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.

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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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Buy A Golden Retriever Chalkboard and Give Back!

The statuesque photo of the golden retriever caught my eye immediately while browsing my Facebook news feed last night. The Dogington Post was holding Facebook contest to win a chalkboard decal of your favorite breed.  (The winners are to be announced this Monday, June 17th)   I entered the contest of course!

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The chalkboards are sold by a family-owned company called  Steadfast Friends from Utah who also offer temporary tattoos and iphone cases of golden retrievers (and almost any other breed you can think of!).  The article in the Dogington post says they are currently offering a 20% discount on the chalkboards when you use the code: steadfast20%

Here is the super cool part – Steadfast Friends will donate 10% of ANY purchase to the charity of your choice.  Your three options are The Guide Dog Foundation, Best Friends (Utah) and America’s Vet Dogs.

Something to consider as a gift for the dog lovers in your life, (or yourself!) while giving back!

Product Win – Nylabone Dental Chew Bone

I purchased a Nylabone bone for Tucker last week.  He absolutely loves it.  I consider it a “Product Win”.

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It is very interactive and it swivels, and apparently has bacon flavor.  Tucker rates it a 10 out of 10.

Golden-opoly Anyone?

Just when you think you have heard it all!!  Thanks to Becky White at DogsTwentyFourSeven for sharing this board game for golden retriever lovers.  Golden-opoly is made by a U.S company called Late For The Sky.  They make custom board games and puzzles.

goldenopolyFor 2-6 players 8 and up.

Increase your rent by buying Toys for your dogs and upgrading them to Big Bones.  Sounds easy enough until you get fleas, have an accident on the carpet, or worse yet, get sent to the kennel!

How cute!

Product Win – Green Leaf Pets Lotion Bar

Does your golden retriever have “ruff”, cracked paws?  Tucker does.  A few weeks ago My Dog Paws was donating $1 for every lotion bar purchased to the ASPCA in honor of Puppybowl.

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I decided to order a bar for Tucker and we received in the mail a few days later.  I put some on Tucker’s paws and rubbed it in.  He didn’t seem to mind at all.  The results were instant.

I really like this lotion bar because it doesn’t leave an oily or greasy residue on the dogs paws that will ruin your carpets and floors.  I think a 2 oz tin will probably last his lifetime.  It can also be used on dry noses.

The bars are all natural, chemical free and fragrance free.

They offer free shipping anywhere in the US. (Due to high shipping costs, they are unable to ship Internationally at this time)

Pamper your golden today!

Update:  The company is expanding to other animals, and have changed their name to Green Leaf Pets.

Check them out on line at Green Leaf Pets and like their Facebook page.

Be sure to tell them The Daily Golden sent you!

Does Your Golden Retriever Use The “Gentle Leader”?

When we go for walks, we either take Tucker in the car to the trails to run off leash or take him to the local school yard to run and catch the ball.  Sometimes the start of the walk is a little stressful, because he pulls, but after he has had his run, Tucker is the perfect gentleman on leash.

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Photo: Pawcurious

When I owned Malamutes, we always used the “Gentle Leader” which, I believe, we called “The Halti” at the time.  I always felt it looked like the dog was muzzled, and I am not alone in this.  It almost seems like you are accepting defeat, and in order to exercise your dog, you must do what you have to do.  I don’t condemn this.   I just don’t want to have to result to it.  I am fairly stubborn and assertive, (mixed with lots of love) and know how to stop dead in my tracks and change direction etc.  Tucker is a bit of a challenge.   He is very exuberant.  He wants to check out everything.  There is also the prong collar I still have hanging on my hook by the front door, but with Tucker’s extreme need to explore everything (he is still a baby) I would never bring myself to use it on him.   There is a time and place for prong collars, but this is not it.

So, In order to look like the perfect dog person in my neighborhood, (people must think we never walk our dog because we do it late at night or drive him to the trails) do I result to the Gentle Leader to mingle with the other folks?  Do I wait about 6 more months when I know he will be able to deal a little better?

What are your thoughts on such a beautiful, gentle and friendly breed using the gentle leader?

Here is a video of a golden puppy trying to get used to his Gentle Leader.  Is this torture?  Or not?  I think once they get used to putting it on, and know what the end result is, they will wear it with pride.  I still can’t bring myself to do it!

What do you think?