Puppy Training

All is going well, you have taught your pup after 7 – 10 days to: walk on a lead, retrieve and come when called. When is the best time to start training your pup? As soon as you bring it home. Not training in a formal way, but in a very relaxed and happy positive form. Lead training should commence …

Dog Behavioural Problems

Here’s some helpful tips on behavioural problems in dogs. Aggression – When dogs are aggressive, it’s usually because they’re afraid or nervous. If your dog is aggressive, work with a professional trainer to learn how to teach your dog to rely on you in a healthy way. Never leave an aggressive dog alone with children or unfamiliar adults, even if …

Dogs & Children

Pets help with Stress

Less stress equals a longer life, so keep good company.  Most pet owners don’t need reminding that animals make you feel good. But there’s more to it than just feeling glad they’re around. An animal can make you healthy, and help you stay that way. Numerous studies have shown that having pets helps lower our stress levels, decrease blood pressure, …

Pet Friendly Gardens

Chickens & Ducks are excellent at cleaning up unwanted snails and bugs, altho’ they can be over-enthusiastic when it comes to turning over mulch. The days are getting longer, slowly getting warmer and I’ve had to mow twice in a fortnight. Spring is in the air! The first sign of blue sky will usually see me out in my garden. …

Restraining Dogs in Cars

The Animal Welfare Act 1992 requires that dogs traveling on the back of utility vehicles and trucks be in a secured container or on a lead short enough to prevent their hind legs reaching either side of the truckbed.  We all ‘belt-up’ whenever we jump into a vehicle without giving it a second thought. Taking a child anywhere involves the …