Another Video of a Golden Retriever Welcoming a Soldier

I can’t get enough of these, ever.  Here is “Izzy” welcoming home her dad after a 9 month deployment in Kuwait.  I wonder if she peed!  lol.  Beautiful.  And thank you for your service Lt Burich. Video courtesy of Rachel Burich.

DIY Tips for Massaging Your Golden Retriever

Your dog wants a massage. Trust me, I know this.  Try it and watch them drool and turn into a bowl of jello.  From bonding to lump locating, there are so many benefits to massaging your dog and Life and Dog Magazine has created a great article and printable infographic with some tips on DIY dog massage that you can do at home.

Life and Dog Magazine

Life and Dog Magazine

Infographic:  The Benefits of Massage

Liz Rizzo and her dog Buddy from Hawaii demonstrate for us in this YouTube video

I just had to add this video from TheDeafeningWhisper.  It’s a YouTube channel of relaxing sounds.  Just for the guy’s voice alone.  watch as he gives golden retriever Eddie a massage and brushing.  Just watch the first minute or so, and you will get the idea!  It drives me nuts that he only does one side of the dog!  Eddie, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to mind.

Here is a more in depth article from The New York Times on Pet Massage and in some of the larger cities there are Workshops that may be offered in your area!

Dog Massage? – Isn’t Petting Enough?  – Jennifer Bleyer – New York Times

And just for fun, here is a bunny massaging a golden retriever

Removing matting on your Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are notorious for getting matts behind their ears, as well as under the arms and legs and around the “back end area”.  Those big felt-like clumps of hair can be tricky to get out.  Regular brushing and thinning of the hair behind the ears is a preventative measure.

Here are some pointers for removing mats at home:

First, NEVER try cutting the matted area off.  You can almost guarantee you will cut your golden, as the mats pull the skin, which is probably rather painful, if not annoying for your dog.

Make sure the dog is in a comfortable position.  Sit on the floor with the dogs head in your lap or any way you can maintain control of the head.

You can start by saturating the mat with a conditioning agent or using a slicker brush to brush out the smaller tangles around the matting.

As a precaution, if you can slide a wide tooth comb between the mat and the skin, this will help prevent cutting your dog.  Another truck is to hold your fingers like scissors, as if you are about to cut off the mat with your fingers, as close to the skin as possible. Hold your fingers there and using  some round nosed scissors,  cut strips into the mat, perpendicular to the comb or fingers.

Take a metal comb and, starting at the bottom, comb out the mats.  Combing downward, with the growth of the hair is much less painful on your furry friend.

Y0u can also purchase a mat splitter to remove the mats, which may take less time, but I find the comb and scissors works well enough.  There are several varieties available at your local pet supply store.

Mat Splitter

It can take quite some time to remove the matting, be patient, and give your dog a break if needed.

Here is a video on using the mat splitter

Regular brushing and thinning the ears with thinning shears will help prevent matts from forming.

Here is a great article from Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club about trimming and cleaning up the ears.  Grooming Your Golden