-feeding your new Golden Retriever puppy.

The feeding schedule will, of course, be largely determined by your own schedule. But set regular times, and stick to them. Your new Golden Retriever puppy need stability, and sticking to a set schedule will help you with house-training, as his bathroom habits will be regular and predictable. Be sure to provide ample water during and after his meals. Set aside some quiet time for your Golden Retriever puppy after meals to avoid stomach problems. Expect your puppy to need to go to the bathroom within a hour or so. Ask the kids not to play with the puppy for the first hour to hour-and-a-half after he eats.

When your Golden Retriever puppy has learned to sleep through the night, make it a habit to take him outside for a potty break each morning. Then feed him, allowing for about an hour of quiet time afterward. Stick to your feeding schedule as much as you possibly can. You should schedule the last feeling at last an hour or so before you plan to go to bed so that you can give him a potty break before everyone settles in for a good night’s rest. Until your Golden Retriever puppy is house-broken, provide puppy pads or newspapers near (not in) his sleeping area in case he can’t wake you up for a trip outside.

By the time your Golden Retriever puppy is 8 to 10 weeks old, he should be on a diet of dry dog food. You can add a little warm water to make it more appetizing, but don’t use canned or moist dog food. These are mostly water and not nearly as nutritious as the dry foods. The warm water will encourage your Golden Retriever puppy to eat all his food, though you may need to sit with him and add more warm water a little at a time. From three to six months, your Golden Retriever puppy will be teething. He may appear to be sick, but unless it lasts over two days, don’t worry. It’s growing pains.

Never feed your Golden Retriever puppy table scraps. They are likely to upset his stomach, and they are not the nutrition he needs at this stage of his growth. As your puppy grows, his stomach will grow, and he’ll eat more. At about six months, you should begin to feed him twice a day, in the morning and at night, but continue to use a diet of puppy food. Being larger dogs, you may want to keep your Golden Retriever on puppy food well into his second year. But you should reduce feeding to once per day, always offering plenty of water during and after his meal. When you do switch to adult dog foods, be sure to select a quality brand with adequate nutrition for your Golden Retriever.

If you follow these guidelines and show your new Golden Retriever plenty of love and affection, you’ll give him a great start to a long, happy, healthy lifetime with your family. He’ll be a valuable and beloved member of your family for years.

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