Human Foods and Dogs: What to Avoid – Part Two

Here we pick up from last week, looking at human foods which must never be given to dogs. In addition to those we have already discussed (alcohol, garlic, chives, onions, avocado, chocolate, caffeine, grapes, sultanas, raisins, currants, macadamia nuts and artificial sweeteners), the following foods must NEVER be given to a dog: • Cooked Bones … Continued

Human Foods and Dogs: What to Avoid – Part One

Most dog owners can’t resist slipping canine family members treats from the human dinner plate. Be it as a reward, or simply due to the fact we love them (and can’t resist those puppy dog eyes and salivating jowls making us feel guilty if we are eating and they are not), people have been tossing … Continued

Keeping Your Best Friend Safe – Part Two

Following on from our last post regarding how to keep your dog safe, here are some more important things to consider when caring for the well-being of your canine family members… Hazardous To Dogs: • Plants and Plant Bulbs. Many plant varieties are toxic to dogs (and, incidentally, to cats as well). Some are outright … Continued

Keeping Your Best Friend Safe – Part One

If you are lucky enough to be a dog owner, chances are he (or she) is a beloved family member. The days of the family dog being banished to the backyard and rarely kept in the company of human family members are generally gone, thank goodness; dogs are “pack” animals and their human family is … Continued

Recall Training – Troubleshooting!

Following on from our previous blog posts regarding the importance of recall training, and the basics of “how-to” train your dog for reliable recall, here are some simple tips and guidelines to follow. These will help ensure your dog’s recall remains reliable and successful. • Have realistic expectations. Even the most well-trained, well behaved dog … Continued

How Do I Train Recall Effectively? (Part Two)

Most dogs, like most children, are smart – and will typically do what they find most rewarding. As an owner, you need to make obedience have the most rewarding outcome for the dog. As such, you need to make obeying your command more enticing and rewarding than anything they can experience off the leash.

Basic Dog Training – The Recall Command Part One

A well-trained dog is, ultimately, a happy dog. While it can be fun to teach your dog to perform tricks like “beg” or “shake hands”, there are some much more important basic lifestyle lessons that every dog should learn in order to be socialised and to be well adjusted to our society. One of the … Continued

Kennel Cough – What You Need to Know

Just as humans can acquire a virus, like the “flu” or a common cold, our pets too can easily contract viral infections. And just like their human counterparts, it can make a dog feel miserable.

Pet Sitting through the Eyes of Urban Paws

If you are a pet owner who enjoys travelling for pleasure, or your job requires you to travel out of necessity, you might find yourself in a dilemma. Leaving your beloved pet for any amount of time is difficult in itself, but many pet owners also face the arduous decision of whether or not to … Continued

Loose Lead Walking Your Dog

Let’s face it…dogs simply love being outdoors! Whether they are at the beach, the park, or in their own backyard! Unfortunately, for many dog owners, taking your canine for a leashed walk isn’t always such a pleasurable experience. In addition to a dog’s enthusiasm for being outside in the fresh air,