Prey drive  in dogs

Prey drive in dogs

June 23, 2023

The predatory canine sequences, also known as prey-drive, are primaeval, instinctive hunting urges motivated by self-preservation to find, pursue and capture prey.

We cannot eliminate these drives, and if we do not allow dogs an outlet for these urges, the lack of stimulation can cause frustration and stress. A multitude of canine behaviour problems can be attributed to the lack of mental and physical stimulation, including destructive chewing, digging, barking, and aggression. All dogs requ…

Importance of playing with our dogs

Importance of playing with our dogs

June 23, 2023

Until I read about a study undertaken at Bristol University, I did not realise the significance of play for dogs.  Their research revealed the importance of playing with our dogs and confirmed that increased playful interactions lead to fewer behaviour issues, such as anxiety.  Additionally, playing with our dogs helps strengthen bonds and is vital for their emotional and mental well-being.

Underrated by most of us, play is a potent medium from which dogs learn about problem-solvin…

DOG LOVERS BOOK CLUB - FEBRUARY 2023 Written by Australian Dog Lover

DOG LOVERS BOOK CLUB - FEBRUARY 2023 Written by Australian Dog Lover

June 09, 2023

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Exploring All Things Canine

by Erika K Gősi

When Erika adopted Mila, she naively believed that, like instant soup, she wouldn't have to go

through the process of cooking all the ingredients from scratch. She wouldn't have to house

train, obedience train or intensely socialise a mature dog.

Mila quickly proved how misguided she was! Her favourite pastime was zealously chewing

Persian rugs while the living room …

DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF COLLARS, CHOKE CHAINS AND PRONG COLLARS.

DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF COLLARS, CHOKE CHAINS AND PRONG COLLARS.

March 29, 2023

 

 

Collars, prong collars and choke chains are commonplace tools of punishment.

Swedish behaviourist Anders Hallgren conducted a study of 400 dogs and concluded that 252 of the subjects had neck and spinal injuries.  Of these, 229 had been pulled and jerked on a leash.  Contrary to popular opinion, the canine neck is no sturdier than a human's neck.  In fact, the skin on a dog's neck is only three to five cells thick compared to human skin, which is fi…

PUNISHMENT IS NEVER ACCEPTABLE

PUNISHMENT IS NEVER ACCEPTABLE

March 06, 2023

There is an overwhelming mountain of evidence emphasising dogs' complex emotional and cognitive capabilities. For example, several canine MRI studies have shown that the emotional intelligence displayed by dogs is comparable with a human two to three-year-old. Subsequently, would anyone in their right mind consider whacking a three-year-old child on the head with an empty plastic bottle, smacking it on the nose, or shoving it away with a loud NO to teach acceptable behaviours? So why would …

COPROPHAGY- WHY DOGS EAT FEACES

COPROPHAGY- WHY DOGS EAT FEACES

February 04, 2023

 

A recent study showed that 12.9% of dogs exhibited coprophagy behaviour problems within the first four weeks of being obtained from a rescue shelter. These findings indicate that the dogs were initially relinquished because of this issue. More dogs rescued from shelters display problem behaviours than previous owners knowingly admit when they surrender them to the centres. 

Mother dogs clean and eat their puppies’ bodily waste to keep the nest clean, and it is perfectly …

ADOPTING A RESCUE DOG

ADOPTING A RESCUE DOG

January 27, 2023

 

ADOPTING A RESCUE DOG.

 

During the first weeks with our rescue dog Mila, I felt helpless and feared that I had bitten off more than I could chew. Why was she relieving herself in the house when the rescue centre told us she was housetrained? Why was she chewing the carpet? Was she testing me? Was she dominant? Why did she scream and react aggressively to other dogs?  

 

At this point, I seriously considered returning her to the rescue centre. While I w…

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR OUR DOGS?

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR OUR DOGS?

January 21, 2023

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR OUR DOGS?

From the fringes of human habitations,  dogs have inched their way into our lives and homes. While we gave them shelter and food, they gave us their independence, adapting to our every whim. Not only do we constrain them behind fences for their own good, never to run wild, but we also control all their resources. Furthermore, we decide when and where our dogs will walk, poop, socialise, play, eat, bark and be quiet. Additionally, we take them to p…

WHISTLE RECALL FOR DOGS

WHISTLE RECALL FOR DOGS

January 12, 2023

WHISTLE RECALL FOR DOGS.

Being a rescue dog, Mila had many issues, one of which was the need for a good recall.  Due to her part dachshund, part Jack Russel, and part Cocker Spaniel heritage, she is prone to selective hearing, especially when she is in hunting mode.  Unfortunately, the standard recall methods that I tried did not work.

In time I came across several interesting articles on training recall with a whistle.  Therefore, with nothing to lose, I invested in an Ac…

How happy is your dog?

How happy is your dog?

December 16, 2022

Dogs communicate and speak volumes with their tails and talk to us all the time.  All we have to do is learn to decipher the meaning behind these madly wagging appendages, which can reveal a lot about our dogs. We can determine the emotional state of our dogs just by looking at their tails.  Many people believe that all dogs that wag their tails are friendly; however, not all wags are created equal.

Various studies have concluded that a content and relaxed dog wags its tail on its …

CHRISTMAS IS FOR GIVING, BUT NOT FOR GIVING PETS ON A WHIM!

CHRISTMAS IS FOR GIVING, BUT NOT FOR GIVING PETS ON A WHIM!

December 16, 2022

All puppies are cute, but we must be discriminating. It is important to choose with our head, not our heart, and take the time to research the best breed for us. Bearing in mind that each breed is unique, we must choose wisely when selecting a family pet. A puppy is not a disposable commodity that we can return if we find the requirements of responsible pet ownership too demanding. 

New dog parents should remember that the type of dog they choose does make a difference. It must fit in w…

HOUSE TRAINING YOUR DOG

HOUSE TRAINING YOUR DOG

December 08, 2022

House training issues are one of the leading reasons dogs end up in shelters.  Yet, logically, this matter should be quite manageable.

After puppies are born, the mother licks them to stimulate elimination and then cleans away the waste, so there is never any odour of urine or faeces in the den.  During the transitional period, around three weeks of age, the puppies can relieve themselves without the mother’s stimulation as soon as their temperature-regulating mechanism impro…

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