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 that my dog had Meningitis? A few months ago Cooper was not himself. He is usually a boisterous…

Cooper turns One!

 I cannot believe that this time last year I was at the vet with Cooper’s breeders, watching his mum, Lara, give birth to 7 beautiful pups – one of which is now such a big part of our family. Wow how time flies! We only took Cooper…

Taking Cooper to Obedience Classes

After missing the first few weeks of D.O.G.S of Victoria’s 12 Week Basic Obedience Course – we have finally begun!! I was on such a high after yesterday’s lesson that I just couldn’t resist sharing it with you all! Cooper is now…

Has your dog hit puberty? Have you Desexed your dog?

Believe it or not Cooper is almost out of his puppyhood stage of life – he is entering adolescence and about to reach sexual maturity!! Cooper is turning into a beautifully natured dog! Although he still does get overly excited around other…

How to ensure your puppy doesn’t turn into a fussy eater

There are so many differing opinions on what you should feed your dog and I am not here to tell you what is right and wrong. I am not a vet and I do not have a huge amount of knowledge on dog nutrition. I just know that we should all make…

Our Problem with Playful Barking - how we changed the environment to fix the problem

Jase and I have been so proud of Coopers progress and we were thinking that everything was going smoothly, until about a week and a half ago when we got a knock on our door at about eight o’clock in the evening…   It was our next-door…

The importance of Socialisation for your new Puppy

Puppyhood is the most important and critical time in your dog's development. Socialisation and puppy training from the very beginning is so crucial – specifically within the first three months. So we must use them wisely. We want…

Puppy Mouthing Biting and Teething

Dogs explore the world with their mouths. They want to feel and touch and taste it all! Puppies are curious little creatures and just want to explore everything – so you need to be prepared for this.   Mouthing/biting is…