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13 Sep

Here are some points to consider before bringing home a dog to keep your first dog company By Shirin Merchant Nandini’s dog Bruno a GSD was about 7 years old when she saw him slow down and stop playing as enthusiastically as he used. She remembered how much fun he used to have playing with […]

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21 Aug

– By Namratha Rao This morning, after the routine walk, my father took my dog to the basketball court. It is a safe dog-and-children hang-out spot most mornings. Today, there were two other dogs, half a dozen children, several balls and sticks being thrown for the dogs. After about 20 min of loitering, Ginger started […]

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21 Jul
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11 Apr

DAY 21 Don’t give up… The last 3 weeks have been difficult for so many in India. Whilst I am not trying to belittle the troubles of many others in the country, I do know that many pet parents are struggling to make sense of the situation. Some of you live alone or have a […]

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10 Apr

DAY 20 HAS THE LOCKDOWN DISTRESSED YOUR DOG? With the lockdown causing an upheaval in our lives and in those of our dogs, it isn’t odd for many pet parents to see signs of distress in their dogs. A change in diet, toiletting timings, constantly having family at home, lack of exercise and human worry […]

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09 Apr

DAY 19 SCENTWORK Can’t go out for your regular walk? How about playing a scenting game? You can hide a toy or even yourself and get your dog to use her nose. The game can be played anywhere, home, building compound, terrace, even on a stairwell. All dogs love scenting games and its a great […]

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07 Apr

DAY 17 MUSIC THERAPY TO HELP CALM DOGS When I first met Rustom and he told me that his dogs enjoyed his taste in music – which included Guns N’ Roses, I must admit I was sceptical. Till, he played the song (which you can hear in the video below) and his dog started to […]

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03 Apr

DAY 13 Things you should NOT do to your dog during the lockdown! Do not cut your dog’s nails on your own, especially if you have no experience in it and never by using human nail cutters. Do not paint your dog’s nails – no matter how bored you are. Give your dog a haircut […]

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02 Apr

DAY 12 Lighting a candle today to show solidarity with India today? Do be careful if you have a pet at home. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Do not keep candles or diyas on the floor where a dog can step on it or singe his tail. Keep them on higher counters […]

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01 Apr

DAY 11 Have you run out of games and toys to keep your dog engaged with during the lockdown? Here is a fun and simple way to use basic commands to teach your dog how to dance with you. So get some treats, put on some peppy music and have fun! In this clip, professional […]

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31 Mar

DAY 10 HANDLING YOUR DOG WHEN YOU ARE UNDER COVID-19 QUARANTINE It’s been over a week that we are all isolating in an effort to flatten the curve. But in spite of all the precautions, what if you or a family member does get infected? If you have symptoms of corona virus, if you under […]

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30 Mar

DAY 9 5 WAYS THE LOCKDOWN WAS BENEFICIAL FOR PET PARENTS   You could take your dog to work everyday. Being at home meant more time playing with your dog Having your dog around means less stress for you Reduced feelings of isolation when your dog is around Better sleep at night with a doggy […]

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29 Mar

DAY 8 DOG FRIENDLY- ICE CREAM RECIPE Are you and your dog bored during the lockdown? Here’s a way to put your culinary skills to good use and make a fun snack for your dog to try this summer. Get our dog-friendly recipe from canine nutritionist, Brinda Thakker. Do give it a try and let […]

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28 Mar

DAY 7 SIT! STAY! The 21 DAY DOG CHALLENGE As we all sit around in our homes with our pampered pooches by our side, we have found it easy to complain. Pet parent group chats include sentences such as “Oh Gawd, my poor darling has to now eat ghar ka khana as her gluten-free imported […]

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Dear pet parents, For many of you who looked at the 21-day lockdown as a great time to be with your pets and catch up on your training, brush up on their obedience skills and perfect that lax recall, here is something you need to hear… Your dogs are probably as apprehensive as you are. […]

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27 Mar

DAY 6 Are you and your dog both bored during the lock down? Have you run out of training commands? How about trying out this nifty one of teaching your dog to wake up all the lazy people at home. Do give it a try and let us know how it goes. Oh! Wake Up! […]

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26 Mar

DAY 5 HOW DO YOU PREVENT YOUR STRESS FROM AFFECTING YOUR DOG? The #21daylockdown got your dog’s tail in a twist? Learn how to keep your dog healthy, happy and prevent long terms issues that could crop up from the long confinement. Webinar will include… – What possible behaviour issues could crop up? – What […]

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25 Mar

DAY 4 HOW DO YOU PREVENT YOUR STRESS FROM AFFECTING YOUR DOG? Many of you have written in to me telling me how upset or depressed you are with the current situation and that you are worried about your dog picking up on your stress. Here are a few tips to help you out. 1. […]

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24 Mar

DAY 3 Separation anxiety in dogs arising from the 21 day lockdown For many dogs it is a joy to have us home all the time, especially those dogs that have had to compete with your job for attention. But allowing your dog to constantly get your attention through this lockdown can have adverse affects […]

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23 Mar

DAY 2 We live in a world where we have more access to information on dogs than ever before, yet we are struggling to understand our dogs, with disobedient dogs, aggression and even fear. Overwhelmed with the amount of dogs struggling to cope, I took a trip to a remote village in Maharashtra to see […]

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22 Mar

Dear pet parents, We are in the midst of difficult times. Your dogs are probably as apprehensive as you are. They may not know what exactly is going on but they do know that we are stressed, frightened and maybe even depressed. They love us and they feel our pain. Of course, having you at […]

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09 Feb

For the past few months the Shroff’s were debating buying a dog. It was three years since their last dog had passed away. But with the tight schedule the family had, what with school, tuitions, the cook off on vacation, and Mr. Shroff putting in extra hours at work, Mrs. Shroff just didn’t have time […]

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10 Oct
Why does my dog pull on the leash October 10, 2019 | Categories: Dog Training

Stop a dog pulling on the leash One of the many perks of owning a dog is the long walks you and your best friend can take together. Not only is walking a great form of exercise, but it’s also a wonderful way to spend quality time with your dog. Most dogs love going for […]

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07 Oct

WHY WON’T YOUR PUP GET TOILET TRAINED? 5 common mistakes pet owners make when housetraining their puppies Toilet training a pup is a relatively easy process. Yet, most puppy owners struggle to get their pup to toilet in the correct place. Simple mistakes can complicate the process and prolong the process. Here are a few […]

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01 Oct
The Most Spolied Dog In Paris October 01, 2019 | Categories: Living with Dogs

“How compassion saved more than the canines.” – By ANDREW HARVEY WHEN I LIVED IN PARIS in my 30s, I had a friend who was in her early 80s and lived in a studio with two blind dogs and a cat with three legs. In her youth she had acted in a series of bad […]

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25 Sep
Fun Games To Play With Any Dog September 25, 2019 | Categories: Dog Training

Games to play with an untrained dog Playing with your dog is a great way to build a bond, stimulate his mind and keep him out of mischief. Unfortunately, most games involve the dog requiring a bit of training – which discourages owners from teaching their pets the game. Here are 3 games you can […]

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22 Sep
Why Does My Dog Steal Food? September 22, 2019 | Categories: Dog Behaviour

“Dogs are programmed to be opportunistic feeders, but when the instinct causes the dog to steal food at home, the behaviour can be embarrassing.” – By Shirin Merchant Julie loved food. So much that she would resort to stealing it. Her owners, the Sampats had to lock their kitchen door every night to keep her […]

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“Socialising your pup at the correct age can help it to grow into a happy, confident adult dog.” – By Shirin Merchant Romila thought she was the perfect puppy owner. She had brought up her six month old Golden Retriever –Tango with plenty of love, discipline and protected him from all that could harm him. […]

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18 Sep
Canine Teach Corporates September 18, 2019 | Categories: Living with Dogs

“Dogs help corporate employees in India rekindle their joy in work and life” “I am petrified of dogs,” the young girl declared, grimacing at the sight of six friendly dogs playfully wagging their tails. “I will have nothing to do with them,” she added emphatically before settling herself into a far corner watching the proceedings […]

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16 Sep
Leaf It Alone September 16, 2019 | Categories: Dog Health and Care

Plants that are poisonous for dogs 1. Castor Bean Poisonous part: the entire plant, but the seeds, especially are very toxic. Clinical signs: The poisonous principle in Ricinus communis is ricin, a highly toxic protein that can produce severe abdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, weakness and loss of appetite. Severe cases of poisoning […]

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14 Sep
Embarrassing Habits September 14, 2019 | Categories: Dog Behaviour

Embarrassing Habits of dogs, you’ve been too ashamed to ask anyone about Our relationship with our dogs goes back to over a million years. Yet when it comes to understanding our canines’ crazy quirks, we are often left stumped. With all the love and joy dogs bring us, they also manage to baffle us with […]

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12 Sep
Puppy Proofing The Home September 12, 2019 | Categories: Puppy Care and Training

“PUPPY PROOFING THE HOME” – By Shirin Merchant Aargh! That puppy’s at it again! It’s been only a month since the adorable animal stepped into your home. But within weeks, that cute fur ball has turned into a not so cute demolition army that has singly gone about destroying your home. As you look around […]

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10 Sep

“Want a happy, healthy, long life? Then get yourself a dog!” Our ancestors probably knew little about the health benefits of canines when they opened their homes and hearts to these loving creatures. However, new research has proved that owning a dog can not only make you a happier person, it can also keep you […]

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08 Sep
How To Get A Dog To Stop Jumping! September 08, 2019 | Categories: Dog Training

Most dogs jump up on people because they are happy to see them. It’s their way of showing affection and receiving attention. No! Get down! Stop jumping… I’m so sorry… he doesn’t mean any harm… I said stop it! ROVER! Sounds familiar? Is your dog one of the many that loves to greet guests by […]

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06 Sep
Is Your Dog Fat? September 06, 2019 | Categories: Dog Health and Care

Slim down your stout pet. – by Shirin Merchant Sliver’s* (names have been changed to protect owner and dog privacy) day starts at six in the morning with three slices of buttered bread. Through the day the dog happily consumes a breakfast of porridge with full fat milk, lunch consisting of five chapattis, three cupfuls […]

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04 Sep
Submissive Urination September 04, 2019 | Categories: Dog Behaviour

A wee little problem Bessie, at eight months, was the perfect lady. A dainty Dachshund, she was elegant, well mannered and gentle natured. But she had one embarrassing problem… Bessie would urinate all over herself every time she met a man! Her owner was disturbed by this plebeian behaviour. Why was Bessie doing this? Was […]

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02 Sep

“5 FUN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR PUPPY” – By Shirin Merchant Puppies are simple souls and small things in life can make them happy. Here are five effortless ideas that will help put a wag in your pup’s tail. Go for a beach picnic Puppies absolutely love gambolling in the sand, sniffing the wet […]

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31 Aug
15 Best Loved Dog Movies August 31, 2019 | Categories: Living with Dogs

We all enjoy watching a good movie, and there’s nothing better for a dog lover than to curl up with a bag of popcorn with your dog by your side and view a film featuring an enigmatic canine. In this, our special feature we take a look at 15 of the best loved dog films […]

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29 Aug

Timing, timing, timing A good dog trainer understands that dogs have a two second ‘association period’ within which they associate an act to a reward or a punishment – if you reward a dog after the two seconds, it just won’t connect the reward with the act. Now considering that you only have two seconds […]

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27 Aug

– By Dr. Sangita Vengsarker-Shah There are two great tragedies in a vet’s life. One is, knowing that even if you really love animals, that feeling is very often not going to be reciprocated (after all, if you were an animal, would you like somebody who prodded and poked you whenever you met him?). The […]

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25 Aug
Teenage Trouble August 25, 2019 | Categories: Dog Behaviour

Understanding and surviving your dog’s adolescence “Simba was one of the most well-behaved pups you could meet,” says his owner Mrs. Kanga.“ He was eager to please, gentle and very loving.” Then one fine day, Simba refused to come when called and trotted off in the opposite direction with a gleam in his eye. He […]

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23 Aug
Preparing For Puppy August 23, 2019 | Categories: Puppy Care and Training

“Everything you need to welcome your new puppy home” – By Shirin Merchant Bringing home a new puppy can be one of the most exciting things in life. Puppies bring cheer, love and warmth into a home. But pups can also be a handful, especially in the first few days when the pup is settling […]

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“Helping a child get over the loss of a dog” – By Dr. Zirak Marker Losing one’s pet is like suffering the loss of a family member or even worse. Years of unconditional love and joy and happiness that they bring us is suddenly no more. How do we deal with children who experience this […]

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19 Aug
Choosing The Best Dog Trainer August 19, 2019 | Categories: Dog Training

“CHOOSING THE BEST DOG TRAINER” – By Shirin Merchant Deciding to provide your pet with training often requires more than a brief look through the yellow pages. Every year unscrupulous people calling themselves behaviourists, animal consultants, pet advisers and trainers are fleecing thousands of dog owners throughout the world. There are a number of genuine […]

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Minor symptoms like bad breath or smelly discharge may not be so minor after all. They could indicate the onset of a serious ailment. To keep your pet healthy, learn how to detect these tiny warnings. By Dr. Sangita Vengsarker Shah Just as diagnosing an illness is the vet’s job, detecting signs of any ailment […]

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16 Aug
Home Alone August 16, 2019 | Categories: Dog Behaviour

Vacation time is over; will your dog miss you when you’re away at school? Another school year has started and as you pack your bags and prepare for tests, tuitions and homework give a thought to your doggy. After a summer of being spoiled with attention, he will miss you when you’re away at school. […]

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