The Dog Diaries: Chris and Millie – Dogs in Apartments

PledgeforPaws caught up with local North Shore resident Chris and his gorgeous blonde babe – Millie the Moodle (Maltese x Poodle). They’ve recently moved from a house with a backyard to an apartment, so it’s been a tough change for Millie, especially being 14 years old (that’s 98 years old in human years!).

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“With regular walks around the block, ending at the local park, Millie’s kept active and gets fresh air,” says Chris. “She loves a good walk, but surprisingly, she loves to run around the apartment too, so it’s a win-win for her! People living in apartments think they shouldn’t get a dog, but in reality, it’s not any different if you put in the effort, time and care.”

The Dog Diaries: Phil and Rappa – Pitbulls ARE friendly

Phil, a friend of PledgeForPaws, tells us that his dog Rappa is a prime example of a friendly pit bull.

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“Rappa is a really docile pit bull. He’s nothing like what the media portrays pit bulls to be like. He’s like a little kid – he’s got separation anxiety, he starts crying when he can tell that someone’s about to leave home. When he’s sad he’ll go sit on his chair like this photo-

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And, he’s scared of small dogs. He’ll start whimpering or even run away.”

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The Dog Diaries: Jenny and Charlotte – Managing time apart

PledgeforPaws talked to Jenny and her beautiful Labrador, Charlotte. Jenny is currently overseas on exchange, and as time only makes the heart grow fonder, she was more than happy to talk to us about Charlotte.

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“This is me and Charlotte spending some good quality time on our backyard patio. I miss Charlotte everyday. Being away from her has made me realise how much I enjoy the little things with her – just having her as company when I watch TV, getting some fresh air together, and even spending summer with her in the pool. I know when I come back, I’m going to appreciate her more and show that to her.”

Dog Aggression

We received a comment on our previous Breed Specific Legislation post and thought we’d take this post to answer some of the questions raised by our reader!

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We all like to think that dogs are cute, playful and friendly animals but unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Extending from our discussion about Breed Specific Legislation, we at Pledge For Paws think that it’s important to bring light the importance of a dog’s ‘temper’.

Contrary to ‘popular’ belief (*cough BSL), dog aggression stems from a dog’s frustration and dominance. We often hear of people incorrectly blaming breeds but to put it simply – any bread can cause trouble. You can have an aggressive pit bull or even an aggressive chihuahua. It’s also been considered that the size of the dog matters. Damage done by a ‘violent’ pit-bull will be much greater than damage done by a ‘violent’ chihuahua! However, in saying that, it’s definitely not the fault of the breed. It all depends on how we, as owners, treat and manage our dogs.

We’ll describe the root causes of some forms of aggression:

  • Fear and aggressive dogs: Lack of dog exercise is the root problem. Dog exercise burns the dog’s excess energy and helps maintain the dog’s healthy state of mind.
  • Dog on dog aggression: This is where the owner plays a big part. They want YOU to be the leader here. You need to earn your dog’s trust, loyalty and respect so that they establish you as the leader and not other dogs.

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The Dog Diaries: Jess and Milo – Changing Circumstances

PledgeforPaws caught up with Jess and her dog Milo. As her sister’s asthma became more severe, it meant that Milo could no longer live with Jess in their house, so Milo’s been staying with a good family friend.

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“There are many days where I miss having Milo living with me. But, I guess it’s part of responsible dog ownership to make sure Milo’s being taken care of with people I trust, and I’m happy that I can drive over and see him anytime. The most important thing I’ve learnt through all of this, is that you have to stay positive and happy, because that’s reflected in your mood when you see your dog!”

Sydney gives back to Dog owners – Free dog obedience training

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Pet ownership makes an enormous difference in an owner’s life, and it’s even better when we can share this with other dog owners. It’s even, even better when you can do this for free!

 Cue- the magnificent City of Sydney’s free dog training courses!

 Why?

  • The Council wants to work actively with the community to provide responsible dog ownership
  • Provides pet owners with the tools to look after their dog properly
  • Decreases the potential for dog attacks
  • Decreases nuisance behaviour as dogs are well exercised and socialized

How do I join?

If you’re a local resident of Sydney CBD and inner city suburbs, you can attend free dog obedience training lessons with your dog in one of the City of Sydney’s dog-friendly parks, provided by specialist company Pro Canine.

  • The classes run for six weeks and are open to all breeds of dog, as long as they are over five months old and are up-to-date with all their vaccinations – they are very strict on this point (for good reason)
  • The classes last half an hour and take place in parks across the City of Sydney
  • The training course helps you and other dog owners learn and practice the skills you need to maintain a well-mannered dog.

 Classes must be booked, so find out the details here!

The Dog Diaries: Steph and Chai

Meet Steph , one half of the dog-loving-duo that manages PledgeforPaws!

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“This is me and my dog spending the night together doing what we do best – Saturday night movies! I’m always snacking on the couch, and I can’t resist giving him one bite of what I’m eating. But I’ve never given him chocolate, I know it’s really bad for dogs and that’s the one thing I refuse to give him, even if he pulls the puppy dog eyes on me!”

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Breed Specific Legislation

Breed Specific Legislation is a hot topic in the news at the moment and an issue that we at Pledge For Paws feel should be addressed. We’ll attempt to break down the legal mumbo-jumbo for you and summarise what really the issue is about:

So, what actually is Breed-specific legislation?

It’s generally laws which pertain to specific breeds (i.e. dog breeds)

Why has this been enforced?
Such laws have been enforced under the assumptions that these specific breeds are “vicious” or “dangerous”.

What does this include?
Many restrictions are enforced. Specific breeds are restricted; restrictions include those such as, they cannot be sold, given away or acquired. If they are in the possession of a home, they must be enclosed at all times and owners must post “Warning: Dangerous Dog” signs on their property. Local councils must also be informed that they are in possession of such a breed.

Who is involved?
Breeds that are specifically targeted by this legislation include:

  • American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier
  • Japanese tosa
  • dogo Argentino
  • fila Brasileiro
  • any mentioned restricted dog by an authorised offer

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