Therapeutic Effects of Dogs and Pups

One of the few good things to come out of the revolting bloodbath of World War II was a recognition of the value of therapy dogs. Since then, therapy dog use has become systematic. The breakthrough came with a Yorkshire terrier named Smoky, who belonged to a wounded soldier and whose cheerful presence helped the injured recover faster. As luck would have it, the doctor in charge of this Pacific Theater hospital was Dr. Charles Mayo, future founder of the Mayo Clinic.

The Road to Your Golden Retriever

Getting a golden retriever for your household isn’t generally a highly problematic process, but there are a few stops along the road to your golden retriever that you’re probably well advised to take in order to make the process smoother and more successful. The first stage is deciding whether you want a show dog or a household pet.

The Purchase Contract

When you go to buy your golden retriever puppy, there will likely be a purchase contract that both you and the breeder will sign. The only occasion on which there will be no purchase contract is if you are buying the puppy from a family who has some pet golden retrievers who happened to have a few pups, or a relative with the same situation.
All professional breeders should offer a purchase contract, and in the event that they do not, you should think carefully about buying from them, since they might be a “fly by night” operation of some kind.

The Puppy Makes It Home

When you’ve picked out your pup at the breeder’s place (hopefully, a reputable breeder who cares for the animals rather than some grubby, callous puppy mill owner), you’ve still got to get your new pup home. How you handle this depends on whether you’re picking the puppy directly at the breeder’s, or if they’re being sent to you on an aircraft and arrive by crate.

The Eyes and Ears of Golden Retrievers

The friendly eyes and floppy ears of golden retrievers are two of the things that make them look as amiable and distinctive as they really are. The clear brown eyes of a golden retriever are warm and good-natured, revealing the canine soul within. Their ears are “lop” ears, although they are not as long and floppy as the ears of the various hounds, especially the basset hound.

The Basket and Blanket

When you are making arrangements for your dog’s indoor comfort – whether you are welcoming a new puppy, giving your young adult dog some sleeping arrangements, or allowing your old dog to stretch their weary bones overnight in front of the fireplace – there are a large number of different options open to you, with plenty of variations to satisfy both your dog and you.

The Aging Golden Retriever

As your golden retriever gets older, they will obviously need a bit different treatment than when they are in the first blush of youth and vigor. They will become a bit more sedate – though many retain much of their energy as long as their health holds up – and will, of course, be much more familiar with you than initially.

Standards for the Exposition of Golden Retrievers

If you are planning to possibly show your golden retriever at serious dog shows (rather than just a local one for fun), then you will need to make sure your animal meets the AKC standards for the exposition of golden retrievers. Although your does not need to meet every standard exactly, you should be aware of the criteria on which your dog will be judged. Some of the most important follow:

Socialization and Reaction to Other Animals

The temperament of dog breeds varies greatly, from the peppery pugnacity of Schipperkes to the laid-back attitude of English bulldogs, and everything in between. Some dogs, regardless of training, are dedicated foes of everything four-footed in their vicinity, just by the nature of their breed.

So Your Golden Retriever Doesn’t Obey

Golden retrievers are naturally attuned to being trained – in fact, they revel in learning skills and applying them, since it gives them something to do and lets them burn off some of their excess energy, since they are very energetic dogs. Golden retrievers are well-suited to working with humans, so it is unlikely that you golden retriever won’t obey you unless there is something seriously unusual wrong with the situation.