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Puppies and Stairs

We often get asked by puppy parents when can their puppy go freely up and down stairs.Stairs can be a risk as dogs can slip or jump off from a height and can do damage to sensitive growth plates, muscles and ligaments.Stairs that are open at the back can be especially difficult to navigate and cause an extra danger due to the slipping risk.We recommend blocking or preventing free access to stairs until your puppy is fully grown. This may be up to 12-18 months in some breeds.Use baby gates and ba...

February 14, 2024

Raw Feeding Puppies

Can You Raise a Puppy on Raw? YES!! There are a great many benefits to feeding a raw species appropriate diet and whole fresh foods. However, it is important to provide proper nutrition and balance of essential nutrients. One of the most important aspects for growing puppies is the Calcium to Phosphorus ratio. The easiest way to achieve nutrient balance when raw feeding, is to feed a premade raw food made by a reputable company. Most companies will state if their product is formulated to comply ...

February 8, 2024

How Often Do You Walk Your Dog?

There is no doubt the benefits walking your dog can have both for them and for us. You get to spend time together, your dog can investigate smells, see other people, other dogs, and new environments. Walking may reduce or delay obesity related problems in dogs, and in humans the health benefits from increased physical activity is well documented.However, it’s worthwhile considering the impact that walking can have on stress levels for both you and your dog. Walking can increase arousal levels ...

February 8, 2024

Preventing Resource Guarding in Puppies

Resource guarding is a normal canine behaviour. Dogs guard stuff – just like we guard our possessions too (we lock our houses and have PINS on our credit cards). So, you have a new puppy – can you be sure they won’t become a resource guarder? No! Behaviour is an interplay of lots of things – genetics and the environment are two, but also experiences and learning. We can teach puppies that they don’t need to stress about having things taken off them. Then your puppy can learn that ...

January 17, 2024

Car Sickness

Dog motion sickness is more commonly seen in puppies and young dogs than in older dogs, just as car sickness affects more children than adults.Sometimes puppies can grow out of car sickness, but they may need a bit of help.Natural Products to AssistThere are some products on the market you can try:AdaptilNatural Animal Solutions Travel EzeHomeoPet Travel AnxietyGinger is well known for its ability to alleviate nausea and vomiting. You can give your dog a small amount of fresh grated ginger (perh...

January 16, 2024

Growling

It is normal to be alarmed if you hear your dog or puppy growl at you, a family member, another person, dog or pet. We often fall into the trap of reprimanding a growling dog, as our first thoughts are of surprise, embarrassment, disappointment and sometimes, anger.   Facts about Growling:Growling is a normal canine behaviourGrowling is valuable communication we need to pay attention to.Growling is a warning signal that indicates the dog is feeling uncomfortable, threatened or worried.Growl...

January 16, 2024

Feeding Raw Bones

Bones are nature’s teeth cleaner for dogs and cats. They are high in natural and digestible calcium and other minerals, they provide roughage in the diet, and are a source of essential amino acids, enzymes, essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins. They are excellent for satisfying the chewing urge and giving dental exercise including gum massage and aiding in plaque removal.Important feeding guidelinesBones must always be fed raw. Cooked bones can splinter and cause digestive complicat...

January 8, 2024

Carrots for dogs

Carrots are high in fibre (soluble and insoluble), vitamin K1, potassium and magnesium. They contain very powerful antioxidants called carotenoids that can protect from disease and enhance the immune system. Cooked carrots have higher antioxidant levels than raw. Researchers have found that boiling carrots until tender increased the concentration of carotenoids by 14 percent. Raw carrots have the cellulose walls intact, and dogs can’t break down the walls to facilitate easier digestion. That m...

January 3, 2024

What is Redirected Aggression in Dogs?

Redirected aggression is when a dog redirects aggressive or hostile behaviour to a different place or purpose. That may be towards another dog/s, a person, or an object. The aggression may be caused by excitement, frustration or fear and almost always occurs when the dog is in a state of over arousal. Some common examples: 1. Two dogs are running along a fence barking at and chasing the postman. Out of frustration that the dogs can’t reach their intended ‘target’, the dogs turn on each oth...

January 3, 2024

Sprinkle Cheese Party for Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms 🌩They are a regular part of our Southeast Queensland summers with heavy rain, thunder and lightening plus wild winds, it’s no wonder our dogs can freak out. If at any stage you have been affected by wild weather – be it flooding or damage, it can also bring on human anxiety which pets can pick up on.One of the ways to cope with wild storms and pets is to create a good association.Enter…..the sprinkle cheese party! As soon as the change in weather starts or your dog becomes...

January 3, 2024

Rest Zones

One of the things you can prepare for the busy Christmas period to help your pets, is to set up a ‘rest zone.’ Sometimes called ‘safe or zen zones’ 😊A rest zone is a place your pet can go to rest or sleep to get away from the chaos of a busy household, other pets, and noises etc.It may be a crate, den, bedroom, mat or other quite area. It should be an area where pets can be quiet and calm – it is a no go zone for humans, especially children.To start, make sure your zone is quiet and...

December 20, 2023

Pets and Strangers

Christmas holidays can be a busy time for everyone, including pets. There is more activity as everyone is home for the holidays, they may be getting less rest, and they may become less tolerant. Check out our video on ‘trigger stacking’.Chances are your dog/s or cat/s may encounter some new/strange people over the holidays – maybe you have family or friends visiting or are hosting a gathering/party or Christmas lunch.While some pets love the activity and attention, some may be more comfort...

December 20, 2023

Growth Plates and Puppy Exercise

Growth plates are the soft areas that sit at the ends of the long bones in puppies and young dogs. They contain rapidly dividing cells that allow bones to become longer until the end of puberty. In a developing puppy, bone formation begins in the centre and at each end of the growth plate. Gradually, the growth plates thin and close due to hormonal changes approaching puberty. In puppies, this closure is normally completed by approximately 18 months old. However, it can be earlier in smaller bre...

November 27, 2023

Feeding Challenges in Adolescent Dogs

We come across a lot of adolescent dogs who ‘go off’ their food or become ‘fussy’ and many people tend to panic and get concerned their dog isn’t eating so try different foods and toppers.There are many reasons adolescent dogs can go off their food.The first thing to check is if there is any medical reason. If the lack of appetite isn’t resolved within a few days, or your dog has other symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea, please consult with your veterinarian.Other reasons includ...

October 5, 2023

What is 'Puppy License' - and has your young dog run out of it?

In dog-dog relationships, every puppy is granted a ‘puppy license’. It’s basically the right to be a complete and utter pest around other dogs. This may look like annoying behaviours such as grabbing older dogs around the neck to play, jumping on them, knocking into them etc.Most adult dogs will brush off such behaviours and let them slide but only for a certain amount of time before younger dogs are expected to behave in a more ‘adult’ manner. This can be anywhere from 5-8 months of a...

September 7, 2023

Physical Exercise and Downtime

All dogs need adequate and appropriate physical exercise with consideration to their age, breed, health, and behaviour. Physical exercise releases endorphins and endocannabinoids, chemicals in the brain thought to be involved in regulating mood and pain. In a study published in 2012 [https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22442371/], Raichlen found that dogs, like humans, experience peak endocannabinoid activity following moderate-intensity exercise. In other words, yes, dogs experience a chemical chan...

August 17, 2023

The Misunderstood Muzzle

Times have changed – muzzles no longer predict big vicious snarling dogs. A muzzled dog is not a bad dog, and may not even be a dog that bites. However it is a dog whose people are being proactive and safe.Why Muzzle Train Your Dog?Muzzles are an important piece of safety equipment for all dogs. The most even tempered, friendly dog can still become dangerous if injured, sick or scared. Most commonly we recommend for some dogs to wear a muzzle at the vets. Some dogs can become extremely fearful...

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