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From Hollywood to helping hounds

On October 29th, 2014

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From Hollywood to helping hounds

On October 29th, 2014

Kylie Baracz speaks to Lea Price, director of communications at Doris Day Animal Foundation about the movie starlet, her love of animals and how she went from Hollywood to helping hounds. What sparked Doris’ passion for animals? Doris has loved animals all her life, but one particular incident in her childhood truly sparked her passion […]

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Complications during surgery didn’t stop Brendan Hobson from pursuing his dreams of becoming a fully-qualified vet nurse. DOGS Life talks to Brendan and uncovers the unwavering passion of a vet nurse. How long have you been working with dogs and how did you get started? I grew up with dogs all my life. It really […]

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Tips for kids

On June 11th, 2013

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Tips for kids

On June 11th, 2013

Dear Dogs Life, Could you suggest training tips and/or a good book on teaching children how to properly interact with animals, particularly dogs? I have a nine-year-old Labrador — a beautiful soul — and a six-month-old daughter. I aim to teach my daughter to be kind to animals and realise the benefits of forming close […]

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Rehydrating puppy

On June 11th, 2013

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Rehydrating puppy

On June 11th, 2013

Dear Dogs Life, do you have any hydrating tips for a puppy that has had the “runs”? We live in a hot climate. He is a good drinker anyway and I have been giving him ice cubes to lick, but is there anything else I can do to help him rehydrate? Perhaps I could add […]

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On the nose

On June 11th, 2013

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On the nose

On June 11th, 2013

Dear Dogs Life, I’m worried about my dog’s teeth. He had quite bad breath, so about two months ago he had a scale and polish under anaesthetic, which went well. The vet said his teeth were generally good, though there had been a bit of decay on his incisors. For a couple of weeks his […]

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Pet playmate

On June 11th, 2013

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Pet playmate

On June 11th, 2013

Dear Dogs Life, Can separation anxiety in dogs be helped by having a second dog? – Megan Stuart, via Facebook Dr Kersti Seksel says: Most dogs that experience separation anxiety are worried about being separated from their owners or people, rather than being left home alone. Therefore, in most cases, getting another dog will not […]

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Noisy Ollie

On June 11th, 2013

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Noisy Ollie

On June 11th, 2013

Dear Dogs Life, How do I stop my Cavoodle, Ollie, from barking at anything that sounds like a knock at the door, people approaching or cars pulling up? It’s driving me crazy, even though I adore him! – Deb Willmott, via Facebook Karin Larsen Bridge says: Dogs have been valued for their sentry duties for […]

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Broom fear

On June 11th, 2013

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Broom fear

On June 11th, 2013

Dear Dogs Life, My boy is a Maremma and he’s very scared of brooms and sticks. We’ve never hit him, but he just bolts when he sees them. How can I help manage his phobia? Also, my bitch was desexed a few weeks ago, and ever since then she has turned crazy, barking at everyone […]

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Tick techniques

On June 11th, 2013

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Tick techniques

On June 11th, 2013

Dear Dogs Life, What is the best way to remove ticks?  – Rion Stretton, via Facebook Dr Michael Archinal says: Ticks are very tenacious parasites that are very determined to hold on and attach to your dog’s skin despite our many and varied efforts to remove them. The reason ticks are so hard to remove […]

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Reflection detection

On June 11th, 2013

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Reflection detection

On June 11th, 2013

Dear Dogs Life, This may sound like a strange question, but do dogs know they’re dogs? Sometimes my dog will come into my bedroom, where I have a full-length mirror, and look blankly at his reflection as though he doesn’t realise he’s actually looking at himself. A couple of times he’s even growled at the […]

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