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Don with a light brown Cavoodle that is always with you, Cavoodles are a good choice. CAN YOU TRAIN A CAVOODLE? Cavoodles are usually quite intelligent but they are not as biddable as many other breeds. That is, during training they may not wish to comply with your commands. Fun and positive reinforcement is the key to success, not strong discipline. Your puppy may be 9-12 months old before the penny drops that co-operation with their owner is the key to a happy life. While... read more

Don’s Expert Answers: Looking for name of gum tree species

...image How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day: See attached image How long since you planted it: See attached image Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when: See attached image Is the plant indoors or outdoors: See attached image Is the plant in a pot or in the ground: See attached image What other treatments have you given the plant: See attached image Upload photo if available: Other Comments: I am interested in growing the... read more

Don’s Expert Answers: Cavoodle constantly barking at one side of our neighbours, now he is starting to scratch our new house glass windows, I do have a toddler which she is great with him we do always go out back and play with him. His 8 years old, please help as I’m ready to surrender him, which will be upsetting for my little one.

Question From: vee in wallan, Melbourne Victoria Nature of problem: Cavoodle constantly barking at one side of our neighbours, now he is starting to scratch our new house glass windows, I do have a toddler which she is great with him we do always go out back and play with him. His 8 years old, please help as I’m ready to surrender him, which will be upsetting for my little one. Type of Plant (if known): no Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NO... read more

Thermal Image Zoo

..., and where the heat was distributed. We were amazed at the multi-coloured images the thermal imaging camera produced: the blue areas were fairly cold, the blackish areas intermediate and the red areas very hot. Those fabulous results made us wonder what different animals would look like when viewed through the high-tech lens of a thermal imaging camera. Don and the Burke’s Backyard team visited Sydney’s Taronga Zoo at night, and had great fun cap... read more

Regent Honeyeater

...and location. Volunteers need only a pair of binoculars, a field guide and data supplied by the organisers of the project. The last project like this was run 20 years ago and had 3000 volunteers, while the current project has only 500 volunteers, organiser Geoff Barrett is hoping more people will volunteer. The aim of the new project is to compare the new bird atlas with the earlier data to see if any comparisons or conclusions can be drawn. For m... read more

Wombats as sperm is collected before the animals are returned back to the wild. Data collected from the musters help manage populations as well has monitor the impacts of climate change on the species. Data from these SA studies is also used to help conservation efforts for the northern hairy-nosed wombat. For the last two years Dr Elisa Sparrow has been running Wombat Workshops in all the southern hairy-nosed wombat regions – eight workshops in total.... read more

Don’s Tips: Designer Dogs

Designer dogs
...old each year in Australia than purebred dogs. The public adore cavoodles, labradoodles, pugaliers and so on. They realize that these dogs are bred to be good family pets – much more so than purebred dogs. The top 25 hits on the Burke’s Backyard website now include the following designer dogs: cavoodles, spoodles, cavoodle puppies, labradoodles and pugaliers. Only one purebred dog makes the top 25: the cocker spaniel. Designer dogs cost about the... read more

Lowering Cholesterol considered a substitute for cholesterol-lowering medication. We have no data about the long-term safety of foods containing added plant sterols. The margarine spreads have been approved, but the other products will need special approval under the new food standards which come into force in June 2001. ANZFA has assessed the application for approval of products containing plant sterols, but concluded that only a restricted permission (for margari... read more

Guide Dog Association

...tal characteristics and physical attributes. The programme uses scientific data and genetic analysis to improve fertility and conception rates while seeking to minimise skeletal, neurological, opthalmological, skin and other genetic diseases. Arguably these are the best purebred dogs in the world, in that no other dog breed is so carefully selected for temperament and soundness. Why are Labrador Retrievers used as Guide Dogs? The Labrador Retrieve... read more

Keeping Laying Chooks

Hen laying
...’s Backyard looked at three of the more exotic varieties with Megg Miller, editor of Australian Poultry magazine. BREED: Welsummer TEMPERAMENT: placid, a good pet COST: $15 upwards LIFESPAN: 9 year lifespan, productive for 3 years RECOMMENDED FOR: backyarders History The Welsummer breed originated in Holland around the turn of the century, and was produced by crossing local red-brown land fowl with several pure breeds. Named after a small village... read more

Top 10 Dogs

...test for more information.) Number 2: Designer Mongrels These include the Cavoodle (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle), Maltalier (Maltese x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) and the Maltese x Shih Tzu. They are all fabulous little family dogs, which have fewer veterinary problems than their purebred parents. Number 3: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel A cute dog with a rounded face and soft floppy ears, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was delibe... read more

Burke’s Backyard Bake Off 2009

...o work on Monday. There were two sections – sweet and savoury. Our cookery editor, Tracy Rutherford was the judge, and she came up with two excellent winners, with creativity being the ‘X-factor’ that decided the winner each time. The overall winner was created by stylist Sandy de Beyer: home-made brandy snap baskets filled with sour cream, gingered figs and orange. Yum! And in the savoury section, Chris Burke’s very tasty Tomato Pastries took out... read more