Archive for April, 2011


Training Treat Recipes

Liver Bread 500g of any kind of liver, pureed 250ml flour 250ml mielie meel 2 cloves of garlic crushed 15ml oil Puree the liver and mix in the other ingredients.  Spread on a baking sheet lined with oiled foil.  Bake at 180 degrees for about 25 minutes. Cool and break in pieces. Divide into bags and freeze. Use thawed […]

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Calculate Your Dog’s Age

It’s common knowledge that dogs age faster than people. But the conventional wisdom that one dog year equals seven human years is an oversimplified view of how old your dog is in human years. Although a dog’s age averages out this way, there is quite a bit of variation. For example, dogs mature more quickly […]

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Designer Dogs

Learn More About Hybrid Dogs October 16, 2009 Designer dog breeds are also referred to as hybrids. These are dogs formed by mating two dogs with different breeds to come up with a unique breed. Recently, br

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Harnesses and Head Collars

Fitting a body harness is the most efficient way to teach your dog to pull effectively – hence their use whenever good pulling performance is needed, i.e. sled dogs, dog carting, oxen pulling a plow etc. The only harness that can help with a pulling on the lead problem is a no-pull harness like the […]

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Do Dog Breeds Change?

If I had a rand for every time an owner said to me, “I’ve had Rottweilers, Dobermanns or (insert the breed here) my whole life and I’ve never had one like this!”, I would be rich. The same goes for owners who tell me, “This is my third Maltese, GSD or (insert the breed here) and […]

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Fit for Function

The British Kennel Club believes that every dog should be bred to be fit enough to enjoy its life to the full. The Fit For Function: Fit For Life campaign aims to make breeders, judges and puppy buyers aware of the opportunities that there are to work with the Kennel Club on health related issues […]

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Dogs and Kids

I am often asked what breed of dog I would recommend for a family with young children. After asking lots of questions I am often tempted (or do!) say “none at all!”. Often I get puppies coming to puppy class that have been bought for a young child, in many cases as a gift. They are inevitably […]

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No More Jumping Up!

One of the most common problems dog owners have when joining the club seems to be that their dogs jump up when greeting. To be able to address the problem, we need to understand why dogs jump up. Many people assume that the dog is being  “dominant” or trying to show dominance. In fact the opposite is […]

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Meals on Wheels Project

Meals on Wheels Donation For a number of years now, our club has been donating pet food to our local Meals on Wheels branch for distribution to elderly pet owners who receive their meals from Meals on Wheels. Through this project, we try to make it easier for the elderly to look after their pets. Recently I […]

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Praise Him, Praise Him

Praise is one of the most useful training aids we dog handlers have at our disposal. Used correctly, it can turn a bad dog into a good dog and a good dog into a great dog. Used incorrectly, it can turn a good dog into a nervous, insecure and disobedient dog. A dog who is […]

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Please and Thank You

We wouldn’t dream of raising children without at least attempting to instill some basic manners in them – but some of us live with dogs who have no manners whatsoever. It is really easy to teach your dog to say “Please” and to make it clear that demanding does not work on you. So how do you […]

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Running with Your Dog

  Dogs make the best running partners! They are always in the mood for a run, never oversleep, are never grumpy and as a bonus…they are great protection. Before you take your dog running with you, make sure that he or she is properly prepared. Just like you would ensure that you have a good […]

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To Spay or Neuter? That is the Question!

 Discussing neutering and spaying of domestic dogs is a topic sure to get a reaction – everyone has their own (usually strong) opinion. In the case of the male dog neutering is the removal of the testes, in the case of the female, spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus. Both procedures result […]

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What are Hip and Elbow Displasia?

What is Hip Displasia? A progressive deformity of the hip joints where the socket of the ball and socket joint is very shallow, causing partial dislocation because ball and socket do not fit properly. Symptoms of Hip Displasia: Lameness in one or both hind legs, muscle wasting, reluctance or stiffness on getting up, bunny hop gait. What is Elbow […]

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Does your dog bite, chew, dig etc?

Is your dog suffering from one or another behaviour problem like digging, chewing, excessive barking, food guarding etc.? Before splashing out on a visit from an animal behaviourist, ask yourself the following questions.  Are you taking your dog for at least a half to one hour of lead walking at least once every day? Does your […]

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