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How YOU can (EASILY) make Guide Dogs more effective!
How YOU can (EASILY) make Guide Dogs more effective!

Happy International Guide Dogs Week people! When I see a Guide Dog I am filled with admiration, excitement & curiousity. Truthfully I want to run right over to that dog, slather that dog with love and say ‘Congratulations mate. You rock!’. LUCKILY I have impulse control! So I am able (*just*) to hold myself back. And really this is more […]

3 ways to tell if your dog is well hydrated
3 ways to tell if your dog is well hydrated

Summer is certainly here! Some places in Australia have been experiencing consecutive days above 40 degrees Celsius! It’s time for a nice cool drink. Only, your dog isn’t easily able to let you know that she would like a drink too. So, you have done all the right things this summer…you are walking your dog early in […]

4 Quick Tips for a Sun Safe Summer with your Dog
4 Quick Tips for a Sun Safe Summer with your Dog

HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD? Sunnies for dogs? I remember how I thought about the sun 20 years ago. We’d go out and bask in it for hours on end… just soaking up the rays. Sometimes we’d rub oil on ourselves first to ensure a serious browning. Suncreen for dogs wasn’t even on the horizon. […]

Dog Friendly Camping at Macquarie Woods NSW
Dog Friendly Camping at Macquarie Woods NSW

On a recent adventure we discovered a beautiful dog friendly camping spot at Vittoria State Forest, just west of Bathurst NSW. The campground is large and grassy, perfectly suited to both dogs and humans.  Top Reasons to Pitch Your Tent at Macquarie Woods Forestry Reserve 1. It’s both well maintained and FREE! Yes, you heard right. You can camp out at […]

3 Comfortable Alternatives to the Cone of Shame
3 Comfortable Alternatives to the Cone of Shame

We’ve all seen that hangdog look. When your dog has an injury the recovery period can be the most painful part. Wearing a big plastic cone makes things more traumatic. They’re cumbersome, collide loudly with obstacles and prevent your dog from eating & drinking and being in natural positions. Imagine trying to recover with all that working against you! Luckily there other […]

Get the best dog coat for your dog’s quirks & lifestyle
Get the best dog coat for your dog's quirks & lifestyle

Cold snap in effect! How’s your dog holding up? Despite their furriness dogs are vulnerable to cold just like us. Short haired dogs require more insulation than wooly ones. But tuck your mate in a jacket on a harsh day & you’ll have one thankful buddy!  Every dog has unique requirements in a coat. I’ve rated our coat range based on warmth, water resistance, security for escape artists, low […]

WIN a Surfdog Robe + PAW 2-in1 Conditioner
WIN a Surfdog Robe + PAW 2-in1 Conditioner

My dog SKANKED today. It’s the one thing Pluto does that can turn me into a hothead. And look at her smile there in the top picture. She looks pretty darned happy about it. What’s worse, when she finishes her SKANKING I am compelled to give her a reward: A FULL SPA TREATMENT.  See her enjoying herself in a post pamper […]

Never Lose Another Dog Toy To The Jaws Of Death
Never Lose Another Dog Toy To The Jaws Of Death

I expect dog toys to last WEEKS at the very least. Not days, not minutes and NOT seconds! Right? Follow my advice and you will get your money’s worth out of dog toys from now on. Your dog may be a ruthless chewer, but there is no reason your dog’s toys should bite the dust in no time flat.  I’ve got […]

6 Ways To Make Running With Your Dog Effortless!
6 Ways To Make Running With Your Dog Effortless!

My list of what makes dogs great grows every day. Their enthusiasm for activity is gobsmacking. So just get MOVING with your dog. Let nothing hold you back. Need a push? I’ll take you through some great gear to make running with your mate smoother and more joyful. Run Effortlessly With Your Dog Ok, running effortlessly…  well that’s a […]

5 Canine Personas & The Toys that Make Them Tick
5 Canine Personas & The Toys that Make Them Tick

Is your dog is peering wistfully under that tree dreaming of a new toy? Toys make dogs happy, but even better, the right toy can improve your dog’s behaviour + mental health. There can be real $$$$ to be saved if your dog prefers the toy to say… tearing up the sofa. What does your […]

10 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Furry Best Mate
10 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Furry Best Mate

We’re cruising toward that fresh start of a new year. And it’s a busy life! So we thought we’d energise you with some quick tips on making your dog’s life even better.  So here you go.. some great tips in a nutshell from Both Ends Of The Lead.  As dog owners and carers, we all share something in […]

My Dog Pulls On The Lead (And It’s Driving Me Bonkers)!
My Dog Pulls On The Lead (And It's Driving Me Bonkers)!

Before I adopted a dog I thought you just put a dog on a lead and VOILA! Behold the dog walking. Ha! Walking on lead requires that your dog put YOUR desire for her to walk sedately beside you BEFORE her fervent desire to run and frolic and sniff. In other words – extreme self discipline. Swap […]

Why you should never throw a stick for your dog
Why you should never throw a stick for your dog

Do you think that dog education classes should be mandatory? I do! And I don’t mean classes for canines. What we really need are classes to educate people aboutdogs. How is it that even people who love dogs with all their hearts, like myself, don’t have the facts straight? Here’s my confession. I was a […]

Mini Foxie Makes 800 km Pilgrimage Across Europe
Mini Foxie Makes 800 km Pilgrimage Across Europe

Meet Indy, a brave Mini Foxie who’s off on a BIG ADVENTURE. She’s headed to the Camino de Santiago which runs 800 km from France to Spain. This is the famous pilgrimage which features in Paulo Coelho’s book The Pilgrimage. The book is pure magic and I’m sure Indy’s trip will be no less than […]

The Skinny On Dog Toys From Dog Training Experts
The Skinny On Dog Toys From Dog Training Experts

Have you ever said…’my dog’s got a million toys, and yet he still prefers to dig up the garden!’? Often, when we buy toys for our dogs we don’t really think about how the dog is going to play with the toy. Or, in fact, if the dog is even interested in that particular type […]

Is your dog trying to tell you something?
Is your dog trying to tell you something?

We LOVE our dogs! I do. And I know you do. But, do we listen enough to what they’re trying to tell us? Much of the time we do, but I reckon we all miss at times. If you’re like, me you want to bring your dog everywhere with you. My Pluto is a pretty […]

Barking Part II: Fear & Aggression
Barking Part II: Fear & Aggression

Here’s part II of our series on barking… and more importantly how to curb this ear splitting canine hobby. This is the second guest post from dog trainer John Visconti to address some barking problems. Fear/aggression barking:  Essentially, these are linked. Fear is the emotion the dog is experiencing; aggressive barking is how the dog manages […]

Barking Problems? Your dog doesn’t think so.
Barking Problems? Your dog doesn't think so.

My dog is perfect… well perfect for me! But I will say Pluto’s got quite a bark on her. This is the one thing that Pluto does that makes me crazy.  Today we’ve got a guest post from dog trainer John Visconti to address some barking problems. This is the first part of a series […]

FUN FACT FRIDAY: 8 more fabulous dog facts
FUN FACT FRIDAY: 8 more fabulous dog facts

1) What’s the fastest dog breed on earth? GREYHOUND The Greyhound is the fastest dog in the world. Their top speeds approach 45 mph. Amazing animals! The Whippet and Saluki are pretty darned fast too, with top speeds approaching 40 mph. 2 ) How many pups were in the largest recorded litter of puppies? Feel free to […]

Why does my dog eat poo?
Why does my dog eat poo?

Today we have a guest blog post on a fascinating topic: poo eating. If your dog’s a poo muncher I’m sure you’ve wondered why… and more importantly WHAT THE HECK you can do about it?. Well, without further ado here is some insight from Lyndall,  holistic health advisor from Canine Vitality. WHY DOES MY DOG […]

FUN DOG FACT FRIDAY: 9 facts about our k9 mates
FUN DOG FACT FRIDAY: 9 facts about our k9 mates

1 ) Can dogs see in colour? YES! Dogs actually do see color, but they see a more limited spectrum made of shades of blue and yellow and gray. Imagine what that’s like! They can’t imagine the colours we see either. Think of the variety of spectrums being seen by all different species of animals. […]

Million Paws Walk & a few words from my Inner Dog
Million Paws Walk & a few words from my Inner Dog

A glorious day was had by all the Million Paws walkers yesterday in Katoomba! We had a fabulous turnout and perfect weather. I spent the day in fur. Yes, that’s me with the spots. I have always felt I am part dog and I like to take any opportunity I can to set my inner […]

Together we can stop puppy mill suffering!
Together we can stop puppy mill suffering!

We can stop puppy mills! If we all just say no to buying animals from pet stores then puppy mills will be forced out of business. It’s that simple! If there’s anyone out there who’s unfamiliar with the terms ‘puppy farm’, ‘puppy mill’ or ‘puppy factory’, they refer to the mass breeding of puppies for […]

Looking for a dog friendly rental property?
Looking for a dog friendly rental property?

I remember when I was a renter not so long ago. A renter with four cats and a dog! Let me tell you that is not an easy scene at all. I tried various techniques from telling the whole truth so help me god, to under-declaring my posse, to lying outright about my menagerie. Still […]