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2010
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Greyhounds – what to feed your dog – RSPCA Million Paws Walk

Notes for Episode 13, Season 3 – first aired Monday 31 May 2010, Channel 31 Adelaide

Season 3 Episode 13 screen grabs

Yes, it’s our Season 3 finale. We’re off to go and drink beer scour Australia for more exciting dog stories for next season!

Stuff we talked about in this episode:

Hounds Of The Week: Yeti and Mickey the Greyhounds

Hamish the pig from Edgar’s Mission Animal Sanctuary

Dog food with RSPCA Victoria Chief Vet Chris Thurgood: Dog Ownership and Care at RSPCA Victoria

RSPCA Million Paws Walk

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May
03
2010
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Puppies off lead – Skye Terrier – Dogs vs Cats

Notes for Episode 9, Season 3 – first aired Monday 3 May 2010, Channel 31 Adelaide

Season 3 Episode 9 screen grabs

Puppies off lead with dog trainer Sidney Aarons

Skye Terrier page on Wikipedia

RSPCA Million Paws Walk

Dogs vs Cats
The Dogs vs cats: the great pet showdown story was in the December 2009 issue of NewScientist magazine. It’s available to view online for subscribers only.

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Apr
27
2010
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Foster Care – Irish Terrier – Recall

Notes for Episode 8, Season 3 – first aired Monday 26 April 2010, Channel 31 Adelaide

Season 3 Episode 8 screen grabs

Improving Kosmo’s recall with Kate Mornement

Different-coloured eyes in dogs

  • Heterochromia – means having different colours
  • Hypopigmentation means a lack of pigment, and hypochromism means a lack of colour

Hound of The Week: Irish Terrier

The Guardian: Trained dogs sniff out hidden bombs in Afghanistan

Lort Smith Animal Hospital

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Apr
20
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Walking backwards – Wheaten Soft-coated Terrier – Starting a dog club

Notes for Episode 7, Season 3 – first aired Monday 19 April 2010, Channel 31 Adelaide

Season 3 Episode 7 Screen Grabs

Walking backwards with Juli Gestier

Snood

Hound of The Week – Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Starting a dog club

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Jan
02
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10 Fun Activities to try with Your Dog in 2010

As we start the new year and the new decade, you may be making plans and setting goals for your future. Don’t forget to include your dog! Here are a few ideas for activities you could try together. You probably won’t have the time – or interest – to try all of them, but why not make a commitment to try one or two this year. Your dog will thank you for it!

So, here are the 10, in no particular order:

1. Teach an old dog new tricks
Your dog can learn new tricks almost no matter how old he or she is. Sure, older dogs may require more time and patience – and you may need to be a little less ambitious about what you try; but if you know what drives your dog, whether that be food, a favourite toy, or cuddles and attention, you can work on a new trick.
If you’re stuck for ideas, try searching YouTube.

2. Flyball
If you and your dog are more the social types, you’ll love flyball. It’s relay racing for dogs! Teams of four dogs (and their handlers) compete against each other. Kind of like playing “fetch” on steriods 🙂
Watch our flyball story to see for yourself:


3. Obedience
Training your dog to “sit” or “drop” at home is one thing… doing it in front of a bunch of other people, dogs, and distractions – and being judged on it – is another challenge altogether! Developing your working relationship with your dog to this level will benefit both of you, and give you confidence that you can keep your dog safe under a wide range of conditions. Contact your local obedience club for details.

4. Doggy Dancing (Canine Freestyle)
If you’ve never seen Doggy Dancing, it might sound pretty loopy. In reality it’s just advanced obedience work, performed to music. Loads of fun and impressive to your non-doggy friends, too. See our story on Doggy Dancing for more info:


5. Herding
Now this one definitely isn’t for everyone. But if your dog has “herding” ancestry, whether it be Border Collie or German Shepherd; or something a little more unusual like Hungarian Puli or Norwegian Elkhound, you might want to try your hand at herding ducks, geese, or sheep. Herding is a fabulous way for your dog to exercise its instincts and breeding; not to mention a great way to hone your communication with your dog.

For more info, you could do worse than starting at the Dogs Victoria Herding info page.


Herding Dogs, by NatalieMaynor on Flickr

6. Earthdog
If your dog is of the small, terrier-type or otherwise tunneling persuasion – for example a Jack Russell, Dachshund, or Border Terrier, here is a great way to test its instincts. Your dog must navigate its way through a series of man-made tunnels and find its quarry. Could also be handy if you have a rodent problem at home! More info at the Dogs Victoria Earthdog page.

7. Sledding/Mushing
Whether you have a Husky, a Malamute, or any healthy medium-sized dog, you can give sledding a go – even if you don’t live in or near an area which receives snowfalls. In snowless areas or the off-season, you can use a scooter! Your local Malamute, Husky, or Mushing/Sledding club would be a great place to start. See also our Malamute story from back in December 2007:


8. Frisbee
Sure, you might throw a frisbee for your dog occasionally at the park; but did you know that Canine Frisbee is actually a proper sport? That is to say, it has rules and a championship structure, and you can play it with other people and dogs? For more info check out Canine Disc Australia.


Instrument Landing by Emery Way on Flickr

9. Therapy dog
You already know how much joy your own dog can bring you. When you’re not feeling the best, a few minutes with your dog often helps to take your mind off your problems. Well why not share the health benefits of your dog with others? Dogs have plenty of love to go around. After going through a training and accreditation process, you’ll be able to take your dog to places like nursing homes and watch the smiles he or she brings to the faces of the residents. Contact a therapy dog organization like Delta Society for more info.

10. Agility
One of my favourites, for sure! Agility is essentially showjumping for dogs. It’s high-energy for both handler and dog, and exciting and spectacular to watch. Dogs are timed performing a series of maneuvres including jumping through a tyre, going through tunnels, weaving between poles, and walking over a see-saw. The courses become more difficult as dog and handler advance through the levels. For more contact your local agility club – but first check out the agility story we did back in 2007:


…Well hopefully at least one of those activities appeals to you, and you’ll give it a try this year. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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