Craig Gelband joined Ogilvy CommonHealth Medical Education in Parsippany, New Jersey, in 2007 and now serves the organization as vice president and group medical director. When he is not overseeing the strategic and medical direction of the company’s various education programs, Craig Gelband is an active volunteer with dog rescue programs, particularly those for golden retrievers.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the golden retriever is the third most popular dog breed in the United States, trailing only the Labrador retriever and the German shepherd. Considering the breed’s amiable temperament and desire to please both owners and families, it is no surprise that the golden retriever has been held in such high regard for so long.
The golden retriever is a highly-adaptable breed that interacts well with children, dogs, and other smaller pets. Most owners consider the breed very trainable and capable of spending time alone, though both of these qualities can be complicated if dogs do not receive ample time outdoors. Due to the breed’s intelligence, competitive obedience competitions or agility courses are a great way to help golden retrievers expend energy.
Like most breeds, a golden retriever that does not receive adequate exercise can become difficult to manage. Potential dog owners should consider their own availability and willingness to spend time outdoors, even in bad weather, before making a commitment. A retriever that is treated well is expected to live between 10 and 12 years.