April 17, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Seize the (good) moment!


One of my many jobs is to listen to people talk about all the things they don’t want their dog to do. I often hear ‘Buddy is a great dog, BUT…’ and the story goes on that he barks at night, growls at other dogs and won’t sit at the […]
November 19, 2015 at 11:33 am

The Real Bully Breed


Have you been Bullied? Trolled? Or received negativity on social media? Think of bullies like this… Social Media is a form of communication that gives us access to each other in a way that is often impersonal. Because of this, sometimes people find it easier to express their emotions because […]

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Laura V
May 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm

I already knew that…


Dogs don’t need a human to teach them how to do behaviours they innately already know. Does a dog already know how to sit, lie down, or stand up? Yes I believe they do. I think there needs to be a shift in the way we conduct obedience classes, puppy […]
December 9, 2014 at 9:43 am

Kids or dogs. Who’s scarier?


Dogs are creatures of habit. To survive, they need to be able to predict their environment and control it within their group as best they can. Unfortunately, children; particularly those of toddler age can be both unpredictable and uncontrollable. Therefore, to a dog, a child can be very scary. Think […]

Herald Sun. Alex Coppel
October 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

Separation Anxiety 101


Separation anxiety is a common issue that I get asked about.  The truth is that the word ‘anxiety’ is in fact the most common issue for dogs in today’s society. To me, this makes perfect sense. This world is stressful! Imagine living in this world as a dog! Most of […]
September 12, 2014 at 10:51 am

How to train the ‘perfect’ dog


I have to level with you … I’m not entirely sure what the word ‘perfect’ even means! Perfection is subjective and what it is to one person, it may be the opposite to another. Dog training is no different. To some trainers a perfect dog is compliant 24 hours a […]

September 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

Coprophagia. A Dirty Word?


Although dogs and humans are classified as omnivores (both plant and meat eaters), there is no mammal on earth born with the enzymes to digest plant material.  The enzyme cellulase is found in gut bacteria that breaks down plant cell walls. To contain this bacteria, many animals will ingest it […]

Laura is currently fostering a deaf dog called Kayla. Laura fondly refers to her as Lady as she is such a well mannered and polite family member.
July 28, 2014 at 12:48 am

Is Rescue for You?


With hundreds of thousands of dogs surrendered in shelters and pounds each year, it seems logical to assume that there are too many dogs and not enough people able to commit to their care. Why then do we continue to buy puppies when there are already thousands of dogs in […]

Herald Sun. Alex Coppel
May 30, 2014 at 5:12 am

Top 5 Myths


1. My dog knows what he’s done wrong, even hours later. Even if a dog ‘looks guilty’ for chewing that shoe when you were at work, they do not have a conscience. Dogs are however so receptive to our feelings that they are simply picking up on our frustration and […]

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March 20, 2014 at 4:01 am

Why, oh why?


I often meet owners who have struggled with their dog’s unwanted behaviour for months, sometimes even years! I once met an owner who told me that her dog growled at her every time she tried to get them off the couch. The dog had done this ever since she was […]