Product Tips and General Information
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the information you need regarding your Golden. If you have any questions
about the products we offer please ask us. To contact us, email:
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Yes, Goldens need to be groomed. If you
plan to do all of your own grooming, we highly recommend that you use
professional grade shears. This will not only make your job easier, the
shears will last a lifetime without the constant need of sharpening. For
the occasional touch-up, or grooming sessions between visits to a professional,
we offer a less expensive line of shears that will do the job. All of our
shears are made by Millers Forge, a leader in their industry, and the choice of
If you are unfamiliar with how to groom your
Golden, we have found a website that provides excellent information and
instruction. Click the following link for instructions on basic
grooming of the feet, nails, ears and tail.
Morningsage Goldens Grooming
Sebolux Shampoo - Most Goldens have
sensitive skin, which is why we recommend Sebolux. You can bathe your dog in
Sebolux as often as you like, without ever having to worry about drying out
their coat. It is a medicated shampoo and really does wonders for their coat.
Sebolux is a concentrated shampoo so we recommend that you mix it with an equal
amount of water. Simply use an empty dishwashing liquid bottle for mixing. It
will be easier to use and last longer too. Using Sebolux will give your Golden a
beautiful coat that shines.
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Nolvansan Otic Ear
Cleansing Solution - Almost every Golden needs to have their ears
minimum of once a week. Some may require cleaning more often to avoid ear
infections. Eight out of ten Goldens that come into rescue have an ear infection
because no one cleaned them. It is extremely important that their ears be
cleaned on a regular basis to avoid ear infections and hemotomas. Hemotomas are
very painful to a dog, and costly for the owner. If you have a Golden that swims
a lot, their ears should be cleaned everytime they come out of the water. We
recommend Nolvansan. It is a quality product that will not leave the ear looking
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Styptic Powder - This is an absolute must if
your are planning to do the nails yourself. It is important to have a styptic
powder on hand in case you accidentally clip the dog's "quick" while you are doing
their nails. We offer "Top Performance" made with Benzocaine, which helps
alleviate the pain as well as stop the bleeding.
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Pet Nail File – Clipping the nails can
create rough edges. You will want a file to smooth the nail after clipping, thus
avoiding being scratched when your dog "paws" you for a pet.
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Porcupine Brush – The choice of
professional groomers. This brush simply does a better job on a Goldens coat
because it has bristles and tips. The bristles on the brush polish the
coat as the dog brushed, helping to maintain the coat's natural shine. Porcupine brushes are more expensive than the
standard pin brush, but for the owner serious about keeping their Golden
and groomed, it is well worth the extra money.
Porcupine Bristle Brush.
Small Slicker – You may be asking, "Why
would I want a small slicker when I have a big dog?" The reason we use the small
slicker on a Golden is because it is much easier to get underneath their front
and back legs, and to work delicate areas like behind the ears.
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Undercoat Rake - If you own a Golden this is
a must. There are several times a year that your Golden will be shedding
excessively. This is the tool that can keep the hair in your house under
control. This tool is designed to remove the dead undercoat that a regular brush
will not. There are a number of undercoat rakes on the market, but this is the
one that works well for a Golden. We do not recommend that you use it on their
tail or ears. When your dog is shedding so bad that you are finding tuffs of
hair all over your house, you know it is time to get out the undercoat rake.
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Stripping Knife - Some Goldens get what we
refer to as "dead white hair". It is usually located on their shoulders, front &
rear legs, and behind their ears. It is impossible to get it out with a regular
comb or brush. The stripping knife is designed to remove the dead white hair.
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Stripping Stone - This is another
alternative to remove the dead white hair from a Golden's coat. You simply rub
the stone on the dead white hair and it comes off on the stripping stone. The
stripping knife will do a little better job, but for a quick touch up or an
inexpensive option, this works wonders!
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46 Tooth Thinning Shears – When
grooming a Golden, you simply want to thin certain areas. The more teeth a
thinning shear has, the less gap it will leave when cutting. Absolutely Golden
offers 3 options of thinning shears - economy, mid-range and professional. Most
websites with information on grooming a Golden Retriever will recommend the
Millers Forge Gold Line. These shears offer quality cutting at a price
less than the Millers Forge Professional shear. What you need to know about the
Gold Line shear is that Millers Forge has recently change the design to 37
Absolutely Golden also carries professional shears made by the Micro
Surgical Company. These shears have become our favorites, offering superb
cutting quality at an incredible price.
Millers Forge Professional Thinning Shears
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Line Thinning Shears
Micro Surgical Professional Shears
Dried Liver Treats – Like we said in the product description, you
won’t believe what your dog will do for one of these! They are great for
obedience training and for just getting your dog to do something that they don’t
particularly want to do. Had you rather wrestle an 80-pound Golden into the
bathtub, or have them eagerly jump in for a treat? Be careful when using these
to not give too many in one session. They are expensive, so chances are your
won’t. Return to Liver Treats.
How to choose the right pet
Toys should be a part of every dog’s life. Most dogs are energetic and giving
them the appropriate toy can control some of that energy. But you need to choose
carefully. Toys can be dangerous to your pet. Balls and other toys that are too
small can easily be swallowed or become lodged in a dog's mouth or throat.
Discard toys which break into pieces, or have pieces torn off. Discard toys with
parts inside, once the inside is exposed. Pay particular attention to your dog’s
chewing habits and pick toys that are suitable for their level of chewing.
Aggressive chewers tear toys apart. Parts can be lodged in the mouth or
throat, and can even kill a pet, if swallowed. Aggressive chewers should only
have durable, hard rubber or nylon toys.
Semi-aggressive chewers don't tear toys apart, but will chew enough to
cause wear on a toy. Semi-aggressive chewers should have canvas, plush, fleece,
berber or rope toys. These toys are softer, but will not come apart easily.
Understanding your dog's chewing habits and preferences make it much easier
for you to determine what type of toys best suit your dog.
Hard Rubber and Nylon Pet
Toys like Kongs
and Nylabones are great
for more aggressive chewers. They are durable, and some pet toys like Kongs can
even have a treat inserted inside which adds to its interest.
Bones also make good toys for aggressive chewers.
Rope Pet Toys
Made with either nylon or cotton rope material, these toys are ideal for
semi-aggressive chewers. They’re great for dogs that love to play tug-of-war.
They also aid in dental care by providing a flossing action when you dog chews.
Plush, Berber, Canvas and
Fleece Pet Toys
Theses toys generally suitable for the semi-aggressive chewer and are always a
favorite for the dog that likes to carry a toy around. Because of the stuffing
inside the toy, they should not be given to an aggressive chewer. Also, they
often contain a "squeaker" or "talker" inside. If you notice tears in the toy,
discard it and replace it with a new one.
Collar, Leads and Training Aids
Sporn No-Pull Halter
- Sometimes, walking your Golden is not a pleasant experience. Many
Goldens are hard to control on a lead, and given their zest for life, pull hard
to try and experience all the joys of the outing. There are a couple of
really good solutions for this problem. One is spending many hours (and
sometimes a lot of money) training your dog to walk on a lead. While this
is the best option, some of us just don't have the time. The other option
is the Sporn No-Pull Halter. This is by far one of the best products we
have found for controlling the hard to control Golden.
customers are saying about the Sporn No-Pull Halter:
"Just wanted to let you know that the Sporn
Training Collar has worked very well with Wolfie!! We are able to walk and run
with no problems anymore...in fact Wolfie listens much more now while we are
Crystal and James - Raleigh, NC
"Just a quick note to tell that the No-Pull
harnesses I purchased from you for my two 14-month old Border Collies are
wonderful. Walking them on my Leash-for-Two is now a true pleasure. Endless
Ginny - Herndon, VA
"I received the Sporn Halter today. Thank you
very much for your super quick shipment and excellent service. My golden
retriever mix and I both enjoy our walks much more now."
Maureen - Ontario, NY
"I got our package and the halter works
great!!!! My 8 year old feels like she can walk our 92lb Golden."
Nancy - Westlake Village, CA
the No-Pull Halter.