Photo Contest Winners International Golden Retriever Day

After much deliberating, the winner of the contest is…

Photo: Instagram @house_bears

Photo: Instagram @house_bears

Ball?  What ball?  I’m so gorgeous.   Hi”

Congratulations Jennifer!

Some honourable mentions to

Photo: Jenna Johannessen Lavaliere/Facebook

Photo: Jenna Johannessen Lavaliere/Facebook

Photo: Instagram @krista_and_bo

Photo: Instagram @krista_and_bo

And our Instagram winner…

Photo: Instagram @raisingmaisie

Photo: Instagram @raisingmaisie

Thanks for sharing your photos, I loved them all!

Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retriever OWNS German Shepherd at eating Spaghetti

More proof that goldens are all about the FOOD!  Guess he learned not to go for the shepherd’s share. 🙂

 

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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Golden Retriever Stars in Time Machine Video – Needs Your Votes!

Hogan is a golden retriever from Scottsdale Arizona who is featured in one of the Top 5 commercials vying for a chance to be viewed during the Superbowl. (as well as 1 million dollars!)  Doritos is holding a Crash The Superbowl VIII Contest and have narrowed the finalists down to 5.  The video was created by Ryan Thomas Anderson and also stars his adorable son Gavin.

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Check out this video and vote HERE once a day until January 24 to see this adorable boy on screens all over the world.  You can also support his Twitter and Facebook pages.  Good luck Ryan, Gavin and Hogan!

Do You Have A Nickname For Your Golden Retriever?

I have several nicknames for Tucker.  “Little Guy” “Stinky old Guy”, “Sweet Face”, “Sir Poops Alot” ..the list goes on and on.  This is just a silly, fun post.  I am curious to know what you call you golden(s)  Please share in the comments or #goldenretrievernicknames on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.  For even more fun, share a picture that captures the “nickname”

Thanks to @colleenconway of Instagram for allowing me to share this photo of her “schmoozle” the late “Summer”

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Here she is again, she also gets the nickname “Summersault”

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One more example, TT Cruiser, from @goldenceramics on Instagram.

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And “Dexter Deuteronomy” the Nuclear Power Puppy from Delta BC @bbear604

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Sorry I couldn’t resize these pictures with quality…Thanks in advance for participating!  I know you have a “pet name” for your dog!

The Daily Golden’s Facebook Photo of the Day

The Daily Golden page on Facebook is growing at a slow and steady pace.  There are so many golden retriever pages out there to compete with.  Many of these pages are basically posting other people’s photos, and repeatedly asking for “likes” (and I’m not talking about the personal pages)

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The Daily Golden Facebook page is a self-curated page full of new and relevant golden retriever news, cute stuff, and information on all things golden retriever, and now the home of The Daily Golden’s Facebook Photo of the Day.

Each day I will share my favorite picture of a golden retriever that I have either found on my news feed, on one of your pages (yes, sometimes I am a golden-stalker!) or one submitted by a follower.  Hoping this will help the page gain momentum. At the end of each month, I will announce and repost the photo with the most “likes” that month.  I guess this means we will also celebrate The Daily Golden’s Facebook Photo of the Year!  Due to the fact I have not yet researched how to run a contest, the only prize at this time is international fame. (I only wish this were true, but you would sure get a warm and fuzzy feeling!)

Submit your best photo(s) of your golden retriever(s) to the Facebook page  or email thedailygolden@gmail.com if you would like your golden to be featured.  Our very first Facebook Photo of the Day is Darbi Joe.  Here she is taking time to smell the lilacs!

Darbi Jo the Golden Retriever - Facebook

Darbi Jo the Golden Retriever – Facebook

If you are on Facebook, I encourage you to “like” my The Daily Golden page.  I try to post new, original stuff, and not too often.  The odd time I get a bit carried away…

*If you email, please specify who the correct person to credit is, if you want it credited, and if you want it linked.  I don’t mind sharing!

Go get searching for your best photos!  Only selected photos will be posted 🙂

The Golden Retrievers of Instagram – Top Ten Contest

I recently became part of the social media world that is Instagram. Here you can find thousands of beautiful pictures of golden retrievers. It is a very friendly community too! Just tag your photos #goldens #goldenretrievers #thegoldensofinstagram etc to share or search for other golden retrievers.

Poster via GlassGiant.com

Poster via GlassGiant.com

If your golden retriever is on Instagram, you can enter our contest for The Top 10 Golden Retrievers of Instagram. If you wish to enter your golden retriever(s) please add #TopTenGoldenRetrieversofInstagram to your photos. Entries will close June 30, 2013. At that time, the ten photos with the most likes will be shared in a post and you can have a chance to vote for your favorite. I already have a few in mind I would like to nominate! Maximum 3 photos per dog. If more are entered, I reserve the right to choose the top 3.

As you can see, Tucker has found his true calling. A model. Here’s my profile page. 35 followers! Yay!

dailygoldenPlease note that by tagging your photos #thedailygolden or #toptengoldenretrieversofinstagram you are giving The Daily Golden permission to share your photos.

If your golden retriever is not on Instagram, and you would like to share your golden retriever photos and/or stories, send them to thedailygolden@gmail.com.

May the best golden win!