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Kinderpuppy classes start in Christchurch-- if you have a puppy and want to follow a dog education curriculum endorsed by Ian Dunbar (prominent vet and dog behaviouralist), check it out.


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New Zealand Dog News

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Behaviour Quiz

When should a dog be praised with "Good Dog" for responding positively to the command to "Rover, Sit?"

A. When his rump touches the ground or floor.
B. When he starts to move as if to sit.
C. When looks up for a treat.

Answer in the next newsletter.

Doggy links

Zoo active products- There are a lot of sites that sell dog products that want a link to them, but they all seem to sell the same types of products. However, not this site. Check out how you can keep your dog's mind active

Top 10 plants that poison pets-- you'll be surprised what is listed!

Ottawa's Humane Society's (CBC Ottawa broadcast) YOUCAN (Youth Connecting with Animals) session wrapped up in March and was a resounding success for all the participants involved. The program is a dog-training initiative that takes place at a local correctional facility and promotes the psychological development of selected at-risk participants through an interactive triad of youth, facilitator and dog. Our volunteers and dogs partnered with young women at the Roberts Smart Centre, who spent time training four shelter dogs, including Cruzer The training helped make the dogs more adoptable and the program works to develop empathy in at-risk youth in our community.

Dogs Get Found, Cats Stay Lost Why? Because man's best friend is more likely to have identification tags and dog owners are more prompt in searching for their missing pets , according to a new study.

Aggression research "It is well known that dopamine is produced in response to rewarding stimuli such as food, sex and drugs of abuse," Maria Couppis, who conducted the study as her doctoral thesis at Vanderbilt, said. "What we have now found is that it also serves as positive reinforcement for aggression."

Non-Doggy Sites

DrugWatch database: It reveals the side effects and herbal interactions of more than 540 popular brand name drugs .

Wagon Stays in Christchurch If I weren't living in Chch already, I'd probably spend the night there. I wonder if it gets pulled by horses?

  Non-Doggy Reading (from Geoff)

For a week or so, I was struggling to find something to say to a
friend who has had a horrible mishap in her life. Cleaning up my desk,
I came across a scrap of paper on which, seven years ago, I'd saved
this poem by Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things":

        When despair for the world grows in me
        and I wake in the night at the least sound
        in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
        I go and lie down where the wood drake
        rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
        I come into the peace of wild things
        who do not tax their lives with forethought
        of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
        And I feel above me the day-blind stars
        waiting with their light. For a time
        I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Doggie Videos

Extraordinary dogs  -- you never know when your dog will save you for a house fire!

What a tenacious cat! Amazing to see what a dog will put up with!

Dog Robs Store for Bone On Christmas(Dog Steals a Bone) ON CBS TV in America. I love the part where when he's confronted, he takes off through the door. By the way, there is no way a dog would have the concept of "shop lifting".

Quotes of the Week

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
  - Marlene Dietrich

The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
  - Frank Herbert


Here in this house...

I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs
'out there'.
I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have
I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I'll eat.
I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat.
I will feel the sun's heat, and the rain's coolness, and be allowed to
smell all that can reach my nose.
My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.

Here in this house...
There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level.
I will be talked to and, even if I don't understand, I can enjoy the
warmth of the words.
I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among many.
My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!

Here in this house...
I will never be a substitute for anything I am not.
I will never be used to improve peoples' images of themselves.
I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone's idea of who I
should be.
I will never suffer for someone's anger, impatience, or stupidity.
I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all.
If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for

Here in this house...
I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch...
knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.
If I am ill, I will be doctored.
If scared, I will be calmed.
If sad, I will be cheered.
No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and known
to be of value.
I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or
not cute enough.
My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought.
I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair
as dogs.

Here in this house...
I will belong.
I will be home.
Author Unknown

Thanks to...

Geoff Stern for insert in Non-Doggy Reading
Behaviour Quiz- taken from

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