Archive for March, 2011


Tips for Choosing a Puppy

A puppy should never be given as a present. The whole family should be involved in the process of choosing a dog. Many people take more care when choosing a new car than they do when choosing a puppy.    Research the breed you are interested in, don’t just choose a breed you like the […]

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Teaching the “Watch Me” Command

INTRODUCTION A dog who is paying attention to it’s handler, has much less chance of reacting badly towards other dogs, than one who is “eyeballing” all the dogs around him.  Using this exercise, you will see an amazing improvement in your dog’s reaction to other dogs.  It also is a good way to prevent your […]

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Loose Lead Walking

Along with good food, attention and play, regular exercise is essential for your dog’s mental and physical well being. Your dog needs at least one walk a day to maintain fitness and keep him mentally stimulated. Our dogs spend their lives within the confines of our home and garden – to them an un-stimulating environment. […]

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Total Recall

Not coming back when called is most likely the most common problem that pet owners have with their dogs. There is nothing more frustrating than having a dog who dashes off when given half a chance and then refuses to come back no matter how much you shout and scream.  This problem is not only […]

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Golden Training Rules

Always make training fun. Dogs pick up on our enthusiasm. Keep a special toy or treats for end of exercise. Always give verbal praise after giving a command. Always use a release command before moving your dog off the spot for physical praise. Always make sure your dog is hungry when your train him. Even if you don’t train with food.

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Health Tips

Exercise Up to 6 months of age, your dog should have no more than 10 minutes of exercise a day. (besides running around at home). At 6 months, you can increase the exercise to 20 minutes and at a year you can increase it to half an hour, slowly increasing it as your dog becomes […]

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What is Biliary

Biliary (or tick bite fever) is a potentially fatal tick born disease, which kills 1000s of dogs in South Africa every year. It is a protozoan disease caused by a microscopic organism, Babesia canis. If a tick bites a dog infected with Biliary, it will in turn become infected. This infection will last for it’s […]

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In Praise of Muzzles

The muzzle is a really useful trick up any good dog trainer’s sleeve, yet it is often disregarded as a cop-out. There are a number of styles of muzzle on the market. The Nylon Muzzle – this is a made of nylon material which closes with velcro. It prevents the dog from opening his mouth […]

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Is your dog FAT? (by Susan Smith)

OK, let me state my bias here. I am fanatical about keeping my dogs’ weight down. I am probably known for having lean, even at times skinny dogs. But then I never have joint problems or injuries, even as my dogs fling themselves off mountaintops (well, scramble down steep paths anyway) or hurl themselves around […]

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