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PIAA is excited to announce an alliance with Assistance Dogs Australia

Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to perform tasks for people living with disabilities throughout Australia. Learning up to 50 commands, they ensure that an Assistance Dog is not only man’s best friend, but most helpful friend too. Each Assistance Dog takes up to two years and costs $30,000 to train to meet the individual needs of each person living with a disability. Children & Families Living with Autism  Assistance Dogs provide both physical & emotional support for families living with autism. Assistance Dogs are trained to assist with a child’s development, helping develop communication skills, empathy and help calm a child through difficult times. People Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Assistance Dogs Provide physical and emotional support to help people living with PTSD better cope with day-today situations, providing calming reassurance during times which cause extreme anxiety. Schools Assistance Dogs are placed in schools to assist in a classroom environment. They help provide a calming influence for children with a range of needs such as autism, anxiety, learning & behavioural difficulties and can help reduce the incidence of bullying and truancy. Community Support Assistance Dogs provide group therapy support in community facilities such as aged care homes, special needs group housing, children’s hospices and rehabilitation units. Assistance Dogs are also placed with couples living at home with early stages of dementia. Dogtober Dogtober is all about celebrating man’s best friend while lending a paw to Assistance Dogs Australia. You can create your own doggie themed events or get sponsored to undertake a challenge and raise much needed funds and awareness so... read more

Vets Welcome Overhaul of Restricted Dog Breed Legislation in Victoria.

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) welcomes the announcement made by the Victorian Government last week, which will allow restricted dog breeds such as Pit Bulls to be registered in Victoria. President of the AVA’s Victorian Division, Dr Paul Martin, said that the AVA had been lobbying the government against restricted breed legislation since it was introduced in 2011. “We strongly oppose regulation of dogs based on breed alone because it simply doesn’t help in reducing the incidence of dog bites. “Dogs of all breeds and all sizes have the potential to be dangerous in certain circumstances. Genetics, socialisation, training and health conditions as well as human behaviour, are all contributing factors when it comes to dogs showing aggressive behaviour. “As a society we value the positive role that dogs play in our lives but there’s a persistent gap between the community’s desire to live alongside dogs and its knowledge of how to properly interact with them. “We believe further education for owners and breeders, dog bite reporting mechanisms, enforcement of current regulations, increased registration of dogs and temperament testing are pathways to a safer community. These are much better alternatives to breed specific legislation. “We’re pleased that the government will be considering all these important factors and we look forward to them introducing the new legislation next year that looks at behaviour rather than breed,” Dr Martin said. The Labor Government will seek to remove the ban on registering restricted breed dogs as part of its response to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into breed-specific... read more

Want to Train your Dog like Red Dog?

If you’ve spotted a lively Aussie Red Cattle dog on the fields of a Queensland Reds match, you’ve had the pleasure of being entertained by Red Dog, the official junior team mascot.   As a pup, Red demonstrated a knack for quickly picking up new skills. He has delighted many with his talent for tricks and continues to charm audiences with his incredible memory and agility.   If this sounds impressive and you’d like to teach your dog some of Red’s tricks, read on to find out our five top tips for effective training!   How to train a dog 101 Just like human infants, the first few months of a puppy’s life is the time when they are the most receptive to formal dog training methods. Make the most of this formative period by familiarising them with the outdoors and introducing them to different people and pets in a supervised setting. If they are not exposed and properly socialised, dogs may become anxious. Consistency is key While you are undertaking puppy training, everyone in your household must be consistent with the chosen method. The same words need to be used by every family member in order to reinforce the command. Let you pup know which parts of the house are off-limits, so you don’t find that your four-legged buddy has decoded to claim your bed for himself. A patient, uniform approach is best. Reward vs. Reprimand Dogs respond better to reward than reprimand and this is precisely how Red Dog was trained to be the amazing obedient pooch he is. If you show that you are pleased with... read more

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Full Time Groomer Wanted

Dogue Gunghalin ACT is looking for a full time experienced groomer to attend to all Spa grooming activities, daily spa and day care operations To be consider for the role you should have: Minimum 4 years dog grooming experience Breed-specific clipping skill-set Strong interpersonal communication skills A desire to deliver customer experience excellence Certificate III in Pet Grooming or industry experience equivalent Creative Grooming certifications are desirable but not essential If you think you have the expertise to grow and thrive in this role, we would love to hear from you. Please forward your CV and cover letter to DOGUE Gungahlin –... read more

Experienced Dog Groomer Wanted

Dogue Wahroona is seeking the services of an experienced dog groomer. To be considered for this role you will have: Minimum 3 years dog grooming experience Breed-specific clipping skill-set Strong interpersonal communication skills A desire to deliver customer experience excellence Certificate III in Pet Grooming or industry experience equivalent Creative Grooming certifications are desirable but not essential Japanese speaking skills are considered an asset If you think you have the expertise to grow and thrive in this role, we would love to hear from you. Please forward your CV and cover letter to DOGUE Franchising – franchising@Dogue.com.au... read more

Dog Groomer wanted – Belmont Avenue Vet Hospital – WA

Dog groomer wanted!! We are currently looking for a part-time dog groomer at Belmont Avenue Vet Hospital WA. Applicants must be experienced and capable of grooming a minimum of 6 dogs per day. Call 0411069622/08 9277 4966 for further information or email resume to... read more
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