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Hearing Dogs

...a reward system using food, toys and praise. Although they have a high success rate (90%) with the dogs they select from the pound, suitable dogs are not always available. To cater for the high demand for dogs, they hope to start a breeding program using Labrador Retrievers in the near future. How to apply for a hearing dog Contact the Lions Hearing Dogs Centre or your local Lions Club for more information. Lions Hearing Dogs Inc PO Box 164 Hahnd... read more

Golden Retriever

...water spaniels, the Newfoundland and the Irish Setter. The similarities to Labradors are probably not coincidental and a shared ancestry is likely. The Golden Retriever is one of the world’s favourite pets. And, with the Labrador and German Shepherd, rates in the top three most popular dogs in Australia. Appearance Golden Retrievers are medium to large dogs, never bigger than a German Shepherd. A male stands about 56-61cm (22-24″), while females a... read more

Tennis Ball Dog

...onica Wilson wrote to Burke’s Backyard to tell us about Georgia, her black Labrador Retriever. Monica claimed that the dog can hold three tennis balls in its mouth at once! Don visited the Wilson family to see this amazing dog in action. Sure enough, Georgia held one ball in her mouth normally, and tucked the other two up under her flews (upper lips). Georgia was originally part of the Guide Dog program, but didn’t make the grade because she was a... read more

Golden Retriever

...water spaniels, the Newfoundland and the Irish Setter. The similarities to Labradors are probably not coincidental and a shared ancestry is likely. The Golden Retriever is one of the world’s favourite pets. And, with the Labrador and German Shepherd, rates in the top three most popular dogs in Australia. Appearance: Golden Retrievers are medium to large dogs, never bigger than a German Shepherd. A male stands about 56-61cm (22-24″), while females... read more

Don’s Expert Answers: would like to know if the 2 below plants (seeds and berries are toxic to dogs)

...e plant: N/A Upload photo if available: Other Comments: I have a chocolate Labrador puppy (12 weeks old) that likes to eat the blueberries and seeds along with the leaf. Can you please tell me if these trees are toxic to my dog. I can only find little information on them. Being native to New Zealand and promotes wild bird life. I purchased my home in January 2017 with these mature trees and I am worried that my dog eats the berries and sticky seed... read more

Gardening Information Services

...o state services can be accessed from any state. They are: Grow Search – a data base for specific information. Phone/Fax: (07) 3821 3784. First query and search is free, charges apply thereafter. Infocall (WA) – run by the Department of Agriculture at 3 Baron Hay Court, South Perth, 6151, The Pest and Disease Information Service can be contacted on; (08) 9368 3666 or 1800 084 881, email: info@agric.wa.gov.au New South Wales Grow Search & Infocall... read more

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

...larly the fourth most popular breed in Australia, behind German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, according to the numbers of puppies bred each year. A proportion of any dog breed will show aggression towards humans and other animals and unfortunately those more popular breeds can attract the notice of less than scrupulous individuals who are out to make a quick buck. They will have little regard for producing puppies with good... read more

Newfoundland

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...mesake of the eastern coastal region of Canada, coincidently right next to Labrador. During the 17th century, the breed was used as a working dog, hauling small carts and sledges and dragging fishing nets. In the 19th century the dogs became popular in England and were named by George Cartwright. The breed has a reputation as being intrepid rescuers and helping fishermen by carrying lines from one boat to another. Appearance Considered a giant dog... read more

Animal Logic

...quake struck. According to John Dengate, there’s really no hard scientific data to support these ideas, some of them are myths and just plain fun, while others are more difficult to ignore. Termites and ants increase their activity as soon as humid or wet weather begins. They’re very dependent on moisture levels to survive, and they seem to wait for the onset of humid weather to begin colonising. Frogs croaking around ponds is usually an indicator... read more

Gardening Information Services

...o state services can be accessed from any state. They are: Grow Search – a data base for specific information. Phone/Fax: (07) 3821 3784. First query and search is free, charges apply thereafter. Infocall (WA) – run by the Department of Agriculture at 3 Baron Hay Court, South Perth, 6151, The Pest and Disease Information Service can be contacted on; (08) 9368 3666 or 1800 084 881, email: info@agric.wa.gov.au New South Wales Grow Search & Infocall... read more

Snake Bites

...Australia. In the 90s studies suggested that it was three to four. Current data shows that between spring 1997 and autumn 1998 there were at least six deaths. Between spring 1998 and autumn 1999 there have been at least four deaths. It’s thought that the reason for the increase could be that snakes (like the brown snake) are adapting to urban environments. How dangerous are our snakes? The Western Taipan has the most toxic venom of all snakes, but... read more

Fitness Yesterday and Today

...ing and what time they were taken off at night. At the end of the week the data from all the Trackmores was downloaded to a computer and the results were averaged. Results The Old Sydney Town group was about two and a half times more active than the modern sedentary workers were. In terms of actual energy that’s about 1,000 calories (equivalent to walking an extra ten kilometres) per day. What to do Garry recommends using technology to help deal w... read more