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May / June  2020
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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
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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
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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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December 2019 / January 2020
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December 2019 / January 2020

STUDY FINDS LINK BETWEEN JOINT PROBLEMS AND AROUSABILITY IN DOGS

By Linda Lombardi

A number of studies have found a relationship in humans between anxiety and a condition called joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS). Now a study has found a parallel association in dogs. This provides insight into understanding this correlation in people, as well as providing something to think about in dogs with anxiety and dogs with hip problems . . .

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October / November / December 2019
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October / November / December 2019

Setting a standard for good horse welfare
by Valentina Kupresan-Jackson, Equine Behavioural Sciences Institute

In her 2003 article, Focus on animal welfare, Caroline Hewson stated, “…whatever we decide (about animal welfare) as a profession or as individuals, we must be knowledgeable” (Hewson, 2003).

This statement is of paramount significance as it highlights one of the reasons why good animal welfare standards can be challenging for many practitioners to achieve. When horse owners and practitioners lack the skills, experience and knowledge to identify good animal welfare practices, let alone implement and maintain them, the horses under their care may exhibit mental and physical states that are indicative of low welfare standards . . . 

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July / August / September 2019
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July / August / September 2019

Flooding: By Sally Bradburry.

Flooding Therapy is a technique of dog training that was one of the earliest attempts to change a dog’s behavior, or to be more precise, to change a certain behavioral response in a given situation. The purpose of flooding is to expose the dog to the stimulus that triggers the unwanted reaction at a close proximity and through a prolonged time of exposure, the dog should realize that there are no actual threats present therefore he will change his response to that stimulus in the future . . . .

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