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Ultra submissive ex breeding dog in the dog park

very submissive park dogThis was one very appreciative dog we met today. She came bounding towards our pack and immediately rolled onto her back.

This is not completely uncommon behaviour, but it is when the dog is reasonably large and it is doing it out of perceived fear, trying its best to be liked.

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My healthy dog treats bring all the dogs to the seat

4 dogs on park bench in off lead dogparkThere are no apologies for my healthy dog treats. To paraphrase Kelis: " My healthy dog treats brings all the dogs to the yard, And they're like. It's better than yours, Damn right it's better than yours."

I pro dog walk dogs for a living, and a lot of people in the park marvel at how I keep a multitude of dogs together off leash. How you keep them under control.

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Mr Sniffy Chihuahua extraordinary dog for Christmas

mr sniffy Chihuahua dogSometimes its easy for blogs to fall into the black hole of venting, particularly when there is a good chance that nobody is reading them. So I thought with Christmas only 3 days away that I would turn all that around and talk about mr sniffy.

Mr sniffy is a 10 year old plus Chihuahua dog that comes to visit Tilly, our dog walk regular, sometimes throughout the week. He is owned by Tilly's owner's daughter and he too is a rescue dog.

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Ridgeback almost being social in off lead dog park

ridgeback dogI feel kind of funny writing this, because I know the person who walks this dog for her daughter, but it doesn't excuse the dog's behaviour. And this is not about the ridgeback breed, I have met many social ridges.

Its a familiar story. Someone gets a dog for someone, and it is never walk (or circumstances change), and the dog gets anti social.

Airedale dog visits the social dog pack at the dogpark

airedale dog meets the dogpackFor regular visitors to a dog park, this photo will garnish a knowing nod.

Social dogs in an off lead dog park, look forward to greeting each other and 'exchanging phone numbers' by a sniff or two. That is how they meet and socialise. The sniff of the anal gland giving far more information about health and general body dynamics than many vets can ascertain in a few minutes.

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An easy guide to socialising a new dog at the off lead dogpark

cavalier dog surrounded by dogsI walk dogs for a living, so there is rarely a time when I have genuine fear at the dog park. Dog parks are supposed to be safe places where dogs can walk and have fun and socialise with other dogs and humans.

if the park is full of social dogs, this is what happens. Its the whole reason for going to the park. Sure the dog is getting exercise, but so will a block walk or treadmill do that job. The off lead experience is about creating a balanced happy dog. so what does that have to do with the dogblog today and the photo.

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Louie dog plays reindeer with makeshift park wood

Louie rottweiler X carrying woodIt will soon be one of Louie's last walks with us as his owners move suburb, so I thought I better get some news about him out there before that happens.

For anyone who has followed his antics on my facebook page, you will know that he loves getting Apache the staffy to chase him, then he moves onto making other dogs join in the play. But this whole wood carrying thing is very different.

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Max the golden retriever doing cute goofy things in the park. VIDEO

max & louie dog share a momentAlmost by definition most people think of golden retrievers as happy and goofy. As a dog walker we really get to see the differences in their personalities ounce they hit the off lead park.

It is almost universal that they all love water and wallowing in a puddle, However the golden retriever behaviour spectrum is almost as wide as any dog breed out there.

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Mac, a corgi cross dog, that lives for excitement

Mac the corgi XIts funny how randomness of life brings you together with certain people or dogs. I met Mac first when I was requested to pet sit him on occasions that both owners were working. He gets afternoon walks with myself and my dog Archie every few months or so.

On those walks around his own suburb, he spends a massive amount of time marketing territory, which my dog then remarks.

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A new dog Lily (spoodle) joins the dog-pack for the first time

Archie and Lily dual spoodlesAs a pro dog walker I have had many situations where our dog pack has encountered new dogs in the park for the first time. Some are social, some have had very little exposure to other dogs off lead.

This short post is about Lily the spoodle who at under a year old did amazingly well with our dog pack for the first time.

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A hauntingly beautiful & friendly Husky dog called Holly

holly the huskyI could easily wax lyrical about the dogs I have in my own dog pack for eternity, because the more you know any dog, the more like family they become. However today's post is about a husky dog called Holly.

We first met Holly a year or so ago when by age she was much more of an official puppy. Her owner has done all of the right things by regularly taking her to off lead parks and keeping her social. For people who dont believe you can do this with a husky, holly is proof.

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A great time in the wet at the Williamstown dog Park Beach

dogs on a beach newportIt started out a little overcast after a very hot night then some thunder. It was deciding whether it would drizzle or not when we got to the Williamstown back beach.

The dogs were just interested in getting out of the car and having a good time. They were all very highly energized, even the oldest member Harry.

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The famous Newport Melbourne Dog Park Bench.

My dog pack neatly on a Newport park benchThere isn't much that is a better gauge of how the dog pack is going than this Newport Melbourne Park bench.

Originally I would stop at the bench because we would meet people there, or it gave us a focus for the pack to stay around while some members played on the grass, then slowly it became much more central.

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Apache Staffordshire terrier dog & Louie Rottweiler X play love affair.

staffy and rottie X playYou may not get this specifically from this photos, but these two dogs are in Play love.

They don't always have their dog walk days coincide, and if they are not together, the walk is a relatively sedate affair for everyone. However when Louie and Apache get together, all play rules are off the table and they play as hard as they like.

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Off lead dog Walking in Newport best in the rain !

arch and amy dogs in rainDogs and rain, what is all the fuss about?

You know, dogs descended from wolves 20,000 years ago, dogs being a 'wild creature' etc etc.

Today was the wettest off lead dog walk I have had all year. There was little thunder so it was a safe venture for all dogs, and it wasn't pouring consistently when we started.

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Picture perfect Dog Christmas card setting, randomly manifests

dog pack Christmas card photoRarely do such splendid dog pictures accidently manifest in the boot of my car. When they do I call them a Christmas dog picture, one picture perfect for any Christmas card, for any dog lover.

You might think that is going a little too far, but perhaps you should see the 'before shot' below, and the reason for the difference.

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Archie spoodle dog digging out a rabbit hole (fast motion). VIDEO

archie dog on rabbit digThis is one of the most dedicated digs I have ever seen Archie dog attempt.

There was no sign of the rabbit, but there was a strong scent that a rabbit had been there previously, recently.

He is only allowed to go into this part of the park in non summer months to avoid snakes, but as you can see he gets very satisfied and expends a lot of energy in doing so. But there is also something much more primal at play here.

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Archie dog's Mark of the Year Entry AFL 2015

dog mark of the year 2015That's a title you don't read every day.

This is just another blip in the life of a dog that is walked twice a day forever. And why wouldn't you? Or why do I? But how did that mark come about?

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The art of the meeting

labrador pup meeting our dog packThe art of the dog meet and greet.

I spend a lot of time at off lead dog parks, as I  am a Professional dog walker. And nothing makes me happier than seeing new dogs do the correct meeting signals as they approach our pack, and both groups get to know each other.

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Dog Walk adventure 17nov14

harry and tilly dogsFor several years now I have been entertaining the world via social media blogs such as:

https://www.facebook.com/HealthyDogTreatsShop but have forgotten to document my daily travels on my own website, doh !  So I figure no time like the present.

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Harry corgi jack russell dog having fun in a local dog park VIDEO

harry dog Harry is a remarkable dog not just for how he started out, but also for his age. Owned by a publican, for much of his life Harry thought he was a guard dog. With the owners having very little spare time, Harry tended not to be walked a lot and rarely off lead.

That changed about 3 years ago, and he is a completely different dog for it. Much for the better!

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Archie spoodle dog & the cat through the window. VIDEO

Archie dog and catEvery now and then I insert a video of my dog doing dog things, fun things, training things.

This video tetters along the fun side. Of course if you are a cat, you might not think so, but no cat was hurt, or even phased during the filming and editing of this short film.

I know that a lot of dog owners also have cats, but if you have just a dog, you might recognise this urgency and interest my dog is showing in the cat, that regularly frequents our yard and marks its territory.

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Amy the bernese mountain dog dancing a jig to entertain us & dog? VIDEO

amy bernese mountain dogAmy is a fun loving very social bernese mountain dog. She remains fun loving and social because her owner's make sure that she is at least walked one big off lead walk per day, or more.

Almost everyone who sees her says what a beautiful looking and gentle nature dog she is. However I know she has a secret play side that very few people get to see. That is what this article and enclosed video are about!

This dog video shows her tactic of finding a dog that she thinks she can have some fun with by convincing them how big and brave she is. But of course its all an act.

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Max jack russell - a personal profile of a beautiful dog VIDEO

max jack russell Max is a remarkable dog that I walk as a professional dog walker in parks in the inner west of Melbourne. As you will see (in the embedded video) he is a remarkable dog for many reasons.

Originally a rescue dog, Max has been with his owner for quite a while now. He is still prone to bouts of excitability, but most healthy dogs are. The big difference with Max is that he is nearly13 years old.

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