Is Your Golden A Picky Eater? Golden Retriever Won’t Eat Kibble Unless it’s Baked in the Oven!

Most golden retrievers that I know are not picky eaters – however, Luna seems to be an exception.  Her owner has to pretend to bake her kibble in the oven before she will eat it…how odd!

Anyone else have a picky eater or special ritual at mealtime?  Please participate in the poll and share in the comments.  I would love to hear your stories!

 

 

 

Golden Retrievers and the #10secondeggchallenge – Winners Announced!

Back in March I held a giveaway challenging golden owners to the 10 Second Egg Challenge.  This requires the dog to hold a raw egg in his/her mouth for 10 seconds and then you must retrieve it unbroken.  Here’s my Tucker demonstrating:

First I must apologize for being almost two weeks late with this post.  Second I have to say I had so much fun watching, and today re-watching all the entries.  The first three successful entries are posted here, and the stars of the video will each receive a Barkbox.

Alyx – Something about the way she handled herself with two other dogs in her face…good girl!

2.  Lucy  This was a close call!

  1. Marlee – Giving it back is always the hard part!

This one just missed it by a hair, so am sharing it anyways!

Sandy (with a visit from Juno)

So many good goldens! Thanks again to all the brave participants!

 

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Giveaway! I Challenge Your Golden Retriever(s) to the #10secondeggchallenge

Golden retrievers are known for having “soft mouths”  Here is where I challenge you to post your video in the  comment section of this blog for a chance to win a month of treats from Barkbox – the first three successful videos, which show a full 10 seconds of your golden/etc holding an egg in their mouth for 10 seconds, coming out unscathed, in an uncut version, will receive a Barkbox Contest closes April 30, 2015.  North American residents only at this time, unfortunately.  Please feel free to post your videos anyway!!  Barkbox will be awarded June 2015. Winners to be posted May 01, 2015.  Thank you to all who comment or participate!  *videos posted to Facebook page or YouTube will also be considered.  Winning videos will be posted on the blog.

Have fun, and make sure you have lots of eggs on hand just in case…:)

English: Golden Retriever

English: Golden Retriever (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is Tucker completing the #10secondeggchallenge

 

 

Product Review and Giveaway: Dognition – “Find the genius in your dog”

Have you ever wanted to learn more about what goes on inside your dog’s head?  What type of personality traits to they most strongly posses?  How intelligent is your dog?  Want a chance to win a free toolkit to unlock some of these answers?

A story entitled “The Smartest Dog in the World” was featured on 60 Minutes this past Sunday.  It is the story of a border collie named Chaser that can identify about a thousand toys, and follow different commands, as in pawing the toy, retrieving the toy, or “nosing” the toy. (featuring my favorite journalist, Anderson Cooper!)

During the segment, they featured an assessment toolkit for your dog that lets you learn more about their personality. “Dognition” explained by Dr. Brian Hare of Duke University. (founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center)  For $19 you can purchase a series of “activities” ie” tests/science based games and an intensive survey about your dog(s).  I actually enjoyed the survey, who doesn’t love answering questions about their dogs?   You can also choose the option of a membership with new games and updated results for a total of $79 USD/year.

Their website states:

We understand. That’s why Dr. Brian Hare, along with the world’s leading canine scientists and trainers, created the Dognition Assessment: interactive games and expert analyses that give you an unprecedented perspective on how your dog sees the world. By understanding your dog’s mind, you’ll build a deeper connection with the personality behind the bright eyes that greet you every day.

Dognition.com

Last night I purchased the tool kit for Tucker.  It was his third birthday!!  We have done the first three series of tests, and the results are interesting.  He seems to be very empathetic, and trustworthy!  (he is a total counter-surfer, but can master the Leave It Challenge, so go figure..) We had a lot of fun and learned a lot,  and I didn’t need a partner for most of it. It is recommended that you use a partner, and the only items you need are sticky notes (or something similar, be creative) some plastic, non transparent cups, treats.  They also offer suggestions on their blog to complete the activities without a partner.  I will come back and update this when the tests are complete!

The Great Stuff:  These people have a sense of humor.  One question in the survey is:  Is your dog smarter than cats?  The three answer options are Yes, Yes, and Yes.  If you take the time to complete the survey, you can see the results of other participating dog owners.  Very interesting articles and points of view on their blog also.  I am always looking for information on dog behavior.  I would like to think of this as cutting edge!

Downfalls:  Videos didn’t play well on my ipad or my desktop.  Would like a sound option when timers are complete, an audible prompt when a command needs to be given, etc. (for us lone testers)

Further reading:   I discovered an article in a blog that I follow entitled “The Other End of the Leash” by Patricia McConnell – Dognition Canine Assessment Tests which has several comments on the product.  At the time of the post, Dognition was charging $59 per initial dog, which I think was a little steep.  It is currently only $19 USD!   I’m hoping this takes off after the exposure on 60 minutes, and am offering a giveaway of an initial evaluation toolkit  (value $19 USD)

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photo: Twitter.com/Shadowthegolden

This is the first giveaway on the blog, so we will see how this goes.  Please enter and share!

Comments on your thoughts on the purchased product are also welcomed 🙂  What did you think of, or why would you like to try Dognition?

*Sincere apologies to Kathy and Keisel, who I miss-labled in the previous photo used on this post, of the handsome puppy with the phone, photo credit to @https://www.facebook.com/KeiselTheDogphoneUpdate Oct 23, 2014 – Congratulations Jacqui Godfrey, winner of my first giveaway.  Prize is on the way via email!

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Does Your Golden Retriever Drool?

Generally speaking, golden retrievers are very food motivated dogs, and as a result, sometimes are overweight.  They eat ravenously and have a bottomless pit for a stomach.

Tucker likes to watch us eat, but when we eat certain foods, (usually bacon or pizza) he will often drool.  Lots.

Drooling while humans eat is one thing, but keep in mind that excessive drooling can be caused by a number of other reasons.  For example, drooling in the car is usually a sign of nervousness.

Sudden, unexplained drooling could mean an injury to the mouth or irritation of the gums or even a symptom of poisoning.  Consult your veterinarian ASAP if this happens.

Dog Drooling and Salivary Gland Problems – WebMD

Time for another poll:

Here’s a video from Mary Livingston of the blog Sneaking Bliss, one of her house guests is very eager for dinner

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What is the craziest thing your golden retriever has eaten?

I can think of a few things that Tucker has destroyed that I just couldn’t figure out WHY!??  My bottle of thyroid medication (which resulted in an overnight stay at the vet), my daughter’s contact lenses, and the “only certain parts” of underwear.  (some of you may know what I mean here…what the heck is THAT all about?)

I wanted to share a post from fellow blogger at Justsomedish, called “Sh*t my dog eats“:

“I have a 15 month old English Golden Retriever named Bodhe. He is my My Boo Bear, my Monster, also known as “Hey A$$hole” (my husband’s usual choice), or the Furry Garbage Can. He is my little Prince Joffrey, if you will.* He is our pride and joy and our weapon of mass destruction. My boy has a special talent of destroying the evidence of his kills by ingesting it. All of it.

This includes the squeaker, the stuffing,  the thread, the buttons, and even the fuzzy outer shell. My house is a virtual graveyard of dog toys from Christmas’ past.  

“This toy is a 10 on the dog-proof toy scale!”

“Oh really?” I say to the apparent heir to Cesar Milan’s dynasty at my local pet supply, “Because the last indestructible toy was drawn, quartered and gutted in the time it took me to throw out the packaging!”

Yeah, so until the thing is actually Honey Badger proof, I am going to stick with the rope toy from Target’s dollar bin.

Bodhe is a medieval master of dismemberment, and it truly is a site to behold. Unlike my little Eskimo dog Tahoe, he has no strategy or finesse. Tahoe is the surgeon and Bodhe, the savage.  He tears at his prey with the same tenacity of a kid opening the biggest present under the Christmas Tree. All while happily swallowing the evidence only to show up 24 hours later in the front yard as poop art.

List of conquests:

  1. Two dog beds- and one hanging on for dear life by duct tape.
  2. Tuffy Dog (a #9 out of 10 on the indestructible scale) shark, and Ring. Both were destroyed within one hour.
  3. Single-doggedly committed  a genocide of the menagerie of plush toys, including all of Tahoe’s.
  4. 3 hair clips and countless hair ties
  5. A kitchen “chip clip” which was discovered as a large chunk of bright blue plastic in his poop art.
  6. 2 refrigerator magnets (what kind of creature actually eats magnets anyway?)
  7. A battery…yes, A BATTERY!
  8. An ink pen
  9. Book of matches (this morning’s conquest while I took a 3 min shower)
  10. One tube of Blistex, two Zambeezi lip balms and a $15 tube of Muriad lip gloss
  11. A partially identified beloved Christmas ornament
  12. Two welcome mats and the underside of the living room rug
  13. What can only be described as ” The entire bulb of garlic incident”.
  14. A Keirig K Cup of Medium roast coffee followed by the longest night of our lives.
  15. A kitchen corner full of spackling compound to replace the original corner that he ate in the first place)
  16. An entire roll of toilet paper
  17. Cement-like mud that had to be hand scraped off the roof of his mouth while on a hike.
  18. All the leaves that fell of our 2 front yard trees this fall…and I mean every single one of them.
  19. Various important shopping receipts and the reason I still possess a really stinky lotion from Bath & Body Works.
  20. A pair of apple ear buds
  21. Approximately 10 – 40 pairs of socks. Is there a blood test to detect toxic levels of cotton available?But who’s counting right?He is never to be trusted. Ever. He spends any unsupervised time in a fortress of metal with two locks to contain his thirst for search and destroy missions. Our game plan to avoid these ingestions includes a daily full security sweep of the house for any suspicious items that would make the secret service look like Keystone Cops. Somehow he always finds a nugget either in the form of a discarded cotton swab or paper clip.My hope is that one day he will outgrow this obsession and get a hobby like vacuuming (is there a scholarship out there for ultimate fetch?) In the mean time, I would suggest buying stock in a Gold Toe brand socks because I’m predicting a major spike in sales this second quarter.hey-bodhe

* this will make total sense to any Game of Thrones fan.”

End of blog post….

Photo:  Rumpy Pumpy - Lisa Vanderpump

Photo: Rumpy Pumpy – Lisa Vanderpump

What is the strangest, or most costly thing your dog/dogs have destroyed?

How Long Do Your Golden Retriever’s Stuffed Toys Last?

I love seeing pictures of golden retrievers snuggled up with their “stuffies” or just carrying them around in their mouths. Sometimes they have a whole toy box of these things.

This is not the case with Tucker. I think the longest one of those things has lasted in our house was maybe a week.

Do you know of any “indestructable stuffies? Maybe if he had a whole bunch, he wouldn’t destroy them. We only buy one at a time.

Hopefully when Tucker is a bit older he will go easy on the stuffies, but for now, its fun to watch him destroy his “prey” like the stuffed mallard. (RIP mallard)

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