Thursday, October 20, 2016

Does Your Dog Stare at You While They Poop?

To all the dog owners out there, have you ever caught your dog staring at you while they poop?

Or perhaps they shuffle around mid-deed, leaving a trail?

Or maybe they turn in circles for what seems like forever?

Whatever your fur-friend does, there’s actually a very good reason for it.

As you’re probably already aware, dogs are fascinating beings, and full of complex emotions and psychology.

Have a read of the reasons behind you dog’s strange toilet habits, and discover how these rituals came about. 

The Stare

For us humans, doing our business is generally not a time when we want to lock eyes with someone.

But dogs don’t worry about things like that.

In fact, they’re not staring at you to ask for privacy, their actually doing quite the opposite.

In the wild, a defecating animal is seen as vulnerable.

So by staring at you, a member of their pack, your dog is making sure that you’re keeping watch for any potential threats.

And even more interestingly, they are watching your body movements for any signs of approaching danger. 

So if your dog is staring at you, don’t feel awkward. It means they trust you!

And for those owners whose dogs sit with you while you’re in the bathroom. They’re simply returning the favour.

The Stroll

If your dog decides mid-poop that it’s time for a stroll, it’s actually for a very good reason.

Dogs will sometimes take a few steps as motion aids with the passage of stool.

And other times, it’s just because there’s a reallllly interesting smell a few inches away.

If you notice your dog scooting after their business, they may be trying to clean off any excess.

However, it could also mean that they have worms, or the glands in that region need to be expressed.

If you noticed this happening, talk to your vet immediately.

The Kick

Some dogs after finishing up their business, like to kick up their back feet, along with dirt, grass, poo and anything else in the way.

This is generally for two reasons.

The first being them marking their territory by scraping their feet along the ground.

And secondly, surprisingly, this is actually their attempt at cleaning up.

Kicking away their waste like this is similar to how cats kick litter over their poo at home.

However, both species attempts really aren’t that helpful in the cleaning up region…

The Decision

The decision, or the indecision?

We’re sure you’ve all seen your dog sniff, spin and do laps of the area before they decide exactly where to go.

Well, dogs don’t just poop out of need, but also to mark their territory.

It’s sort of like the canine equivalent of humans leaving notes or graffiti to show others where they’ve been. 

So if your dog does this, it’s simply because they’re staking out the perfect place where their ‘information’ is sure to be noticed. 

The Compass

You may or may not have heard of this one before.

Many dogs while doing their business, will align their bodies along the north-south axis, with a preference of facing north.

This shows that dogs might be magneto-sensitive, or sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic field.

However, will only do so when the magnetic field is calm.

So if you’re even in need of a compass, just wait for pooch to relieve themselves, and you’re good to go.

Overall, whatever way your dog chooses to do their business, just know it’s part of them being who they are. 

Does your dog have any funny habits? Let us know in the comments below.

And, be sure to share this with your friends, who also might have a pooch with a strange toilet time habit!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

5 Tips for Pet Owners Who Rent

A large stepping stone many people are faced with when it comes to being a pet owner and renting a property, is that the two are not always compatible.

Renting pet owners are often faced with the challenge of not only finding a landlord who will allow pets, but also a home that is suitable for their fur-friends. 

So how does a pet owner find and negotiate a suitable property?

To help you out, we’ve gathered our top 5 tips to securing the perfect home for your pet-family.

1. Enquire

Often when people search a property listing that does not mention pets, they conclude that pets are not allowed. 

However, this may not always be the case. 

Make a move and enquire about the possibility of adding your fur-friend in the contract.

The answer may turn out to be a no, but it could also be a yes – so it’s better to just ask!


2. Sweeten The Deal

If you’re eager to get the ball rolling, offering to pay extra rent to cover your pet, might just seal the deal.

Even if it’s just an additional $5 a week.

Landlords and property manager who see tenants that are willing to make an extra effort, may be more open to compromising. 

Once again, you will never know unless you just ask.


3. Keep Thorough Records

More often than not, landlords will avoid circumstances that may result in their property being damaged, particularly in new homes.

This is why the few that do allow pets to live with their tenants, ask for various information, references and pet records.

To make things easier and more efficient if this question does arise, prepare a little documentation file.

In your file include documents such as vaccination certificates, health and vet records and any other relevant information.

You could even write a reference for your pet that contains information such as age, breed, temperament, type of coat etc.  


4. Consider Your Pet’s-Eye View

An important factor that should not be overlooked, is to ensure that the home you pick is appropriate for the entire family.

For instance, dogs should have plenty of room to move around, preferably somewhere with grass, and areas to laze with good airflow and ventilation.

So a one-bedroom apartment with no yard, probably isn’t the best option.

Take your time, and don’t feel like you have to say yes if you get approved somewhere that isn’t quite right. 

Remember, your family’s well-being is what matters most.


5. Commit to a Clean

While you’re already obligated to clean a property when you depart, offering to remove all traces of your pet’s presence might just get you over the line. 

Put in writing that you will deep clean the carpets, deodorise the home, and importantly, perform consistent flea treatments over the duration of your stay.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Why Talking To Your Pet Is Good For Your Health

Hands up if you talk to your pet?

And if you’re anything like us at VetShopAustralia, it’s each and every day, all day long.

We love telling them about our day, what we’ve been up to, and even how we feel.

Whilst this may sound a little strange to those without pets, talking to pets is actually very common.

But did you know talking to your pet is good for your health?

“The average dog can understand around 200 words”

Your Pet Knows How You’re Feeling

Here’s a fun fact, although we talk to people using words, 80% of our communication is actually via our body language. 

The average dog can understand up to 200 words, but won’t really understand spoken language.

They can however, pick up on our emotions, and are able to sense how we’re feeling. 

Kind of like a 6th sense.

Some dogs will lay their head on your lap when you’re upset for example, whilst your cat may often sit with you when you’re feeling lonely or unwell (even if they don’t sit with you normally).

So it doesn’t really matter what you say to them, but rather how you express it.

If you’re one to talk regularly to your pet, he or she is going to know you inside out, which is a really special bond to have with your fur friend.

“Your pet senses how much you love them by the way you talk to them”

Talking to Your Pet Is Good for BOTH of You

We see pets as family, and genuine friends that we can bare our souls to – secrets are always safe, and an animal will never judge us… or do they?

But did you know having a good old yarn with your fur friend is actually good for your mental health?

Taking to pet’s and interacting with them regularly can lower stress levels, increase productiveness and overall just make you feel good!

That’s why at VetShopAustralia, we bring our furry pals to work with us. For more information, click here.

Now as mentioned earlier, pets can sense how your feeling; and they can also sense how you feel towards them.

A lot of you and your pet’s communication is actually expressed through intonation.

For example, your dog may associate a high, happy voice with positivity and excitement, a neutral, calming voice with reassurance, and a low, deep voice with negativity or disapproval.

Next time you talk to your pet, think about your tone and body language and see how they respond.

“Your pet actually has a lot to say in return”

You Learn Your Pet’s Language Too

Although animals are good at picking up on much of what we say, they still have their own way of communication too.

Start paying greater attention, and you’ll notice that your pet has quite a lot to say in return when you talk to them.

Try immerse yourself in the body language of your cat, dog, bunny or any pet for that matter, and you’ll soon realise there’s a whole new form of communication to discover.

Overall, the more you work on understanding each other, the stronger your bond will be and the happier and healthy you both will feel!

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

How to Take the Perfect Photo of Your Pet in 5 Simple Steps

Can we all agree we’ve tried to take that perfect picture of our pet to share across social media, however failed miserably?

Fido sit, stay, don’t move ah! 

Taking a good photo of your cat or dog can be tricky; as most pets are not natural born posers… 

Not to worry, let us help you capture that Kodak moment with our 5-step guide to taking the perfect picture of your pet.

Step One: Work with Your Pet’s Personality

Some dogs are gentle, slow moving and calm; while others jump, lick and run laps of the yard. 

Consider what makes your pet unique and work on these qualities. 

For example, photograph your playful pooch during a game of fetch, or your cat that enjoys snoozing for hours, on a cosy blanket next to the fireplace. 

And try avoid encouraging your pet into unnatural situations; as showing their true personality always looks best.

Step Two: Ensure a Relaxed Atmosphere

Getting your pet to pose in a studio is not only difficult, but they probably won’t enjoy it either. 

In fact, most pets are more likely to relax and be their best selves in a familiar environment; at home, in the garden, or even the beach. 

Try make your little photo shoot fun for everyone, and ensure there is plenty of interaction and breaks. 

Step Three: Natural Lighting Works Best

For the most desirable lighting, try photographing your pet during the day and preferably outside. 

Also avoid using a flash, as this will not look as effective and can also frighten your pet. 

In additional to good lighting, you also want to consider the surroundings. 

An adventurous dog against the backdrop of a crystal clear beach makes for a pretty amazing shot.

Step Four: Get On Your Pet’s Level

Our best tip to you, is to get on your pet’s level. 

Kneeling down when photographing animals really does make a huge difference. 

Photos taken from a low camera angle will help make your pet the central focus in the final image.

Aim for the eyes and you’ll capture your pet’s unique personality. 

And if your pet is acting calm or a little sleepy, this is a great chance to get up close and personal. 

Most importantly, experiment! Try a close-up portrait or a fun action shot.

Another great tip is to take your photos with your subject off-centre, and have something interesting in the background.

Not only will this look nicely balanced, but your friends will think you’re a pro!

Step 5: The Winning Shot

Keep things simple, stay relaxed, and just have fun with it!

Encourage plenty of action with a selection of toys and treats, as this will allow for a range of different shots.

And most importantly, aim to harness your pet’s natural spontaneity and instinct. Your dog might suddenly do something funny, so be alert and ready to capture the moment. 

Overall, your little photoshoot most likely won’t turn out quite as you imagined, but you’ll soon see that this makes for some super cute photos, and some memorable moments shared with your best friend.

Happy snapping!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Can My Dog Eat That? Dr Mark's Dog Food Safety Guide

In today's society we as humans regularly find ourselves thinking about our health, and what foods we should and shouldn’t be putting into our bodies.

Here's one for you, does the thought ever cross you mind about what is and isn't ok for your dog to eat?

What we need to remember is that a dog's digestive systems is completely different to ours, and it may seem logical to think if a certain food is healthy for us, then is must be for our fur friends too.

However, this is simply not the case.

Whether it's fruits, veggies, or your brand new couch, most dogs will devour pretty much anything they can get their paws onto.

But what really is safe for your dog to eat?

And what foods can actually pose a toxic threat for dogs?

To give you a helping paw and take the guess work out for you, VetShopAustralia's Dr Mark has created the ultimate Dog Food Safety Guide.

But first, let's start with a little quiz...

Which three foods pictured below are a big no no for dogs?

Find out the answers plus access the complete guide here.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

How to Safely Break Up a Dog Fight

As humans, breaking up a dog fight is something we hope to never have to do. Being a good pet owner, you may have the best behaved and trained pooch around, however not all dogs get along – even the good ones. Instinct is a very powerful thing in animals, so simply telling your dog to ‘stop’ or ‘come here’ nine times out of ten is not going to work. They no longer hear you as their loving loyal owner, but instead their only focus in that very moment is to attack – no matter who it might be at. 

It cannot be stressed enough that you should never, ever reach into the chaos and grab your dog away. This manoeuvre is rather going to leave you injured than breaking up the clash. Instead, there are a two effective techniques that will ensure everyone involved walks away serious-injury free. 

Technique 1: Two-person breakup

This technique will be effective if you have two people who are able to break the fight up together.
  1. At the same time each grab a dog’s back legs
  2. Raise them up, similar to how you would lift a wheelbarrow
  3. Back both dogs away slowly, continuing to hold their legs in the air (this will prevent them from reaching around and biting you)
  4. Once the dogs are safely separated, try hold them securely until they are calm and face them away from the other dog if possible

Technique 2: One-person breakup

This technique can be used if you are alone, however proceed with caution. 

  1. Grab a free leash or a piece of rope
  2. Slowly approach the more aggressive dog
  3. Once you are close enough, loop the leash around their middle section, you want to catch them just in front of their back legs
  4. Slip the free end of the leash through its looped handle and pull tight
  5. Once fastened, slowly pull the dog backward until you find something to fasten them to, such as a telephone pole or fence post
  6. Now shift your focus to the second dog and grab them from behind using the “wheelbarrow” technique described above
  7. Again, pull them away at least 5 metres and restrain until the dogs are calm or help arrives

Whether it’s big dogs or small dogs, these techniques will work the same. Try not to scream or yell unless it’s calling for help, and most importantly, be quick, stay mindfully aware, and remain calm and assertive.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016