Moving House can be tough
Dog Dayz Blog
by Dogdayz Team
1w ago
It is well known that moving house can be a stressful time for families – but your dog can feel it even more, with familiar items being packed away and unfamiliar people coming and going more frequently. But with a bit of planning and care, you can help your furry friend adjust happily to their new home. Here are some tips to make the transition smoother for your dog:   1. Maintain Routine: Dogs thrive on routine, so try to stick to their usual feeding, walking, and playtime schedule as much as possible. This will provide them with a sense of normalcy during the move. 2. Prepare a Safe Sp ..read more
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DIY Dog Treats
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by Dogdayz Team
2w ago
We have all been feeling the financial pinch lately and can benefit from any cost-cutting available. One good tip is to bake your own dog treats using common household (and dog-friendly) ingredients. They are simple to make so kids can get involved (under supervision of course) and you can customise them to suit your own dog’s dietary requirements. Create small size bites as training rewards or to fill a favourite treat toy, and larger sizes for teeth cleaning snacks and to keep them busy for longer. Or as a treat on special occasions! Here are three easy recipes you can try: 1. Peanut Butter ..read more
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The dogs are talking!
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by Dogdayz Team
2w ago
Image: https://www.facebook.com/Whataboutbunny   You might have seen them on your social media…talking dogs! Actually, these are very smart dogs trained to communicate with their owners using a series of ‘talk buttons’ and one of the earliest examples is Bunny the Sheepadoodle (you can learn more about her here). These talk buttons, also known as communication buttons or AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) buttons, are a tool used to facilitate communication between dogs and their owners. The concept involves teaching dogs to press specific buttons associated with different w ..read more
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Don’t blame the Lab! Well, maybe not all the time …
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by Dogdayz Team
1M ago
I think we are all familiar with the appetite of a Labrador, with many of us using the line ‘they’re a Lab so they’ll eat anything’. As it turns out, for many Labs this is true and not entirely due to poor eating habits!   Research in 2016 at the University of Cambridge* in the United Kingdom identified an “obesity gene” that refers to a genetic mutation found in certain lines of Labrador Retrievers, particularly those bred for show rather than working purposes. This mutation affects the gene known as POMC (pro-opiomelanocortin), which plays a role in regulating appetite and metabolism ..read more
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Stroke – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment.
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by Dogdayz Team
1M ago
Early in January my own dog, Pendlebury (14yr old Chinese Crested), had a stroke – needless to say scary for him and for me. Thanks to fast action from our Vets he has recovered almost completely, and with ongoing medication we hope to avoid recurrence. This event sent me on a steep learning curve, and it may be helpful to share what I have learned. Causes – While strokes in dogs are relatively rare compared to humans, they can occur. The causes of strokes in dogs are not always well-understood, and the signs may vary. Some potential causes include: Cerebral Infarction (Ischemic Stroke): Thi ..read more
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Getting your dog ready to board
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by Dogdayz Team
3M ago
You’ve done your research, made your travel plans, booked your tickets and all that’s left is to pack. But what about your dog? Preparing them for boarding is essential to ensure their well-being and comfort during your absence. Here are some tips to help you get your dog ready for a positive boarding experience:   Visit the Boarding Facility in advance: arrange a time prior to the boarding date to familiarise your dog with the surroundings and meet the staff. It can help reduce anxiety for your dog, and you too.   Update Vaccinations: ensure that your dog is up-to-date on vaccinati ..read more
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Preventing and Managing Destructive Behaviour in your dog
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by Dogdayz Team
4M ago
Destructive behaviour in pets, like chewing, digging and barking, can be distressing and costly. Preventing and managing these activities requires a combination of training, supervision, and environmental management. Some things to help address and prevent destructive behaviour in dogs include:   Prevention:   Provide Adequate Exercise: Many destructive behaviours stem from excess energy. Ensure your dog gets regular exercise through walks, playtime, and mental stimulation. Consider dog daycare for the days that you cannot provide activity.   Proper Training: Basic obedience tr ..read more
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Staying active no matter the weather
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by Dogdayz Team
4M ago
Keeping your dog amused is important for their mental and physical well-being. And with the changeable weather here in Melbourne, it can be difficult to find appropriate activities. Here are some ideas to entertain your dog indoors or outdoors, regardless of the weather:   Indoor Activities:   Hide and Seek: Hide treats or toys around the house and encourage your dog to find them. Interactive Toys: Invest in puzzle toys that dispense treats as your dog plays with them. This stimulates their mind and provides a tasty reward. Snuffle Toys: Roll up treats in an old towel and encourage ..read more
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How do our dogs impact our mental health?
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by Dogdayz Team
5M ago
There’s no doubt that we benefit in a myriad of ways from our best canine friends – from the comfort of a snuggly lap dog, to the physical labour of a cattle dog, and the invaluable support of an assistance dog. They can have a positive impact on mental health in various ways too, and their companionship has been associated with several mental health benefits. Here are some ways in which dogs can contribute to our mental well-being:   Companionship and Emotional Support: Dogs are known for their loyalty and unconditional love. The companionship they provide can help reduce feelings of lo ..read more
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Environmental factors that impact your dogs behaviour
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by Dogdayz Team
5M ago
We all aim to have the best behaved dog possible, but it’s not always easy, and the environment around you and your dog plays a significant role in shaping behaviour. Here are several ways in which the environment can influence your dog:   Socialisation: A well-socialised dog is exposed to various people, animals, and environments during its early developmental stages. A lack of socialisation or negative experiences during this critical period can lead to fear, anxiety, and aggression in unfamiliar situations.   Training and Reinforcement: The environment in which a dog is trained, a ..read more
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