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Canine Articles

We hope you enjoy reading our selection of articles to better understand and care for your dog during all life stages.

Saying Goodbye

companion passingOur 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.

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Summertime Tips

When the mercury rises,

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Nipping

Nipping

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Building Trust & Respect

Building respect and trust in any canine, starts the moment you bring him into your home.

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Resource Guarding

Have you experienced ‘resource guarding’

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Seniors

senior dogAs 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.

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Bones & Dogs

Raw meaty bones are vital for growth and development.

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Christmas Puppy Pie

Christmas Puppy Pie

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Ten Months

At 10months

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Benefits of Chew Toys

How many toys does your puppy have in his toy box?    dog with toy       

Does he know them all by name? Does he have a preference?

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Anxiety in Dogs

Panting, pacing, drooling can all be linked to ‘anxiety’ in a dog.

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Meet and Greet

Puppy to puppy meeting - Dog to dog greetings

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Touching & Handling

All canines enjoy hand contact.
touching dog

It's extremely important puppies learn to thoroughly enjoy being touched / handled by family members and strangers.
 

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Hot Spots

Hot Spots surface, as weeping red rashes that appear anywhere on your dog's body.

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Christmas Homework!

Christmas Homework!

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Puppy Check List

puppyThe number one priority for you and your family members... know where your puppy is 24/7 for the first month.

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Christmas Bucket List for your Canine Companion

Christmas Bucket List

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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.

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Feeding Fruit & Vegetables to Dogs

dog eating fruitFeeding 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.

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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.

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Chewing

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

 

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Overcoming Car Sickness in Dogs

car sick dogYou 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.

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Your Maturing Puppy

adolescent dogsAs your puppy matures he’ll move through various stages of development.

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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety 

We can unwittingly foster separation anxiety in our dogs

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Dog Depression

depressed dogOur 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!

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Hands On Puppy

washing your dogAll canines enjoy gentle hand contact. Your goal is to have your canine companion accept you touching him wherever and whenever. 

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Crate Training your Canine

Crate Training is…......…..a positive, not a negative.

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Tidy Paws Workshop

tidy pawsPamper 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

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New Locations

puppy out and aboutDon'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.

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Canine Adolescence

cheeky dog barkingFrom 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’!

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Puppy Walking

  • girl walking puppyWhen to start?
  • How often to walk?
  • How long to walk?

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Visiting Children & Dogs

child and dogDo you have small children come to visit your home?

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Benefits of playing with your dog

play with dogWhen 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.

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Feeding your Puppy

puppy dietPuppies grow at a rapid rate and require a diet to aid their physical development.

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Outside Dogs / Inside Dogs

Dissapointed dog.jpgThis 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!

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Canine Rivalry

canine rivalryCanine rivalry appears between dogs when there is instability in the hierarchy.

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What's in a Name

Your Dog’s Name!


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How Long!

How long

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Begging

Oh, those eyes!  

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Toileting in the Rain

Toileting on Wet Grass. It’s raining, you’re standing on your verandah, attempting to convince your dog to toilet in the rain!

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Reasons for Negative Dog Behaviour

Reasons for Negative Behaviour

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Responsible Dog Ownership

Responsible Dog Ownership is so much more,

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Come

The key to have your dog 'come' every time, is to reward him everytime.  

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Hackles

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.

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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.

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Dog Park Alternative

Dogs do not have to visit off leash dog parks to drain energy, exercise or socialize.

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Marking Territory

Peeing whenever and wherever your dog feels the need

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Snowy - Bad Dog / Good Dog

Snowy.jpgSnowy [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!

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High Energy Dogs

eager dog waitingControlling a high energy, turbo charged dog

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Off Leash Dog Parks

Off Leash Dog Parks can be very controversial,  behaviour, etiquette or incident. 

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Attitude & Effective Dog Training

Every problem dog behaviour has a solution,

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Submissive Urination

Does your dog:

  • urinate when greeting people?

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