May 22, 2023

How to Stop Dogs from Jumping Up

Jumping up enthusiastically is part of normal canine behaviour. It has its roots in puppy greeting behaviour which involves licking the muzzle of returning adults. For a weaned wolf puppy it is essential and normal to beg for food by jumping up and licking the adult’s mouth to stimulate it to regurgitate food. In adulthood and domestic dogs jumping up becomes a normal greeting and appeasement ritual. Dogs consider it a compliment – we consider it a nuisance, especially in adult dogs. In all likelihood it is also a behaviour you have reinforced (rewarded) when your dog was still a […]
May 22, 2023

Your Dog’s Basic Needs

Water Ensure that all your animals have unlimited access to fresh, clean drinking water at all times. Keep water bowls out of the sun and clean them regularly. Food Depending on his age and breed the nutritional requirements of your dog will differ. You can divide the daily rations into 2 parts and feed morning and evenings. Puppies require 4 feeds a day, reducing this as they mature. Do not keep your dog too hungry or too slim – this can increase aggression in some breeds, and behaviour problems. Treat your dog as an individual, not strictly according to amounts […]
May 22, 2023

How to Introduce Kids to Your Adopted Dog

Hopefully your children and any other family member, who will have daily contact to your new dog has met the dog at the shelter and spent a little time with him or her getting acquainted. Your children will naturally be very excited about getting a dog but it is very important that your dog is not crowded by your children or forced to interact with them when he arrives at home. Give him a chance to quietly investigate his new surroundings and let his excitement wear off a bit. Allow the dog to explore the garden at his own pace […]
May 16, 2023

Guidelines on Adopting a New Cat or Kitten

May 9, 2017

Diets and Feeding

Although food and feeding can be very controversial, and there is no agreement from anyone on ONE correct way – it can be a good idea to add other food to your dog’s diet if possible other than pellets – pellets can be boring and some experts say a modern convenience unnatural diet, leading to many problems. Tinned foods are not recommended. You need to be comfortable and at ease with what you are feeding your dog. While some dogs manage to do alright on commercial food, most dogs and cats suffer from many ailments such as itchy skin, eczema, […]