Why does my dog lick? Animal Behaviourist, Dr Kate Mornement, helps give us the answers!

Dogs lick for a number of reasons. There is never one simple explanation for something like this because behaviour in dogs is so complex! As a dog trainer, I get asked this question all the time and with a dog who loves to lick children,…

Why does my dog Hump? Animal Behaviourist, Dr Kate Mornement, gives us the answers!

Watching dogs hump each other and hump items around the house is a pretty funny thing to us humans. But have you ever actually thought about why they are doing this? Are they trying to dominate the other dog? Are they horny? Are they playing…
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Dr. Lisa Chimes gives us her top 5 household dangers for families with dogs AND kids to watch out for

If you have young kids and a dog, this is a must read!   I thought I’d mix it up for you all, and ask a friend of mine to share some of her professional experience with us. So, today’s post is a Guest Post, written by Dr. Lisa…
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Our favourite activities when stuck at home with kids and a dog

From one extreme to another here in Melbourne, Australia the past week. Extreme heat to torrential rain! We definitely found ourselves very house bound. Here are some things we did to survive the past week…   Jumping in muddy…
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How life changes for your dog after having a baby (or 2)...

Apologies to my regulars, it’s been sometime between posts. 3.5 years to be exact! And well, a lot has gone down in those last few years... A quick summary. My gorgeous first born (fur) baby, Cooper is now 5!!! Let's just say, Cooper's…

It’s amazing how natural instincts can take over

We had a little bit of an interesting experience with our Mr Cooper when we were down the coast in Phillip Island in February and I just wanted to share it with you all. It was a very good reminder that no matter how much we domesticate, love…

Dog Listening – a different approach to training your dog

Jase, Cooper and I have just completed a four week Dog Listener training course so I thought I would share our experience with you all and hopefully inspire you to take on this concept yourselves. Jase, Coop, Hayley, Tony and…

Caring for a dog actually makes you happier and healthier

When I was at university, as apart of my psychology major, I studied a subject called positive psychology. For my major assessment, my group did a study looking into the correlation between happiness and dog ownership. At the time, there wasn’t…

My Dog's Recovery from Meningitis

Cooper's Progress…  It’s been almost two months since Cooper was diagnosed with Meningitis so I thought it was time I give you all an update. In my last post I mentioned how Cooper became extremely depressed when he was on a high…

My Dog Has Meningitis

Two weeks ago our 12 month old Golden Retriever, Cooper, was diagnosed with Steroid Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis. What were the signs? A few months ago Cooper was not himself. He is usually a boisterous dog so it is very noticeable…