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7 Pet-Friendly Places To Visit, Stay & Play In & Around Sydney

There continues to be a growing number of pet-friendly accommodations available, not only in Australia, but all around the world. Often when we think of the term “pet-friendly,” we may imagine an outdoor dog park, but there’s also many hotels and restaurants that are welcoming our four-legged friends to join us on our journeys. So instead of leaving them behind to suffer from possible separation anxiety when you’re on your next holiday, consider bringing them along when you visit any of these places that are located in and around Sydney. Locals and foreigners alike will enjoy visiting or staying at any of these animal-friendly locations: #1 - Sydney Park Let’s start off with one of Australia’s premier recreation areas that also allows pets inside of the beautiful Sydney Park. Not only do they allow dogs, they have their own off-leash area for them to roam and play. With a large children’s play area, 40 hectares of lush, green grass and gardens, the whole family will enjoy this outing, the perfect place for a picnic. #2 - Medusa Boutique Hotel The Medusa Boutique Hotel is mentioned on many popular travel review sites getting an average of almost five stars on Expedia of Australia. Not only do they allow pets into their resort, you can have two of them stay with you at no extra charge. This upscale, modern, yet retro retreat is a scenic stay in Darlington, not far from the iconic, world renowned  performing arts center, the Sydney Opera House and stunning Harbour. #3 - Café Bones Appropriately named, this trademarked coffee shop extremely pet-friendly and is purported to... read more

Understanding Dominance

Dominance or “Being Your Dog’s Pack Leader” is often advised by many dog trainers, dog behaviourists, dog breeders, dog owners & the media that are not up to date with the most scientifically proven information. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers puts it very well when they wrote; “Contrary to popular thinking, research studies of wolves in their natural habitat demonstrate that wolves are not dominated by an “Alpha Wolf” that is the most aggressive male, or male-female pairing, of the pack. Rather, they have found that wolf packs are very similar to how human families are organized, and there is little aggression or fights for “dominance.” Wolves, whether it is the parents or the cubs of a pack, depend on each other to survive in the wild; consequently wolves that engage in aggressive behaviours toward each other would inhibit the pack’s ability to survive and flourish. While social hierarchies do exist (just as they do among human families) they are not related to aggression in the way it is commonly portrayed (incorrectly) in popular culture. As Senior Research Scientist L. David Mech recently wrote regarding his many years of study of wolves, we should “once and for all end the outmoded view of the wolf pack as an aggressive assortment of wolves consistently competing with each other to take over the pack.” (Mech, 2008) In addition to our new understanding of wolf behaviour, study into canine behaviour has found that dogs, while sharing some traits with their wolf cousins, have many more significant differences. As a result, the idea that dog behaviour can be explained through the application... read more

What is PIAA Doing in the Aquatics Space?

Recently there has been some questions raised about what does PIAA do for those members in which the vast majority of their turnover is generated from selling aquatic products, both live and dry goods. While there have been some claims that the association does ‘nothing’, we thought we would take this opportunity to outline what the association has been involved in either directly or indirectly towards helping our members in the Aquatic Sector. However, let’s first take a look at the current state of play. As some members have previously suggested, the aquarium industry has changed significantly in the past 5-10 years. One of the most reliable figures supporting this statement that the industry can draw on is the volume of fish imported into the country. With a peak of 19 million fish imported in 2008, the industry is now importing 40% less fish as at 2015. While there are lots of opinions out there in regards to the factors that are significantly contributing to this change, here are some that we consistently hear across many members. In the last 7 years we have experienced the GFC (Global Financial Crisis), a change in the composition of specialist aquarium and generalist pet stores and the rise of corporatisation of the industry with buying groups and chain stores becoming prominent. Additionally, there has been the rise in social media platforms that allows more fish than ever before to be traded outside the ‘traditional’ supply chain. Social media platforms and internet sites such as eBay and Gumtree have made it easy for those keeping fish at home to trade online; selling their... read more

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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

Part-time/ Casual Teacher Dog Grooming

Part-time Casual Teacher Dog Grooming Location/s: Richmond Western Sydney Institute of Tafe As a minimum teaching qualification Teacher must hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110). Dog Grooming Qualification or significant industry experience. Well rounded grooming experience preferably in both salon grooming and mobile grooming Minimum 3 years current and relevant grooming industry experience Demonstrated commitment to maintaining professional currency and continuing education in the grooming sector High level written and verbal communication skills in English. Commitment and ability to facilitate learning in an adult environment. Demonstrated commitment to quality customer service. Demonstrated commitment to maintaining professional currency. Demonstrated ability to contribute to a team environment.    CONTACT: Christine Sercombe              Telephone: (02) 4570... read more

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