Basic Obedience Articles

Rat Bait Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

Rat Bait Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

The team at Familypet Vet have seen an increase the number of animals suffering from rat bait intoxication recently in the Adelaaide area. We suspect this is because of the increase in mouse numbers, and so more baits are being laid. Rat baits can contain any number of different poisons but most...

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Basic Obedience Dog Training

Basic Obedience Dog Training

Here at Familypet Vet puppy pre-school we will teach you and your puppy to following basic commands: Sit Stay Drop Come When teaching these commands, we try and get the puppies to know the action first, and then bring in the verbal command once they have mastered that action. Sit: Position...

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Pet Insurance: Does your pet need it?

Pet Insurance: Does your pet need it?

PET INSURANCE AT FAMILYPET VET How much do you love your pet? Do you go out of your way to include their needs in your own grocery list? Do you worry about whether they have eaten yet or not when you are out of town for business? Do you miss them when you go abroad to travel and wish you could...

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Your new puppies health

Your new puppies health

Health: Starting from a young age it is recommended you start an at home “health check”. Doing this is great for your puppy to get them to tolerate someone examining them, especially getting used to having paws touched (we find a lot of puppies/dogs have a fear of having the nails clipped and just...

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It’s Puppy Pre-school Time

It’s Puppy Pre-school Time

What is Puppy Pre-school? It is a fun, four week course for yourself and your puppy that provides you with up to date information on how to give your puppy the best start at life. It encourages positive socialisation in a safe supervised environment. Puppy Pre-school is your first step to...

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Car Travel

Car Travel

Fear of travelling in the car is a common problem experienced by many puppies/ dogs. The motion of being in a car often causes the puppy to be sick, and sometimes being ill may the negative experience that causes a fear of travelling. Take small steps to teaching the puppy travelling in the car...

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Puppy Training

Puppy Training

Like humans dogs are very social creatures. In a wild state, they live as part of a pack that works as an effective hunting and puppy-rearing unit. Conflict is rare, and although much ritual posturing and communication goes on to ensure that all pack members understand the rules, pack living is...

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Emergency Planning

Emergency Planning

We recommend having a plan in place of where you are going to go and what you are going to do in case your pet needs emergency treatment, touch wood you will never have to use it. Have the vet clinics number handy, ideally on your mobile and on your home phone, or fridge( ask for our magnet when...

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Common Dog Poisonings

Common Dog Poisonings

Foods: Chocolate – especially dark chocolate Caffeine Onions/Garlic – causes anaemia Grapes, raisins and sultanas – causes renal failure Avocado Macadamia nuts Nutmeg Highly fatty food e.g. pork/bacon Mouldy foods Artificial sweeteners e.g. what’s found in Extra Chewing Gum Plants Stone fruit...

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Aggression in puppies

Aggression in puppies

Dogs and puppies can sometimes get very protective over their objects or food, and even their owners and territory, and this can lead to aggression. To avoid aggression in puppies for objects and food, it is a great idea to condition your puppy to being touched and patted when eating or playing...

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Common Behavioural Problems:

Common Behavioural Problems:

*Chewing             *Jumping         *Barking *Digging           *Mouthing Chewing: All puppies and most adolescent dogs will chew on just about anything they can find around the house and yard. Here are some tips to help with this behavioural problem. Do not allow your puppy to get to something...

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Beginning Puppy Training:

Beginning Puppy Training:

Set the house rules from the beginning, train your puppy to do things you’ll want it to do when they are adults. Dogs do not attempt to gain control over other dogs or their owners. The days of “alpha rolls” and using physical force or dominance to show your dog ‘who is boss’ are over. All Family...

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Toilet Training Your Puppy:

Toilet Training Your Puppy:

Praise your puppy immediately after they go where you want them to, with food and cuddles (this one is the key to toilet training your puppy!). Never use punishment. Take your puppy outside within 15 minutes of eating and drinking and when wakes from a nap. Take your puppy outside hourly. Watch...

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Socialisation

Socialisation

It is very important to socialise your puppy with as many good experiences as much as possible. These may include: Social gatherings, events, loud noises. Cars, motorbikes. Home appliances such as hair dryer, vacuum, lawn mower, washing machine etc. Different kinds of people that you may not have...

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Children and Puppies:

Children and Puppies:

It is difficult to raise and train a puppy in a family with young children. We admire anyone who takes on this challenge! The golden rule is to supervise or separate. No child should be left unsupervised with any dog/puppy. Control the way children behave around puppies. Avoid excessive amounts of...

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