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7 Tips for Taking Your Dog to a Dog Park

Written by Emma Tucker on September 2, 2014

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Dog parks can be great fun but they can also be trouble if not handled correctly. Personally, I’m not one to take risks when it comes to the safety and learning outcomes of my dog, and I don’t think it’s fair to compromise others by not having a dog under complete control around theirs.

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Should I Take my Dog to a Dog Park?

Written by Emma Tucker on September 1, 2014

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I am asked by clients regularly whether they should be taking their dogs to a dog park to socialise them. In my opinion, the answer depends on several factors, and every dog and owner is different. I’m not against dog parks, they can be wonderful. But it is important to handle them with care.  Also, remember that you are your dog’s guardian.
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4 Valuable Dog Obedience Training Tips

Written by George Lygidakis on August 22, 2014

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In this article I am going to give you four tips to help you improve your dog’s performance in obedience training. Before I do however, I need to be clear that I believe that the benefits of traditional obedience training are often overstated and over-emphasised. By traditional obedience training I mean the general idea of going to a local park with a group of other people and dogs, and being instructed to perform a series of commands and exercises with your dog.
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How Do I Introduce My Dog to My Cat?

Written by George Lygidakis on August 17, 2014

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I was prompted to write this article after a recent enquiry from someone whose dog had killed a friend’s cat. The caller had gone to a friend’s house with his dog and let his dog run ahead of him excitedly into the friend’s back yard. The dog, upon seeing the friends cat (already excited), rushed toward it, startling it and causing it to run. Unfortunately it was not a good ending and the cat was killed. The caller was clearly devastated and wanted to know if he could ever trust his dog again.
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8 Tips to Help You Raise and Train Your New Puppy

Written by Emma Tucker on July 30, 2014

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Congratulations on your new project! Becoming a successful canine guardian is an important and fulfilling role that requires dedication, effort and time. Like a child, your pup is totally dependent on you, physically and mentally.

It is your job to gently shape your pup’s behaviours and habits so they grow into a happy, well mannered and balanced dog.
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7 Tips To Teach Your Dog To Walk Without Pulling

Written by George Lygidakis on July 16, 2014

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We all want a dog that walks calmly by our side without pulling or lunging. It is one of our most common requests and certainly makes for a more enjoyable and rewarding experience. We believe it is critical to have your dog under control on a walk. Done properly walking combines exercise and leadership, and can be very satisfying and rewarding for both you and your dog. It focuses your dogs mind, burns energy and creates a calm and happy dog.
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