Summer Holiday Pet Minding – Get Organised Now!

 

Before we know it summer will be here – the season of Christmas, New Year, parties, and holidays.

While there are some holiday destinations that are pet friendly, most are not, so you need to make arrangements to have your pet boarded or minded while you are away.

It’s really important that you don’t leave it until the last minute to make these arrangements! Places in boarding kennels, catteries, vet boarding facilities and pet minding book up very quickly at this time of the year, and if you aren’t organised well in advance, you may miss out. More

Doggie Issues – Drooling

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Drool. Slobber. It’s gross – but it’s also a part of life for many dogs (and their owners). And the very best dog grooming in the world can’t make drooling attractive!

Why do some dogs drool so much? And is there anything you can do to minimise it? More

Doggie Issues: It’s Time to Talk about Anal Glands

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It’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s one that most dog owners will be all too familiar with: Anal Glands. Blockage of these glands is a common issue in domestic dogs, and even cats can occasionally have issues with them as well. As a dog owner, you need to know what they are, what can happen with them, and what to do about it. More

Kids and Dogs: Ensuring Children are Safe

The love and interaction between kids and dogs can be a beautiful thing. Yet all kids, especially young kids, need to be carefully supervised, even when with the gentlest of dogs.

Any dog can bite a child or even a baby. It’s rarely a predatory action from the dog, but more a protective instinct – if a child accidentally hurts or annoys a dog, if the dog is startled or perceives a threat, or if the child comes too close to the dog’s food or toys.

Most dog bites occur at home or in the homes of family and friends. Most are from dogs that have never exhibited aggression before. In the majority of cases, dogs bite when kids are playing unsupervised with the dog, or when the dog is disturbed when sleeping or eating.

Prevent dog bites in the following ways:
• Always closely supervise kids and dogs playing together
• Create dog-free child-zones and child-free dog zones
• Teach children from a very early age to be gentle with all animals
• Separate kids and dogs when close supervision is not possible
• Separate kids from dogs when dogs are eating, chewing a bone or treat, or sleeping. Also, keep kids away from dogs that are sick, injured, or with their puppies.
• Train your dog from puppyhood for basic commands
• Reward great behaviour from both children and dogs
• Teach children to never approach dogs they don’t know very well
• Teach children to always ask permission to pat a dog, even if they know it well.
• Teach children to let a dog smell the back of their hand before patting it.
• Always teach kids to pat a dog avoiding the tail, face, head or legs
• Never sneak up on a dog
• Never hug a dog around his neck
Set a great example – kids will copy what you do!
It’s important to be very definite about teaching kids to never approach an unfamiliar dog.

If you are bringing a newborn into a home with a dog, be prepared that the dog may feel some ambivalence or jealousy. Use child gates in the home to keep the dog out of the baby’s room. Keep loving and being attentive to your dog, and take the time to introduce him to the new baby, allowing him to smell the baby while giving him reassurance and praise for being a good boy. Never leave a dog alone with a baby.
Being a responsible dog owner involves much more than just dog walking, feeding, and providing shelter. And being a responsible human parent involves teaching kids how to be with dogs.

Kids and Dogs: The Benefits of Having a Pet

Statistically, eighty percent of Australians will have a pet at some point in their life. As such, companion animals or pets are an integral part of life for most of us.

Pets are beneficial to everyone, at all stages of life, and this is no truer than it is for children. Kids who have pets not only benefit from the enjoyment and reciprocal love a pet provides, but they also learn skills and develop responsibilities that they carry into adulthood. They also learn to love and respect all animals.

For many children and adults alike, relationships with beloved pets are more highly ranked than many of their human relationships – pets help provide and develop self esteem, confidence, support, and comfort. Children with a pet will often develop a more highly attuned sense of nurturing, as well as empathy, caring, responsibility, and even communication. Kids who have dogs will also be more physically active and fitter if they take the dog walking, or run and play with their pet.

Studies have even shown that children who have pets enjoy a higher level of self esteem and better social skills as a general rule than those who don’t have any pet at all.

It has also been shown statistically that families with a pet enjoy better family harmony, interacting more with each other and the pet.

Pets provide many health benefits to their human family members. Dogs and cats in particular are very powerful stress relievers (except when they are barking, digging up the yard, or scratching at the furniture!) and cuddles with your pet are very relaxing. Pet owners are also shown to have fewer visits to the doctor, suffer from fewer minor illnesses and physical complaints, and have a markedly decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

It does need to be noted that kids and pets, especially small kids, need to be supervised carefully. Cats have a natural instinct to bite or scratch when feeling threatened, just as a dog’s natural instinct in such cases will be to bite. This is often an involuntary reaction. In our next blog, we’ll look at ways to make sure your kids are safe with dogs.

Pet Registration in Victoria – What you Need to Know

Owning a dog (or cat) doesn’t just carry responsibilities of care, feeding, dog grooming and walking, and regular vet checks. According to the Domestic Animals Act 1994, registration of your pet is a legal requirement. Every dog and cat aged three months or older must be micro-chipped and registered with your local council, and registrations must be renewed every year. More

All About the Australian Cattle Dog

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Otherwise known as the Blue Heeler or the Red Heeler (depending on colouring), the Australian Cattle Dog is a very popular breed of working dog that also makes for a great, loyal companion. Very intelligent, it is an active and sturdy breed of dog that was developed to handle cattle herding and droving on Australian stations and farms.

The Aussie Cattle Dog we see today is the result of a deliberate program of breeding over sixty years. Ranchers in the 1800s needed a strong and hardy dog for the harsh Australian climate. Dogs brought from Britain proved to be no good for the job, so various European breeds were mixed with the Australian Dingo with various levels of success. Eventually cattle farmer Thomas Hall bred what we know to be the Australian Cattle Dog.

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Australia’s Most Popular Dog Breeds – Intelligence is Key

Humans domesticated dogs more than fourteen thousand years ago, and today’s dogs are descended from ancient grey wolves. Remains of ancient companion dogs are found worldwide, which proves that no matter in which part of the world one is located, dogs have been an important part of human life for millennia. More

Rewarding your Dog – Without Food

The most common reward for a good dog has traditionally been food – a treat of some kind that is gobbled down and gone in an instant. While food rewards do have their place, non-food rewards are very important too and can make the difference between a healthy dog and one that can become overweight if he is a very good boy. More

The World’s Oldest Dogs

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We all know that our beloved dogs don’t live nearly long enough. The average life expectancy for a dog varies from eight to fourteen years, depending on breed, size, diet, and general living conditions. Smaller mixed breed dogs tend to live considerably longer than larger pure-bred dogs.

But what about those dogs that surprise everyone and live to remarkably old ages? Just like there are some rare humans that are still here well into their hundreds, so too have there been incredible dogs that attain almost unbelievable ages… More