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5 mistakes people make when toilet training their puppy/dog

This blog is about the mistakes we make when trying to toilet train our puppy.  Remember though, these are also relevant if you are trying to toilet train an older dog, a foster or a rescue dog.

Posted: 13/08/2016 7:36:27 PM by Eve McKenzie
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How to prepare your dog for flying

Recently I have been thinking about some clients of mine.  Soon, they will be relocating from Australia to Germany and taking their three dogs with them.  Their dogs have never been in a plane before and so we are devising a plan to ensure that as much conditioning can be done with the dogs as possible to ensure a smooth flight for them.  

Posted: 31/03/2016 9:08:02 PM by Eve McKenzie
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Grieving for a pet

Grieving for a pet is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life.  For those who are not animal lovers, there is little understanding that the grief is the same when someone looses a pet compared to loosing a human family member.

Posted: 18/03/2016 8:51:10 PM by Eve McKenzie
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HOW to help a dog with reactive behaviours on lead

How can you help your dog when he/she is displaying ‘reactive’ or ‘aggressive’ behaviours on lead?  Will your dog be able stop doing this?  What sort of training methods should you use?

Following on from my last blog on ‘What can I do to help manage my leash reactive dog’, this blog will explain some techniques you can use to help your dog overcome some of these aggressive and/or reactive behaviours on lead.  

Posted: 28/02/2016 9:23:19 PM by Eve McKenzie
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WHAT can I do to help manage my leash reactive dog

Ok, get ready!  You will need some padded gloves, a bionic shoulder and your roller skates.  We are just about to take your 'leash reactive' dog for a walk!    

Following on from my last blog on ‘WHY is my dog aggressive on lead’, this blog will explain some techniques you can use to help manage your dog's behaviours and keep your dog under threshold.  

Posted: 28/02/2016 8:23:46 PM by Eve McKenzie
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WHY is my dog aggressive on lead

If you’re a dog owner you’ll almost certainly have encountered this scenario. You’re on a walk with your dog and another dog approaches on a lead. As you get closer, the dog starts to whine, jump up and down and lunge at you.  The dog may even growl, bark or bare his teeth. It’s a bit scary, right? For both you and your dog.

In most cases the owner of the dog will be apologetic, maybe yanking their dog back, possibly shouting at it and feeling quite embarrassed.  Maybe you’re even the owner whose dog reacts in this way to other dogs? 

In this post we’re going to look at the reasons why dogs behave in this way.  As with any behaviour we want to change, it’s really important to understand the why, before we look at how to attempt to change it (that’s the focus of my next post!)

Posted: 19/01/2016 8:37:30 PM by Eve McKenzie
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The top 7 mistakes people make when trying to teach their dog to come.

Recall. It’s such an important skill to teach your dog, yet also such a difficult one to master.

It’s one of the most common questions I get asked as a trainer and one of the biggest frustrations for dog owners because their dog seems to want to do everything but come back to them. 

Unfortunately, recall just takes work – and lots of it. Dogs are not born with a ‘recall’ gene embedded into their DNA.   It’s also key that we don’t sabotage our own good work with behaviour that will discourage the dog from coming back to us.

Here are 7 mistakes to avoid when trying to teach your dog an effective recall.

 

Posted: 10/01/2016 2:41:10 PM by Eve McKenzie
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How to prevent a dog bite at Christmas time

For many dogs, Christmas is a difficult time of year.  Most owners are unaware of the signs of stress their animal is displaying until something like a bite happens.  In this blog, we explain what you can do to help your dog, (however it is also relevant for your cat) through this stressful time and how to keep your pet happy and healthy over the festive period.  

Posted: 22/12/2015 6:08:18 PM by Eve McKenzie
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But I don't have time to train my dog

I hear this often from dog owners.  Life is busy, both parents work, the children have swimming/piano/soccer lessons and it’s just an effort trying to find the time to walk the dog let alone train them.  Here is the good news, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Posted: 19/12/2015 5:22:20 PM by Eve McKenzie
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The Greyhound Industry

Every week, Australian’s gamble a whopping $77 million on greyhound racing. But what most people probably aren’t thinking of as they place their bets and cheer on ‘their dog’ is the dark side of this unforgiving industry, the full horror of which is only now starting to come to light.

Posted: 16/12/2015 9:16:28 PM by Eve McKenzie
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My funny cat stories

I love cats and I love living with my cats. Each of them have their own personality and they get up to plenty of mischief! My cats have shared more than a few comical moments with me over the years, so I’ve decided to share some of them with you. 

Posted: 13/12/2015 4:56:01 PM by Eve McKenzie
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Loose Lead Walking (Part 2)

So how do we teach our dogs to walk nicely on lead without pulling our arm off? There are various ways, and what works for one dog won’t work for all of them. We’ll look at one effective technique here, but if you need more help feel free to call us at Dogaholics. 

Posted: 20/11/2015 6:33:30 PM by Eve McKenzie
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Loose Lead Walking (Part 1)

Loose-lead walking is one of the most important things you can teach your dog. There’s no magic cure I’m afraid, it’s all a matter of training. In this blog we’ll look at why dogs have a tendency to drag their owners along behind them, and in part two we’ll see what can be done to stop it. 

Posted: 20/11/2015 6:12:33 PM by Eve McKenzie
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Are You Ready To Adopt a Dog?

Adopting a dog can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you will ever do. In my 15 years working as a dog behavioural trainer and volunteering with rescue groups and shelters, I’ve seen so many people take so much joy by giving a once-neglected dog a happy and loving home. This post will take you through a few of the most important things you need to think about before adopting a dog.

Posted: 22/10/2015 8:55:35 AM by Eve McKenzie
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