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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,…

When Mase Met Cooper. A story to help overcome your child’s fear of dogs.

I love nothing more than seeing the pure joy in my kids eyes when they play with their own dog or when they see other dogs. It breaks my heart to know that some children are fearful of dogs. Occasionally, when I’m out walking Cooper, I see…
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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…

Preparing your dog for your new baby

The wild hormones, the sleepless nights, the aching private bits, the scream of a new born baby… nothing can really prepare you for becoming a first-time parent. Bringing your baby home is daunting on its own, let alone trying to prepare your…
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How to tell your dog you’re pregnant…

It doesn’t usually happen, but I got sucked in. I bought a book called “how to tell your dog you’re pregnant.” Turns out they already know. In fact, after a bit of research I found some interesting facts about a dog’s early…
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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…