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Training your pup

Training your pup

You have bought your new puppy home and you now face the task of house training him. It is not hard to train a puppy to toilet outside, but you need to establish a good routine around feeding and toileting, and be consistent and patient. Teach your puppy where his outside toileting place is, by accompanying him whenever he goes outside. When the puppy does sniff the area or display any other pre-toileting behaviours praise him. And when he does eliminate, praise him with enthusiasm. Using the same word such as “go toilet” will teach him to go on command...

Aug 28, 2017

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Labradors - New Zealand's Favourite Breed

Labradors - New Zealand's Favourite Breed

Labradors – a favourite with Kiwi’s. The Labrador retriever is one of the most popular breeds among dog owners in New Zealand. They are especially popular in areas with a high proportion of families with children as they are generally known to be friendly, relaxed dogs that are intelligent, active and attractive. Labradors regularly top the popularity tables around the world because they are a popular 'family' dog. They are fun-loving, loyal, good solid dogs ... just very nice dogs to have around. Labradors are well-known for their ninja-like abilities in sniffing out potential snacks. A reason Labradors have been a popular choice for a family dog in New...

Aug 07, 2017

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Anxiety in Dogs

Anxiety in Dogs

Some ideas to try and help reduce your dogs anxiety. Like us humans, dogs also suffer from anxiety issues in varying degrees from dog to dog. Some dogs strut through life afraid of nothing, while others are reduced to trembling wrecks at the thought of a car ride or the arrival of the vacuum cleaner in the room. And size does not determine who suffers from anxiety – there are just as many cases of ‘fraidy-cat’ great danes and bull mastiffs, as there are chihuahua’s who think they are bullet-proof. A car ride. A clap of thunder. The dreaded vacuum cleaner. Fireworks....

Mar 01, 2017

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Choosing a Boarding Kennel for your dog

Choosing a Boarding Kennel for your dog

You and your family have decided to take an overseas holiday, cruise, or other type of vacation that does not welcome pets, which means the family dog has to stay behind. It can be worrying leaving your dog behind at a kennels for the first time. You have no previous experience that the facility will measure up, and you don’t know how well your dog will adapt while you’re away. Will he pine? Will the staff look after him and treat him well? Many questions revolve around your head. Good initial advice is to visit the establishments within your area...

Feb 09, 2017

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Why do dogs hump other dogs?

Why do dogs hump other dogs?

Why do dogs hump other dogs? Does your dog like to hump other dogs? Objects? People? Humping behavior is actually quite natural in dogs. Contrary to what you might think, humping is not always sexual. It’s also not really related to dominance as some people used to think. Dogs usually hump each other as a part of normal play. They may also playfully hump objects and people. Excitement (non-sexual) and attention seeking may also be reasons for humping. Humping of objects is only a problem if it really bothers you. When it comes to humping people, you will probably want...

Feb 04, 2017

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