Summer Parasites To Look Out For

8 May 2019

Summer Parasites To Look Out For Giardia is a single-celled parasite that inhabits the intestines of mammals, birds, and amphibians. There are several different “assemblages” of Giardia, which is the scientific term used to describe the many subspecies of Giardia. Each assemblage targets a specific group of animals, but all Giardia assemblages have the same life […]

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SDWR Training Tips

10 Apr 2019

LISTEN TO YOUR DOG– Learn to listen to your service dog in training. If your dog appears to be uncomfortable meeting another dog, animal or person, don’t insist that he say hello. He’s telling you that he isn’t comfortable for a reason, and you should respect that. Forcing the issue can often result in bigger […]

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Why is My Dog’s Nose Dry?

17 Mar 2019

Our service dogs can’t tell us when they aren’t feeling well, so it is entirely dependent upon us as dog owners to pay very (VERY) close attention to the way our dogs are acting, behaving, and any other signs and symptoms they are showing us that things aren’t quite the way they should be. Most […]

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Training At The Door Behavior

29 Jan 2019

People coming through the front door are excited to see your service dog in training which can lead to jumping or other excited behavior. One way to deal with this behavior is to prevent it from even occurring by using commands “down” or “stay.” First, have everyone knock and wait to be invited in every time they come to the […]

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6 Holiday Foods That Aren’t Safe for Dogs

21 Dec 2018

6 Holiday Foods That Aren’t Safe for Dogs The holidays are about being surrounded by your loved ones as you gather around the dinner table and celebrate the spirit of giving. From the Christmas ham to libations on New Years Eve, you, and your service dog, will be exposed to a lot of tempting foods. […]

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Why SDWR Doesn’t Train Dogs Outside the Organization

2 Oct 2018

Here at Service Dogs by SDWR, or SDWR, we get requests from individuals every day that ask us if we will train their dog for them. SDWR only works from highly qualified and vetted breeders that we know we can trust in addition to breeding our own purebred golden, labradors, and doodles. There are many […]

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FDA Investigating Potential Connection Between Diet and Cases of Canine Heart Disease

26 Sep 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. These reports are unusual because DCM is occurring in breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease. The […]

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Why We Wait to Spay and Neuter Our Service Dogs in Training

12 Sep 2018

SDWR does not spay or neuter our Service Dogs in Training prior to 12 months of age. Spaying or neutering a dog too early can cause lifelong issues with the dog’s joints and overall health. A dog’s growth plates typically close between 10-12 months of age but for larger breeds, this can take longer. Waiting until the dog is full grown, […]

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Common Signs and Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

31 Jul 2018

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs There may not be to more terrifying words in the English language than these two for the owners of Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, all kinds of Doodles – including Labradoodles – and numerous service dogs that exhibit incredible levels of intelligence, compassion, and personality. One of the most insidious diseases and […]

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Why You Should Not Shave Or Excessively Clip Your Golden or Labrador Retriever

4 Jun 2018

As we approach the warmer summer months, it is a common misconception that it is perfectly safe to shave your Golden or Labrador Retriever to help them cool off. In fact, doing this can have many effects that could be detrimental to your service dog. While grooming is a must, shaving or clipping a Golden […]

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