The wonderful AFRICANIS

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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Yorkshire Terrier

A Yorkshire Terrier or “Yorkie” is a classified as a toy breed, but don’t let it size fool you. This dog is a very spirited, brave, determined, investigative and demanding little ball of energy. The breed is known to be difficult to house train and can be stubborn in general training. Their magnificent silky coats make them popular as show dogs. The Yorkie can be snappy towards rough children and aggressive towards other small animals if not socialised early on, but some live quite peacefully with other dogs and even cats if they grow up together. The smallest Yorkie on

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Is your dog petrified of FIREWORKS? What you can do to help.

Diwali – 30th of October  / Halloween – 31st October / Guy Fawkes – 5th of November / New year’s eve’ – 31st December On the day   If your dog walks well on-leash, take her for an energy-spending walk in the afternoon, before fire-crackers start up, so she’s a little more relaxed and less energetic at home. Dogs who pull usually accumulate stress instead of releasing it and are often more energetic after a walk, so it’s best to use a relaxant alone (see below) to somewhat alleviate stress, until they have been properly trained to walk happily without pulling. Play a game in the

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Puppy Help – Part 1

Puppy behaviours and tips on how to deal with them. Jumping Imagine wanting to get the attention of someone who is much taller than you are – it only makes sense to try and be a little taller yourself. In addition, we often encourage jumping up by interacting with our puppies when they jump up on us, thereby reinforcing the habit. Tip: Encourage family members and visitors to play with puppy using a favorite toy so that puppy isn’t encouraged to jump up – there won’t be a reason to try be taller if the person is coming down to

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Jack Russell Terrier

    A Jack Russell terrier is a small energetic, alert and feisty little dog, bred for working and used in fox hunting, both above and below ground. The breed has a strong hunting instinct because of its roots, that makes them good watchdogs. They have can be naturally assertive and sometimes don’t like young children or other animals in the home, unless they grow up together. Breed information: height  : 25 -30.5 cm weight : 4-7 kg tendencies : barking and digging social needs : moderate other needs : 40 minutes of exercise daily by way of walks and play on the lawn

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Preparing for your new pet

Some preparation and planning for your new pet’s arrival can be helpful in getting them to settle in a little easier. Remember that your new cat or dog may have been passed from family to family before ending up with you. They may be confused, or even scared. Your existing pets will likely also be a little confused when you arrive home with a new pet. They may not immediately want to welcome him or her into their home. Your family should be relaxed when leaving the animal shelter with your new pet and when interacting with him/her. Keep noise

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