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Doggie Dental Care

Dental Hygiene is very important for your pups. We understand that keeping up with brushing your pups teeth isn’t always easy, especially if they don’t particularly enjoy the process. We are guilty of being a bit to lax with this ourselves even though Oshie loves it..well he loves the toothpaste that is.

So why is it so important to brush a dogs teeth? Here is a short list of the benefits.

  1. Regular brushing will help prevent tartar, plaque and calculus build-up.
  2. Brushing helps prevent gingivitis and gum disease.
  3. It is a great opportunity to check your pups mouth for any problems. (broken teeth and etc.)
  4. You get to spend more time bonding with your dog 🙂

Periodontal disease (gum disease in dogs) is commonly seen when a dogs reach three years of age. Left untreated this infection can result in heart, kidney and liver problems for your pup. Dogs can also be in a significant amount of pain due to dental problems like abscessed teeth and you would never know it because they don’t shows signs of pain like we do.

So remember to regularly brush your pups teeth to keep them happy, healthy and free from pain.  Also have your vet check your pups teeth during regular check-ups. (Usually included in a check-up)

If your pup doesn’t enjoy having their teeth brushed as much as Oshie (see video below), you might need to start of slowly. Use your finger at first instead of a brush. Allow them to get used to it and eventually work your way to a brush. Also try to make it fun and use a doggie toothpaste that they like. If all else fails, consult your pups Vet.

Oshie And The Egg Test

Golden Retrievers have a soft mouth. That might seem like a weird statement to make because when you look at a dogs mouth you see a big floppy tongue and a bunch of large hard teeth. What I mean by this is that Golden Retrievers are able to carry delicate items in their mouth without damaging them. This is one of the characteristics that makes them a great retriever. If you are a hunter you wouldn’t want your retriever to bring back a mangled bird would you?

We were well aware of this and had even heard the claims that they could carry and egg in their mouth without breaking it. Recently on social media we had seen a few videos of owners testing this on their beloved Goldies with success. Now we don’t doubt that they do have soft mouths but we wanted to see if Oshie was capable of completing this challenge. We suspected he might but were also prepared for him to break the egg.  Below is the video we made of Oshie attempting the challenge. He gave it his best ha-ha.

Enjoy!

Valentines Day Delivery

Oshie, Nancy and I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines day spent with the one (or ones) you love. Even if you are single we hope you had a great day!

Being the lover that he is, Oshie got in the spirit of the holiday and mouth delivered his card to mom as soon as she arrived home from work. He worked so hard on the card that he almost didn’t want to part ways with it. Eventually he remembered he is a gentleman and a Retriever and he swapped for Nancy’s lunch bag and carried it in for her. Enjoy the short clip of Oshie delivering his card.

Oshie loves doughnuts!

Being the spoiled dog that he is, Oshie has developed a taste for the finer things in life like fresh (well maybe not really fresh) doughnuts. On the weekends we usually take a morning drive with a mandatory stop for coffee to fuel the rest of the day. Of course Oshie tags along on the rides because he loves being in the car with the windows down where he can catch all the scents! This means that he usually gets a treat in the form of whipped cream or the occasional plain doughnut. Don’t worry we know they aren’t good for him and he doesn’t get them everyday, but a treat every once in a while isn’t going to hurt right? And it is impossible to say no to that face!

Anyway here is a short video of Oshie, who had already eaten his treat, practically begging for the doughnut that I had saved for myself. You also get to see his newest trick at the end! He has learned speak. Probably the hardest trick to teach so far as he is not much of a barker. Enjoy!

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