About Sandy

Past Member:

I am very fortunate to have friendships with experienced breeders and Golden lovers who share a wealth of experience and support.  Ever since 2005 when serious thoughts of breeding first crossed my mind, I have been preparing by reading books, attending seminars, staying active with local clubs, volunteering at shows, hunt trials, tracking, etc.  The more I learn (structure, conformation, genetics, nutrition, dog sports, etc.), the more I realize how much more there is to learn and will continue learning ‘til the day I die.

I believe that ‘learning’ is an ongoing experience, from birth to death, and should come from a wide variety of people and places. I am always humble to the fact that there is always something to learn from everyone you meet.

  • What Every Pet Owner Needs To Know About Vaccines — Dr. Ronald Schultz, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Avidog Transformational Puppy Rearing & Puppy Evaluation – Gayle Watkins, Ph.D.
  • Breeder-to-Breeder Symposium – Doug Johnson, Bill Shelton, Kathy Lorentzen
  • TD/TDX Advanced Training (2 Day) – Mary Thompson, DTCM
  • AKC Hunt Test Seminar for Judges and Handlers – Jerry Mann
  • Tufts’ Canine and Feline Breeding and Genetics Conference (2 day) – Dr. Jerold Bell, Dr. Tony Buffington, Dr. Ake Hedhammer, Paula Henthorn, PhD, Dr. Greg Keller, Gregoire Leroy, PhD, Dr. Tom Lewis, Leslie Lyons, PhD, Dr. Elizabeth McNiel, Dr. Kate Meurs, Anita Oberbauer, PhD, Elaine Ostrander, PhD, Dr. Rory Todhunter, and Pam Weiner, PhD
  • Puppy Puzzle/Structure In Action – Pat Hastings (3x)
  • Canine Reproduction and Whelping/ Puppy Intensive Care (2 day) – Myra Savant Harris, R.N.
  • Canine Reproduction & Neonatology – Dr. Robert Hutchison
  • Managing the Valuable Brood Bitch (webinar) – Dr. Marty Greer
  • Caring for the Babies (webinar) – Dr. Marty Greer
  • The Golden Retriever: Breed Seminar and Workshop – Laurie Doumaux
  • Intro to Birds – New England Sporting Group
  • Training Days – Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club
  • Beginners Tracking Clinic – Dog Tracking Club of Maine
  • Fun Nosework – Dog Tracking Club of Maine
  • VST Training (2 day) – Dog Tracking Club of Maine
  • The Sit, Down, Come, Heel, Stay, and Stand Book – A Step-by-Step Dog Training Achievement Program by Claire Arrowsmith
  • Puppy Owner’s Survival Manual by Julia Barnes & Matthew Brash
  • Schutzhund Theory and Training Methods by Susan Barwig & Stewart Hillard
  • Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog – A 3-Step Positive Training Program by Julie A. Bjelland
  • Purely Positive Training – Companion to Competition by Sheila Booth
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Positive Dog Training by Pamela Dennison
  • Puppy Possibilities: A Positive Approach to a Well-Behaved Family Pet by Kathleen A. Goodman
  • Good Owners, Great Dogs – A Training Manual for Humans and Their Canine Companions by Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson
  • Control Unleashed – Creating a Focused and Confident Dog (and DVD) by Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT
  • Cesar’s Way – The Natural Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems by Cesar Millan
  • How to Raise the Perfect Dog through Puppyhood and Beyond by Cesar Millan
  • The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller
  • The Art of Raising a Puppy by The Monks of New Skete
  • Off To A Good Start by Mary Thompson
  • Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right by Dr. Sophia Yin
  • Born to Win – Breed to Succeed by Patricia Craige Trotter
  • K-9 Structure & Terminology by Edward M. Gilbert, Jr. & Thelma R. Brown
  • Tricks of the Trade – From Best intentions to Best in Show by Pat Hastings
  • Structure in Action – The Making of a Durable Dog by Pat Hastings
  • Puppy Puzzle DVD by Pat Hastings
  • Another Piece of the Puzzle: Puppy Development by Pat Hastings & Erin Ann Rouse
  • Canine Reproduction – The Breeder’s Guide by Phyllis A. Holst, MS, DVM
  • Genetics for Dog Breeders by Frederick B. Hutt
  • Puppy Culture: The Powerful First 12 Weeks That Can Shape Your Puppy’s Future by Jane Killion
  • The Whelping and Rearing of Puppies – A Complete and Practical Guide by Muriel P. Lee
  • Control of Canine Genetic Diseases by George A. Padgett, DVM
  • The Complete Book of Dog Breeding by Dr. Dan Rice
  • Dog Breeding for Professionals by Dr. Herbert Richards
  • The Dog Breeder’s Guide to Successful Breeding and Health Management by Margaret V. Root Kustritz
  • Canine Reproduction and Whelping – A Dog Breeder’s Guide by Myra Savant Harris
  • Puppy Intensive Care – A Breeder’s Guide to Care of Newborn Puppies by Myra Savant Harris
  • Advanced Canine Reproduction and Puppy Care – The Seminar by Myra Savant Harris
  • Dog Breeders Professional Secrets, Ethical Breeding Practices by Sylvia Smart
  • Try Tracking! The Puppy Tracking Primer by Carolyn A. Krause
  • About Track Laying – Guidelines for Dog Tracking Enthusiasts by Betty A. Mueller
  • About Tracking Dog Training – Creating Problem Solving Partnership by Betty A. Mueller
  • Track Laying 101 by Ed Presnall
  • Novice Nosework – A Primer for Beginning Trackers by Ed Presnall & Lois Ballard
  • Mastering Variable Surface Tracking – The Component Training Approach & Workbook by Ed Presnall
  • Taking the Next Step – Dog Tracking Workbook by Mary Thompson
  • Retriever Training – The Complete Guide to Developing Your Hunting Dog by Tom Dokken
  • Gun Dog – Revolutionary Rapid Training Method by Richard A. Wolters
  • The Winning Edge – Show Ring Secrets by George G. Alston
  • The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Showing Your Dog by Cheryl S. Smith
  • AKC Rally Trainer’s Workbook and AKC Rally The Complete Guide DVD by Bea Moore
  • Do-It-Yourself Agility Equipment – Constructing Agility Equipment for Training or Competition by Jim Hutchins
  • Course Design – Fundamentals of Course Design for Dog Agility by Stuart Mah
  • Excelling at Dog Agility: Obstacle Training by Jane Simmons-Moake
  • Dr. Becker’s Real Food For Healthy Dogs & Cats – Simple Homemade Food by Beth Taylor & Karen Shaw Becker, DVM
  • Dog Care and Nutrition – Care, Feeding and Grooming Advice to Bring Out the Best in Your Dog by John Berg
  • The Whole Pet Diet – Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats by Andi Brown
  • The Golden Retriever – An Authoritative Look and the Breed’s Past, Present, and Future by Jeffrey G. Pepper
  • German Shepherd Dog – A Comprehensive Guide to Owning and Caring For Your Dog by Susan Samms
  • AKC Judges Seminar DVD – Basset Hound
  • AKC Judges Seminar DVD – Bichon Frise
  • AKC Judges Seminar DVD – Boston Terrier
  • AKC Judges Seminar DVD – Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • AKC Judges Seminar DVD – Dachshund
  • AKC Judges Seminar DVD – Harriers
  • AKC Judges Seminar DVD – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • AKC Judges Seminar DVD – Pointer

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx