BOSTON TERRIER

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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COCKER SPANIEL

The lively Cocker spaniel was bred as a gun dog, for hunting usually near water which is why the breed loves so many water activities. This dog is loyal, loving and sensitive. It has high ease of training and is very intelligent. The Spaniel is generally good with other animals, they love people especially kids and craves family attention. The breed doesn’t do well when left alone and can be prone to destructive behaviour as a coping mechanism, or simply when not getting enough attention. This breed is good at alerting their family when a visitor has arrived and will

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The wonderful AFRICANIS

The Africanis breed is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. They are observant, friendly, lively, territorial and need daily family contact as well as fun activities and plenty of exercise. Because the Africanis has for centuries roamed freely in and around rural settlements, the breed has a strong attachment to humans as well as a need for space. The breed is generally good around other animals and has a natural tendency to guard and protect the family. It is however naturally cautious in new situations and might be slightly aloof with strangers. This wonderful breed needs no

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ALL ABOUT THE NOSE..

We’ve all heard before about how incredible our dogs’ sense of smell is.. but do we realise what this means.. how they’re able to interpret the world around them in ways we can’t. The olfactory region in the brain, which interprets and remembers smells, is much bigger in the canine than in humans. In addition, dogs have up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their nasal cavity, whereas a human only has around 5 million. The canine nose can therefor be anywhere from 10,000-100,000 times more sensitive than a human nose. Dogs can also smell through each nostril independently so

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Lovable LABRADOR RETRIEVER..

The Labrador retriever is known for its friendly, loving and loyal nature. It’s people-oriented, eager to please and learn fast. Because of the breed’s stable temperament and good nature, the Labrador is a popular family dog, typically gentle and patient with children. Labs get along well with other dogs and strangers, especially if socialised from a young age as all dogs should be. The breed grows quickly, but continue acting like puppies well into adulthood, until they’re around four years old. The Labrador is a working breed, having very activity and mental stimulation needs. Keeping this breed in the back

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SEPARATION-ANXIETY

  Separation-anxiety is extremely stressful for those who suffer from it! Our pets have no idea why we need to leave home for extended periods each day. We also aren’t able to tell them that we’ll definitely be back again, so during the long hours that they’re alone for each day, dogs who battle with this horrible affliction will wait for their family to return home, focusing on little else. Sometimes out of panic and worry they’ll resort to vocal or destructive behaviours in order to try cope with their stress. If your dog suffers from separation-anxiety, please get him

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Puppy Help – part 2

Socialisation Socialisation should be started slowly and mindfully from an early age and continued throughout your dog’s life with an array of safe sights, sounds, friendly animals and humans, and in a variety of safe environments. Experiences between 8 and 16 weeks shape a dog’s temperament and behaviour the most, so its important to ensure that experiences are enjoyable and educational. During this time puppies learn about appropriate responses and to be less stressed when experiencing something or someone unfamiliar for the first time. Well-socialised animals look forward to having new experiences, while animals that aren’t socialised often fear them.

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