Dogs & Children

A loving and trusting relationship can be achieved between children and dogs, providing they understand the dogs needs, reactions and capabilities. Socialising dogs with children Puppies start to learn early how to be sociable towards adults, children and other pets. Between the ages of 3-12 weeks they will readily absorb what is correct behaviour, and what is not. If their …

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A Well Socialised Dog

The word socialisation gets flung around a lot in the dog-training world, and it’s definition has come to mean an awful lot of things, causing much confusion. Many of which are not only incredibly counter-productive, but also downright dangerous. So let’s see if we can clarify a few things. Socialisation isn’t: ⁃ About letting your dog freely interact with dogs …

Pets and Bush Fire

 The safest time to evacuate is BEFORE a fire starts – do it early, and prepare to take your pets with you.  Fire is a phenomenon found in most ecosystems within Australia. Those living in rural areas or on the urban fringe of cities are at some stage, most likely to experience bush fires, although travelers, holiday- makers, or those …

Photographing Pets

“Never work with children and animals”, they say. Well, life’s photographic memories would be pretty boring if we abided to that old wives-tale. Although children and animals do have their challenges, there is nothing more rewarding than hanging that special photograph, which you yourself took, of Rover when he went for his first swim/finally caught the ball/dug up all the …

Understanding Dog Play

All too often, dog owners misread the language of dogs interacting with one another. Whether it’s incorrectly defining innocent play as dangerous fighting or taking too lightly what is actually aggressive behaviour, it is important to learn what dogs are saying to each other through their play. Dog-to-dog play is a series of active and repetitive behaviours that have different …

Nose Games for Dogs

Tired of just playing fetch or tug all the time? Then teach your dog some basic nose work. It’s easy to do and most dogs absolutely love it. To get started you can use some toys or treats you’ve already got on hand, and the best part is you don’t even have to leave home. The Benefits of Basic Nose …