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Be Prepared - What's In Your Doggy FIrst Aid Kit?

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Be Prepared - What's In Your Doggy FIrst Aid Kit?

When I was scrolling through Facebook this morning, I saw a post in one of my doggie groups about a dog that went lame while on a hike. The owner tried to carry it out - not easy when it's a 30kg retriever, and you're a petite lady - but the dog hopped to the car on 3 legs. Fortunately they were very close to the end of their hike. It prompted the owner to think about first aid, and being prepared while in the bush, and gave me the idea to put together a post on the subject of first...

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Glycerine in Dog Treats

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Glycerine in Dog Treats

When you see jerky treats described as being soft and chewy, do you stop to think why that might be the case? Jerky is not normally soft - chewy yes, but not soft.  When you look at the label and it says 100% Australian chicken, do you assume that's all that's in the treat? I bet you said yes - and who can blame you. But words can be deceiving. There is a well known chicken jerky treat sold in a major big box retailer that is described as natural. The label says 100% Aussie chicken. But if you look at...

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The Importance of Exercise For Our Dogs

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The Importance of Exercise For Our Dogs

Exercise is so important for our dogs on several levels - their physical health, weight management and their mental wellbeing. So how much exercise does a dog need? This will vary according to age and health, however a healthy adult dog should have at least 30 minutes exercise daily. Some breeds and personalities will require more than this, whilst puppies require less. Like most things in life, exercise is best varied over the course of the week, including some brisk walks, some sniffaries, some off leash free running and possibly some canine sports and games in the garden. What effect...

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 4 - Overstimulated

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 4 - Overstimulated

Puppies explore the world through their mouths, just like human babies.  And just like human babies, they can become overstimulated - when this happens, they can get very bitey, and it can be difficult to calm them. What is overstimulation? Overstimulation is when the brain is so 'wired' that the puppy just can't relax. This can lead to ongoing issues, so it's really important to make sure your puppy gets plenty of down time. Dogs relax and sleep for up to 18 hours each day, and at least 12 hours are in deep sleep. Your puppy needs even more than...

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 3 - Teething

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 3 - Teething

Puppies explore the world through their mouths, just like human babies. When they are teething, everything is fair game, whether it's on the floor or not. When Do Puppies Adult Teeth Start To Erupt? By the time your puppy comes home with you, he has a full set of baby teeth. But, no sooner are they settled in than they start losing their baby teeth as the adult teeth start to erupt.Typically this process starts at approximately 12 weeks, and is usually completed by around 6 months of age. Three months - that sounds manageable, right? Yes....if you're prepared. Otherwise, it will be...

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