Is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever the Right Dog for You?
The Toller has a lot going for him/ her: personality, size, versatility and an easy-care coat. But like any breed, he is not for everyone. Tollers are smart, independent and active. They’re alert nature makes them excellent watchdogs. They love their own people but are reserved around strangers.
Channel his energy into dog sports such as agility, flyball and flying disc games.
Tollers take well to training, like most sporting breeds, but they are thinkers and they want to do things their own way. With this breed, its important to establish rules, be consistent and, above all, prevent the dog from getting bored. Use positive reinforcement techniques such as play, praise and food rewards. When the motivation is there, the Toller learns quickly and easily.
Like most dogs, Tollers become bored when left to their own devices. They can easily become noisy or destructive if they don't have other dogs / people to keep them company and don t receive much attention from their owners. But when the Toller lives with a family who is willing to spend plenty of time training and exercising him, he thrives.
The Toller is a wash-and-go dog. His medium-length, water-repellent double coat requires only weekly brushing to keep mats and tangles from forming. During spring and autumn shedding seasons, daily brushing will help to keep excess hair under control. In addition, trim the nails as needed, clean and trim the foot pads, and keep the ears clean to prevent infections.
Last but not least, it should go without saying that a people-loving dog like the Toller needs to live in the house. Its an unhappy Toller who is relegated to the back garden with little or no human companionship.