Author Archives: Wendy

Wendy is a self-employed beauty therapist, mother of two, life-long pet parent and lover of dogs who somehow manages to squeeze in the time to satisfy another of her loves - writing. Wendy is the founder, main contributor to and editor of TotallyGoldens.
A golden retriever being led on a leash

Golden Retriever Obedience Training

Without guidance, dogs can grow up to develop some rather disagreeable behaviors. Jumping up on people, running off and refusing to return when off leash, eating poop and chewing our belongings to name just a few things that can make a dog hard to live with. So how do we prevent our dogs from growing up ‘out of control’? The ...

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Golden Retriever FAQ

This article collects the most frequently asked questions about the Golden Retriever into one easy to search and use article. The aim is not to give extensive, detail rich and comprehensive answers. It’s to give ‘quick and dirty answers’ to the most common questions a person may ask when researching the breed. For more comprehensive coverage of the questions asked, ...

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when to call the vet: A golden retriever puppy held by a vet

When To Call The Vet For Your Golden Retriever

For a number of reasons it can be very hard to know or decide when you should call the vet for your Golden Retriever. For one thing, they aren’t able to talk like us and tell us when they’re hurt or feeling unwell. For another, in the wild a dog that shows signs of weakness may be ignored and shunned ...

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where is the best place to get a golden retriever? A pic of a litter of GR puppies

Where Is The Best Place To Get A Golden Retriever?

The decision to bring a dog into your family is one of the most life changing and important decisions you can ever make. It will have a major effect on your life for a decade or more. Hopefully you’ve already thoroughly researched whether a Golden Retriever is the right dog for you…and just as importantly whether you’re the right family ...

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Is crate training cruel - a golden retriever puppy happily sleeping in a crate

Is Crate Training Cruel?

The debate on whether crate training is cruel or not rages on, sometimes very heatedly, in all corners of the dog world and in all forms of media. Many people feel it’s cruel, saying no animal should be ‘caged’, grouping crate training in with the idea of animals kept at zoos. Yet breeders, vets, animal behaviorists, professional trainers, show, agility ...

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The Benefits of Crate Training A Dog Or Puppy - A GR sleeping in a crate

The Benefits of Crate Training A Dog Or Puppy

Almost all dogs are crated for one reason or another at some time in their lives. Either at the vets, in kennels, at a hotel when on holiday or for traveling by air. So whether you plan to regularly use a crate at home or not, many of the benefits of crate training a dog or puppy still apply. Dog ...

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How To Train A Puppy Their Name

I know what you’re thinking: “Why would I need to read an article on how to train a puppy their name?” It’s as simple as picking one you like, using it often and very quickly a dog will learn it, right? Well yes, but with a little extra care in how you train and use your dog’s name it can ...

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Dog training methods: A Golden retriever relaxing by a lake

A Basic Introduction To Dog Training Methods

There are a large number of different styles, techniques and named methods of dog training. Operant conditioning, the Koehler method, clicker training, shaping and dominance based training to name just a few. With so many methods available it can be very confusing for the hobby trainer and pet owner to know which method to follow and which method best suits ...

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