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Magpie Swoop Eyes

It’s Magpie Swooping season again and it can be a frightening (and occasionally painful) experience. Magpies are less likely to swoop if you look at them, so draw or sew a pair of eyes onto the back of a hat, and wear it when walking through the area. Download your pair of ‘swoop eyes’ here… [...]

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Training your dog to toilet outside

Not having much success in getting your dog to toilet outside? To fix this problem you have to pinpoint the reason why your dog is not succeeding. Then, you can manage the situation accordingly. Below are some examples: Have you recently moved? A new environment can be stressful on your dog. Try and simulate an [...]

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Examining dogs’ sleep cycles – is my dog normal?

“I’ve noticed our pooch will often be lying by my side and I think she’s asleep, but then I look closely under her overhanging fringe and I see her eyes are open.  If I lift her up at this time, she’s as heavy as a log just as if she were asleep. I get that [...]

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Comfortis for dogs: the good, the bad and the ugh

Ah, the ongoing flea treatment saga! Regular readers will know all about Jaffa’s flea issues but here’s a recap for the rest of you: We tried Advantage, but found it was messy and matted Jaffa’s coat and only lasted a couple of weeks.  We tried most supermarket treatments with absolutely no effect. We tried flea [...]

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How to stop your dog barking

Jaffa is usually so sweet, so cute and so placid.  Look at her… …but as soon as there is an animal on the TV, she’s instantly at attention.  She growls, barks, whines and works herself up into a right tizzy, and then she’s quite difficult to calm down afterwards. As you can imagine, we watch [...]

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Sydney DoggieSpotters: Win a goup training session with Craig Surrey!

Tell your friends about DoggieSpot and when they subscribe to our newsletter and tell us why their pooch needs training, both you and they will go into the draw to win a free Saturday group training session with Craig Surrey. Now, obviously this is only open to Sydney-siders or those who can get to Sydney [...]

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Waterloo –> Surry Hills dog walkers / sitters needed!

Inner city Sydney has recently been devastated by the closure of PawPaws and many dog owning professionals are desperate for daytime dog walkers and minders.  Can you help? Existing dog walking / sitting / training businesses are welcome to list your services, as well as dog lovers simply interested in getting some extra exercise! It [...]

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My dog is a chewing machine – and it’s not always healthy!

This week I’ve been watching Jaffa bring in the contents of the garden to chew.  Nothing really new there, it’s just that she’s getting bigger now and is actually eating a fair bit of what she chews. So, I’m wondering if it’s ok for her to eat egg shells?  These I’ve scattered around some seedlings [...]

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Sit and Wait – Basic dog manners

Sit and Wait – Basic dog manners

I think we all realise that basic control or our puppies begins with ‘sit’ and ‘wait’.  Some people train their dogs with both ‘wait’ and ‘stay’ but I only use ‘wait’ as it I think it means the same thing to the dog: impulse control i.e. “Sit down, relax and don’t do anything or follow [...]

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Fab video: Free shaping – loose lead training

I just had to make a note of this great blog and in particular these 2 excellent training videos.  Free shaping is training without the use of leashes, collars or negative correction (‘uh-uh’). You simply wait for the dog to do the right thing and click to signal that a treat is on it’s way, then [...]

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