Birmingham Alabama helps train up leader dogs

by Darren Jamieson on November 13, 2011

Leader Dogs being trained are often seen in Birmingham and, on an average day, a few of the dogs can be seen walking around the town, restaurants or shops.

Founded by three Detroit area Lions Club members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester is there to provide the blind with a trained guide dog. This scheme was so successful that around 270 people every year are placed with a completely trained up dog as their guide, and this is a free of charge service for them.

There are about one in three of the puppies that make it through the training regime and then become (more…)

Detection dog at US high school

by Leanne Thompson on November 12, 2011

The board members at Minooka high school, in the USA, were introduced to a detection dog, just 3-years-old, called Goldie, who will soon be a permanent presence at MCHS in spring.

Goldie came along with Glenn VadeBonCouer, her handler, and both are employees from Interquest Detection Canines, a company which provides local school districts with illegal substance-sniffing dogs. Interquest’s dogs can find illegal drugs, gunpowder, alcohol, prescription pills and fireworks in the schools by (more…)

What to consider before buying a puppy

by Vivien Richardson on May 1, 2011

Buying a dog or puppy can be a major decision for most people and there are several things which must be considered beforehand.

One of the most important issues which should be looked at is whether the potential dog or puppy owner has sufficient time to dedicate to looking after the animal. It is essential that anyone looking to buy a puppy has the time to exercise, feed and groom it properly as well as time to invest in dog training.

Another factor which should be thought about is what type of dog or puppy should be (more…)

Guide dogs in UK are constantly attacked by aggressive dogs

by Darren Jamieson on June 22, 2010

A recent report has shown an alarming spate of attacks on guide dogs in the UK from other dogs, sometimes without even a word of apology from the dog’s owner. The report has been published in the Veterinary Record this week, and it shows that over three guide dogs each month in the UK suffer attacks from other dogs – sometimes very ferocious attacks that require veterinary attention.

Of the dogs that are performing the unprovoked attacks on guide dogs, bull breeds of dogs account for 40% of all of the attacks. The data has been compiled from reports dating between Nov 2006 and Apr 2009.

Worse yet is the fact that 61% of the attacks on the guide dogs came when they were actually working, guiding their handlers. Most of the instances also included males, with 85.7% of the attacking dogs being (more…)

Golden Retriever Breed Profile

by Holly Wright on June 7, 2010

The Golden Retriever, often referred to as the Goldie, or Golden, by its many admirers, is the ideal family pet. Goldies, often confused with Labradors, are usually distinguished by their different coats. However, their main difference is their ancestry; Goldies are from Scotland and Labradors are from Canada. The Golden Retriever is first and foremost a people-dog, which thrives off the affection and contact of its family members. Incredibly tolerable of children and their antics, the Goldie also embraces good relationships with other family pets from hamsters to horses, if introduced properly. This dog has an idyllically balanced personality, calm but alert, sensible but playful, neither hyperactive nor lethargic. The intelligent Golden Retriever is notoriously easy to train, making it an ideal assistance or working dog. They love to please, but unlike a border collie or springer spaniel, it does not have an insatiable appetite for work, and is therefore happy to relax by your feet at the end of the day.

Height: 20-24in, 51-61cm
Weight: 60-80lb, 27-36kg
Average Litter Size: 8
Life Expectancy: 14years
Good with Children: Exceptionally good
Kennel Club Classification: Gundog

Colour of a Golden Retriever

Any shade from light cream to deep gold is acceptable, however over recent years, lighter shades have become more popular in the UK. Darker gold colours still dominate in the (more…)

Dog survives 17 days alone at sea

by Leanne Thompson on April 3, 2010

Dogs generally aren’t noted for their nautical ability, and you don’t often see dogs manning sail boats on the high seas, yet one dog was found as the only survivor aboard a sail boat that was lost at sea for 17 days.

The yacht, called the Tafadzwa, was found seemingly abandoned after its captain, Paul Janse van Rensburg, went missing while at sea. When the recue boat pulled alongside the yacht they were amazed to see the head of a golden retriever cross, named Juanita, pop up from the hatch.

Floyd Prendeville is one of the fishermen from the boat Legionaire, that found the Tafadzwa. He commented:

When we pulled up alongside, she poked her head out for a bit, but went down below again.

She was very wary of me, and then I just pulled her in and gave her a couple of (more…)

Canadian dog takes the biscuit

by Darren Jamieson on January 6, 2010

golden retriever angelEver since dogs became domesticated, there have been examples of dogs saving humans in a variety of different circumstances. As reported in the Edmonton Sun, this tradition of doggy heroism is still very much alive.

The example of dog courage occurred in Boston Bar in Canada and the incident involved an 11-year-old child, a wild cougar and a white golden retriever (more…)

Collar saves dog from cliff fall

by Darren Jamieson on July 29, 2009

mac-golden-retriev_1451716cEvery responsible dog owner knows that your dog should wear a collar at all times. If your dog wanders off and gets lost, the information on their collar will be used to trace the owner (you) and return your dog to you. It also helps to show that your dog is owned by someone and isn’t a stray.

Oh yes, and the collar can save your dog from falling 70ft off a cliff.

That’s just what happened to a golden retriever who was chasing a rabbit by a cliff’s edge on the Isle of Wight. The golden retriever is called Mac and he chased the rabbit off the cliff, and rather than fall to his death was saved when his collar became snagged on the rocks.

Mac still suffered serious injury, breaking tow of his legs and suffering a collapsed lung, but he survived and is now walking again, albeit with the aid of splints.

Mac was with his owner Margaret Sills when he bolted after a rabbit, heading straight over the (more…)

The dog ate my passport

by Leanne Thompson on July 5, 2009

We’ve all heard that old schoolboy excuse to his teacher “Sorry miss – the dog ate my homework” but in this instance, the Winsconsin teenager was telling the truth – the dog ate his passport.

The 17 year old Wisconsin teenager, Jon Meier, was to take a school trip to Peru with his Spanish class, but the family’s one year old Golden Retriever named Sunshine had (more…)

What is the difference between a Labrador and a Golden Retriever?

by Leanne Thompson on June 7, 2009

Many people do not really know the difference between a Labrador and a Golden Retriever, and some may be unaware that they are two different dog breeds.   Retrievers are a type of dog and are part of the Gun dog category of dog breeds.  The Retriever dog breed was originally bred to fetch game for hunters, whether they were hunting on the land or in the water.

There are six retriever dog breeds (more…)

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