Dog Behaviour

Gina Collins’ top tips for choosing a dog sitter

Tips for choosing a dog sitter

Tips for choosing a dog sitter. Photo: Nomao Saeki/Unsplash

Going on holiday soon? If you can’t take your pet with you, you have a few options to make sure your pet is well looked after while you are away.  You could ask a friend to stay at your place or use a pet sitter or book your dog into a boarding kennel/book your cat into a cattery.  Gina Collins from Paws Galore, dog walking and pet sitting business, shares her top tips for choosing a dog sitter. Continue Reading →

Aversive dog training relate to behaviour problems

Aversive dog training related to behaviour problems in dogs

Aversive dog training related to higher incidence of aggression and fear in dogs. Photo: Yolya Ilyasova/Shutterstock

Aversive dog training is related to higher incidences of behaviour problems, aggression and fear in dogs according to Researcher, Ziv G (2017)’s article ‘The effects of using aversive training methods in dogs – A review’ in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior. Continue Reading →

3 common myths in dog training

3 Common myths in dog training

3 Common myths in dog training. Photo: Christian Mueller/shutterstock

A good canine citizen is a well-mannered dog. And a well-manned dog can be taken anywhere and loved by all. Puppy school and further dog training will help your dog to become a good canine citizen in your community.

Beware! There’s a lot of outdated and incorrect advice on the Internet about dog training, which may do more harm than good to your dog.  How you train your dog has a profound effect on how the dog learns, their attitude to training and their relationship with you.  Cathy Beer uncovers 3 common myths in dog training. Continue Reading →

Dr Chris Brown’s guide for a safe, dog-friendly backyard

Vet Chris Brown's guide for a safe, dog-friendly backyard

Dr Chris Brown at the Dog Lovers Show 2017, Sydney. Photo: found on Dog Lovers Show website

During the Dog Lovers Show 2017 in Sydney, Dr Chris Brown gave an informative and entertaining talk on the KONG stage about how to make a safe, dog-friendly backyard. Continue Reading →

KONG toys for dogs explained by Rodney Gooch

Kong toys for dogs

Doza in the crate with a KONG ball. Quest in the playpen with a puppy KONG and a Wobbler. Photo: Rodney Gooch

KONG has been around since a German Shepherd called Fritz and his owner, Joe Markham invented an odd looking toy designed to distract the dog from chewing rocks 41 years ago.  Markham refined the toy’s design, developed a super strong rubber formula and began production in 1976.  The rest we say is history! Today KONG toys are enthusiastically used and recommended by veterinarians, trainers, dog professionals and satisfied dog and cat owners worldwide. Rodney Gooch, KONG Advisor Team Coordinator in Australia explains the different types of KONG toys for dogs, shares a story about Axel the barking Ridgeback and his top tips to keep your dog healthy and happy. Continue Reading →

Why does my dog bark at nothing?

Why does my dog bark at nothing?
Why does my dog bark at nothing?

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Cathy Beer answers:
Why does my dog bark at nothing?

There is a reason for every dog behaviour, whether it is barking, chewing, jumping up or digging up your rose garden. So, it may seem your dog barks at nothing but there is always a reason.  The challenge is to find out why your dog is barking! Continue Reading →

Socialise your puppy using positive methods

Socialise your puppy using positive methods

Socialise your puppy using positive methods

Positive dog trainer Angela Noakes with her dogs. Photo supplied.

It’s very exciting when bringing home a new puppy.  There’s a lot to think about.  Your neighbours, friends and family may advise you to socialise your puppy.  This is good advice, however, you have to proceed with caution. Puppy socialisation is often misunderstood and if done incorrectly, you could do more harm than good!  Angela Noakes from Positive Pooch Solutions explains when and how to socialise your puppy using positive methods.

A socialised dog is all the more an enjoyable companion. Your canine friend will be welcome in far more places, environments, and situations with people and other dogs if they are socialised and taught basic manners.   Continue Reading →

Essential tips for choosing a good dog training class

Tips for choosing a good dog training class
Tips for choosing a good dog training class

Tips for choosing a good dog training class. Photo: Takayuki/shutterstock.com

Not all dog training classes are equal – essential tips for choosing a good dog training class

Do you have a new puppy or adopted an adult dog or you’ve tried a few dog trainers but getting nowhere with your dog’s behaviour? Cathy Beer, dog training student at the Delta Institute shares her essential tips for choosing a good dog training class to set your dog up for success (and have fun!) Continue Reading →

Living with a dog in an apartment

Living with a dog in an apartment

Living with a dog in an apartment

Caroline Rockey and Cooper at home. Photo Caroline Rockey.

Pet parent Caroline Rockey knows about living with a dog in an apartment.

It took a lot of research and convincing before Caroline was ready to bring home an adorable Labradoodle puppy called Cooper.

Caroline and her partner, Darren, are expecting their first baby in a few months time. Caroline shares their experience of raising a puppy in an apartment and how they’re preparing Cooper for the baby’s arrival at the end of May. Continue Reading →

Treat your cat and dog on Valentine’s Day

5 ways to treat your cat and dog on Valentine’s Day

cat and dog on Valentine's Day

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We can’t imagine life without our pets. They’re always happy to see us and ready with open hearts to love us.

Pets can ease loneliness, reduce stress, promote social interaction, encourage exercise and playfulness, and provide unconditional love and affection.

So this Valentine’s Day, show your appreciation and do something special for your pet’s well-being.  Here are 5 ways to treat your cat and dog on Valentine’s Day.

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