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Border Collie

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.  ENGLAND

HISTORY

Considered by many as the quintessential sheepdog, this breed has a natural instinct for driving stock.  Border Collies keep their sheep in order by staring and stalking, unlike traditional herders such as Welsh Corgis that tend to nip at heels.  Almost all Border Collies are descended from a dog maned...
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English Springer Spaniel

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.  ENGLAND

HISTORY

As part of the Gundogs group, Spaniels were initially bred, or flush, game birds, forcing them to take wing into the line of of the guns.  They watch where a bird falls and are usually sent to retrieve it.  This division includes small, silky-coated, long-eared dogs such as the Springer...
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Tips on Socializing your Dog

Properly socializing your dog in a positive and safe environment is a big step towards raising a stable canine friend.  In an urban environment like Hong Kong it helps our dogs to adjust and adapt to the congestion and limited spaces that are available.  It’s a lifelong process that is particularly important during puppy-hood where...
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Your Dog’s Amazing Sense of Smell

Unlike humans who largely experience the world through their eyses, for dogs the sense of smell is by far the most important sense.  This is how they generally explore and provides the bulk of information on the their surroundings.  By harnessing their incredible ability to identify and locate source odours dogs have been trained to...
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Dachshund

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.  Germany

History

A popular pet in Hong Kong, the Dachshund or Sausage Dog was developed in the early 1500s.  Some experts believe this breed's roots may go as far back as ancient Egypt.  The name in German literally means "badger dog".  It comes in three varieties including the long-haired, wire-haired and the...
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So Your Female Dog Humps – Why?

As with male dogs female humping is not an unusual behaviour.  It is not uncommon for either sex to mount human legs, toys and other dogs.  Primarily a behaviour used for mating purposes, it is clearly a necessary activity for male dogs to engage in but what about females?  Engaging in humping is indeed a...
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English Setter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.  England

Developed more than 400 years ago the English Setter is a distinct breed from the Gordon and Irish Setters.  The origins of the setter breed can be traced back to 1500 in France   and came about from combining the Spanish Pointer and the French Pointer.  These original setters were known as "Setting...
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Does your Dog Bully other Dogs?

Balanced dogs get plenty of time to play, interact and socialize with other dogs. Dog parks can be a great place for this when dogs understand and display proper play protocol.  The following are body language cues dogs will often display when happy and playing with other dogs appropriately:
  • The tail is wagging in wide sweeps...
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Top 5 Dog Training Tips

1.  Pay Attention to Body Language

Observe your dog's body language.  If your dog appears to be uncomfortable in a new environment or meeting other dogs, animals or people, don’t force the issue and insist he interacts.  Doing so can lead to behavioural issues.  It's important to make gradual introductions in a safe and controlled manner. ...
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Separation Anxiety – Part 2

The Treatment Plan

The objective is to reduce and eventually eliminate the dog's underlying anxiety by using  desensitization and counter-conditioning.  Instead of anxiety developing when left alone the dog learns to relax and starts to find some joy in the experience.   We can initiate this change by introducing a series of rewards that override...
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