Shedding Season: Managing Your Golden Retriever’s Spring Coat

As the snow melts and the days grow longer, Golden Retriever owners know that spring brings more than just blooming flowers and warmer weather—it also marks the beginning of shedding season. Golden Retrievers are known for their beautiful, thick coats, but with that beauty comes the challenge of managing their springtime shedding. Here are some… Read more »

Understanding Your Golden Retriever’s Body Language

Golden Retrievers are known for their expressive nature, often communicating their feelings and intentions through body language. Interpreting these signals correctly can significantly enhance the bond between you and your furry friend, ensuring their needs and emotions are understood and met. Let’s decode the most common body language cues of Golden Retrievers to help you… Read more »

New Year’s Resolutions: Incorporating Your Golden Retriever into Your Fitness Goals

The New Year is synonymous with fresh starts and setting goals, particularly in the realm of fitness. But did you know that your Golden Retriever can be your perfect workout buddy? Incorporating your furry friend into your fitness resolutions not only benefits you but also ensures a healthy, happy lifestyle for your dog. Let’s explore… Read more »

Golden Retrievers & Halloween: Safety Tips for the Spooky Season

Halloween is a time of costumes, candy, and festive fun. While we humans get excited about the spooky celebrations, it’s important to consider the safety and comfort of our furry companions, especially the ever-curious Golden Retrievers. Let’s dive into some essential tips to ensure that Halloween is a treat for both you and your Golden!… Read more »

Golden Retrievers and Agility Training: An Introduction to a Fun and Rewarding Sport

Golden Retrievers are known for their intelligence, athleticism, and willingness to please, which makes them fantastic candidates for agility training. Agility training is a competitive sport for dogs where they navigate a course filled with obstacles such as tunnels, jumps, and weave poles, guided by their handler. Here’s an introduction to this fun and rewarding… Read more »

Golden Retrievers and Children: Tips for Fostering a Safe and Loving Relationship

Golden Retrievers are renowned for their friendly, tolerant, and trustworthy nature, making them a popular choice for families with children. However, as with any breed, it’s important to establish a safe and loving relationship between your Golden Retriever and your kids. Here are some tips on how to cultivate a strong, positive bond between your… Read more »

Creating the Perfect Home Environment for Your Golden Retriever

Every Golden Retriever deserves a comfortable and happy home. But how do you go about doing so? Fear not! Here are some tips on designing indoor and outdoor spaces that will make your Golden Retriever feel right at home. Setting Up Your Indoor Space One of the primary considerations for any Golden Retriever owner is… Read more »

5 Great Outdoor Activities to Enjoy with Your Golden Retriever in the Twin Cities Metro Area

Golden Retrievers love to spend time in the great outdoors. Thankfully, for those of us living in the Twin Cities metropolitan, we have plenty of options for our furry friends. From picturesque parks to dog-friendly events, here are five great activities to enjoy with your Golden Retriever in the Twin Cities. 1. Stroll Around Lake… Read more »

Understanding Golden Retriever Body Language

As much as we may wish it, our Golden Retrievers cannot talk to us. However, we can tell what they’re thinking and feeling through their body language. Understanding your Golden Retriever’s body language can clue you in if they’re feeling stressed or ill. That way, you can take the necessary steps to get your Goldie… Read more »

How to Prevent Separation Anxiety in Your Golden Retriever

Separation anxiety is, unfortunately, common among dogs, including Golden Retrievers. Whenever you leave the house, your puppy might chew up furniture, urinate, defecate, and show other signs of stress. Separation anxiety can be dealt with once it develops, but it’s easier to prevent it than it is to cure it. Here, we provide some ways… Read more »

Common Teething Problems in Golden Retrievers and What to Do About Them

Teething is a normal and necessary problem for all puppies, including Golden Retrievers. However, that doesn’t mean some problems won’t arise. Teething can be difficult for both puppy and owner. Thankfully, though, there are ways you can make this process easier. Excessive chewing Chewing is normal for dogs, but during teething, that instinct goes into… Read more »

Service Dogs vs. Therapy Dogs: What’s the Difference?

Golden Retrievers can be more than lovable best friends. They can also perform services for us as service dogs and therapy dogs. But what’s the difference between the two? Is it simple terminology or do they perform different tasks? In this case, the latter is true. Read on to learn more: Service Dogs Under the… Read more »

The Five Stages of a Golden Retriever Puppy’s Growth

Each Golden Retriever puppy is unique. They have their own characteristics, features, and personalities. Nevertheless, they all go through similar growth phases, specifically five stages of growth. Being aware of these stages can help owners know what their puppies need and when. Read on to learn more: Stage One: Neonatal This is when your puppy… Read more »

Why OFA Certification Is So Important for Your Golden Retriever

Genetics play a big role in the health and development of Golden Retrievers. As such, it’s important to ensure that your dog is not susceptible to any diseases or future health problems. That’s why many Golden Retriever breeders perform genetic testing to give future dog parents that peace of mind. Nevertheless, not all genetic testing… Read more »

How to Socialize Your Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are social dogs, but they still need to be properly socialized like other dogs. Here, we describe the steps you should take to help socialize your Golden Retriever puppy: Determine your Golden Retriever’s threshold Golden Retrievers have a threshold, for when things get too much for them. When they reach their threshold, they… Read more »

Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Golden Retriever

In our last blog post, we discussed ways you can keep your Golden Retriever safe during Halloween. Now, the next holiday to arrive is Thanksgiving. While your Goldie won’t be wearing a costume anymore, they will be tempted by all the food you will be enjoying. There’s nothing saying that your Golden Retriever can’t join… Read more »

Dos and Don’ts of Halloween Costumes for Your Golden Retriever

Halloween is just around the corner, and many Golden Retriever owners look forward to dressing up their dogs in adorable costumes. However, not all Halloween costumes are created equal. Some can be uncomfortable, even dangerous, for your Golden Retriever to wear. That’s why we’ve compiled these dos and don’ts so you can pick the right… Read more »

Fall Safety Tips for Your Golden Retriever

Fall is a beautiful season, full of colors, earthy smells, and mouth-watering foods. Whether it’s going out for walks or enjoying a pumpkin path, it’s no wonder why you want to enjoy the fall season with your Golden Retriever. But be aware—the fall season also poses some risks to our four-legged friends. Keep them away… Read more »

Swimming Safety Tips for Your Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers love the water. If you own a Golden Retriever, chances are you’ve seen it rush to a pool before you can even do anything about it. While this is great when they are older and know how to swim, it can be dangerous when they’re younger. That’s why it’s best to teach them… Read more »

The Best Exercises for Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are intelligent, active dogs. As such, they’ll need frequent exercise that works out both their body and their mind. Here, we list out some of the best exercises for your Golden Retriever to keep them happy and healthy. Running and/or Walking Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple run or walk around… Read more »

How to Groom Your Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are known for their beautiful coats. However, their coats don’t stay beautiful all on their own. Your Golden Retriever will need proper care and attention if you want their coat to stay sleek and shiny. Here’s how to get started: Pay attention to how much they’re shedding Golden Retrievers have thick, water-repellant double… Read more »

Top 3 Tips for Training Golden Retriever Puppies

Whether you’ve adopted a Golden Retriever puppy to be a service dog or a lovable companion, you will still need to properly train them. Golden Retrievers are extremely intelligent, so they’re easy to train. However, there are some requirements when training one. Here, we go through our top three tips for training Golden Retriever puppies…. Read more »

Why Golden Retrievers Make Good Service Dogs

Service dogs are important companions for adults and children with special needs. Many breeds are well-suited for the rule of service dog, but few top it like the Golden Retriever. Golden Retrievers are a popular breed for service dogs, and for good reason! Loyal, intelligent, and patient, they have all the characteristics necessary for being… Read more »