Dogs: An Aussie Icon

Dogs helped to build and defend Australia. The Blue Heeler or Kelpie working sheep or cattle is an Aussie icon: we could not have done it without them. The armed services and police have large dog units to this day, making use of the Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd,...

Best Friends for Thousands of Years

It seems that people and dogs have co-evolved through history to live together for mutual gain. They hunt together, and both human and dog eat based on their mutual successes. Humans and dogs form a unique inter-species social circle with all of the complex emotional...

Domestic Bliss

The composition of your family (including the 4-legged family) can lead to constant fights and the ensuing veterinary bills, or peace, happiness and harmony, and a resultant blissful existence. Which would you prefer? Some forethought when selecting pets helps. The...

ET Come Home

Many dogs bark when their owner is not home, and we can only speculate why. One good explanation is that they miss their significant human and are calling them home. Your dog’s barking is rewarded every time, eventually, because you do come home. Your dog does not...

Happiness

The body’s primary directive is to be happy, and that means many different things to different people and their pets. But there is a common thread, and that is a connection to nature that runs deep. Contact with our pets (or others’), walks amongst natural...

Perfect Listener

In our fast-paced and lonely society, many people feel isolated and may not socialise with anyone for days. Yet humans are innately social. Having a pet allows forgiveness for many social sins. For instance, talking to oneself may lead to neighbours and friends...

On the Nose

Dogs rely on their sense of smell to navigate the world, while humans rely on their excellent eyesight. Anyone who thinks their dog smells bad should spare a thought for what their dog might think about how they smell! Have you ever seen a dog being cuddled while...

The Right Question

Love without agenda, expectation or condition… that is what our pets give us. Dogs especially demonstrate the sort of attachments that humans are evolved to expect, yet our modern society often makes it difficult for us to fulfil our emotional needs. Our pets will do...

When the final bugle calls

How do we know when the time has come to decide to have our much loved pet, humanely put to sleep? It is a bit different in each circumstance, but I have a few guidelines which I will share with you. If your pet is able to perform his or her basic bodily functions...

The ‘Wild Dog’ Gene

A less common but intriguing set of behaviours in domestic dogs is known as “neophobia”, or extreme fear of anything new. Our homes have an endless supply of new things. In fact, most humans seek new things for pleasure. Dogs with the neophobic trait are constantly...