Dog Training

Preparing for your puppy’s first summer vacation can require some careful planning. Kerry Martin from Puppy Tales tells us about her dog’s first trip to the Great Ocean Road. Photos: Kerry Martin, Puppy Tales Summer was just four months young when she headed off on her first summer vacation with us and her fur-brother, Keiko, […]

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Summer is famous for storms, and along with storm season comes reason to fear for some of our four-legged friends. By Sophia Auld. Shortly after I met my husband, he took me out for a beachside picnic. But our romantic evening was interrupted by a phone call around 9pm. “We’ve got your dog,” the stranger […]

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5 essential puppy training milestones

On February 14th, 2018

5 essential puppy training milestones

On February 14th, 2018

We look at the five essential training milestones every puppy must reach Everyone knows that puppies need training, but where do you start? When you bring your new puppy home, what are the most important skills and behaviours you need to start teaching him? Let’s take a look at five key puppy training milestones you […]

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It’s common for dogs to be a little over-protective of their bowl or favourite toy. But, as Kristie Bradfield discovers, behaviour like this can become dangerous if it’s not addressed. Dogs are funny creatures. When they find something they love, they’ll love it until there’s nothing left to love. And they’ll protect and guard it […]

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Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our dogs just don’t want to behave. We investigate what can be done to train a stubborn pooch. These days, Duchess the Groodle is the model of a well-behaved family pet. Seven years ago, however, it was a very different story. Despite owner Pam Brossman’s diligent efforts to train her, […]

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5 brain boosters for your dog

On September 28th, 2017

5 brain boosters for your dog

On September 28th, 2017

Boost your dog’s brain power and prevent boredom with these five stimulating games and activities. Most dog owners know the importance of physical exercise for their furry friend. A long morning walk, a run on the beach, frolicking at the local off-leash park — they’re all great ways to get your dog’s heart rate up […]

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The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s detector dogs perform a vital role keeping our country safe. Tim Falk finds out what it takes to become one of these clever canines.

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Kristie Bradfield looks back at the origin of pack theory and the role of the alpha dog. There was a time in recent history when becoming the alpha in your own familial pack was what a lot of dog owners aspired to. There were television shows about it, websites and YouTube channels devoted to it, […]

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How many words should your dog understand and how can you increase their vocabulary? Tim Falk reports The ability to effectively communicate with your dog is a skill every canine owner should have. From understanding his or her name and basic commands, through to more complex behaviours such as coming when called, you and your […]

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Lure coursing is one of the latest doggy sports to hit our shores, but is it the sport for your pooch? Katie Cincotta tells us more. Some dogs would rather smell the daisies, while others just love to run. It’s wired into their DNA to take off in the pursuit of prey. Anyone who has ever […]

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