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COMING OF AGE…when did your sweet puppy turn into the teenager from hell?

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Why is it that we see a large number of adolescent (teenage) dogs surrendered to shelters and pounds? The reason might be that when some dogs hit teenage-hood, they can become difficult to handle, destructive and even challenge their owners in some cases. We can liken them to 15 or 16 year old human teenagers…

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MOTIVATIONAL TRAINING… Why playing tug is a great form of reward for your dog!

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MOTIVATIONAL TRAINING… Working breed dogs such as Kelpies, Border Collies, Heelers, Terriers and any mixed breed with working lines – these dogs are almost always busy minded dogs and may exhibit an exhausting amount of energy and hyperactivity. And it doesn’t just end there….Boxers, Staffies, Labradors, Shepherds etc, the list goes on. Teaching some obedience…

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EDUCATION STARTS WITH EXERCISE

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Education Starts with Exercise We were thrilled to be featured in a recent article by Bupa Pet Insurance on the best ways to train your dog whether they are a new puppy or perhaps a rescued dog with undesirable behaviours. Read some great tips from some of Australia’s leading dog trainers in the article entitled, ‘Dog Training…

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WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER COMPARE BETWEEN YOUR DOGS

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“Our previous dog was never like that” or “Our previous dog was perfect, not like this one”….Why you should never compare between your dogs!!! We don’t (or shouldn’t) compare our children between each other because we understand that each child is uniquely different even though they were born to same parents.  We usually understand that each child…

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TIPS SHEETS TO DOWNLOAD

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Here are some of our Tips Sheets for you to download which will provide you with some general information on the more common problem behaviours: The importance of Puppy Socialisation Information on the “Nothing In Life Is Free” Program Mouthing in puppies House training a puppy Tips for curing excessive barking How to stop your…

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LEASH REACTIVITY

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There’s nothing more disheartening than when your dog reacts aggressively towards other dogs when out on walks. I should know, I’ve experienced it with one of my dogs and therefore I feel your pain. I know too well how we have to have eyes at the back of your head, as well as missile like…

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JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS

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“I dont want/need my dog jumping hoops!” This is what some people tell me when they make enquiries about obedience training their dog/s. Somehow some think that obedience training involves teaching tricks like jumping through hoops or other such fancy tricks. Well we’re here to tell you that obedience training has absolutely nothing to do…

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING SIBLINGS

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Whether it was an impulse buy or whether you planned on obtaining siblings from the same litter, there is more than just the double trouble of 2 young puppies to be aware of. 1. The first 16 weeks is not just a critical time in the pup’s development period for socialisation, it’s also when imprinting…

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MANAGING A MULTI DOG HOUSEHOLD

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Forget the old “Pat the dominant dog first” or “feed the dominant dog first” rubbish. This creates more problems than solving them! Treat ALL dogs in your home as equals, meaning all dogs must abide by your household rules as well as practice manners and self control. Therefore YOU pat/feed whichever dog YOU want to…

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ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT

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TIPS ON PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTAL STIMULATION FOR YOUR DOG…by Tammie Willersdorf Written by our valued team member, Tammie, here are some great tips on how to provide mental stimulation, environmental enrichment and boredom busters for your dog!! Mental Stimulation Get them working for their food – Banish the bowl! 
Enrichment feeding options: • Kibble in cereal…

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