Don’t Blame The Dog – It’s All In The Training

July 23, 2018 Heather Murphy

Train your dog - let them be the best

Is euthanizing the dog really the right answer? One year ago this month, this little fella was terrorizing the neighbourhood; chasing, killing and eating chickens! Meet Hemi the 7 month foxie cross..


11 reasons why your dog could be itchy

April 20, 2018 Heather Murphy

Sometimes we just can’t seem to pinpoint the actual reason  we have an itchy dog! They might be red, rashy, itchy or balding or some dogs can just be itchy all over without displaying any further symptoms. The constant itching can drive you and your pets nuts, it’s stressful not being able to help your itchy pet. Having an itchy dog is no fun! We often think of the common allergens that can affect our dogs – things like grasses, grass seeds, wandering dew and foods. But really the list is extensive and again the problem can be exasperated when...

Mites in the Dust

November 01, 2017 Heather Murphy

We are surrounded by mites in this world, there are a whole variety of these tiny little creatures living around us and we usually co-exist with them fine. But when their populations overwhelm or when an internal system is stressed then an allergy can present.

Creature of Habit - is your dog one?

June 07, 2016 Heather Murphy

 Just like humans, some dogs need routine but how can you tell whether your dog will benefit from a routine? Look at their personality / behaviour. Is your dog unsettled during the day? Does your dog constantly follow you around? Is your dog a "worry wart"? If you answered yes to any of these then having your dog in a routine could be the answer. A dog that is "on edge" may be worried about what will happen next. Without a routine they don’t know what is going to happen next and may not settle as they have to be...

Choked up on treats - 4 symptoms to look for

February 20, 2016 Heather Murphy

I was sitting in the lounge thinking “that’s unusual noises coming from the dog”. I looked back to see Coco pawing at her face, making high pitched wheezing noises.  I instantly knew she was choking! I opened her mouth and could see a large soft, white, sticky mass stuck in her throat – it wouldn’t come up and it wouldn’t go down – luckily it was within easy reach and I was able to pull it out!  Now they say never put your fingers into the mouth of a conscious dog but I know Coco and she easily allows me to manipulate...