Most popular Australian dog breeds

What will be the most popular dog breeds in Australia in 2017? Australian has an estimated canine population of 4.8 million nationally and 52% of all owned dogs are purebred. What’s the favourite breed? Well, there’s one breed that Australians are still barking mad for – the loveable, family-friendly Labrador

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Pets Enter the Morning Mix

Today I chatted with Tim Webster in the Morning Mix on 2UE Talking Lifestyle. If pets are part of your lifestyle, then you might find the following topics interesting: How protective are pet owners over their pets… Do children get along better with pets than siblings… How men talk to

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Talking Pets 12th Jan 2017

Thanks for listening to Talking Pets. We are loving all your pet pics on Facebook and your calls on air. This week, we spoke about fish, reptiles and a very special cook book! Upload your pet photo here  Listen to Talking Pets 12th Jan Entire Show   This week’s Talking Pets

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Your personality as a dog!

I love differences in personality type, of pets and people, especially if science can back up and we can celebrate our differences. Have you ever tried the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? This test classifies you into one of 16 types, depending on whether you exhibit Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I), Sensing (S) or Intuition (N),

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Moving Pets Internationally

Moving house is stressful. Moving internationally even more so! If you are moving and relocating your pets with you, then you want this process to go as smoothly and as safely as possible Here are some tips, from our guest blogger, John Ryan Removals, to help you… Moving pets internationally

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Give a shelter pet a home

Today I visited Animal Welfare League NSW to meet the dogs and cats looking for homes. Kitten season is well and truly here – so many kittens looking for their homes! And, as always, many lovely dogs too. I spoke with AWL behaviourist Rosalie about their pets and practices and we

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Plan to insure your pet

Have you ensured your pet? I’ve written about pet insurance before, asking for your experiences and asking pet insurance companies to come forward and explain their services to us. I’m pleased that Pet Plan has taken us up on this and have answered my questions on insuring our pet’s health

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Pets and water sprays: No way!

People often tell me that they use a water spray to correct their pet’s behaviour. They say it works, as the pet stops doing whatever unwanted behaviour they were doing at the time of the spray. Let me give you the reasons why a water spray cannot help your pet’s behaviour in

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Tips for coping with pet hair

Pet hair, according to many pet owners, may be the most annoying part of pet ownership. Do you find it everywhere? On your clothing. On your sofa. On the floor, even after vacuuming. In your food. On your face! Here are a few tips to help you deal with the

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Greyhounds make ‘greyt’ pets: Ask the experts

Greyhounds make ‘greyt’ pets! Australia’s canine experts are in agreement that a Greyhound can be a fantastic pet. Here are some highlights of what they have to say. Scroll down for their full expert opinion… Dr Jonica Newby, ABC Catalyst, science writer, broadcaster and former veterinarian “During my early training as a veterinarian

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Cat Q&As

Cat toileting… Cat attacks… Cat fun… Cat litter box issues… Well, I had some fun today with my 3 (8 month old) kittens. I took them into the Purina office and together, we answered cat behaviour questions on Facebook LIVE. Well, the cats snoozed and had cuddles and I answered lots

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World Dog Expo

Fancy attending the World Dog Expo? I do 🙂 Taking place in New York City, from June 9th to 11th 2017, this is a dog show for your diary! (For those of you who have attended the Dog Lovers Show in Australia, this 3-day World Dog Expo promises to be bigger,

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Pet Q&As with Dr Jo

Pet Q&As with Dr Jo on Radio 2UE  This week’s broadcast includes a chat with dog trainer Peta Clarke about the upcoming Sydney Dog Lovers Show. Pet Q&As include a grumpy old cat and a grumpy old dog. Listen here… Enjoy! And good news from last week’s show – a generous offer

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Famous Cats at Work

Is it really possible to take your cat to work? Yes, it is! And here are some famous cats at work to prove it (thanks to Euroffice)… Dates for your Diary: Australian Pets at Work Day – Thursday 4th Aug 2016 International Take Your Dog to Work Day – info

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K9 Scent Scramble

The K9 Scent Scramble™ is a whole new ball game! For your dog! And it’s coming to Australia. But just what is it? Well we all know that dogs have superb noses and that many love to chase toys. Well, put these two together and add a large dose of fun

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5 Top Tips for Photographing Your Pet

If you are familiar with pet photography, then you probably know that various challenges need to be overcome to get the perfect shot. People share a deep relationship with their pets, which unfortunately is not accurately portrayed unless the photographer is an expert with the camera, and even then the

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Pets in the Park

Pets in the Park is a fabulous initiative, set up by one of my favourite vets Dr Mark Westman. Pets in the Park helps homeless people and their pets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. I have spoken with one of their recipients (I find it hard to walk past a homeless

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Design for dogs

Design for dogs?: How stylish is your home? How stylish is your home? You have pets and think you need to forget all about style! Think again. There are so many options now to bring style into your home with gorgeous pet furniture. Which of these would you like for

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Creative Canine Fitness

We all know – or we should know – that dogs need exercise. Without it, they create their own fun fitness schedule. Time for you to look at Creative Canine Fitness! Here is a lovely infographic that gives you some suggestions on how to exercise your canine companion… Thanks to

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NSW Strata Changes in Pet Laws

Do you live in an apartment with your pet? If you have lived successfully in an apartment with your pet, I’d love to hear from you. What do you think makes it work? Are there any difficulties? NSW are revising their Strata Laws and this affects pet owners and those

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Tidy Cats

Tidy Cats: Cat Litter by Purina, product launch and review Don’t you love a day at work when you get to cuddle kittens and wear cat ears? I do!   I’m always on the lookout for products and routines that ease the routine of cleaning the cat litter tray. It’s

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Respect my uniform: Guide dog etiquette

Respect My Uniform: Guide Dogs NSW/ACT urges community to not distract working dogs in harness Each day, members of the public place the safety of Guide Dog handlers at risk by patting, feeding and interacting with Guide Dogs, tasked with assisting those who are blind or vision impaired to independently

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Aussie pet bloggers

Do you have a pet blog? [su_highlight background=”#ddd8d2″]I am keen to find out pet blogs in Australia (and New Zealand).[/su_highlight] This can be any sort of blog, as long as you are updating it regularly. It may be a stand-along blog or part of your website. It may be on another

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#UberPUPPIES

Did you cuddle an UberPuppy?     The day that #UberPUPPIES came to town was a biggie! If you had a snuggle with an UberPuppy, you were definitely one of the lucky ones. Even if you didn’t manage a precious snuggle, you probably heard all the hype.   UberPUPPIES came

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Dog Survey

Your Dog and You? I would love to know more about the lives of dedicated dog owners and their dogs. This will help me in my work, helping pet owners understand their pets and the human-animal relationship. Survey I have a survey for DOG OWNERS to take. It’s great if you

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Top 20 pet photos

Love a pet pic? Everyone loves a pet photo! Some of us can spend hours pouring over photos of our own and other people’s pets. My Pinterest OUR PETS board, a group board, is one of the largest digital collection of pet photos on the net! Favourite pet photos Here are

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Goodbye Ginger

I should be celebrating. But I am not. Not yet… Today I leave for a month’s holiday with my family. A much needed break and time spent together. Well, minus son no. 1 who is staying at home to look after pets. (No parties please!) I am off with son

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Dogs locked in cars

      In the past 12 months National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA) patrols across NSW and the ACT have rescued almost 2,500 young children accidentally locked in cars, a 16 per cent increase over the last four years. There has also been an 88 per cent increase of

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Houzz pets

Have you ever renovated your home with your pets in mind? Well, if so, you are not alone. It seems that lots of pet owners are considering their pets in everything they do around their home. Traditional Hall by Roswell Photographers Barbara Brown Photography Houzz recently conducted their first-ever survey of

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South Pacific Cruising

Lucky me! 16 nights cruising the South Pacific!   Visiting Norfolk Island, Tonga (Vava’u & Nuku’alofa), Fiji (Suva, Port Denarau and Dravuni Island) and New Caledonia (Noumea). My P&O cruise followed the route of the Bounty, fortunately we had no mutiny on board this time. What I love about cruising… Getting to

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Take Your Dog to Work Day

Friday June 26th is International Take Your Dog to Work Day Will you be taking your dog – or other pet- to work? Have you ever taken your pet to work? I know some of you will be thinking ‘No way! I’d never get any work done!” Yet, research shows

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Wine Dogs & Wine Cats

Two of my favourite things in life are pets and wine! When you have a glass of wine in your hand an a pet on your knee, what could be more perfect?! So, I thought I’d like to share a few of my favourite wine (with pets) items with you…

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Dog park personalities (of the human kind)

Do you visit dog parks? What sort of dog park personality are you? I often visit parks with my dog Chilli and love to observe people and their dogs. It seems to me that they fall into one of these four types… (Please don’t feel offended by my descriptions 😉 http://gty.im/84802154  

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Up Periscope: Dr Jo joins more social networks

Periscope  I’ve just joined Periscope. What’s Periscope? Well you record live videos and interact with people who are watching. And they can give you hearts (by tapping the screen) when they like what they see. And who doesn;t like watching pets?!? As usual, when you begin, you have no idea

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Eco-friendly pet ideas

I, like many other people, like the idea of being as green and environmentally friendly as possible in all that I do. So it makes sense to consider these options for pets too. This guest post comes from Melissa Stevens, a healthy lifestyle and environmentally friendly living enthusiast, as well

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Dogs tuned into our emotions

Recent studies show that dogs are more tuned into our speech and emotions than we previously knew… Does your dog listen to every word you say? Mine does. Chilli dog appears to hang on my every word, cocking her head adorably to one side, giving me more attention than any

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Pet insurance or not?

Pets are priceless

Is your pet priceless? How much money do you spend on your pet? How much would you be willing to spend? #103321870 / gettyimages.com   Pet spending Most pet owners don’t tally up what we spend on our pets, which is probably a good thing, as we might get a

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Paws to remember the dogs of war

Today is Remembrance Day. Not only should we remember the soldiers who fought for us, but also the many animals who also played an important role. #510645965 / gettyimages.com Dogs were trained to use gas masks. Some dogs alerted soldiers to the presence of gas long before humans could detect it.

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The Chilli-mobile: dogs ‘n’ cars

This week marked the arrival of the ‘Chilli-mobile’. In other words, my new car – the K9 Cabriolet… Cars, new or otherwise, are probably not Chilli dog’s favourite mode of transport. The canine constitutional is certainly the preferred pursuit of my loyal canine companion. Chills will, however, readily hop into

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Dogs are jealous

Can dogs be jealous? Many dog owners believe that their dog experiences jealousy. They may be jealous of another dog that the owner is giving attention to, jealous of the family cat, even jealous of a baby. Until now, there has been no definitive answer as to whether dogs are

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Why you should adopt a pet

Guest post  Adoption should be on every potential pet owner’s radar. Here, LisaFimberg from Petpav takes us through her thoughts on why we should all consider pet adoption. What do you think?   Why You Should Adopt a Pet! When you are ready to bring a dog, cat, guinea pig

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Nicknames for pets

I love that we give our pets nicknames. As if choosing a name is not enough. We then need to shorten it, lengthen it or adapt it to suit our whims. Nicknames often take over as the preferred name for our pets. So how do we choose these nicknames? To

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Happy Birthday to your pet

Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday? It seems that many of us dedicated pet owners do. In fact, 64% of pet owners who answered my survey* said they liked to celebrate their pet’s birthday and almost as many (61%) bought a present for their pet. This pet pressie purchasing increased

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Cats don’t come when called

Cat’s don’t come when called! But cat owners know that, don’t they? And still love their cats. New research from the University of Japan has put cats to the test. Do they actually hear their owners? Do they recognise us? Do they ignore us? Researchers played the sounds of strangers

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Australian attitudes to puppy farms

An Animal Welfare League Poll shows community demand for tighter regulation of puppy farms… The background Puppy farming may be one of Australia’s most pressing animal welfare issues. Also known as puppy factories or puppy mills, puppy farms often operate under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social

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Leo’s blog

Does your pet have a blog? Ok, we pet lovers are a little crazy! But it means we love our pets! When Leo was little  (was Leo, the Maine Coon cat, ever little?!) I kept a diary of his activities. For a year I recorded all important milestones in his

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Dogs help us

Dogs help us… and now, we can help them  help us All dog lovers know that our dogs help us get through our day. They give us unconditional acceptance in a world where everyone judges us, including (or perhaps especially) our family and best friends. But the help our canine

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Announcing my new role… AWLA Ambassador

I am very proud to announce my new role as Ambassador of Animal Welfare League Australia…  . MEDIA RELEASE . . Dr Joanne Righetti, Animal Behaviourist   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Australia’s renowned animal behaviourist Dr Joanne Righetti has been appointed Ambassador of Animal Welfare League Australia (AWLA). Dr Jo will

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Dog aggression problems solved?

Dog attacks continue to be in the news. So tragic 🙁 Every single dog bite is one too many and when someone, usually a child, loses their lives, the tragedy spreads far and wide, affecting families, animals, society. Governments act when a spate of attacks happen in close proximity. Often

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Dr Jo on Safari

Destination: Kruger, South Africa. With White Rhino, Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Crocodile, Snakes, Baboons, Monkeys…. and up close encounters with Elephants, Lions and Leopards.

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Goodbye Clyde

Yesterday I said goodbye to my cat Clyde. The final goodbye. Clyde was 21 years old. An old man. An old cat with a big personality. As Clyde aged, he lost his hearing, his ability to jump but he never lost his love of food, a cuddle or his sense of

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Dogs & their toys

Does your dog play with toys? What makes a good dog toy? One which squeaks? One which rolls? One which can be retrieved? One which can be torn apart? Your dog may answer yes to all of these but you, the dog owner, may think differently. Perhaps you would like a

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Dog behaviour ebooks now available

      Dog owners required to review ebooks     I am excited to announce my new series of pet behaviour books is now available. These books aim to solve the various behaviour issues that commonly arise in our lives with our canine companions. These include: Dog Anxiety Problems

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Dog whisperer?

Saying sorry for our pet’s behaviour

Saying sorry for our pet’s behaviour I was reading an article today about two dogs that had attacked a horse. The owner of the dogs left the scene, without apologising. The horse’s owner is left with an injured horse and the vet bills. He would have liked the dog’s owner

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Pets in your bed

Do you sleep with your pet?
Lots of us do. Some of us feel guilty. Some of us just know it feels right. Some of us would not dream (pardon the pun) of doing so.
New research has show that sleeping with pets may be a risky business. Diseases such as cat scratch disease, plague, staphylococcus and more can be passed on.

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Your dog, your baby

Do you treat your dog as if her or she is your baby?
Our dogs may be more like children that we previously believed. We nurture them from babies, we clean up after them, we forgive their indiscretions and we love them – just as we would a human child.

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Sh.sh.shivering

I’m shivering. Winter is here. And yes I know I’m a Scottish person living in Australia – I shouldn’t find it cold. I admit it. I am a wimp. I feel the cold. Perhaps that’s why I choose to live in a climate that is warm… most of the time.

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Dogs need transport too

What do you do with your dog when you travel? If you are flying interstate, do you fly your dog with you? Or, like most people, do you leave him at home? If you are travelling across your suburb, do you take your dog in the car? Or, do you

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Tick, tick

No pet owner wants to find their pet paralysed. This happened to us on Sunday. Setting the scene Picking my husband up froom the airport early Sunday morning Looking after my neighbours dogs as well as my own pets and kids. Preparing for a 10 year olds’ birthday party Ok so

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Cat-alyst

Kings & Queens of the pet world Cats make wonderful pets. They can be left at home all day, relatively peacefully. They fit into your couch potato lifestyle, most of the time. They like a snuggle. They aren’t noisy. It’s no wonder they are now the no.1 pet in many

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A celebration of kids and pets

Kids and pets go together. Yes, life would be simpler without either but the rewards from having them outweigh the disadvantages. Having both more than doubles the lifetime of pleasure at watching them interact. Pets like children. When brought up together, dogs and cats will actively seek out children to

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Welcome home

“Life’s good. Mum’s home!” Is this what my dog is thinking as I return home after a 3 week overseas trip? Or it is just my wishful thinking? What do your pets do when they meet you again after being separated? I returned home and as I opened the door

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If pets could blog…

  I wonder what they’d say? Perhaps along the lines of a diary… Monday: Day – Walk. Yippee! Sniffed 5 dogs, 3 males, 2 females. Enemies = 1. New playmates = 2. Home. Left alone ALL day. Snack: pot plant, watering system. Night: Mum home – dinner. Yippee! Kids home

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