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Speaking Out: Signs of Heatstroke & Dehydration in Pets – Amber Kingsley

When we Speak Out on our pet blog, it also means listening to our animals when they may be trying to tell us when they’re uncomfortable, sick or diseased – and it’s really hard to tell sometimes. Even though they can’t communicate with words, especially when temperatures start to rise, we can still recognise some […]

March 8th, 2017
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Surviving Thunder and Fireworks – Karen Phillips

After the terrible thunder storms we’ve had in Perth recently and knowing that the fireworks will become more frequent over the coming few months of festivities, it got me talking to my friends about fears and phobias in dogs. What is the best way to deal with situations where a dog is really scared of […]

December 1st, 2014
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Beach Etiquette – Karen Phillips

With weather warming up it’s time to dust off the bathers and head down the beach for some fun with the dogs. So it’s also the time to talk about “beach etiquette” and how to make sure that everyone gets to enjoy the beach this summer.     Every dog owner has a responsibility to keep […]

October 28th, 2014
Comments Off on Counter-conditioning. Out with the old! – Karen Phillips

Counter-conditioning. Out with the old! – Karen Phillips

Counter-conditioning is the “fancy” name that dog trainers use when conditioning or changing an unwanted response into a wanted response by associating good things with what the dog experiences. Most dog owners inadvertently use conditioning with their dogs during day to day life without actually realising what they are doing. Once you understand the concept […]

October 7th, 2014
Comments Off on Responsible Dog Ownership – Karen Phillips

Responsible Dog Ownership – Karen Phillips

I recently saw a great poster that listed some very relevant points on the responsibilities of owning a dog.  It was put together by a Melbourne-based company Paw Behaviour Dog Training who specialise in dog training and dog behaviour issues.  I liked it so much that it inspired me to do my own version of […]

August 26th, 2014
Comments Off on Teaching impulse and self-control – Karen Phillips

Teaching impulse and self-control – Karen Phillips

Just as dogs come in all shapes and sizes, they also come with wide and varied personalities.  Their temperaments are often influenced by their breed’s natural instincts but even dogs of the same breed have their own unique behaviours and quirks. Some of us love dogs to be a little crazy.  I’m one of them!  […]

July 31st, 2014
Comments Off on Training mischievous puppies – Karen Phillips

Training mischievous puppies – Karen Phillips

Teaching the foundation agility class to puppies at the Agility Club of WA always provides me with some great questions on how to deal with problem puppy behaviours.  A lot of people end up at agility class with their young dogs because they are over the top, crazy exuberant which means that they get up […]

June 30th, 2014
Comments Off on Have a Garden and a Dog Too – Karen Murphy

Have a Garden and a Dog Too – Karen Murphy

Having dogs and a nice garden as well often seems to be an impossible dream.  Dogs love to dig, play with branches and sticks and run for the sheer joy of it.  Success can be had but it does involve management, planning and supervision to blend your dog’s natural doggy behaviour with their surroundings. The […]

May 27th, 2014
Comments Off on “Must haves” for dog owners – Karen Phillips

“Must haves” for dog owners – Karen Phillips

As a passionate dog owner, agility competitor and dog trainer I often get asked what things are a “must have” for dog owners.  This got me thinking about some specific things that I just couldn’t do without when it comes to everyday living with my own dogs. Top of my list would have to be […]

April 30th, 2014
Comments Off on Adopting a Rescue Dog – Karen Phillips

Adopting a Rescue Dog – Karen Phillips

It’s an amazing thing to give a rescue dog a home.  Most of us find it impossible to resist the lure of a cute puppy so to make the decision to adopt an adult dog that is looking for a ‘forever home’ is something quite special.  Of course, the bonus is that you get to […]

March 17th, 2014