Pomeranian

Pomeranian

Also known as the Toy pom this is one of the miniature spitz dog breeds. The Pomeranian has high energy levels and requires at least 20 minutes of exercise daily. Daily play times at home, out on the lawn are also valued by this little dog. The breed’s tendency to dig and chew are low but its tendency to bark is quite high, so during boredom, stress or loneliness your Pomeranian is most likely to bark as an outlet. The Toy pom is alert, perky, social, intelligent and independent. This little dog will sometimes approach far larger dogs without concern,

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A combined sense of taste and smell, for much better results!

While we humans have about 9000 taste buds dogs have only around 1700, but when it comes to smelling ability dogs win hands down. They have around 125 million sensory glands in their nasal areas versus our meager 7 million. The vomero nasal organ (or Jacobson’s organ) in roof of their mouths allows for further “smelling” ability as it is enables your pooch to “taste” not just a meal’s freshness, but also helps them to interpret their environment in ways we’re only beginning to understand. The next time you take your best friend for a stroll, take notice of what

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RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK

The noble Rhodesian Ridgeback was originally bred to hunt lion and as a guarding to homesteads. It is dignified, quiet, gentle, tolerant, intelligent, family orientated and a good watch dog. The breed has moderate social needs. It is content around its own family members, but naturally wary of strangers. Early and ongoing socialisation is very helpful in helping to avoid wariness developing into aggression. Can be aggressive towards other dogs and non-family pets. It’s an active breed, needing at least 40 minutes of exercise a day, preferably outside of the garden to incorporate necessary socialisation. This dog is ideal for

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KENNELING YOUR DOG WHEN YOU GO AWAY

Once in a while we don’t have a reliable, trusted pet sitter available and kenneling the only option left. Get some peace of mind beforehand. Get a feel for the place It’s a good idea to book a kennel for your dog a month or two in advance during holiday times. Kennels can fill up fast during the weeks preceding a holiday period. Phone to arrange an appointment so that you are able to have a look around before booking your dog into a specific boarding kennels. You should be welcomed to do so by the staff. Look to see

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CHIHUAHUA

This sweet, energetic little dog was bred as a companion animal and therefore has high attention/social needs. They love attention and can easily become nervously protective of their owners and as a result, behave in an unfriendly manner to visitors. They also sometimes tend to snap at strangers and small children who may seem threatening just due to their small size. Fortunately because of its size, the Chihuahua needs only about 20 minutes of exercise daily, mostly for socialisation, to get out of the house and also as energy expenditure. The breed should be kept active through play and fun

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CAR SICKNESS – traveling with your pooch

True motion-sickness will usually require medication to help with the associated nausea. If your dog salivates during rides then its likely more than just not enjoying the car ride. If however your dog is more fearful or stressed by the experience, they can be helped to overcome some of the negative feelings. Ensure that your dog hasn’t just had a meal so that nausea is kept at bay. Try not to anticipate trouble prior to car rides for your dog to pick up on. Make it a low-key, normal event. Try not to soothe your dog, as you could easily

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BOSTON TERRIER

The bouncy Boston was bred from the English bulldog and the English terrier for ratting and as a companion. The breed requires 20-30 minutes of exercise daily as they have lots of energy. Play on the lawn and walks outside of the garden are best. Else the breed is mostly an indoor dog . They like playing ball and Frisbee, so be sure to teach your Boston terrier puppy these games from a young age. Exercise needs to be done in short bursts rather than all in one go to avoid over heating, especially in hot weather. The breed is

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YOUR DOG’S KENNEL

There are a few reasons why your dog may not be keen on their top of the range kennel.. see if you can help them to like it and to want to spend time in it. Position the kennel so that the entrance allows your dog to be able to survey the garden and main entrances. If it’s difficult to see when someone comes around the corner your pooch may not feel safe. See that it’s also placed under a roof so that the rain or hail doesn’t scare your dog when falling on the roof of their kennel. Ensure

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GLUTEN-FREE DOGGY BISCUITS

As people are opting for fewer refined grain products, a lot are switching their dogs to a gluten-free diet too. Ingredients 2 cups fine almond flour ½  cup coconut flour 2 tablespoons ground flax seed ½ cup peanut butter (xylitol-free) ½ cup water Method Preheat oven to 150ºC Line a baking sheet with parchment paper Combine flours with flaxseeds Add peanut butter and water. Mix together Kneed mixture until it forms a dough ball Roll out to approximately 1cm thick. Use a cookie cutter to stamp out biscuits or cut into squares Bake for 20 – 30 minutes Almond flour

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DACHSHUND

  The spirited little Dachshund was originally bred for hunting badgers, rabbits & rodents. The breed therefor has a high prey drive and will ferociously chase any small, fleeting creature such as the lizards in your garden. For the same reason they also love digging and barking (to alert that the kill has been found). The Daxie has high energy levels and needs about 20 minutes of play sessions and walks daily, avoiding strenuous activity to protect the long, delicate Dachshund spine.  The breed is confident, fearless, brave, determined, independent and stubborn. They can take a while to warm up

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