Should You Really Get a Pet for Christmas?

It’s that time of year: Christmas is only a matter of weeks away, and you’re pondering what to get for your partner/kids/parents as a special Christmas gift. Pet stores are brimming at this time of years with cute and furry little four legged friends. A lot of people will think, “A puppy!” or “A kitten!” … Continued

Need Pet Minding Over Summer? BOOK NOW!

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes Christmas and the January school holidays. Lots of us take the opportunity to go away on vacation, and in the vast majority of cases, this means making arrangements for the care of pets. Unless you’re lucky enough to have willing family, friends, or a neighbour close by … Continued

Top Tips for Doggie Parenting

Just like human kids, dogs require definitive parenting from their human parents. This involves a myriad of things to ensure a happy, healthy, and well-balanced furry family member. Here are some simple yet very important tips to having the very best relationship with your dog – and vice versa…

Support Dogs on Duty in the Community

One thing dog owners are often not consciously aware of is the importance of keeping their four legged family members under strict control in the presence of working guide dogs and other service dogs. Statistically, one in two guide dogs will experience attacks from off-the-leash dogs while undertaking their duties for their vision-impaired owners in … Continued

Inappropriate Dog Mounting Behaviours – What to do about it?

Every dog owner will be familiar with the humour and embarrassment of dog mounting behaviour. Also referred to as “humping”, most dogs will exhibit this behaviour at some time (or all of the time!) with human arms and legs, inanimate objects like cushions and plush toys, and other dogs. Why do dogs do it? And … Continued

Hot Spot Season: Be Prepared

Countless dogs are affected every year by hot spots. This irritating condition of the skin can be quite upsetting to dogs, and owners need to be aware of the signs and how to treat them. Hot spots occur most commonly in the hot and humid months. Hot spots (the proper name for them is acute … Continued

Bite Inhibition – Part Two

Concluding our short series on inhibiting dog bites, here are some practical ways in which you can teach your dog that doggie teeth do not belong on human skin – EVER. 1. Start teaching your dog as early as possible. It’s much easier to train a young dog whose habits are not yet ingrained. 2. … Continued

Bite Inhibition – Part One

Wrapping up our short series of articles on preventing dog bites, today we’ll look at the issue of bite inhibition. As stated preciously, dogs bite for a variety of reasons: dominance aggression (the dog believes he is in charge); protectiveness; fear; pain; maternal instinct; or simply being pushed too far. For many dogs, chewing, gnawing, … Continued

Preventing Dog Bites: What You Need to Know

In the vast majority of cases, dogs do not bite for fun, or for “no reason”. Ninety nine percent of the time, a bite is a dog’s last resort for defence – of his food, space, pups, owner, or self. And, being of similar size, children, in a dog’s mind, pose the greatest threat – … Continued

Why Do Dogs Bite?

Bites are an unfortunate possibility with all animals (and many children too!), yet dog bites are those which receive the most attention. The consequences of being bitten by a dog range from a lifelong aversion to dogs as a result of a playful nip, to life-threatening injuries and the legal requirement that the offending dog … Continued