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Cavoodle

Don with a light brown Cavoodle
...dog 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: 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

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

...ch 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

...be 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

Lungfish

...sh occupies a unique place in evolution, some experts believing it to be a link between the fishes and the land animals. Aside from the fact that it possesses a lung allowing it to breathe air, the lungfish secretes hormones to stimulate reproduction which are identical with those of mammals, including humans. This discovery was made by Professor Jean Joss who heads the Australian Lungfish Research Centre based at Sydney’s Macquarie University. Wh... read more

Light Fitting Pots

...Materials Light shades 250mm galvanised stormwater pipe x 1800mm 4mm long link chain bolts/nuts/washers 5mm snap hooks 20mm ceiling hooks aluminium flywire potting mix iron pot stand plants How it was done 1. Don prepared two painted, aluminium light shades for planting by simply cutting some aluminium flywire to size and covering the holes at the bottom. He then filled the shades with potting mix and planted them with freckle face (Hypoestes ‘Pe... read more

German Shepherd

German Shepherd
...t are designed to reduce the incidence of diseases with a possible genetic link, by selecting for breeding only those animals which pass stringent selection tests. In Australia, the German Shepherd Dog League has established an A-stamp Certificate system which is designed to reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia, a crippling disease of the hind legs. The A clearance means that the puppy is of a quality acceptable for breeding. A similar certificat... 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

Don’s Expert Answers: Isn’t growing/developing, has white spots all over

...hs ago lots of ants invaded but none for months since I re-potted. Its about 45cm tall. I tried a photo but your website cant upload it, happy to send to a link? Thank you. Answer: Sorry Rachel, but I need a photo to be able to help you. Don... read more

Pseudo Arthritis

Health and fitness expert, Dr Garry Egger, looked at the link between obesity and pain in the knees, hips and ankles. Garry says it’s no coincidence that as Australians get fatter, complaints about arthritis increase. There are genuine cases of arthritis that need special medical attention, but for many people, putting on extra weight could be the real cause of the problem. Garry placed an apple, then a melon on two matchsticks, to show what happ... read more