Archive for January, 2014


It’s all in how they’re raised

“All puppies are blank slates.” “If you do everything right with your puppy, you’ll have a great adult dog.” “If dogs have behavioral issues, we should blame the handle end of the leash.” These are common misconceptions I hear as a trainer, and they make me so very sad. Behavior is a combination of nature […]

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The Controversial Issue of Head Collars (halters)

Sue McCabe I made the decision last year to introduce the Kennel Club Good Citizen Puppy Foundation & Bronze level awards to my training classes.  I’m certain that the basis is there for a great training idea in theory.  Both levels teach basic manners, handling and life skills which should make living with your dog […]

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10 Myths about Dog Behaviour

Doleful eyes, hunched body, drooping ears: Fido must be feeling sorry about something—right? Not exactly, according to Decoding Your Dog, a new book from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Drs. Debra Horwitz and John Ciribassi, experts in the field of veterinary behavior, write about what this look really means, and uncover nine more common […]

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Littermate Syndrome

Getting two dogs at the same time seems like a great idea. Dogs are social animals, and a dog who will be alone all day can easily turn to destructive behavior or become anxious. Two puppies can entertain each other and keep each other company. So, what’s the problem with bringing home two puppies at once? […]

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Valhalla Park Assistance

Our club has donated R5000 to the Animal Anti Cruelty League to assist with the work they are doing in Valhalla Park after the devastating fire that  destroyed many shacks on 23 December, leaving 1500 people homeless.  

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