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Yes, it’s only September… but Christmas is coming! Nooooo! I hear you scream. Sorry, it’s happening. Who doesn’t love a cute Christmas photo of their doggy or kitty to share with family and friends and print on their Christmas cards?

Kathy McMillan is a Brisbane-based pet photographer who is offering pet photo sessions that will be a little bit different to the usual “Santa Paws” events: because for a start, there will be no Santa! Her aim is to create images with a gorgeous, sparkly, Chrismassy feel, but not totally cheesy ...

She is partnering with local companion animal businesses to run Christmas Pet Photo Sessions during November and the first week of December. 

This year she has joined forces with Doggy Day Care Brisbane in West End to offer events on Saturday 17th November 9am-12pm, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November 10am-2pm with more venues and dates to be announced soon.


Here are some sample images of Samira and Lyric. You can follow them on Instagram @samiras_lyric too!


Like what you see? You can find all the details and book your pet’s Christmas photo session hereSpots are limited and bookings are essential

Kathy is looking for other partner venues in Brisbane and surrounds to host more pop-ups so they are accessible to everyone. So if you are a vet clinic, doggy day care, groomer, dog trainer, retailer or something else to do with animals in the Brisbane area and would like to host a photo event… and you can offer approx. 3m x 5m of clear floor space for photo sessions, then please don't hesitate to contact her directly.


When: Saturday 3 November 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm 

Where: Capalaba Veterinary Clinic, 8/29 Moreton Bay Road, Capalaba QLD 4157

Please note: All Capalaba Vet’s profits from these sessions will be donated to Assistance Dogs Australia


When: Saturday 17 November 2018, from 9:00am-12:00pm;
Wednesday 21 / Thursday 22 November 2018, 10:00am-2:00pm

Where: Doggy Day Care Brisbane, 8 Mollison Street, South Brisbane, West End, QLD, 4101
The 2018 Brisbane Dog Lovers Show is holding the first Common Woof Games on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November.

Taking place at the Brisbane Showgrounds, the games will see a plethora of pooches representing four countries that will compete in K9-fusion sports including: Dog Soccer, Basketball, Vault, Barrel Racing, Discus, Javelin Weave, Mini-Dog Hurdles. Rodney Gooch will showcase his height defying 4 Paws Sports Team to really wow the crowds. 



The Common Woof Games commence with a spectacular Opening Ceremony Extravaganza, hosted by Dr Katrina Warren, Kelly Gill and The Wonderdogs and victorious canines will be presented with their medals as part of the Official Closing Ceremony in the Royal Canin Arena at the end of each day.

The outdoor forecourt will play host to the pool and aquatic divisions with the splash-tastic crowd favourite the Black Hawk DockDogs


Pooches of all shapes, sizes and abilities will take part in various Big Air, Rapid Relay, Speed Retrieve, Extreme Vertical and Dueling Dogs pool-based events with massive crowds expected to cheer on their favourite furry pawthletes in the splash-zone (BYO raincoat and brolly!).

As if cheering on 4-legged champions wasn’t enough, visitors will also discover everything they need to know for a healthier, happier dog with free educational talks on the all new Pet Circle Stage from some of Australia’s most popular celebrity vets. Those Two Girls, Lise and Sarah from The HIT Network’s national breakfast radio show will MC the Pet Circle Stage to welcome some of the pet industry’s biggest names whilst hosting crowd Q&As over the weekend. 


Brisbane local and Bondi Vet’s newest additionAlex Hynes, will be taking to the stage to provide a host of useful advice for your canine including what to do for your dog in a range of common emergency situations with time for her fans to answer their most pressing pet questions.

Brisbane’s much-l
oved vet Dr Harry Cooper is joining the Brisbane line-up for the first time to provide tips on how to choose the right breed for your home and lifestyle and how to solve the most common dog health problems. 

Dr Katrina Warren & Kelly Gill will also present easy tricks you can teach your dog at home and how to give your dog a happy and enriched life followed by a meet and greet and the chance to get up-close- and-paw-sonal with The Wonderdogs. 

Dr Carla Paszkowski & Dr Teagan Lever from the Pet Circle vet team will take to the stage to sniff out the truth and bust common dog myths. 

Every homeless dog deserves the opportunity to find a loving, well-suited home for life and the Dog Lovers Show Founder & CEO, Jason Humphris, remains committed to using the show as a platform to help rehome hundreds of canines in need this year.

Jason said, “we have introduced an all new Dog Adoption Stage that will provide an opportunity for rescue groups to get up and talk about adoption, outline what’s really involved and help to connect loving, well-suited homes to the countless dogs Brisbane shelters currently have available for adoption.


We have also provided free expo stands to over 30 rescue shelters in the Dog Adoption Zone, so visitors can meet dozens of beautiful dogs looking for a home, learn how to start the process and gather advice from genuine experts. Our goal is to empty all the pounds taking part over the weekend within one month after the show!” 

Visitors can also meet, interact with and snap a selfie with some of the biggest ‘K9 Stars of Instagram’ in the Insta-Pooch Zone! Watch these K9 celebrities walk the red carpet, take part in media interviews and interact with adoring fans – it’s one of the must-see attractions at the 2018 show! 

Dog devotees will delight in the diverse range of hounds at the Show this year with over 400 canines representing more than 100 breeds bounding into the Show. From Basenjis to Beagles, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Bulldogs, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Rottweilers, there truly is a pooch to pat for everyone in the Breed Showcase. For all those burning questions head to the Ask-A-Breeder Stage presented by DOGS Queensland as over 20 reputable breeders talk about the temperament, grooming routines, exercise & nutrition requirements of their dogs.

There is ample opportunity to get licked, loved and slobbered on in the Pat-A-Pooch Zone, where the young and young at heart can lounge on giant beanbags and meet breeds of all shapes and sizes, including puppies, rescue dogs, service and therapy dogs. Head to the Bow Wow Meow Pawfect Match Zone where there are over 50 large information posters on a wide variety of breeds and a special survey to help you find the right dog for your home and lifestyle.

It’s also a rare opportunity for dog owners to stock up for the entire year with over 150 exhibitors and stacks of exclusive show specials and free samples. It’s like a giant supermarket for dog lovers including dog-friendly accommodation, beds, clothing, pet doors, food, funeral services, grooming, insurance, kennels, leads, collars, photographers, retailers, technology, toys, trainers, travel services, treats, vets, walkers, dog meds etc. It’s the ideal place to fill up your pooch's stocking for the festive season!

Kids will also get to transform into the pooch of their choice with free face painting and an interactive funny photo wall and some of Brisbane’s most delicious food trucks will be rolling into the show across the weekend to fuel a fantastic fur-filled fun day out.

When: Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 November 2018, from 9:30am – 
5:00pm daily

Where:
 Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds (Home of the EKKA) 

Please note: dog welfare is number one priority so unfortunately visitors are unable to bring their dogs to the Show – please see the website for full detail on this policy.


To purchase tickets, please visit dogloversshow.com.au/brisbane/
A ten-year-old Beagle with prostate cancer is helping researchers at The University of Queensland use nanomedicines to accurately diagnose and target the disease.

Hoover is the first patient in the world to receive the nanomedicine, which the research team hopes will help track and treat his cancer, and lead to better treatment for people with the same disease.

Nanomedicine is the science of developing tiny particles for applications in health - in this case therapeutics to specifically target a protein found in prostate cancer.

UQ Associate Professor Kris Thurecht said the new technology was important for advancing cancer treatments.

“Chemotherapy is a common treatment for most cancers,” he said. “Unfortunately, it can also cause serious side effects because it is not always able to differentiate cancer cells from the healthy ones, sometimes damaging healthy cells in the process.


Owner Brenda Douglas with Hoover the Beagle
Nanomedicines with the ability to target specific areas can lead us to target chemotherapy drugs to where they’re needed, and kill cancerous cells with minimal impact on healthy cells. 

Dr Thurecht said pre-clinical studies had been successful in treating prostate cancer in the laboratory, leading to total remission in some cases. 

“Validation of this science and technology in companion animals like Hoover is an exciting step forward in nanomedicine and towards human treatment,” he said.



Hoover was chosen for the trial because dogs – like humans – naturally develop prostate cancer.

Dr Rod Straw, Veterinary Oncology Specialist and Director of Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre and the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation, said the Beagle could prove to be the vanguard for a revolution in health care.

“Cases like Hoover’s are very important to cancer research,” he said.  “We can learn to develop cancer treatments for not only pets but humans as well. “Our best friends may hold the key.”

Dr Kris Thurecht has an affiliation with UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) and Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). 

MEDIA RELEASE, 21st September 2018

It was a dog’s life at Reflections Holiday Parks Moonee Beach with the park’s inaugural ‘Doggy Date Night’ attracting over 100 visitors with their canine companions and raising more than $2,000 to support the RSPCA service at Coffs Harbour.

The community event, held on Saturday 15th September in conjunction with RSPCA NSW, raised a total of $2,196 after local business, Sawtell Kitchen Centre, generously matched monies raised. The local Rural Fire Service was also on hand with a sausage sizzle to raise funds for NSW Farmers doing it tough.

Park Manager Kelly Shaw said the community event received much positive feedback and plans were in the pipeline to make the popular initiative an annual event.


Ryan and Jasmine with Border Collie Tilley during Doggy Date Night walk at Reflections Holiday Parks Moonee Beach on Saturday 15 Sept 2018

“It’s hard to describe how amazing the atmosphere was with dogs of all shapes and sizes joining in the festivities,” Ms Shaw said.

“There were generous prizes from local businesses raffled, delicacies provided by local food vendors, face painting, an inflatable slide and an open-air cinema with fresh buttered popcorn on offer. What more could you want on a date at our park?

“Families walking up to the headlands from the park were also treated with the magical site of Moonee Beach’s famous fireflies which light the way for a few weeks every September.
“I’ve managed the park for a few years now and even I took time out at dusk to visit these amazing creatures.”

RSPCA NSW Senior Manager Eliza Walker said park managers Mark and Kelly Shaw were the perfect hosts for the event and did their dog-friendly park proud.

“I also want to thank our volunteers, the crew from the RFS and the local businesses who all came together to help raise funds for RSPCA Coffs Harbour and the NSW farmers,” Ms Walker said. “Of course, the event wouldn’t have been a success without local families and animal lovers lending their support, and we thank everyone who participated.” 

There are 28 dog-friendly Reflections Holiday Parks.

To make a booking at their Moonee Beach park visit: www.reflectionsholidayparks.com.au or call on (02) 6653 6552.

About Reflections Holiday Parks

Reflections manages the operations of 37 holiday parks and community reserves on Crown land throughout NSW. Formed in 2013 to consolidate the operations of 28 coastal and nine inland holiday parks and reserves located on Crown land throughout NSW, the Group incorporated three holiday park brands, (North Coast Holiday Parks, South Coast Holiday Parks and Inland Waters Holiday Parks), under its corporate banner, Crown Holiday Parks.

Rebranded to Reflections Holiday Parks in February 2018, the Group brings its 37 holiday and community parks on Crown land under the one unified banner. The group is a not-for-profit organisation and reinvests its surplus funds across all its holiday and community parks, so visitors and regional communities can keep enjoying these pristine locations. The vision of Reflections Holiday Parks is to inspire all who visit.
Treat your pet and the whole family to a fantastic free day of entertainment and giveaways at the Frankston Pets' Day Out on Sunday 14th October.

Talk to the experts about the responsibility of owning pets, hear the latest news in dog training and grooming. 
Those looking for a new pet can find out which animals would best suit their family, and which charities can help them adopt.

There will be lots of free activities and demonstrations throughout the day including:>

  • Meet Dr Katrina Warren
  • Pet health check demonstrations with Vets on Call
  • Pet registration and free microchip checks
  • Take a photo in the Pet Photo Booth
  • Goat Yoga
  • Native wildlife presentation
  • Pet & Owner look alike competition with Peter Hitchener
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Dachshund Races
  • Camel and Pony Rides
  • Best Dressed Pet Parade
  • Dog obedience presentation
  • Pet grooming tips and tricks
  • Face painting
  • Dog agility course


When: Sunday 14th October 2018, from 10:00 to 3:00pm

Where: Ballam Park, Cranbourne Road, Frankston VIC 3199. 

Enter via Naranga Cresent off Karingal Drive

Cost: FREE Entry

Important Information

Pets are welcome but owners are responsible for their animals at all times.
Dogs must be vaccinated and on leads and other pets securely contained.
Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
Event may be cancelled due to inclement weather.
ATM available at the event. This is a smoke and alcohol free event.



The Super Furry Festival will return for its fifth year to Surry Hills in Sydney on Saturday 20th October.


This market-style festival brings together thousands of Sydneysiders with animals from various rescue organisations, and even if you are not a pet owner, there will still be something for you (including some great dog lurking)!

Think fairy bread, birthday party games, cake and other goodies to celebrate Super Furry Festival’s 5th Birthday Party!

Over the past 5 years, the festival has connected thousands of animal lovers to their fur-ever fur babies and this year's Super Furry Festival will also host party games such as: 
musical statues with your dog – you still have plenty of time to prep your dog for the ultimate skills test with fun prizes to be won! 
Don’t forget the classics like 'pass the parcel' or old faithful 'pin the tail on the cardboard donkey' and of course the beloved Doggie Fashion shows will return.

Bring your dog, bring your friends and enjoy a fun-filled day at Shannon Reserve, Crown Street, Surry Hills,from 9am-3pm.

Rescue Shelters:


Porsche's Rescue - bunny snuggle tent
Maggie's Rescue - kitty cuddle tent
Monika's Doggie Rescue - guess the weight of the pup
Cat Protection Society NSW Inc - craft corner
Forgotten Souls Dog Rescue (tbc) 
Sydney Dingo Rescue - Dingo pats
Greyhound Rescue (tbc)

Pet Stalls:


Billabong CottageLove Nigella by Nigella the Pug;  SavourLife;  Haus of Harley ;  Paddo Pets ;  The Carrington;  Happy Healthy Dog ;  Pepper & Murphy's ;
Missy & Me ;  FurFresh ;  Paw Empire ; Bondi Behaviourist and more ...

When: Saturday 20th October 2018, from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Where: Shannon Reserve, Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

For the latest details, please follow this Event's Facebook page

Does your dog need a little bit of TLC this Spring? Could he/she do with a health boost and you prefer natural healthy dog treats and accessories that are eco-friendly and biodegradable?

The Cannabis Co. is a new Australian brand of organic and sustainably grown hemp products for both animals (not just dogs!) and people. All the hemp plants used in production for the Hemp for Pets range are sourced from Tasmania and Victoria, with plans to expand farming nationally

Some pet owners have reported benefits of hemp for dogs and cats, including treatment of pain, arthritis, seizures, anxiety, inappetence, cognitive dysfunction and more.

*** Win a Prize Pack from The Cannabis Co. ***
(valued at around $130) with:

  • 1 x Hemp Seed Oil For Pets – 100% Raw, it can be applied topically to your dog's skin, fur, paws, claws, joints and nose. Its primary use is to assist heal issues around dryness, inflammation, dandruff, itchiness and may help senior dogs suffering from arthritis and damaged joints. (RRP $24.95)

  • 1 x Hemp Seed and Flax Oil for Pets – 100% Raw, should ONLY be added to food and is designed for a shorter term health boost (4-6 weeks) to get your pet’s health back up to optimum levels! (RRP $14.95)
  • 2 packs of Hemp Doggy Biscuits: These healthy vegan snacks are specially formulated using just two ingredients: hemp and chickpeas. Made in Australia, these doggie biscuits are packed full of protein, with the perfect balance of omega fatty acids. (RRP $16.95)
  • 1 x Hemp Dog Leash: These 100% hemp dog leashes are anti-bacterial, eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. (RRP $24.95)
  • 1 x Hemp Dog Toyanti-bacterial, completely biodegradable, eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. Due to hemp’s natural strength, it's also very durable! (RRP $29.95)

To Enter, Like & Share and Tell us "why does your dog need some extra TLC from The Cannabis Co. this Spring?" in the comments via our Facebook page or @australiandoglover on Instagram (23/09/18)

Photo Credit: Jasper, the Curly Coated Retriever, follow him on Instagram

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. This Competition will close on Saturday 29th September, 2018 (9pm). Open to Australian residents only.
Winners will be announced on our Competitions page on Sunday 30th September 2018.
2. To enter, like & share this post and tell us 
"why does your dog need some extra TLC from The Cannabis Co. this Spring?" in the comments oour Facebook page or @australiandoglover on Instagram (23/09/18) 
3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
4. Please note you MUST LIKE our Facebook page or FOLLOW @australiandoglover on Instagram to be eligible.
5. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
* Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.

Teida’s Story - Life Through The Eyes of a Dog by Danielle Corrie ...


Whisked away without warning and left in a stranger’s garden, Teida finds herself in the home of a woman who has never had a dog before and who leaves Teida alone all day to work long hours. Frightened after a robbery, Annie is unsure if she can open her heart to a pet that depends on her. Lonely and full of confusion, Teida wonders if she will ever have a family who loves her. Neither of them has any idea that this is the beginning of a lifelong connection.

With Annie, Teida finds a home and a family, and together they experience good times and bad as they learn about love and friendship, faith and spirituality, and life and death. Many friends help Teida as she tries to understand the world around her, until in the end she is able to teach the humans a thing or two.

From an energetic young dog with a heart full of love, Teida grows to give comfort to all those around her and to discover many things about the nature of the universe. With the unconditional love of Teida, Annie is able to open up to others and to feel the joy of taking care of an animal companion. During the illness of a close friend, they come together to support each other through crisis and sorrow.

A touching tale about connections of the soul between animals and humans, Teida’s Story explores relationships, loss, grief, excitement and pure joy from the perspective of one very special dog.


Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: New Holland Publishers Australia, 3rd September 2018

RRP: $19.99 available from all good bookstores or online including Booktopia 


MEDIA RELEASE, 19th September 2018
When I lived in London I remember hearing about a new ‘dog day spa’ opening up. It offered a range of pet pampering services, including: 

  • Pet Pedicure: includes all the benefits of our regular pedicure, but with the added luxury of painted nails. 
  • Facial: a facial scrub to cleanse, soothe and balance, including a relaxing head massage. 
  • The Sparkle Treatment: your pooch will be red carpet ready with our special sparkle treatment. A choice of shimmer spray colours is available, along with a bow tie for boys or a pretty pink ribbon for girls.

Life with my own mutt seemed pretty far removed from these options. The closest to a facial he’s experienced involved a self-administered coating of swamp water and fox poo during a walk... Despite this potent mix, on the way home his enthusiasm suggested it was A Very Good Day!

This trend of creating humanised experiences for dogs may seem pretty innocuous. But as we book our canine pal into a doggie day spa or enrol in some doggie dancing lessons or dress them up as tiny cowboys... it can also be a good time for a bit of self-reflection. 

The three questions I like to ask are: 
  1. Who is this really for? 
  2. If my dog could choose, is there something else it would rather be doing (jumping in a swamp and rolling in fox poo for example)? 
  3. In what way does this activity allow my dog to exhibit natural canine behaviour
But what IS natural canine behaviour?

Ah, the big question! Understanding what is natural for dogs can be complicated – mainly because of us. Close proximity to humans influences canine behaviour in a big way, particularly when behaviour is closely controlled. The lives of pet dogs are dictated by our whims, personalities, Google searches and ideas about what dogs should or shouldn’t do.

We’re generally in charge when it comes to: 
  • Where they sleep and for how long
  • What they eat, how often and how to get it (eg. you must sit before you can have any food) 
  • Who they hang out with (canine, human or otherwise) 
  • When and where they can go to the bathroom 
  • How long they have to be alone for 
  • What they are allowed to chew, play and interact with
  • When they can go outside 
  • Where they are allowed to go on walks 
  • The pace they are allowed to walk at 
  • How long they are allowed to sniff things before being dragged away 
  • Which behaviours are acceptable/unacceptable to humans 
  • How much pain they are subjected to when it comes to training and equipment (think electric shock collars – that thing is stuck on their neck and there is literally no way they can escape it, if the human chooses to use it). 

The fact they live with us in the first place is out of their control. We purchase them or adopt them and from that point their autonomy belongs to us.

If you’ve ever spent time with street dogs you’ll know they tend to live with much greater freedom of movement and are very independent thinkers. They learn to make good decisions and know how to avoid conflict. 


A colleague of mine is running an amazing project in India called Lives of Streeties which aims to examine canine behaviour when it’s not so heavily shaped by modern pet ownership. I’d highly recommend checking it out. 

Aramis' favourite activity: chasing the water sprinkler!
Luckily, dogs are great. They’re adaptable, smart, genetically built to please and endlessly patient

And they get a lot of benefits from the arrangement, particularly if they have gentle and informed humans. Things like food, healthcare, companionship, safety, fun and snoozes on the couch.

When we treat them like furry mini-humans, however, we risk detracting from their essential ‘dogness’ and getting distracted by the human tendency to reflect our own characteristics and needs onto our animals. 



This tendency has been commercialised into the multi-billion dollar pet industry. It’s no coincidence that it can be difficult to tell the difference between baby and puppy products sometimes.

Research suggests that humanising pets often stems from loneliness and a desire to control our environment when we feel we lack control. Around 70% of owners report that companionship is the reason they have a pet. This is shift away from the more functional purposes dogs used to fulfill, such as hunting, herding, guarding and pest control.

So how can we help our dogs live a doggier life?

Here are 5 ways to let the Dogness in!

#1. Let them sniff. Let them sniff. Let them sniff.


This is the biggest. Dogs have kickass, stupefying, time-telling and adorable noses. They can smell cancer. And microscopic bacterial spores on beehives. Just think about it. Or better yet watch this videoAnd the next time your dog is sniffing something and you feel the urge to drag them away, stop. 

#2. Value chill time

One of the findings from the Lives of Streeties project in India was that dogs don’t do much. This is pretty consistent with most free ranging dog populations. They hang out, sleep, wander around a bit, sleep, hang out. 
They’re horizontal most of the time. And it makes sense. Dogs are predators who share 98.8% of their DNA with wolves. Predators conserve their energy in order to expend it in short bursts while hunting. Herd animals don’t sleep much at all because they spend all day chewing and staying alert to avoid being eaten. Dogs are naturally lazy

I speak to a lot of people who are concerned their dog is bored. And being frantic modern humans we try to stuff as many exciting events in their lives as possible – hours of running, frisbee throwing, fetch, training exercises. Our own little doggie bootcamp. 

The dogs end up fit and pretty addicted to the adrenaline rush these things provide. And also pretty stressed and wired. Map out your dog’s weekly activities. Is there enough time given to rest and quality sleep? Dogs are innately social. They just want to be with us. Make sure some of that time is still.

#3. Introduce command free days

When I studied with the amazing trainer Turid Rugaas in the Netherlands she tasked her students with spending a day noting down every time they asked their dog to do something. It could be as simple as ‘get off that chair’ or ‘sit’ or ‘walk time’. I’d recommend every dog owner do this. I was pretty shocked by how many times I was telling my dog what to do (and how many weren’t necessary).

So give them a day off. Make a conscious effort to have days where you talk less to your dog and just be. Dogs communicate primarily through body language. You may be surprised by how much they understand without you having to say a word.

#4. Provide choices

Porthos: "Quiet hiking trails & Barkour: 
these are some of my favourite things!"
Feeling you have no control over your life isn’t comfortable for any species. Give your dog space to use its brain and make decisions

Let them decide which way to go on the walk and how long they want to spend there. 

If they seem reluctant to approach something or someone, allow them the space to move away.

Have a few different sleeping options around the house so they can move around. If they’re interested in something, let them explore!


#5. Accept the gross

Dogs have some off-putting quirks. Crotch sniffing, possum obsessions, rolling in filth, underwear thievery, eating rotten things off the ground. When we invite an animal into our life there are generally a few gross bits that go with it. 


Pick your battles. Breathe deeply. Laugh a lot! 

written by Harriet Alexander from Harriet & Dogs.

Harriet Alexander is a dog behaviour consultant, running Harriet & Dogs in Melbourne. She works with dogs and owners to create healthy relationships based on trust, empathy and fun. She spent six years living and working in London, and was fortunate to learn from some of the big names in training, including Winkie Spiers in London and the legendary Turid Rugaas and Anne Lill-Kvam in Norway.

She also worked at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, one of the oldest rescues in the world that cares for over 7,000 animals each year. She belongs to a number of a professional organisations and is particularly passionate about the global community of dog lovers that exists through the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe


She is currently working with several colleagues around the world to develop a new learning platform for owners and trainers. All Dogs Are Good aims to make education about dogs accessible and engaging for everyone. Watch this space!

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