Jan / Feb  2020
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Jan / Feb 2020

A warm welcome to all our Associate members, and Accredited Consultants. I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and are staying safe and healthy.

Some interesting articles in this issue. So, sit back and enjoy!

Investigating surgical challenges, legislation and scientific rigour, George Winter explores the impact of dog bites on public health.

In 2018, there were 8.9 million dogs in the UK, 6.6 million UK households own a dog, and between 1981 and 2015 there were 78 human deaths from dog bites in England and Wales. Surgical challenges include infection, dealing with arm and nose injuries and when to close a wound.

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Nov / Dec 2020

M erry Christmas From the ABC of SA On behalf of the ABC of SA Committee & Supporters, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, one and all a very Merry Christmas, and a Safe and Prosperous New Year!

The innate ability of dogs to detect predator scents

by Lydia Samuel1 · Charlotte Arnesen2 · Andreas Zedrosser2,3 · Frank Roles
Throughout the animal kingdom, antipredator mechanisms are an evolutionary driving force to enable the survival of species classified as prey.
Information regarding a predator’s location can be determined through chemosensory cues from urine, faeces, visual and/or acoustic signals and anal gland secretions; and in several lab and field-based studies it has been seen that these cues mediate behavioural changes within prey species.
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Sep / Oct 2020

Awarm welcome to all our members and supporters. Lots of interesting articles and information in this issue. I hope you enjoy them.

Training bite inhibition in the dark

by Kama Brown

The idea that, through certain socialization protocols, we can train a dog as a youngster to inhibit its bite as an adult is the foundation for many aspects of living with dogs: When we choose to take puppies from their mother, how we socialize them the first 16 weeks, puppy class curriculum that includes puppy playtime, attendance in dog day-cares, etc.

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May / June 2020

warm welcome to all our members on this, our first issue post ‘Lockdown”.

With us now being able to open our puppy classes, training groups, and conduct behaviour consultations, we are in seventh heaven!! I would like to give a HUGE vote of thanks to our Chairman, Shannon McKay and her dedicated Committee members who have worked so hard behind the scenes FOR US, petitioning to get real clarity on some very grey areas of the Disaster Act.
Thank you Shannon and your team!  Your absolutely amazing efforts are to be congratulated and are really appreciated…

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February / March 2020

The Lifespan and Health Conditions of French Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers

French Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers – the two most popular breeds in the UK. Two large studies reveal the kinds of health problems that affect these breeds
By Zazie Todd, PhD

(Editors note: I have included this study due to the current high rate of popularaty of these two breeds in South Africa, and that the research indicated a small section on behaviour). The data was collected in 2013 and the Frenchie and Lab ‘fashion’ seems now to have peaked in South Africa.

Two of the most popular breeds of dog in the USA, Canada, and the UK are French Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers. In fact in 2018, French Bulldogs knocked Labrador Retrievers off the top spot in the UK for the first time.

Because pedigree dogs are bred from a closed genetic pool, they can develop health issues related to the breed. As well, of course, any dog can be affected by various canine conditions . . .

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March / April 2018

Preparation for a new (Human) baby into a dog household.
By Sally Bradburry.

Create a safe place for your dog

A crate would work best to create a safe haven for your dog, his own space to relax in. Choose a comfortable sized crate; your dog should be able to stand up in it. Furnish it with a comfy sponge mattress and some blankets and follow the next steps to crate train your dog.

Step 1: Throw a couple of treats around the crate, bring your dog to the crate and let your dog find the treats on the floor. While your dog’s head is down, and he is sniffing the treats, drop a couple more treats for your dog to find. Then start to drop one treat at a time. Practise this for two minutes a day, three times a day. . . . . .

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