Golden Retriever Eating kibble from yellow bowl of food Training 

How To Choose the Best Dog Food for Your Golden Retriever

This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. You love your golden and want what’s best for him. But there are so many choices. The pet food industry has exploded in recent years. It’s so confusing when you go to the pet store or look on-line to choose a specific food for your special pup. Of course, there’s more than one food that will help your dog grow properly, be healthy, and thrive. I’ll discuss some of the most…

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Orange colored dog barking with green background. Training 

How To Stop Your Dog from Excessive, Nuisance Barking

This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. You love your dog. But he barks. And barks. And barks… He keeps your neighbors awake. And they’re complaining about the noise.  You may even be fined because of the barking. What can you do? Of course, dogs bark. Barking is a natural way dogs communicate.  But we have to teach them that constant barking isn’t allowed. We have to stop the nuisance barking. In order to fix the noise problem,…

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Yellow Lab Tilting Head Training 

Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads? A (Mostly) Normal Behavior Explained

This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. There are few things more adorable than a dog tilting their head. You know the look we’re talking about: a dog gets a curious, perhaps confused look on their face and turns their head dramatically to the side as if asking a question. Sometimes, the dog even tilts their head back and forth, side to side. So cute!  But what in the world causes a dog to tilt their head? Can…

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Golden Retriever - Canine Good Citizen Test - Looking up at trainer with Golden in background Training 

How Do I Train My Dog To Pass The Canine Good Citizen Test?

This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. Your dog is so well-trained. And you want to show the world. One way is to have him pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test. The exam requires your pup to pass a series of 10 tests. And you need to meet certain requirements too. It tests your dog’s socialization and obedience skills as well as his temperament. Passing the test indicates that your canine companion can be…

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How Do I Get My Dog Certified as a Therapy Dog?

This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. As a dog trainer, people often ask me how their dogs can become certified therapy dogs. They want to show the world how great their dogs are–as well as help others. As I’m sure you know from living with your own amazing dog, dogs boost our mood. And they just make every day better. In order for your dog to be a therapy dog, many requirements must be met. This article…

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White Dog Fire Hydrant peeing Training 

How To Make an Outdoor Dog Potty Area

This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. It’s not too difficult to make a potty area that’s exclusively for your dog to use. And there are many reasons why such a potty area is desirable. My dogs have a potty yard that we’ve fenced in ourselves. It’s easy to clean because it’s not as large as the play yard. By the way, if you’re having trouble potty training your puppy then you might want to check out our…

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Adopting a Rescue Dog - White Dog wearing an adopt me bandana Training 

Adopting a Rescue Dog: The First 7 Days

This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. When adopting a rescue dog, the first 7 days is often the most important time when building your relationship with your new furry friend. It’s such an exciting time adopting a new dog!  You picture all the fun you’ll have together: taking walks, playing fetch, and just snuggling on the couch together. But you have to remember that the new dog will be confused and stressed from being transferred from place…

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Yellow Lab with his dog trainer and KONG Training 

How To Choose the Right Dog Trainer for Your Puppy

This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. Your new puppy Max is the sweetest, smartest, cutest golden retriever that you’ve ever seen. But he doesn’t understand anything yet and needs training. You’ve decided to hire a trainer to get Max off on the right paw. But where do you start and how do you know that you’re hiring the best trainer for you and Max? This article will describe what to look for in a trainer and how…

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Dog standing behind a fence Training 

Rehoming A Dog: When Is It the Right Time and How To Do It

This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. You love your dog. He’s a big part of your life. But your employer’s now requiring a lot of overtime and you’re not spending enough time with him. Or you have to move and can’t find an apartment that will take a pit bull.  If you’re reading this article, you probably care greatly for your dog. And feel guilty at the prospect of having to rehome him. But sometimes a dog…

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Chocolate Lab Chewing Woodwork Training 

How To Stop Your Dog From Chewing On Woodwork [Baseboards, Furniture, etc]

This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post. You arrive home and see that the once sturdy woodwork are now down to the size of toothpicks. What happened? Do you have termites? Your sweet golden retriever puppy couldn’t have created such destruction, could he? Unfortunately, he could–and did.  Now the question is how do you stop your dog from chewing on woodwork especially the baseboards and furniture? There are many reasons why dogs are attracted to chewing on wood.…

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