About Golden Retriever Diet

Golden retrievers are sensitive, emotional, loving, smart and so much more. Unfortunately, they can also be prone to a range of health concerns. How many times have you heard about a sweet, loving golden who was stricken with cancer, for example?

I am a human parent to two golden retrievers, so I understand the connection, the silliness, the emotional depth. Scroll down for my bio.

I also want to protect my golden girls from any health problems.

I am a dog nutritionist specializing in healthy, homemade diets. I’ve been cooking for my dogs since 2008, and I want to help you learn how to do it too.  With educational background in both human and animal nutrition, my goal is to help you make the best, healthiest dietary choices for your golden retrievers.

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I’ve been eating “real” food since I was a baby.

What is the best diet for golden retrievers?

First, there is no one diet that is right for everyone all the time. We know we can say this about ourselves… so why not dogs? Diets should change according to each individual dog’s needs, age, health status and more.

If you are a dog caregiver, you have probably been confused at some point about what to feed your dog. When it comes to the ultra-sensitive golden, the question can sound even more overwhelming.

But maybe the answer is: Perhaps the best dog food is not “dog food” at all.

Hopefully I can help clarify things for you. Please feel free to sign up for my free newsletter as a first step. Make sure you select the “Golden Retriever Diet” box.

 

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What diet options are there for golden retrievers?

We start with the basic kind of diet I suggest for any dog. Whole, fresh foods like meats, eggs, vegetables and more. Then, we tailor it to the issues that face many goldens – for example, cancer, heart problems, skin issues and more. The goal is to provide the most nutritious, individually tailored diet possible for your golden retriever. In many ways, it is similar to other individualized homemade diet options I suggest. However, this goes a step further by personalizing things even more.

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All grown up and loving Sarah’s (mom’s) cooking.

Why come to a dog nutritionist?

I have been home cooking for my dogs since 2008, and have learned some things along the way. I’ve also been fortunate enough to connect with some very progressive veterinarians and other pros who have taught me a lot over the years.

I am a human parent to a golden retriever, so I understand the intensity of the bond and the breed. This section of Dog Food Coach – Golden Retriever Diet – seeks to provide nutritional information that can help your golden retriever stay healthy.

I am educated in nutrition and holistic cooking for companion animals, and humans as well.

How can I start home cooking for my golden?

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I told my friend Maggie all about the good food Sarah serves.

Please visit my Services page to choose an option that works for you.

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I wish you and your golden a wonderful, healthy life together!

Sincerely,

Sarah Whitman, MS
Founder
Dog Food Coach
Golden Retriever Diet

Parent to Autumn, golden retriever born 2016 and pictured throughout here.

I have a happy mind and body thanks to good care and healthy food. ~Autumn

Also parent to Wynnie, below, born 2021. Stay tuned for more pics of her. Both of these girls are on an easy to make homemade diet, and you can do it for your golden too! Contact me. 

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My Bio

I am a human parent to two lovely golden retrievers, so I understand the connection, the silliness, the emotional depth. This section of Dog Food Coach – Golden Retriever Diet – seeks to provide nutritional information that can help your golden retriever stay healthy.

Hopefully I can help clarify things for you. Please feel free to sign up for my free newsletter as a first step.

Just like us, our dogs do best on fresh, whole foods. And making that happen can be very simple once you learn a couple tricks of the trade.

Cooking. I have been home cooking for my dogs since 2008, and have learned some things along the way. I’ve also been fortunate enough to connect with some very progressive veterinarians and other pros who have taught me a lot over the years!

Learning. I’ve been studying human and animal nutrition since 1996.

Experiencing and Loving. My work on behalf of animals began long before then, and over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of nonprofit animal protection organizations. I believe my love and concern for animals was inborn, and is not going anywhere.sarah dog food coach

My Education:

  • Current – Pursuing Pet Master Herbalist certification
  • 2022 – Pet Therapeutic Nutrition Coach Certification, North American Veterinary Association
  • 2022 – Pet Nutrition Coach Certification, North American Veterinary Association
  • 2016 – Master of Science, Holistic Nutrition, American College of Healthcare Sciences, Portland, OR – Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society
  • 2011 – Holistic Chef for Animals (HCA) certification, Global College of Natural Medicine, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2010 – Canine sports and therapeutic massage studies, Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, Carbondale, CO
  • 2005 – Canine Massage Advanced Studies, Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, Newington, CT
  • 2000 – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science, University of Connecticut
  • 1998 – Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy lectures, Tufts University, Grafton, MA
  • 1997-1999 – Animal law and ethics lectures, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • 1996 – Diploma, Comprehensive Nutrition (Dip.C.N.), Huntington College of Health Sciences, Knoxville, TN

My animal-related work has been featured in:

  • K9 Magazine
  • GoSolo
  • The Shoreline Times
  • The Guilford Courier
  • Dog Fancy magazine
  • NBC News
  • The Waterbury Republican-American
  • Voices
  • The Litchfield County Times
  • The Seattle-Post Intelligencer and elsewhere
  • Explore my Services page for help!