Monthly Archives: December 2016


Basic Puppy Obedience

By |2017-06-13T21:08:04-04:00December 30th, 2016|Categories: Training|

By Frances Powrie, Judy Cerney & P.J. Lacette When a cuddly Flat-coat puppy first arrives in your home everything your new companion does will be cute and funny, but soon your 10-lb. puppy will be a vigorous 50 - 70 lb. bundle of energy. You will find that teaching basic obedience commands from the beginning will [...]

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Puppy Agility Training

By |2017-06-13T21:22:33-04:00December 30th, 2016|Categories: Training|

By Webb and Leslie Anderson Early agility training is a great way to exercise your young puppy’s mind and body. However, you must always be careful not to ask him to do anything that his body is not yet ready for. And remember that early agility training should be a game for puppy, lots of fun [...]

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Adopting An Older Dog

By |2017-06-13T21:25:37-04:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: FAQ - Purchasing a FCR, Rescue|

Thinking of adopting a dog? Please consider adopting an older dog. The photo below is Velvet who joined our family in the Fall of 2008. At the time she was 10 ½ years old, and I am sure a lot of folks would have passed her by as being “too old”.  Old dogs CAN learn new [...]

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Finding the Perfect Pup

By |2017-06-13T21:27:42-04:00December 28th, 2016|Categories: FAQ - Purchasing a FCR, Health|

By John Bulger So you think you want a Flat-Coated Retriever. Wonderful! They are fantastic companions and talented performance event competitors. They are versatile hunting partners, at home in both waterfowl and upland game settings. You say you just want a pet? Flat-Coats excel in this category too! This breed is not for everyone; you need [...]

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Questions to Ask Your Vet

By |2017-06-13T21:58:57-04:00December 28th, 2016|Categories: Health|

Items to Check After Cancer Diagnosis Complete Exam Blood Work X-Ray (spleen, lungs, heart, liver) and Ultra-sound if there is anything unusual If medicine is prescribed discuss the interaction with other drugs the dog is taking (thyroid, rimadyl, adequane, etc.). Are there any side effects? What to watch for. What to expect. Emergency Care Who will [...]

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Glaucoma in the Flat-Coated Retriever

By |2017-06-13T20:59:26-04:00December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Health|

Since the Flat-Coated Retriever is an international breed, the Sharon Myers committee felt it was important to reprint these articles on a very serious health problem in Flat-Coated Retrievers that seems to be emerging in the UK. As all of our dogs come from the same original stock, we offer the following Introduction by James Wood [...]

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Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America

The Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America is
committed to protecting and advancing the
interests of the breed through health, education,
research, responsible breeding and rescue.

About the Flat-Coated Retriever

A determined hunting dog with a small head and mouth can retrieve a large bird, but will not be able to hold it as gently and securely and retrieve repetitively with as much stamina and longevity as the dog with the long head, long muzzle and large, strong jaws.