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Want to see your dog on the big screen? Animal trainer and handler Peta Clarke tells us it’s important to have the right dog for the job.   It’s not every dog that loves the limelight. This is a really important thing to recognise as we move forward in looking for and ultimately selecting a […]

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It’s far easier to teach your pooch good habits from the start than to retrain your dog later. Danielle Chenery asks the experts for their top tips on stopping dogs from jumping up. Nothing says “I love you” like the full-bodied greeting of an excited pooch jumping on its master after any absence, long or […]

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Boarding School for Dogs

On October 5th, 2018

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Boarding School for Dogs

On October 5th, 2018

Too busy to train your dog? Why not try canine boarding school. Kristie Bradfield finds out more about this new trend. The world has changed a lot in the past decade. Society moves so quickly these days that we barely have time to catch our breath, let alone keep up. To make the most of […]

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It’s a vital skill your four-legged friend must learn. Carrol Baker finds out how to attain the perfect recall.   In off-leash dog parks across Australia there’s always at least one. A bouncy, happy hound that pointedly ignores its master in pursuit of a ball, or perhaps a new doggy friend. Despite plaintive calls, heartfelt […]

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Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our dogs just don’t want to behave. Laura Greaves investigates 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 […]

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Animals that have been given up for adoption or abandoned are often fearful, anxious and distrusting. This can manifest in unwanted, often perceived aggressive and antisocial behaviours, which is why rehabilitation is paramount. Anastasia Casey investigates.   Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is truly one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have. […]

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How to Teach Fetch the Correct Way

On September 7th, 2018

How to Teach Fetch the Correct Way

On September 7th, 2018

Fetch is a simple game loved by pooches and their owners alike. Danielle Chenery provides you with the steps to get started and a few extensions for those who’ve already mastered the game. Dock diving, anyone?   One of life’s simple joys is taking your dog to the local park for a game of fetch. […]

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7 Essential Dog Training Commands

On August 31st, 2018

7 Essential Dog Training Commands

On August 31st, 2018

Sit, stay, come — Tim Falk examines the seven training commands every dog should know. Sit and stay As far as dog training commands go, they don’t come any more basic than sit and stay. “Commands such as sit, down and stay are basic instructions that should be learnt to facilitate everyday life and activities,” says Katie Catherwood from Heads […]

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Canines for a cause In South Africa, an organisation is training dogs to help make a difference when it comes to wild animal poaching. By Crispin Andrews.   A South African man suspected of poaching stood smugly in his living room. Organised crime officers all but knew he was involved; the gang leader they’d arrested […]

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Got yourself a pooch and a leash? Melanie Hearse talks to the experts about how to handle any problems that can happen when you go walkies.   Nothing makes a dog’s tail and body say “oh boy, oh boy, oh boy” like bringing out the leash and getting them ready to go for a walk. […]

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