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Alleviate Boredom in Dogs through Entertainment and Exercise

Alleviate Boredom in Dogs through Entertainment and Exercise by Mary-Jane Gallagher Did you know that dogs’ brains shrink when they’re bored? Their brains shrink because neurons in the dogs’ brain will die if they are not stimulated. Pet owners may envy their canine companions lying around the house sleeping and snoring, but scientists warned about the […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Apply Your Fad Diet To Your Dog

Why You Shouldn’t Apply Your Fad Diet To Your Dog By Mary-Jane Gallagher Fad diets are often quick “fixes”. In fact, 69% of them fail to show any significant results. Although trendy, they often promise an unattainable goal. Oftentimes, what becomes a fad diet amongst humans become a fad diet for their pets as well. Thus, it […]

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Starting Retirement On The Right Foot (Or Paw)

Starting Retirement On The Right Foot (Or Paw) By Mary-Jane Gallagher It turns out, it’s not just rescue dogs who can find life a little too quiet at times; recent research has highlighted that around 10% of South African seniors feel lonely.  For those adjusting to life after retirement, a rescue dog could provide so much love […]

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3 Common Allergies and Ways to Relieve Symptoms

3 Common Allergies and Ways to Relieve Symptoms By Mary-Jane Gallagher Allergies are a result of the immune system response to foreign particles or substances that the body deems harmful, even if they’re not. Just like people, a dog’s immune system can react in the same way, resulting in an allergic response. Taking good care of your dog means […]

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Keeping Your Vulnerable Pooch Safe at Your Next Party

Keeping Your Vulnerable Pooch Safe at Your Next Party By Mary-Jane Gallagher Cats and dogs are able to hear a wider range of sounds, according to the South African National Council of SPCAs, so you have adopted  a pooch that is old, has heart disease, or any other condition that may make it more vulnerable, take precautions when […]

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A Guide to Pet-Friendly Eateries in South Africa

A Guide to Pet-Friendly Eateries in South Africa By Mary-Jane Gallagher The population of dogs in South Africa is about 7.4 million in 2018, as reported by PetSecure. This is a clear picture of how more people have embraced pets as part of their day-to-day lives. Pet owners are actually spending more time with their dogs, cats […]

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Dealing with Dogs in a Divorce

Dealing with Dogs in a Divorce By Mary-Jane Gallagher The latest figures from Stats SA show that over 25,000 marriages in South Africa end in divorce annually. Given that there are about 8 million dogs in the country, thousands of pets each year are caught in the middle. Divorce is fraught with difficult negotiations and for those with […]

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Communicating with your dog to stop jumping up

Communicating with your dog to stop jumping up By Joanna, Trainer Having the opportunity of working with animals, specifically in my case, dogs, I realise more and more that unless the basic communication skills that we use with each other are not put into practice with the dogs, it is virtually impossible to achieve any […]

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Why Nose Work?

Why Nose work “Hi, my name is Sheena and I’m rehab’s top nose-work dog. Using my nose is a very important part of my daily routine. Many years ago, before we were domesticated, our noses were the main tool in our survival kit. We obviously had to eat and that meant finding and catching our […]

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Insta-Fame Your Pooch

Insta-Fame Your Pooch By Mary-Jane Gallagher Should your best fur friend be getting more likes than a Kardashian?  That answer is undoubtedly yes for more reasons than cuteness, but the true value of starting an Instagram account featuring your furbaby is good old-fashioned digital scrapbooking.  Whether you adopt a Cape Town pup in need or raise litters of your own, capturing […]

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