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Dog Bites and Children

Dog Bites and Children

Over the years I have been a strong advocate educating owners on the importance of safety of children around dogs. Dog Bite incidents are often a direct result of humanising of dogs. I can’t emphasise enough the message to dog owners that management is so important. All too often, we hear of another child bitten by a family dog, and with horrific outcomes.

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The Dangers of Chicken Necks

The Dangers of Chicken Necks

I have been warning dog owners for many years now regarding the dangers of chicken necks, however many Breeders and Veterinarians keep advising owners to give them to dogs. The University of Melbourne study warns against feeding dogs raw chicken meat especially chicken necks. It is not hard for a pup to choke. Read more about the dangers of feeding your pup chicken necks here.

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Children and Dogs

Children and Dogs

Don’t take it for granted that because your dog is good with your children that he or she will be fine with all children. Don’t be paranoid, however, exercise caution with dogs around children, particularly those under 8 years. Often children don’t realise their strength and can damage internal organs on pups with an over-affectionate cuddle.

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Dog Training is Simple

Dog Training is Simple

Most owners spend the first 6 months of their dog’s life doing all the wrong things. Then they spend the rest of the dog’s life either putting up with or trying to rectify bad behaviour. All dogs are ‘individuals’ and should be managed that way along with the individual needs of the family, their lifestyle and home environment. 

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Christmas time and lots of food around

Christmas time and lots of food around

Be certain to ask your guests not to feed your dog. Many foods that are fine for humans are not so good for dogs.
The last thing you want during the festive season is a sick dog and a big Vet bill.
Ask your Vet to provide you with a list of dangerous foods and plants and don’t over feed your dog.

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Heat and Dogs

Heat and Dogs

Dogs rarely die from cold, but often die from heat exhaustion. Please exercise plenty of care over the summer months, a dog can die locked in a hot car just as quickly as a child can. Also be very cautious on hot pavements, dogs pads are no tougher than our feet unless conditioned. Even then radiant heat from the pavement is not far from dogs vital organs. It is never a good idea to walk your dog in the heat of the day.

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Bees, Wasps and Snake Bites

Bees, Wasps and Snake Bites

Bees and Wasps, particularly if your dog is bitten around the facial area watch very closely as your dog can have a serious reaction to a bee or wasp bite.

Do not leave food and bones around your yard as wasps are attracted to them. If in any doubt, contact your Vet.

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Holiday Season and Dogs

Holiday Season and Dogs

Over the holiday season life can be very confusing for dogs, their whole routine can be thrown out of sync.

Different people, different toys, different routine can be very stressful for some dogs.

Also after it is all over we are back to work and school and your poor dog is all of a sudden the only one home thinking what was that all about, now they have gone and left me.

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Pool Safety and dogs not just for children

Pool Safety and dogs not just for children

It is a good idea to teach your dog where the steps are this can be done by putting your dog on lead at several points in the pool and guiding your dog or puppy over to the steps. Have a family member sitting at the steps calling the dog to that area, with plenty of praise and allow your puppy or dog to climb out unaided. Only 2 or 3 times. Do not exhaust your dog.

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Dog Bites and Children

Dog Bites and Children

All too often we hear of another child bitten by a family dog. So many people clearly do not understand about the importance of managing family pets around young children. More children are hospitalised in Australia each year resulting from dog bites than car accidents. You may be surprised to know that most dog bite incidents occur within the family home with small children by their family dog.

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Advice from John

Dog Bites and Children

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Over the years I have been a strong advocate educating owners on the importance of safety of children around dogs. Dog Bite incidents are often a direct result of humanising of dogs. I can’t emphasise enough the message to dog owners that management is so important. All too often, we hear of another child bitten by a family dog, and with horrific outcomes.

READ MORE

The Dangers of Chicken Necks

I have been warning dog owners for many years now regarding the dangers of chicken necks, however many Breeders and Veterinarians keep advising owners to give them to dogs. The University of Melbourne study warns against feeding dogs raw chicken meat especially chicken necks. It is not hard for a pup to choke. Read more about the dangers of feeding your pup chicken necks here.

READ MORE

Children and Dogs

Don’t take it for granted that because your dog is good with your children that he or she will be fine with all children. Don’t be paranoid, however, exercise caution with dogs around children, particularly those under 8 years. Often children don’t realise their strength and can damage internal organs on pups with an over-affectionate cuddle.

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