What to Do if a Dog is Chasing You

I took a walk one morning with a few of my friends. We were in our neighborhood and I brought my dog, Denver, along because he needed exercise too. About 15 minutes into our walk, one of my friends nervously proclaimed, “There’s a dog off-leash over there.” And sure enough, I looked up to see a pitbull mix, off-leash, staring at us. As soon as we noticed him, he began to race towards us.  Immediately, my friends’ nervous anxiety turned to full panic.  They screamed as I told them not to worry.  They grabbed my arm as I told them…

On Dogs, Disappointment, Dilemmas and Decisions

The Dog When I volunteered to raise an Assistance Dog puppy I thought I had prepared myself for the job at hand.  It wasn’t a job as such. It was a journey of learning and professional enhancement that I wanted to pursue. I have a special interest in Assistant Dogs. I have shared a home with a fully trained Assistance Dog. My background as a physiotherapist has given me insight into the physical limitations imposed upon so many people with various movement, pain related and physical restrictions to the extent that I wanted to explore first-hand how dogs were trained…

[VIDEO] Dog Park Concept Fly-in

Dog Parks in Australia Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world with 36% of households owning a dog (Australian Companion Animal Council, 2010). Pets play important roles in our lives. Research shows they can help improve a person’s mental and physical health, reduce the effects of stress, facilitate social interaction and can help build a sense of community. With backyards becoming smaller and a shift to more compact living (i.e. apartment living) there is a need to better plan for our pets (particularly dogs) within cities including: pet friendly local streets, public parks and urban precincts. Dog Parks and…

I Don’t Like Hugs

I’m not tactile. I don’t like hugs. I don’t really like hugs from anyone but my immediate family members. Even my really good friends don’t hug me! I can’t actually remember a time when I did enjoy hugs. Nothing ever happened to me to make me dislike hugs; my parents were fabulous, I never had a negative experience with a hug, I simply don’t like them! When I tell people that I don’t like hugs they generally accept that. No questions, no sideways glances, no “wow, that’s strange!” People just accept that this is part of my PERSONALITY; I’m just…

Meeting the Needs of the Modern Day Dog

Rewind the clock back 30 years. Most of us didn’t have front fences and lived on ¼ acre blocks, Mum’s were domestic Goddesses, kids didn’t have electronic equipment, work hours were more predictable and shorter ….. and what about our dogs? I honestly have no idea what my dogs did! I know they followed us to school and were waiting for us after school. We’d get home, throw our bags down, get on our bikes and good old ‘Fido’ would follow us kids to the park then come home with us for dinner. But where was faithful ‘Fido’ during the…

Pets Prepare Us for Parenthood

Responsible pet owners are well aware of the number of obligations involved in proper caretaking of their furry friend. Most of these responsibilities, if not all of them, make a great practice for taking care of a new human addition to one’s family. No one says that a baby should be compared to a pet, and there’s nothing that can fully prepare you for a life-changing event such as a newborn child. However, taking a good and dedicated care of a pet is definitely a start in forming the caring routines and habits for future parents.

Greyhound Racing- An Insider’s Perspective

Editor: I know this is a controversial topic, and I know heated debate is raging on both sides.  I came across this very passionate but considered post on social media from a young man, Bradley Eberand, who is actively involved in the greyhound racing industry in NSW and asked for his permission to share it here.   I am someone who is heavily involved in the Greyhound Industry. I hold a participants license, and am actively involved in racing, breeding, and training greyhounds. It is with a very heavy heart and in a completely deflated state I am writing this piece.

In Response to “The Punishment of Positive Only” Article

I recently read an article that was titled “The Punishment of Positive Only” and was very intrigued by the title. I’m always keen to learn something new and I think it is always interesting to see other perspectives. My concern with the article is that the author doesn’t really seem to understand what a punishment is or how to implement them effectively. A punishment in dog training terms is just something or an outcome that is designed to reduce the likelihood of the preceding behaviour occurring again.

Why training The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s way is dangerous

The Dog whisperer Cesar Millan has been a hit on National Geographic for over 10 years now. His rise to stardom has seen him release several books, and he is the star of 3 TV shows. All these shows and books are centered around his philosophy on dog training and behaviour. His show is also broadcasted in more than 80 countries – he is basically the face of modern dog training. And yet his methods are so outdated. Like many other people when I first watched the dog whisperer – maybe 8 years ago or so – my response was…

Why Positive Reinforcement isn’t about Bribery and Treats

Whenever I meet people I’m really happy to tell them what I use and why, which in my opinion, is what every professional should want to do – even if the tools they choose to use are aversive. The owner should always be aware of what you are doing and why what you are doing achieves (or should do) results. The first thing that usually gets fired back at me when I say I used food is ‘I don’t want to bribe my dog’ and my reply is always the same – ‘great, we’re on the same page then’.