A Hound in the House

A Hound in the House

[This article first appeared in Dog’s Life magazine and is reproduced here by kind permission of the author] A growing number of canine behaviourists and trainers recommend that pet dogs should be allowed inside the family home on a regular basis.  It is not...
Why Puppy PreSchool is Important

Why Puppy PreSchool is Important

Fifteen years ago you would not have considered enrolling your new puppy into school. The wisdom at that time was that training should not begin until six months of age. Today however, most veterinarians, behaviourists and trainers agree that attending a good puppy...
Dogs and Children

Dogs and Children

Most problems with dogs and kids are predictable and occur as a result of poor socialization with children and/or rough handling especially around food or sleeping areas. Children look, move, smell and act differently to adults and may unknowingly encroach on a dog’s...
Latch Key Canines – The Modern Malaise

Latch Key Canines – The Modern Malaise

Around Australia every day, tens of thousands of pet dogs are left alone from dawn to dusk, confined in yards attached to empty houses – ‘latch key canines’. Long, routine periods of isolation can trigger problem behaviours for the dog, the family and the community...