The heartwarming two part program "Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs" follows actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Men Behaving Badly) as he embarks upon a quest to discover the origins of man's best friend. Traveling from the U.K. to America, Australia, and Africa, he meets many of the 400 recognised dog breeds from around the world, including designer breeds, working dogs, wild dingoes, African painted dogs, and a pack of wolves.
I hadn’t seen it before, and I found part one particularly interesting. Clunes spends time with Wolf researcher Shaun Ellis, who demonstrates his surprising role as a mediator within the wolf pack he's raised from pups. This clip gives us a unique demonstration of a wolf pack. As the show continues to remind us our domestic dogs are 99% wolf DNA, and their behaviours and understanding of pack hierarchy are very similar. Dogs like wolves are forever trying to work out where they fit into the pack. It seems that dogs and wolves are happy to follow human or dog/wolf, it is not speciesism that matters, rather how the individual conducts themselves. Ellis’ role in his wolf pack was that of mediator, which means that he is the ones who resolves fights in the pack, especially between the alpha and beta wolf around food. Having worked with many dogs with food aggression, I was amazed to see a man dive into a of fight over a recent kill and come out without a scratch. It’s really worth a look.
This documentary was a great reminder of the importance of respecting and remembering how much of your dear dog is wolf and how much they see the world in terms of hierarchy. To live a peaceful life with your dog you need to demonstrate that you are a leader who can be strong, decisive, consistent as well as someone who can protect and who can provide.
Sarah’s father, an amateur photographer who volunteers at Perth Zoo was in Melbourne and Sarah roped him in to come down to dog and puppy school and take photos. Owners and dogs got in on the action. We have many great shots. Some silly with costumes, some serious and some beautiful If you had your photo taken by Tom you should take a look at the images. They are free for you to download from dropbox as a gift from Canine Comprehension.
Tom's photos are now available here.
As of the second week of October, we will be dividing our current 10am class:
As a guide, we would recommend that dogs who are new to the training method, or those who are still consolidating basic obedience exercises (e.g. sit, sit-step-away, drop, drop-step away, stand) attend the Good Dog class.
Prior to commencing the Great Dogs (10am) class, your dog should be able to:
Both classes will continue to incorporate agility, games and socialisation exercises, in addition to our traditional obedience work. If you are unsure which class you and your dog should attend, please check with Sarah for advice.
We look forward to implementing these new classes and continuing to see the amazing progress of all our wonderful owners and dogs!
Remember: If you have worked with us before, you are welcome to join, your first class is FREE!
and every 10th class is FREE after that!
Our most popular unit this term: 'Communication on the inside and out'
Our 8 week unit ‘Communication on the inside and out’ is running twice in over ten schools for semester two, 2016. A tutor and therapy dog work with small groups of students flagged by their school as needing a bit of extra help, some time out of regular classes, as anxious or at risk.
Our key partners for this unit of work was:
Kildonan Uniting Care: Kildonan has a long history of pre-empting social trends and developing practical, innovative and holistic solutions that help individuals and communities get ahead of their problems. They target the issues that can lead to personal or financial hardship, family stress or breakdown – tackling them upfront before problems take hold or worsen. They work with government, businesses, statutory services and other community partners to ensure we can deliver such holistic, wrap-around services for the communities we serve, while advocating for social justice, systemic change and best practice social policy.
Headspace Greensborough: Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ well being. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services. During our course representatives from Headspace ran one of the lessons, teaching our students about the psychology behind anxiety and where they can go for help.
The feedback was overwhelming:
Feedback from every angle has been very important to us. Ultimately, in order to create curriculum that in innovative, effective and engaging, the students, the tutors and the AAT dogs have to be accountable to one another. The trust created in such an environment will allow us to ask and answer the hard questions -- "How am I doing as your tutor?" "Are the dogs facilitating a relaxed learning environment?" and "How am I doing as your student?" We are always interested in hearing the thoughts of students, teachers, schools and parents, and some of the feedback from our interested parties have given have shown us we are on the right track:
"Thanks so much Gemma and George for working with us each week. You made us feel important and helped us to learn strategies to work through our problems. We loved teaching George some tricks and he is so caring and gentle. The CC Program was the highlight of our week!"
"The Canine Comprehension program was a terrific addition to our social emotional learning at St Catherine's. The students thoroughly enjoyed each session particularly handling George the dog. I could see the students develop confidence and they willingly shared their emotions. The tutor Gemma was professional and gave good strategies for the students to use when they felt anxious. Some of the students in the program have made it clear that they would like to own a dog like George one day. "
"Our students loved the visits with Sarah and Minnie, during the 8 week program, their grew in confidence and were able to articulate strategies they could use to alleviate stress in their lives and talk themselves into a positive frame of mind. Minnie was a great at displaying the emotions that the students feel every day, and the students were comfortable to discuss Minnie's emotions while learning about their own! Would definitely recommend this program to schools looking to support anxious students! "
For more testimonials, click here.
In a recent statement, the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) has expressed their stance on home boarding which you can read HERE. For a more in depth explanation of PIAA's stance and the reason for their concerns please click HERE.
There has been a recent influx of new online pet businesses offering to connect consumers with a network of, in effect, backyard boarding /pet minding businesses. It kind of runs like Air B&B, but for pets, instead of humans.
On the surface it looks like a great idea (and a very lucrative business model). They offer home boarding, dog walking, cat sitting and house sitting. Services are usually booked through an App. and include the ability to:
Although it may seem like a better option then boarding kennels or more expensive professional minding services, this is a practice that is fraught with danger on so many levels. The PIAA receives calls regularly from consumers who have in good faith left their beloved dog at a relative stranger’s home and the unthinkable has happened, their dog has escaped and met a sad end.
The PIAA does not support the operation of Pet minding/In home pet boarding/Backyard boarding businesses as these operations are typically not licensed, registered or insured and are often run by people without any formal qualifications, bringing about concerns with animal welfare and potential environmental issues.
The only boarding service we feel comfortable letting our customers know about is Jericho, as it is run by our trainer, Sue. Jericho Dog Boarding operates legally and addresses all the concerns reflected in the PIAA's statement. Currently the PIAA don't have an accreditation for home boarding but they are working towards finishing the guidelines for this sector soon. Once it is completed, Jericho will be applying to obtain that accreditation.
We at Canine Comprehension completely agree with the media release from PIAA and remind our customers to be very selective when using services in the animal industry, as so many business operate without proper animal welfare regulations, licensing, insurance, formal agreements, staffing and ethics.
Story from: https://piaa.net.au/3319-2/
Used with permission from: http://foobler.com.au/
Canine Comprehension is now selling the Foobler, see our Shop for details! The Foobler is an automatic self-reloading puzzle feeder with 6 timer activated pods.
It’s like having 6 puzzle toys in one, that deliver a full day’s worth of regular kibble or treats for them to enjoy.
There are many pet puzzle toys and time release feeders available, however, nothing has filled the product gap between the two. The Foobler enables controlled feeding because it eliminates overfeeding in a single meal, or worse, over-filled bowls left out for continuous snacking.
The top 6 ways to help your dog enjoy their food even more:
How it works:
Step 1 - Containing your excitement, twist off the feeding lid, and pour in your dog’s Favourite kibble or treats. (It can accept kibble to 3/4″ in diameter and will dispense them easily while your dog plays). The Foobler can hold up to two cups of kibble! That’s enough for even a large dog’s daily nutritional needs. We use it to feed our dogs breakfast.
Step 3 - It’s almost GO TIME (that’s fun doogy time). Twist the power pod back in and push the power button. You’ll see it light up and know that the Foobler is on and working!
Step 4 - Do a Happy Foobler Dance as you are ready to go.
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