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April 24, 2018

Healthy Eating is a Family Affair with the Dogs

Maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle is my goal as a mom of two girls and three Golden Retrievers. Setting up healthy eating habits early is key and the best way to do this is by example and that is something I strive to do every day.

Now that my girls are older it's so important for them to be involved in taking care of the dogs and this includes what we give them for treats and meals. We include our dogs into everything we do as a family and that also involves mealtime.
chicken soup for the soul healthy dog food
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Besides exercise and mental health, diet is the biggest contributor to their wellbeing. Teaching the girls which whole foods are safe for dogs is a great way for them to bond. When the girls reach for some carrots as a snack, they know that the dogs can enjoy these as well. Same goes for blueberries and bananas, which are just a few of their favorites. As a result of knowing which foods the dogs can eat they also know which foods are toxic and are just not healthy for them, this knowledge alone has helped the dogs maintain a healthy lifestyle.
chicken soup for the soul healthy dog food
chicken soup for the soul healthy dog food
Another way I have taught the girls about healthy choices for the dogs is mealtime. Learning what type of food we give the dogs and why has given them a good understanding of how important it is that we know what exactly is in their food.

When choosing a brand the first thing we look at is the ingredient list to make sure it contains quality ingredients that will benefit their wellbeing. Chicken Soup for the Soul dog food is a perfect example of this and it's a brand that the Goldens really enjoy eating.
chicken soup for the soul healthy dog food
Chicken Soup for the Soul is made with love in the USA and developed by a family-owned and operated company. They use whole ingredients only with protein at the top of the list and no by-product meals. Just as important, there is no corn, wheat or soy and contains no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or flavors.
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One of the things that caught my eye when choosing Chicken Soup for the Soul dog food is the Grain Free option. My dogs are susceptible to ear infections and we have found that grains have been a cause so it's great that we have this option to give them and not have to worry about any flare ups. Visit to learn more about their food and treats.
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November 3, 2017

5 Tips to Keep Your Golden Retriever Groomed Between Appointments

It's no secret that Golden Retriever's require a lot of grooming and upkeep. Depending on what kind of Golden you own, their coat and how active they are will determine how often you should schedule a grooming appointment, usually this falls between 6-8 weeks for a complete head to tail groom.

Over the years I have developed a few tips on how to keep my Goldens looking their best between grooming appointments. Whether you are trying to stretch out their appointments, like to have them look their best for the holidays or your Golden just doesn't do well at the groomers, these basic grooming tips will help to keep them looking clean and trimmed.
keeping your golden retriever dog looking their best between grooming appointments
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Brush & Clean the Coat with Waterless Shampoo 

Before I begin, I brush the entire coat making sure to get out any tangles or knots which are usually behind the ears, the hindquarters and tail. Next, I like to use Isle of Dogs™ Refreshing Waterless Shampoo to clean their coat. This is a great option if you can't give them a bath or if you have an older Golden that doesn't enjoy bathing. It's sulfate and paraben free so it's gentle enough to use often without having to be rinsed out.
waterless shampoo for dogs who don't like to take baths
Just pump a good amount into the palm of your hand (it smells amazing!) and rub into their coat. I like to pay special attention to their chest, for some reason this is the first spot that starts to show dirt and grime. After I've gone through the entire coat I let it air dry for a bit.
cleaning your golden retriever dog's coat with a waterless shampoo

Trim the Paws and Pads

If there is one thing that drives be bananas on my Goldens is "grinch feet", the long hair that grows between their toes that takes on a life of it's own. I use Top Performance Ball-Point Shears to trim the hair after brushing it backward. I like these scissors because they have a ball point so the tip isn't sharp, just keep brushing the hair back until it is completely even and smooth.
how to trim your golden retriever's foot fur between grooming appointments
This will take some practice especially if your Golden isn't thrilled about having it's paws touched but after you're done they should look like this...
golden retriever's trimmed paws
I like to use the Oster Pro Trimmer to trim the fur on their pads. You can use the scissors I used for the foot fur but I like the trimmer because it gets close to their pads without having to worry about cutting them - better to be safe than sorry!
how to trim the fur on the pads of your golden retriever

Clean Up the Feathers

Bruin doesn't have thick feathers on his front legs, so it's easy to keep these looking good. I use the Top Performance Fine-Point Shears to just clean up the edges to make them look a little more tidy.
how to trim your golden retriever's front leg feathers

Trim the Nails

I swear my Golden's nails grow like weeds. As soon as I hearing them clicking on the floor, I know it's time for a trim. I find it much easier using a dremel tool rather than nail clippers. With the clippers you really have to be careful to not cut the quick which will bleed. I like to use the Dremel Pet Nail Grooming Toolas an alternative, it's a quick way to shorten the nail with a smooth finish.
how to trim your dog's nails with a Dremel tool
The cordless dremel tool has a few speeds, so start on low until your dog is used to it. Just make sure any fur is away from the dremel and never apply pressure or leave the sander touching the nail for longer than a second.

Apply Conditioning Spray

After you have finished trimming, your Golden's fur should be dry and smell amazing! The final thing I do is spray Isle of Dogs Conditioning Spray throughout the coat with a final good brushing.
a conditioning spray for your golden retriever dog's coat to increase shine and soften skin
This conditioning spray is a primrose oil rich spray combined with herbal extracts to soothe skin, alleviate flakes and freshen and add shine to dull coats which helps extend time between baths. Since I don't trim Bruin's hind leg feathers or his tail, this spray keeps those areas looking healthy, shiny and soft!

The Results

Here is Bruin after our grooming session. He looks pretty darn good for not having a full bath, he smells great and feels so soft! The one thing I didn't touch on today is the ears. As you can see, Bruin has crazy ear hair and I am just not brave enough to touch them so that is the one thing I leave for the professionals.
how to keep your golden retriever dog looking their best between grooming appointments

As you can see with just a few simple steps, you can keep your Golden looking their best between their grooming appointments. You don't need to do it all in one day, if you are just starting out start with the Isle of Dog's Waterless Shampoo and Conditioning Spray followed by daily brushing and you will notice a big difference. Then you can try trimming the feathers, paws and nails!

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November 1, 2017


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