We hope you enjoy reading our selection of articles to better understand and care for your dog during all life stages.
Our canine companions really do become more than, just a dog, they become family members.
It’s hard to ever imagine, at some stage, we may have to make a decision to humanely say goodbye.
Who's the Pack Leader in Your Home?
Who’s the Pack Leader in Your House?
Phew..........that silent but deadly toot that creeps through the air
Experiences your puppy encounters between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks
As our dogs move into their senior years, their health and stamina slowly decline, becoming more sensitive to change, physically and mentally. Adapting to stresses and diversity in their environment can become a source of major concern for our ageing canines.
Building Trust & Respect
Building respect and trust in any canine, starts the moment you bring him into your home.
Have you experienced ‘resource guarding’
Dogs, Coats and Winter
Does your dog need a coat?
When the mercury rises,
Bones & Dogs
Raw meaty bones are vital for growth and development.
Christmas Puppy Pie
Christmas Puppy Pie
Meet and Greet
Puppy to puppy meeting - Dog to dog greetings
Benefits of Chew Toys
How many toys does your puppy have in his toy box?
Does he know them all by name? Does he have a preference?
Anxiety in Dogs
Panting, pacing, drooling can all be linked to ‘anxiety’ in a dog.
Touching & Handling
All canines enjoy hand contact.
It's extremely important puppies learn to thoroughly enjoy being touched / handled by family members and strangers.
Hot Spots surface, as weeping red rashes that appear anywhere on your dog's body.
Christmas Bucket List for your Canine Companion
Christmas Bucket List
Puppy Check List
The number one priority for you and your family members... know where your puppy is 24/7 for the first month.
Does Your Family Know?
Does your Family Know?
If you can't be around to manage your canine companion...................
Where the dog food is stored in your home?
What quantity to feed your dog.
Remember to wash and refill the water bowl.
Approximately what time does he eats? Why you don't leave kibble out for him to graze.
What time he goes for a walk and where he walks? Where are the poop bags located in your home.
Where is the collar and lead located. How to apply the Nosey.
When his next vaccination is due?
Tick & Worm treatment - due date.
Name and contact details of - your vet.
Emergency - What to do.
Boarding Kennels - Contact details.
Where his grooming basket is located for his daily brush.
Complete the poop pick up around the yard.
Time to make a list for your family, today.
Chewing is a boredom buster. Dogs enjoy having things in their mouths.
Chewing relieves stress
Chewing assists a dog to explore his world.
Chewing relieves painful teething in a young dog.
Chewing is fun for a dog.
To be continued
Feeding Fruit & Vegetables to Dogs
Feeding fresh vegetables and fruit is good for your canine companions teeth, coat, bones, eyesight, and overall health.
Fruits and vegetables can provide your dog with essential vitamins and minerals in a natural form, rather than as a supplement.
Puppies & Children
Whether the new addition to your family is of the canine kind or the human kind, successful parenting is the key.
Reward good behavior always, engage in communication, discipline when necessary, be aware of body language from your dog, no puffed up chest, no flagging tail, adopt a calm approach.
We can unwittingly foster separation anxiety in our dogs
Overcoming Car Sickness in Dogs
You start the car, turn out of your driveway and before long you can hear those unrelenting groans from the back seat, your dog is nauseating.
Your Maturing Puppy
As your puppy matures he’ll move through various stages of development.
Crate Training your Canine
Crate Training is…......…..a positive, not a negative.
Tidy Paws Workshop
Pamper your pooch with a pedicure in our one hour Tidy Paws Workshop.
Centenary Dog Obedience Tidy Paws Workshop will teach you:
- how to trim your dog’s nails
- how to maintain the length of nails
- how to clip the fur under and around the paws
- paw massage to relax your dog and promote better circulation
Our canine companions can suffer from depression just the same as us. Our dogs are very similar in many ways, having an ‘off day’ can be, part of their DNA as well as ours!
From around 5 months to 18 months approx. your puppy will begin his/her move into Canine Adolescence, you can’t stop it.
This is the stage between puppy-hood and adulthood.
Your once responsive puppy has gone deaf overnight! All of a sudden he won't come, won't sit, won't settle down and stay. He jumps up, pulls and chews on lead, and has become hyperactive. When you unclip his lead, he bounds around non-stop, as he plays ’catch me if you can’!
Hands On Puppy
All canines enjoy gentle hand contact. Your goal is to have your canine companion accept you touching him wherever and whenever.
Don't delay taking your puppy to different locations when he is fully vaccinated. He needs a wide range of new environments as part of his socialization.
In each new location he'll experience new sights, sounds and smells plus the social encounters of people and other animals. These developmental opportunities will provide valuable information.
Visiting Children & Dogs
Do you have small children come to visit your home?
Benefits of playing with your dog
When you engage your dog in having fun during play, he’ll learn important skills.
Play provides attention in a fun way. Find out how you and your dog can benefit from play.
- When to start?
- How often to walk?
- How long to walk?
Canine rivalry appears between dogs when there is instability in the hierarchy.
Feeding your Puppy
Puppies grow at a rapid rate and require a diet to aid their physical development.
Outside Dogs / Inside Dogs
This topic can be heavily debated, with the 'inside' group not understanding why you would have a dog and not have him part of the family... inside!
The outside groups argument.........that's where they lived when I was a kid! What's all the fuss about... he's just a dog!
What's in a Name
Your Dog’s Name!
Oh, those eyes!
Toileting in the Rain
Toileting on Wet Dewey Grass. It’s raining, you’re standing on your verandah, attempting to convince your dog to toilet in the rain!
Reasons for Negative Dog Behaviour
Reasons for Negative Behaviour
Responsible Dog Ownership
Responsible Dog Ownership is so much more,
The key to have your dog 'come' every time, is to reward him everytime.
What are dog hackles?
All dogs have them, some more pronounced than others.
A dog’s hackles run from the back of the neck to the base of the tail.
Dogs have special muscles in their skin that are attached to their hair follicles, these muscles are capable of fluffing the coat by trapping air between the hair shafts.
Encouraging your dog to make good choices
How do you encourage your dog or young puppy to make good choices?
Dogs make choices, whether it’s in their interest or yours.
There are ways to increase the probability of your dog making the right choice.
Dog Park Alternative
Dogs do not have to visit off leash dog parks to drain energy, exercise or socialize.
High Energy Dogs
Controlling a high energy, turbo charged dog
Off Leash Dog Parks
Off Leash Dog Parks can be very controversial, behaviour, etiquette or incident.
Peeing whenever and wherever your dog feels the need
Snowy - Bad Dog / Good Dog
Snowy [Bichon/Poodle] was 18 months of age when he was surrendered to me because of his severe aggression. He had bitten all family members, several times.
He was one year old when he attended our Basic Obedience Course with his previous owner. I had made a mental note about the owner, the level of achievement, the lack of committment and the little dog. My assessment was correct, I received a call from his owner approximately 6 months on, they wanted to know how to have a dog put down!
Attitude & Effective Dog Training
Every problem dog behaviour has a solution,
Does your dog:
- urinate when greeting people?