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  • What should I feed my medium-sized dog?

    Dogs of different sizes have different nutritional requirements. Here’s a guide to what you should be feeding your medium-sized dog. Keep your four-legged-friend in tip-top condition by feeding them the right food for the breed size and life stage. Medium-sized dogs are amongst some of the most common breeds in Australia, such as Staffordshire Bull ...

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  • How often and how much should I feed my dog?

    Why individual energy needs are important when it comes to feeding your dog. Dogs are believed to be have been domesticated from the grey wolf, which hunts in packs and experiences a lot of competition when eating. Dogs are naturally gorge feeders with a very expandable stomach designed to cope with large meals. They are ...

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  • How do I tell what breed size my dog is?

    Different sized dogs have special health, diet and exercise requirements, so it’s important to know if your dog is of a small-, medium- or large-sized breed. Here’s how you can find out.   From tiny Toy Poodles to Great Danes, our canine companions come in all different shapes and sizes. Breed sizes range between toy, ...

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  • Pet-friendly winter getaways around Australia

    When the temperature drops it doesn’t mean you have to stay grounded. All over Australia, there are places that you can take your dog and enjoy a cosy getaway surrounded by incredible sights. Here’s a guide to some great places to take your pet. Western Australia Walk among the olive groves at the stunning Petra ...

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  • How to tell if your dog is obese

    It’s estimated that 41% of dogs in Australia are overweight, but parents often aren’t aware that anything is amiss with their pet’s health. Here’s how to determine whether your dog is obese. Obesity is a major health concern for dogs of all life stages. If you pet is overweight or obese, they are at a ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia: May pupdate

    Find out what’s been happening in the world of our Seeing Eye Dog puppy superstars this month. Bear – 11 months old Bear is a gentle soul with deep chocolate features, who has captured hearts across Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Bear is moving along swimmingly in his training. He can get a bit too excited when around ...

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  • Petbarn Winter Fashion

    Complete your dog’s look from head to paw with the finest in ready-to-wear winter fashion hot off the dog runway.

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  • How to tell if your dog is a healthy weight

    Your dog’s body condition is an easy way to assess their health. Learn the three key steps to use as a guide when checking your pet’s weight.

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  • The benefits of high-quality food

    Feeding your pet a high-quality, nutrient-dense food that is tailored to their age and breed size is essential for their health and happiness. Here’s why.

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  • Considering a rescue dog

    Before you adopt any dog, you should weigh up whether it’s the right choice for you and your family. Here, we share some things to think about before taking this step.

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  • Food for senior dogs

    Senior dogs have different nutritional needs to puppies and adult dogs. Here’s how an age-specific diet can help your senior pet stay happy and healthy for longer.

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  • Anxiety in dogs

    Knowing the situations, signs and solutions The more time we spend with our pets, the more we feel like we have an intuitive knack of knowing how they’re feeling at any given time. They’re great at expressing when they’re happy, hungry, tired, or just want a good belly scratch, but unfortunately anxiety is a lot ...

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  • Feeding your dog for hip and joint health

    Your dog’s diet can have a huge impact on their hip and joint health. Check out some of our specially formulated food options that can help. Our happy-go-lucky best friends enjoy leading active lifestyles, but as they get older they’ll start to slow down. It’s important to recognise the signs of ageing in your pet, ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia: April pupdate

    These gorgeous dogs have bright futures ahead! Here’s what they have been up to. Luna Cheeky black Labrador Luna is lighting up the Mornington Peninsula with her affectionate puppy smile. Coming up to 8 months old, little Luna is the sixth Seeing Eye Dog pup to pounce into her carer’s home, a typical Labrador who ...

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  • Why small and large breed dogs need different diets

    Every dog is different (and special) and this needs to be reflected in their diet. Here’s a look at some of the key differences between the diets of small and large breed dogs. Of course every dog has different nutritional needs, but the requirements of a toy breed is vastly different to those of a ...

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  • Things to know about natural, grain-free and holistic pet food

    Here’s a look at some of the different pet foods on the market right now to help you discover if they’re the right choice for your pet. The world of pet food has come a long way in the past few years. Today, every pet’s unique needs are catered for with a choice of foods ...

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  • How do you read a pet food label

    We know when it comes to your dog, only the best will do. But if you’re ever in doubt that the food you’re buying for your pet contains all the goodness they need to stay healthy, happy and full of energy, it’s worth checking the labels. They’ll tell you everything you need to determine quality, ...

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  • Why high-quality dog food is worth it

    If you want to make a change to your dog’s diet that puts their health as the top priority, high-quality dog food is the right choice for you. Managing your pet’s health starts with their diet, and it’s important to know that not all pet foods are created equal. While it’s the cost at the register ...

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  • No better protection than a weatherbeeta

    WeatherBeetas are the perfect pet accessory to protect your loved one. Comfortable, warm and lightweight, they’ll protect your loved one from the elements, but how can you be sure which is the right one for your pet? We’ve constructed a handy guide to help you out:   What types of Weatherbeetas are there? Depending on the ...

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  • Should dogs eat human food?

    The pull of a human meal is often too much for a dog to resist, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind when sharing human food with our pets. Be sure that you remember these considerations before sharing your dinner with your dog. 1. Their portion sizes For a dog to ...

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  • Nutrition for your dog’s skin and coat

    If you want your dog’s coat to sparkle, looking at their diet is the first place to start. Making the right choice in pet food can also keep your pet’s skin healthy, too. Here’s advice on choosing food to promote coat and skin health. Healthy diet, healthy coat When a dog is healthy you can ...

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  • How to transition your dog to a new diet

    Changing your dog’s diet is not something you can do overnight. The transition to a new food should be made slowly to avoid stomach upsets. Here’s our guide to making a smooth shift to a new dog food. If you’ve decided to make a change to your dog’s diet, whether it’s a different brand, a ...

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  • Petbarn’s Biggest Pet Loser Challenge

    Make 2017 you and your pet’s healthiest year with Petbarn’s Biggest Pet Loser Challenge. Are you planning to make 2017 your best year yet? Well perhaps it’s time for your pet to take part in a health overhaul, too. In an effort to combat the alarming statistic that 41% of Australian dogs are estimated to be ...

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  • Why dogs shouldn’t eat scraps from the table

    We’ve all seen the faces of desperation from our dogs as we eat our dinner. They want what we’re having and it’s often hard to resist giving them a scrap from our plates. But our pets have very different nutritional needs to us and some of the foods we love can cause serious health issues for dogs. Here’s why ...

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  • What should I feed my senior dog?

    As your dog starts to get older, their nutritional needs begin to change. This means that you will have to adjust your senior dog’s diet to better suit their life stage, in an effort to keep them at their best. Here’s our guide to making changes to your senior dog’s diet to keep them in top ...

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  • What having a pet can teach your kids

    Pets can teach their humans (especially the kids!) so much. Responsibility, compassion, loyalty and exercise are all among the benefits of kids who grow up with a pet. Oh, and a best friend! Responsibility Looking after a pet requires you to care for them, so kids who grow up with a pet often learn to be more ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia: September Pupdate

    Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise funds for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA). Here’s an update on just a few of the dogs who you have helped fund on their journey to become Seeing Eye Dogs! Macy Now 15 months old, Macy is currently waiting to begin her formal training and is ...

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  • Which dog breed is right for you?

    Bringing a puppy home is a big step for any household. They’re lively, fun and active pets, but depending on your lifestyle, different breeds of dog will suit your family better. Find out what your perfect pup is! Size matters Before falling in love with the first pup you see, think about the size of ...

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  • Australia’s top 5 dog breeds

    Inviting a dog into your family is a big step and it’s important to choose the right breed for your lifestyle. Here is our handy guide to the top five dog breeds being welcomed into Aussie homes. German Shepherd If you want a bodyguard and a best friend the German Shepherd could be the one of ...

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  • Your pet dental FAQs answered

    We have collated your most-asked pet dental FAQs from our Facebook call-out and put them to Greencross Vet, Dr Adam Sternberg.   Dogs My vet says my dog’s teeth are great. Is there anything to help combat that gross doggy breath or do we just put up with it? After a meal, a small amount of doggie ...

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  • Why growing up caring for pets is good for kids

    There are many benefits for children who grow up caring for pets. Here, we look at the top five:   1. Lessons for life A pet will teach your little one a great deal about love and life.  Living with an animal will help your child to develop valuable qualities including empathy, compassion and consideration ...

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  • Harrier Hound

    With an endless supply of energy, a Harrier Hound is a great pet for active households. They are incredible scent hounds and gentle, sweet playmates for children. You’d be forgiven for thinking your Harrier Hound runs on batteries that never go flat. They’re non-stop, on-the-go dogs. Playfully referred to as ‘Beagles on steroids’ they are ...

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  • Maremma Sheepdog

    Perfect for rural living, Maremma Sheepdogs are large, loyal and protective family pets that needs lots of mental stimulation. Affectionately known as gentle giants, Maremma Sheepdogs originated in Italy where their primary job was to guard flocks against wolves, bears and wild dogs. Maremma Sheepdogs are known for their self-reliant, independent and protective temperament. They ...

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  • Miniature Bull Terrier

    Courageous, clownish and energetic, a Miniature Bull Terrier is a fun and affectionate family pet. They are great with older children, the elderly and suit being in single-pet households. Daily runs are a must.   Fit to replace a clown at your child’s 10th birthday party, this lively, comical and playful dog has proved itself ...

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  • Coonhound

    With the stamina to play all day long, your Coonhound needs vigorous daily exercise. Partial to a cuddle, gentle with children and friendly to other cats and dogs, a Coonhound is a fantastic family pet. With an unbeatable sense of smell, a Coonhound is infamous for its ability to follow a trail, no matter how ...

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  • Sussex Spaniel

    Friendly, sociable and lively, the Sussex Spaniel is a hunting breed turned loyal companion. Active and energetic, they get along brilliantly with older children, other canines and benefit from running around a large yard. While your Sussex Spaniel might seem slow and lazy, when they get on the scent of a bird they become lightning ...

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  • Tibetan Mastiff

    The Regal, protective and loyal Tibetan Mastiff is an intelligent, dignified and independent breed. They are territorial with strangers, but calm, gentle and sweet with their family. A Tibetan Mastiff is as protective of their family as you are of your coffee on a Monday morning. Nothing will escape their attention as they carefully and ...

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  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi

    Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a lively, energetic and loyal breed that love to get involved with the family. They benefit from daily walks and are gentle, sweet playmates for children. Queen Elizabeth loves Corgis, if you do too, maybe it’s what you always suspected – you belong to a royal lineage. Highly intelligent and loyal, ...

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  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi

    Spirited, lively and charming dogs, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a loyal and loving companion that thrives off daily runs and lap cuddles. They are great with children too. ‘Cor gi’ is a Welsh word meaning ‘dwarf’. They are among the oldest of herding breeds and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is characterised by its long ...

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  • Tenterfield Terrier

    Bubbly, energetic, lively and fun, a Tenterfield Terrier is a loving and sweet family pet. They get along well with children and the elderly but not small animals like Guinea Pigs or Rabbits. Both a keen hunter and a loving, loyal companion, a Tenterfield Terrier is a wonderful family pet for children and the elderly ...

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  • Tibetan Spaniel

    Small, charming and agile, a Tibetan Spaniel is an ideal apartment pet for families with young children or seniors. They are intelligent, sensitive and thrive on human companionship. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s your agile, light-footed cat bouncing around the couch and perching on top of the windowsill if you own a Tibetan Spaniel. ...

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  • Swedish Vallhund

    Intelligent, affectionate and mild-mannered, a Swedish Vallhund is the perfect pet for active elderly couples or families with young children. They need vigorous daily exercise. Need a laugh? A Swedish Vallhund might just be the pet you need. They are energetic, playful and loving pets that are fond of playing games. Lots of games. They ...

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  • Norwich Terrier

    Small but bold and active, a Norwich Terrier is a wonderful companion for elderly couples or families. They are loyal, loving pets that need gentle daily exercise and a large yard to roam in. Always ready for adventure, your Norwich Terrier will love going to new places. They are family-orientated dogs and thrive when involved ...

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  • Sloughi

    Elegant and dignified, Sloughis are king of the canine world. They are extremely loyal and devoted to their family, as well as being gentle enough playmates for children. Originating from North Africa, these dogs are the closest canines to royalty there is. Revered by the Bedouin tribesmen and used for many different purposes, they were ...

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  • Scoodle

    Obedient, affectionate, loving, calm and sweet are just some of the words to describe a Scoodle. These wonderful family pets are great with children and other pets requiring a daily dose of exercise for a happy dog. Love the temperament of a Scottish Terrier but suffer from allergies? A Scoodle is just the pet for ...

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  • Shiba Inu

    Strong-willed, bold and incredibly alert, a Shiba Inu is an exciting and wonderful pet. Best suited to households with no children or pets, they make loyal companions who need daily vigorous exercise. A Shiba Inu is a fox in looks, Einstein in brains and a toddler in needs. Their handsome looks, easy to groom coat, ...

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  • Skye Terrier

    Small, bold, bright and loyal, a Skye Terrier is a spirited and lively pet. They relish being the only pet in the house and having your undivided attention. They are great for older families. A Skye Terrier is an ancient breed originally developed to hunt otters, foxes and badgers in Scotland. They are happy house ...

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  • Schnoodle

    Loyal, loving and affectionate, this sturdy and reliable breed is a great pet for families. Only needing a moderate amount of daily exercise, they are wonderful with children and other pets. They are also hypoallergenic. A cross between a Poodle and a Schnauzer, these fun-loving friendly dogs have the best of both parent breeds – ...

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  • Saluki

    The elegant and dignified Saluki is a regal and highly energetic breed that needs vigorous daily exercise and a soft bed for cuddles. They are gentle, sweet pets and great for children, but not ideal company for cats. Skinnier than a Greyhound, a Saluki is long, agile and extremely fast. They are a one-dog family ...

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  • Schipperke

    Fast, active, loyal and spirited, a Schipperke is a fun family dog. They are wonderful with children but also make great watchdogs suitable for apartment living. Don’t even try to keep up with your lightning-fast Schipperke. Pronounced ‘skip-per-key’, this breed is a big dog in a small body. They are lively, alert, energetic, highly intelligent, ...

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  • Pharaoh Hound

    Loyal, loving and sociable, Pharaoh Hounds know no limits, whether it’s running at the park or snuggling in your bed. They shed little and are gentle with children. Originally from Malta and known as the ‘rabbit dog’, these tall hunting dogs are graceful and athletic. They are independent but also loyal and loving to their ...

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  • Parson Russell Terrier

    Sweet, loyal and affectionate, Parson Russell Terrier owners can expect lots of cuddles. They are full of energy and perfect for active households and children, but do prefer to be the only pet. Your multitalented Parson Russell Terrier might steal the limelight in your household. They are excellent at agility, hunting and tracking and make ...

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  • Manchester Terrier

    Lively, energetic and loud, a Manchester Terrier is a fun, sociable and loving pet. Gentle with children and great for older couples, this dog needs daily exercise and snuggles. Known as the ‘gentleman’s terrier’ this dog was historically bred in England for hunting rats and rabbits. They are exceptional chasers and will go after anything ...

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  • Norfolk Terrier

    Bubbly, bright and active, a Norfolk Terrier is a high-energy, loving and sociable pet. They are great for families or older couples. They might be one of the smallest Terriers in the group, but don’t let their size fool you. Norfolk Terriers are full of personality and have the typical temperament of a terrier – ...

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  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

    Full of energy, this dog is great for active households. They are sociable, friendly and affectionate and great for families and children. Lots of runs and swims are essential. Their feathered orange/brown coat with a white-tipped tail and feet are not only deemed attractive to birds but to humans as well – you might find ...

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  • Lowchen

    Bright, bold and lively, a Lowchen is a fun and affectionate pet to have around the home. They are mild-mannered and get along great with children. They will even befriend other pets and are perfect for families or older couples. Lowchen, more commonly known as the Lion Dog due to their looks, is a big ...

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  • Leonberger

    Graceful and strong, a Leonberger resembles a lion in looks but not temperament. They are sweet, mild-mannered, calm and they’ll even get along with other pets. Great for families and children, a Leonberger is a loyal companion. Resembling a lion, these large, graceful dogs are a cross between a Newfoundland and St Bernard, among other ...

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  • Komondor

    Protective, loyal and devoted, don’t be surprised to see your Komondor following you from room to room. They are intelligent, steady and strong-willed pets that get along with children, but prefer being in a single-pet household. You’d be forgiven for thinking your mop has come alive if there’s a Komondor in the house, but good ...

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  • Keeshond

    Keeshonds are ideal family pets. They are energetic, bold, loyal and affectionate and their world revolves around their family. They are gentle with children and want to be included in all family activities. They don’t dig, drool or snore, are easy to train, their favourite activity is cuddling on the couch and they have a ...

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  • Japanese Akita

    Dignified, calm and protective, a Japanese Akita is best for single-pet households who have plenty of time to train their canine. They are loyal and loving towards their family, however aren’t suited to young children. Originally used for guarding royalty and nobility in Japan, true to his heritage, a Japanese Akita is a loyal and ...

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  • Irish Setter

    Sociable and gentle, an Irish Setter is an excellent pet for children. Full of love and affection, their family is their world. They have a strong desire to exercise and need to be taken to the park daily. Irish Setters are bold, boisterous and bright. Originally bred for hunting, they have a fantastic sense of ...

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  • Havanese

    Hypoallergenic, smart and small, a Havanese is a wonderful companion for families or senior couples. They tend to suffer from separation anxiety and suit families that are home during the day. The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba and boasts of a long luxurious coat. Originally they were bred to be a pampered lap ...

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  • Flat-coated Retriever

    Puppy-like as an adult, a Flat-Coated Retriever will bring much joy into your home. They are sweet, calm, affectionate and loyal, not to mention gentle with children and even good with cats. This dog is the epitome of a wagging tail – it just never stops! These happy-go-lucky dogs were bred in the 18th Century ...

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  • Field Spaniel

    With endless amounts of energy, your Field Spaniel is happiest when at the park or at the beach playing fetch. They are great family pets and have a sweet, sensitive, loyal and affectionate disposition. A Field Spaniels love of running, jumping and swimming is so strong, it seems born to exercise. This highly energetic breed ...

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  • Ibizan Hound

    With a strong love of both exercising and sleeping your Ibizan Hound will keep you on your toes. Sweet and gentle, your children and cat will get along brilliantly with an Ibizan Hound. Pronounced ‘ee-BEE-than’, Ibizan Hounds are a sighthound closely related to the Greyhound. They originated in Ibiza where they hunted rabbits. They are ...

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  • Gordon Setter

    The large, graceful Gordon Setter has high demand for exercise and play-time. They thrive when involved in all aspects of family life and are affectionate, loyal, loving pets. Gordon Setters are a huge fan of running, jumping and keeping active. Once is not enough, get out twice daily and you’ll have the most content and ...

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  • Goldendoodle

    Charming, sociable and bubbly, a Goldendoodle will sweep you off your feet. They are ideal first pets and great family dogs known to be gentle with children and playful with other dogs or cats. Mix a Golden Retriever with a Poodle and you may just get the cutest dog ever known. These large dogs with ...

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  • German Spitz Klein

    Bubbly and spirited, a German Spitz Klein is a fun, energetic and loving dog. They want to spend every day with their family, whether it be relaxing on the couch or playing in the yard. Bold and bright is an easy way to sum up the personality of a German Spitz Klein. They are adventurous, ...

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  • Finnish Spitz

    Lively, energetic and spirited, a Finnish Spitz is a happy, loving and active family pet. They are highly intelligent, gentle with children and even love cats. Boasting impeccable eyesight and hearing, nothing will escape your Finnish Spitz. So good luck sneaking in at 2am! Lively and energetic, your dog is always ready to play a ...

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  • Finnish Lapphund

    Friendly, sweet, loving and devoted, a Finnish Lapphund is an easy dog to train and suitable for novice dog owners however they do have serious exercise needs so suit an active family. These fluffy dogs will steal the title of ‘smartest member of the household’. They are a friendly, smart and sociable dog, always ready ...

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  • English Setter

    Bursting with energy, affection and love, your English Setter will want to be everyone’s best friend. They are loyal and sweet dogs who thrive when included in all aspects of family life. A new person means a new friend in an English Setter’s eyes. Naturally happy and very affectionate, this breed will greet people with ...

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  • Dogue De Bordeaux

    Pat after pat after pat, your Dogue De Bordeaux is a sucker for some love. Their family is their universe and they never want to leave your side. As adults, they are sweet, gentle and have a calm disposition. Crave company? A Dogue De Bordeaux is just the pet for you. They will stick to ...

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  • Deerhound

    A calm, sweet gentle giant, your Deerhound will find a favourite spot on your couch. For the happiest pet around, take them to the park every day. They are wonderful family pets. Deerhounds have been used in Australian since colonial times and were used to hunt Kangaroos for their meat. They are gentle giants and ...

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  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier

    Dignified and independent, yet affectionate and cuddly, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a sweet and loving family pet. Renowned for being hardy and friendly a Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a wonderful family pet. They are one of the most placid, docile and gentle Terriers, neither yappy or snappy, and they love to snuggle. Reserve a ...

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  • Curly-coated Retriever

    A gorgeous curly coat keeps this friendly, bubbly and energetic breed protected in cold weather. They love a long game of fetch at the beach. During the 18th Century, these dogs retrieved ducks and quail in England. They don’t do much retrieving these days, having found a niche as a wonderful family pet that loves ...

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  • Clumber Spaniel

    Clumber Spaniels have a happy-go-lucky attitude. Their favourite pastime includes eating and being a couch potato so you may need to hide the dog food. They are gentle, loving and great pets for families. The Clumber Spaniel is renowned for having excellent memory. These intelligent dogs are eager to please so training is a breeze. ...

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  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever

    A Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s three most favourite things in life are swimming, training and hanging out with their family. Devote lots of time to training and exercising your dog and you’ll have a wonderful family pet. Their ability to swim and hunt in the water is second to none. If you love the great outdoors ...

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  • Cesky Terrier

    Perhaps the friendliest of Terriers, this calm, sweet and spirited dog is a great playmate for children, perfect jogging buddy and just the right size for snuggling on the couch. Has your toast disappeared off the table? No, there’s no food thief hiding in the cupboards, it’s just your Cesky Terrier. This breed has a ...

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  • Cairn Terrier

    Spirited and animated, with a strong sense of humour, a Cairn Terrier is an excitable, loving dog with a sweet disposition. They love getting involved in family life and make charming pets. The Cairn Terrier’s reputation as ‘best pal in the world’ is well-deserved. They are sweet, animated and full of love. Known to handle ...

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  • Brittany Dog

    Great for families, this Energizer bunny is very active yet sweet and calm. Brittany Dogs are loyal, peaceful with other pets and love to be out exploring new walking paths. The Brittany Dog is the national dog of France and since the 70’s has developed a strong and loyal following in Australia. It’s easy to ...

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  • Bracco Italiano

    Big yards and lots of exercise make for one happy Bracco Italiano. These guys are sweet and gentle, shed little and will even befriend the household cat. Your children and great grandma will be well looked after by this gentle giant. With puppy dog eyes that could peer into your soul, an Italian Bracco is ...

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  • Borzoi

    Dignified, gentle, graceful and regal sums up a Borzoi. They have a sweet and calm disposition and make loyal companions. A daily run and snooze on the couch is a day well spent for this dog. This court-jester originally came from Russia and its love of cold weather means you will often find your Borzoi ...

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  • Bouvier des Flandres

    Sweet, calm and laid-back is the best way to describe a Bouvier des Flandres’ temperament. They are gentle with children, friendly to cats and require a moderate amount of exercise. They are ideal family pets. The Bouvier des Flandres was nearly forced to extinction during World War I but survived as a cattle dog. Their ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog Groenendael

    The long flowing black coat of this breed is sure to stop people in the street. They are highly active and love a long vigorous run. Family is at the centre of the universe for this dog. Originally bred to herd and guard fields where valuable linen cloths were laid out to dry in the ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervueren

    Their spirited and cheeky sense of humour makes them wonderful family pets. Gentle with children and friendly to other pets, your Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervueren will be right at home. The Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervueren was originally bred to herd and guard fields where valuable linen cloths were laid out to dry in the sun, but ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog Malinois

    Loyal and devoted, a Belgian Shepherd Dog Malinois is a great pet for active households who have lots of spare time. They crave human companionship, are gentle with children and will even befriend other pets. Pronounced Belgian Shepherd Dog ‘Mal-in-wah’, this dog was originally bred to herd and guard fields where valuable linen cloths were ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog Malinois

    Loyal and devoted, a Belgian Shepherd Dog Malinois is a great pet for active households who have lots of spare time. They crave human companionship, are gentle with children and will even befriend other pets. Pronounced Belgian Shepherd Dog ‘Mal-in-wah’, this dog was originally bred to herd and guard fields where valuable linen cloths were ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog Laekenois

    Big yards, lots of playtime and your undivided attention makes a Belgian Shepherd Dog Laekenois a happy dog. They are gentle with children and will even befriend your partner’s cat. Pronounced ‘Belgian Shepherd Dog Lak-in-wah’, these dogs were originally bred to herd and guard fields where valuable linen cloths were laid out to dry in ...

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  • Basset Fauve de Bretagne

    Known for being gentle and sweet with children, this short-legged hound is not only the cutest foot-warmer but also the cutest running buddy. This breed is lively, amicable and sociable. In fact, signs of timidity are considered to be a flaw. They are the ultimate family pet, being gentle and loving with all members, including ...

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  • Bedlington Terrier

    Moderately active and full of love for their family, a Bedlington Terrier is devoted, loyal and a great family pet. They might resemble a sheep, but a Bedlington Terrier’s personality is far from sheep-like. They possess lightning-fast speed and are intelligent, friendly and loving as well as jealous and protective. Bedlington Terriers are smart dogs ...

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  • Basenji

    Basenjis are unusual dogs because they are self-grooming, odour-free and barkless. Perfect for active households, this breed will keep you on your toes. Basenjis are a truly unique breed that can be likened to many different animals. They groom themselves like cats, can climb trees like monkeys, hug like bears and even stalk birds. They ...

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  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog

    Loyal, devoted and strong-willed, your Anatolian Shepherd Dog will love you unconditionally. Their family is the centre of their universe. Also known as the Karabash or Kangal Dog, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a large, powerful breed hailing from Turkey where they were used to guard flocks of sheep and goats. These highly intelligent and ...

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  • Affenpinscher

    Outgoing, charming, lively and spirited you’ll wonder how you ever lived without an Affenpinscher. They are wonderful family pets and hypoallergenic. Affectionately nicknamed ‘the monkey dog’ due to their appearance, this mischievous, charming dog will have the family in fits of giggles. They are quirky and spirited little dogs who show great affection for their ...

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  • Spoodle

    Friendly, outgoing and sweet are the top words to describe a Spoodle. Children, dogs and even cats will find a spot in this breed’s loyal and devoted heart. Sometimes referred to as the ‘social butterfly’ of dogs, a Spoodle has a wonderful temperament that makes them ideal family pets or a loyal companion. A cross ...

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  • Irish Wolfhound

    Noble, kind, sweet and moderately active, Irish Wolfhounds are wonderful family pets. Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a small pony. The Irish Wolfhound is one of tallest dog breeds in the world, standing around 80cms tall. Once bred for hunting wolves, they are now calm and slow loyal companions. Affectionately known as a gentle giant ...

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  • Portuguese Water Dog

    Animated and spirited, a Portuguese Water Dog is a loving, gentle pet perfect for families who love spending time by the beach. The Cao De Agua, or ‘dog of water’ as it is known Portugal is a fun-loving and family-friendly dog. Unsurprisingly, they are excellent swimmers and were originally bred to assist fisherman. Nowadays, they ...

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  • Canaan

    Canaans make wonderful family pets. They are loyal, devoted and sweet-tempered dogs that are happy when snuggled by your feet or playing games in the park. Canaans love fetch so much, they have been known to retrieve a ball a hundred times in a row. You can expect your fitness level to increase as they ...

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  • Silky Terrier

    They have a mischievous side, but this small yet lively companion is a great pet for families. Silky Terriers are a close cousin to the Yorkshire Terrier. If you’re a jet-setter that misses the family, take along your Silky Terrier – they are easy travelers. They are also affectionate, happy and amiable. Don’t be surprised ...

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  • Newfoundland

    Sweet and kind, this gentle giant is wonderful with children. They are also intelligent, quick to learn and tend to favour the couch over rigorous exercise. If you have a large family at home, a Newfoundland is the dog for you. Sweet-tempered, patient and loving, they are an excellent companion and friend of children. Grown-ups ...

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  • Great Pyrenees

    Majestic, loyal, calm and a couch potato, a Great Pyrenees is a loyal companion. Many similarities can be drawn between teenagers and Great Pyrenees. For example, both leave an imprint on the couch and tend to be independent and stubborn. But unlike teenagers, they are majestic and have a gentle disposition. They were originally bred ...

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  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

    Three words describe a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog: loyal, friendly and athletic. You can rest assured they’ll be friends with your children and your cat. Be careful that your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog doesn’t end up walking you! They are a strong and athletic breed, so early obedience training is a must for a well-behaved ...

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  • Briard

    Want a dog that will turn heads, encourage you to exercise more, and that will get along with children? Then a Briard is your perfect pet. ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them all?’ Your Briard would be a top contender with their attractive long coat. This breed is an all-rounder, ...

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  • Bearded Collie

    Their carefree attitude and charming disposition make Bearded Collies wonderful pets. They are active, lively and benefit from lots of regular activity. The ultimate tail-wagger, a Bearded Collie is a happy-go-lucky kind of dog. They are gentle and love to get involved in all aspects of family life. Expect a walking buddy, a swimming buddy ...

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  • Afghan Hound

    Their elegant flowing coats make them one of the most gorgeous dogs, if you can handle their grooming requirements. They are also loving, devoted and highly intelligent. Regal and dignified, you’ve be forgiven for thinking this breed stems from aristocracy. But they actually come from much more humble origins, being used to chase game across ...

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  • Puli

    Their corded coat makes them one of the most unique looking dogs on the block. Pulis are protective, loyal, lively, and enjoy lots of snuggles and afternoon runs. Pulis are the ultimate hipster dog. With their tassel-like coat that could pass for dreadlocks, you can have matching hairstyles with your dog. These happy, spring-like, playful ...

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  • Shar-Pei

    We’ll forgive you for thinking of your pet as your child if you have a Shar-Pei. They are dominant, strong-willed and need to be constantly taught right from wrong. But they are as cute as a button and loyal to a fault. What more could you want from a dog? Stubborn strong-willed and independent, this ...

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  • American Eskimo

    Built for the cold, this fluffy, all-white, intelligent and loving dog enjoys long runs, a good noisy chat and a cuddle on the couch. Teenagers beware, there is no sneaking in past curfew with this dog in the house. With their great eyesight, even better hearing and a love for barking, an American Eskimo will ...

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  • American Water Spaniel

    Is it a bird? Is it a fish? No it’s an American Water Spaniel! Renowned for being ultra-fast and a serious exercise lover, this breed is perfect for active households. Don’t be fooled, that’s not Thorpedo in the water, its your buddy, the fearless American Water Spaniel. These dogs are skilled swimmers, have a water-resistant ...

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  • Beauceron

    Bred in France, this sleek, agile and energetic dog is a great pet for households looking for a running buddy. They are devoted, loyal and gentle with children. Croissants, cheese, wine and macaroons – so many great things come from France, including the beautiful Beauceron. Originally bred to guard and herd sheep, they are an ...

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  • Australian Cattle Dog

    Need a running buddy? Challenge yourself to race an Australian Cattle Dog – they are ideal pets for active households. Be ready to give up the title of ‘fastest runner in the house’, as an Australian Cattle Dog will outrun you every time. They are a high-energy, hard-working dog who enjoy being active all day ...

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  • Weimaraner

    Want an active pet that loves children and is low-maintenance? A Weimaraner will be your best buddy. Nicknamed the Silver Ghost, the Weimaraner is a fast, agile and elegant dog. They are great family pets, getting along well with children and making ideal companions. They love family life and enjoy getting involved and playing lots ...

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  • Miniature Dachshund

    Playful, lively and very cute, Miniature Dachshunds are great pets for those who love long walks and snuggles. Nicknamed the ‘sausage dog’, a full-grown Miniature Dachshund weighs between 4-5 kgs, and is only 35cm long. Historically, Miniature Dachshunds were bred to hunt rabbits, but now they are wonderful family pets. These cute little lapdogs are ...

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  • Australian Bulldog

    If you love the cuteness of a Bulldog but also want a loving, gentle, low-maintenance and healthy dog, then the Australian Bulldog is just the pet for you. Not yet recognised as an official breed in Australia, the Australian Bulldog is a relative of the British Bulldog. Bred for Aussie conditions, they tend to suffer ...

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  • Samoyed

    Fluffy, all-white and very pretty is the best way to sum up a Samoyed. They are also incredibly family-friendly and known for being great with children. They’ll also have you out and about exercising in no time. Known for herding reindeer in Northern Russia, this family pet may just help ‘herd’ your family into line. ...

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  • Old English Sheepdog

    This may be the ultimate furry friend. Whether you’re running, biking, hiking or catching up on the latest TV series, an Old English Sheepdog will always be happy to join you. Your happiness is your dog’s happiness when you own an Old English Sheepdog. Whether running, biking, walking or being a couch potato, this dog ...

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  • Miniature Pinscher

    A Miniature Pinscher’s greatest joys in life are toys, more toys and their humans, so expect lots of playtime and cuddles. Miniature Pinscher owners are constantly replacing half-eaten chew toys. They adore toys and will happily play with them all day long. It is said people who have a Miniature Pinscher are never bored. Brash, ...

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  • Italian Greyhound

    This breed isn’t always fast and furious. Italian Greyhounds love nothing more than a relaxing afternoon snuggled on the couch. Italian Greyhounds – basically miniature Greyhounds – date back as far as Ancient Egypt. Like Greyhounds, they are known for their speed, but also their couch-potato tendencies and a casual laid-back approach to life. They ...

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  • Foxhound

    “On the go” is the best way to describe this breed. Always ready for a run or cuddle, this friendly good-natured dog is a great fit for a family. Excitable, lively, energetic and loving, your Foxhound will be at your beck and call and always eager to please… except when on the scent. This is ...

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  • Dachshund – Wirehaired

    These cute sausage dogs are curious, affectionate and playful and suit apartment living. Pronounced ‘dak-sund’ and affectionately known as the sausage dog, this short-legged, long-bodied little guy is playful, curious, affectionate and brave. Strangers shouldn’t expect much love, as they tend to be reserved with unknown people but they are incredibly loyal and loving with ...

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  • Dachshund – Longhaired

    This long-haired Dachshund has a gorgeous glossy coat that will stop people in their tracks. They are sweet, loving and mild-mannered pets, perfect for families. Loyal to fault, family means everything to this breed. Pronounced ‘dak-sund’ and affectionately known as the sausage dog, this short-legged, long-bodied little guy is playful, curious, affectionate and brave. However ...

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  • Australian Shepherd

    With a gorgeous mottled coat and a steady friendly temperament, the Australian Shepherd is ideal for all households and makes a wonderful family dog. Don’t be fooled, these hardy dogs are from America, not Australia. The origin of their name is unclear. This breed is great for active households and is strong, eager to please, ...

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  • Chinese Crested

    This breed sticks by its beloved humans like Velcro and will want to share every moment. They are small, sweet, gentle… and hairless. Confident, graceful, alert, and um…., bald. These are just some of the terms used to describe a Chinese Crested. They are strong-willed and intelligent, but not snappy, making them easy to train. ...

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  • Chow Chow

    Their resemblance to a bear, low-exercise requirements and independent personality may be the perfect fit for you. Aloof and strong with a facial expression, the Chow Chow is a true introvert. They are naturally clean pets, easy to house-train and are relatively quiet, tending to mind their own business. They often pick a favourite person ...

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  • Pet symptoms you shouldn’t ignore

    Dogs and cats are particularly good at hiding that they are feeling sick. This makes it difficult to tell if your furry friend is exhibiting any pet symptoms that you should be worried about.     If your dog or cat is unwell you may notice a lack of energy or a change in behaviour ...

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  • Bloodhound

    Giant-sized dogs that are active, playful and will follow a scent for days on end. Hide the food. Don’t leave last night’s dinner lying around as a Bloodhound will find it before you’ve had time to scoop it into your lunchbox. Their ability to follow scents is second to none and they are interested in ...

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  • Bernese Mountain Dog

    Bernese Mountain Dogs tick all the boxes: friendly, affectionate, good with children, and not overly energetic. Their striking good looks and terrific temperament may result in your guests being more excited to give your dog a cuddle than you. Originally from farmlands in Switzerland, this is an incredibly strong and sturdy dog, not to mention ...

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  • Kelpie

    Known for being a workaholic, this dog loves to exercise! They are also easy to train and very friendly. Be prepared to lose your status as the fastest runner in the house. Quick and agile, Kelpies are great dogs for families that love to work out. They have endless stamina and will work till they ...

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  • Pointer

    Originally prized for being great gun dogs, with their friendly, affectionate and loving nature Pointers make ideal family pets for active households. This is one dog that will happily run anywhere with you. Pointers are terrific as either as working dogs or family pets. They are lithe and athletic and do well with a loving ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia: August Pupdate

    Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise funds for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA). Here’s an update on just a few of the dogs who you have helped fund on their journey to become Seeing Eye Dogs! Missy Missy has been progressing very well over the past few months, and both her puppy ...

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  • Labradoodle

    If you love Labradors, but are allergic to dogs, then a Labradoodle is your perfect pet! They are active yet gentle, and are great family pets. Labradoodles are a mix between a Labrador Retriever and Poodle. They are not yet a registered breed in Australia because they are so new, first appearing in the 1980s ...

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  • Cavoodle

    Perfect for those after a small, fluffy, intelligent and low-shedding dog. The Cavoodle is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. Both parent breeds have a gentle nature that is carried over in the Cavoodle. The Cavalier brings its laid-back approach to life and the Poodle, its intelligence and loyalty. They ...

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  • Pugalier

    Affectionate and human-friendly, a Pugalier will fit right in. A mix of a Pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, this small pup has all the cuteness of a Pug, but without the breathing difficulties. They still have slightly squished faces, but longer nose and ears. Their appearance might be an acquired taste but they ...

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  • Welsh Springer Spaniel

    Peaceful, dependable, loving and endless energy sums up the qualities of the Welsh Springer Spaniel. Expect lots of licks, cuddles and runs with a Welsh Springer Spaniel in the family. They have a very steady temperament and love to be around their humans. Their favourite activities are runs, games and cuddles. Their long wavy coat, ...

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  • English Springer Spaniel

    A good all-rounder dog, your English Springer Spaniel will love to accompany you on a run or snuggle up on the couch. Known for their puppy dog eyes, these gorgeous friendly pets will be a welcome addition to any home. They are eager to please, intelligent and willing to obey, making them easy pets to ...

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  • American Staffordshire Terrier

    As a young puppy, American Staffordshire Terrier are like bulls in a china shop: full of energy, constantly running and jumping. They mature into a graceful, strong, happy and social dog. This breed is the canine equivalent of an Olympian. Strong and agile, they are powerful, active dogs who benefit from daily rigorous activity. Active ...

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  • Scottish Terrier

    Loyal companion, friendly and a vermin controller, a Scottish Terrier is the perfect fit for you. If exercise is not high on your daily agenda, then a Scottish Terrier might suit your household perfectly. While all dogs need regular exercise to stay healthy, this breed doesn’t go and go and go. Instead, a daily casual ...

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  • Boston Terrier

    Bred in the United States and characterised by perky ears and a flat face, a Boston Terrier makes a great first pet. With bulging eyes, short muzzle and perky ears, these Terriers just make you want to curl up for a cuddle. They look similar to a French Bulldog, but the Boston Terrier is easier ...

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  • Border Terrier

    Border Terriers like to do things in their own time and are essentially a large dog in a small body. Curious about what Border Terriers are like as pets? Confident and courageous, these dogs are well behaved and can be trained to know all the basic commands, but sometimes they just don’t feel like doing ...

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  • Yorkshire Terrier

    This British born dog is lively, inquisitive and great for those who suffer from allergies. Small and cuddly, Yorkshire Terriers will happily curl up in your lap. Toy-sized, these terriers weigh between 2 and 3kgs and grow no taller than 20.5cms. Did you know you can even get a smaller Yorkshire Terrier? Teacup (or Miniature) ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog

    Full of life and hailing from Belgium, this breed suits single-pet households. The Belgian Shepherd comes in four varieties, the Groenendael, Tervueren, Malinois and Laekenois. The Belgian Shepherd might be hard to win over, but they are incredibly loyal to their owners. Known for being strong, athletic and large, the Belgian Shepherd also tends to ...

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  • German Shepherd

    If you’re after a loyal, intelligent and very active dog, then a German Shepherd could be the perfect pet for you. If you want a great watchdog and a best friend, the German Shepherd could be the breed for you. Bred for herding and commonly used as watchdogs due to their high level of intelligence, ...

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  • Labrador Retriever

    Known for being a great family pet, this large, friendly dog fits in well with active families. Don’t mistake a Labrador Retriever for a Golden Retriever, as while similar, they are different breeds. An all-round ray of sunshine, the Labrador Retriever has a reputation for being an excellent family pet. Good-natured, friendly and affectionate, Labrador ...

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  • Should I get a second dog?

    Are you thinking of welcoming a second dog into your home? Here’s how to maximise the chance of your dogs becoming best friends instead of double trouble.  Home alone Pet owners exert a great deal of energy worrying whether their dog is lonely while they’re spending long working hours at the office. The truth is, ...

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  • How to teach your dog to do tricks

    A well-behaved dog that can sit, stay, come and walk on a leash properly is fantastic. It’s even more fun when your pet can high-five you, shake and roll over on command. Here’s how to teach your dog to do tricks. Before you can teach your dog to do tricks, your best friend needs to know ...

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  • Five essentials for your pet’s dental health

    Most pet parents don’t know about what’s on the market for their pet’s dental health care. Here’s our must-have list for your pet’s dental health. Your pet can’t brush their own teeth, but their dental health is just as important as your own, and it requires just as much care and attention. Working with your ...

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  • When does my pet get old?

    Both cats and dogs are considered senior pets from the age of seven years. Did you know you should tweak their diet and exercise regime as they get older? 
Here are some tips for caring for senior pets. Junior or Adult? The kitten or puppy phase only lasts 12 months, then pets are adolescents or ...

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  • Ultimate dental tips for your pet

    Should you brush your dog’s teeth? What does smelly breath mean? What’s the best food for your pet’s teeth? There are so many questions when it comes to dental hygiene for your pet. Whether you have a dog, cat, reptile or rabbit we have the ultimate dental tips to help look after your pet. Did ...

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  • How to groom your dog

    At Petbarn we know grooming your dog is important. Here are four key home grooming habits to follow to keep your dog’s coat in optimal condition. Need some help grooming your dog? Petbarn offers both professional grooming salons and DIY dog wash services at selected stores. Enquire now! Check out our grooming services: http://bit.ly/2d5P0Og

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  • Exercising your dog

    Exercising your dog is essential, but it’s important to note that all dogs have different needs. Here are our recommendations on exercising your dog. To learn more about exercising your dog and the different exercise requirements for each breed, head to the Petbarn website or visit your local Petbarn store.

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  • How to brush your dog’s teeth

    Did you know brushing your dog’s teeth is the best way to protect them from dental disease? Here’s our handy video on how to brush your dog’s teeth. Want to learn more about brushing your dog’s teeth? Visit your local Petbarn store for great advice on dog dental care.

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  • Protecting your dog from ticks

    Australia is home to the paralysis tick, which can be deadly for your dog. Watch this handy video to learn how to protect your dog from ticks. Want to learn more about how to protect your pet from ticks? Visit the Petbarn website for more great tips and advice on parasite prevention.

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  • Protecting your dog from fleas

    Petbarn knows prevention is key when it comes to fighting off fleas. Here’s our video on how to protect your dog from fleas. To learn more about protecting your dog from fleas or to get help and advice on fleas and other parasites visit our website, or drop by your local Petbarn store. Shop flea ...

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  • Protecting your dog from worms

    Regular preventative worming is a normal part of caring for your dog. Watch this video to learn how to protect your dog from worms for life. Worming treatments are different depending on the age of your dog, with different products available for puppies and adult dogs. Visit your local Petbarn for expert advice on worming ...

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  • Checking your dog for dental issues

    Dental health is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Here’s how to care for your dog’s dental health and check your dog for signs of dental disease. At Petbarn we have lots of products, tips and advice on how to care for your dog’s dental health.

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  • Keeping your dog safe in summer

    At Petbarn, we’re all about safety, and the harsh summer sun can be harmful to your dog. Watch this video to learn how to keep your dog safe in summer. Visit the Petbarn website to learn more about how to keep your dog safe and happy in summer.

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia: July pupdate

    Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise funds for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA). Here’s an update on just a few of the dogs who you have helped fund on their journey to become Seeing Eye Dogs!   Belle Belle is already turning one this month! Her puppy carer says that as Belle ...

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  • The 7 signs of dog dental disease

    Check your pet for the seven signs of dog dental disease. Head to your nearest Petbarn store or Greencross Vets clinic for more advice!

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  • Puppy learns to shake

    10 things only dog people understand

    Having a pet makes you a better human, all pet owners know that. But there are some things that only dog people know. Those little things that make you laugh, smile, and some that you grin and bear, all come about from living with a canine friend. 1. Your phone is basically a storage device for ...

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  • How to exercise with your pet in the dark

    As the days get shorter, mornings and evenings are getting darker. Here are some tips for exercising safely with your pet in winter.   Training Being pulled along by your over-excited and straining pup isn’t that much fun. We’ve all been there, but it’s important to teach your pet to walk properly on the lead, ...

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  • Why you should take your dog to work tomorrow

    Nothing makes us happier than cuddling our beloved pets. June 24th  is Take Your Dog to Work Day! Pets can help to make you a better human and be more productive, not to mention also reduce your stress levels and improve your overall health. Here’s some reasons why you should consider taking your pet to work with ...

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  • Bathroom to a dog chow chow

    How often should I wash my dog?

    Has your dog started to smell? That’s usually a pretty good sign that it’s overdue for a wash. It doesn’t have to go that far, so here’s how you can work out a bathing roster going ahead. Most healthy dogs will benefit from having a bath on a fortnightly basis. Obviously there’s room to move ...

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  • Top 5 ways to keep your pet active this winter

    Humans are certainly less inclined to exercise in the colder months, but some animals are also known to become lethargic. Here are some tips to keep them fit and healthy despite the winter weather. 1. Rug up Just like you, your pet could need winter clothing and bedding to help keep them warm during the colder months. ...

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  • 8 ways we treat our pets like humans

    When it comes to our pets, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for them. In fact, we love them so much they’re practically part of the family…   Forget ‘baby talk’ it’s all about ‘pet talk’. We know when we have a cute dog in the office, we all just melt and bring our cutesy little puppy ...

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  • Prepare your pets for winter

    You’ll probably have noticed the shorter days and cooler weather that’s rolling in across Australia – and so have your pets! Have you prepared them for cooler weather? Bedding/shelter It’s definitely snuggle season, and just as you like to pull out the flannel sheets and thicker doona to keep warm, your dog or cat may ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia – May pupdate

    Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise funds for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA). Here’s an update on just some of the dogs who you have helped fund their journey to become seeing eye dogs!   Benson Benson is such a sweet boy who is progressing in leaps and bounds in his training. His ...

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  • What do I need for my new dog?

    Welcome to the dog owners club. There are few things more exciting than welcoming a new dog into the family. But before you start teaching your dog new tricks, here are a few things you should take care of first. Puppy paperwork Ok, paperwork might sound boring, but it’s extremely important. Make sure your dog ...

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  • The best collars and leads for running

    Running alongside your best mate is a walk in the park, provided you’re armed with the right equipment.   Most dogs are good runners, they bound with exuberance in the mere presence of another dog, and are practically beside themselves at the prospect at a game of fetch. But, whether or not they are good ...

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  • Should I get my pet a companion?

    There’s a lot to consider when you’re thinking about getting a second pet. Here are some of the things you should think about before taking the step.  You should only get your pet a companion if you are ready to become a parent again. Do you have the time, money and love to bring an ...

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  • 10 things you didn’t know about pet adoption

    Furry friends bring much joy and love to a family. If you’ve decided that the time is right for a pet and want to adopt, here are 10 things you ought to know.   1. Adopted pets are healthy and happy You never have to worry about your pet running away as shelters microchip your pet, ...

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  • How my seeing eye dog changed my life

    Carol Smith has low vision that means it’s difficult for her to navigate everyday life without assistance. She was paired with Bailey, a seeing eye dog sponsored by generous donations from Petbarn customers. In this guest blog post, she tells us of her experience. How can a two-year-old Labrador change your life? My seeing eye dog ...

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  • How much exercise does my dog need?

    You’ve seen how excited your dog gets when you jingle the lead, and there’s a very good reason. Dogs not only love to exercise daily, they need to. Find out how much exercise your dog really needs.     The average human needs to exercise 30 minutes each day to maintain a healthy weight. The ...

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  • How do I clean my dog’s teeth?

    It’s essential to understand the importance of your dog’s dental health. As a pet parent it means you’ve got to get your hands dirty, in order to get your pet’s teeth clean.   Maintaining your dog’s dental hygiene is not just about brushing its pearly white teeth. Like humans, there are important health reasons as ...

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  • 9 reasons seeing eye dogs are the best dogs in the world

    Seeing Eye Dogs, those beautiful Labradors and Golden Retrievers, bring many loveable qualities to their owners, as well as benefitting the community around them. Here are nine reasons Seeing Eye Dogs are the best dogs in the world! 1. Seeing Eye Dogs are loyal and protective companions, they often provide the owner in need with more ...

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  • Petbarn supports Seeing Eye Dogs Australia

    Having a vision impairment or blindness makes navigating the world, and experiencing everyday life, much more difficult. That’s why it’s so important for organisations like Seeing Eye Dogs Australia to train and supply highly skilled dogs to help those people affected by full or partial blindness and other vision impairment. Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) is ...

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  • VIPs: Very Important Puppies!

    Catch up on all the news from our friends at Seeing Eye Dogs Australia, where the new puppy recruits are making a lot of headway with their training!   Belle    Belle’s personality is growing bigger and brighter than ever. Her Puppy Carer says she radiates so much joy, leaving people entertained and smiling. Not ...

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  • The Journey of a Seeing Eye Dog

    Meet Zuri, the Seeing Eye Dog who’s training to help a human live their fullest life.     A Seeing Eye Dog can make an incredible change in their future human’s life, but Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) can’t do it without your support. Donate to help SEDA train Seeing Eye Dogs here!

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  • 10 of the world’s cutest animal mums

    Now, we all know Mother’s Day is a special day for all the hard-working, loving, caring mums out there. But, you know who else deserves a mention on one of the year’s most important days? These cutest animal mums …   I love how you’re a good listener, even though I’m not that great at listening (sometimes!).   ...

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  • Seeing eye dogs – did you know?

    Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs Australia division (SEDA), is the only national provider of Seeing Eye Dogs for people that are blind or vision impaired. For the right person, getting a Seeing Eye Dog can have a profound impact on the quality of their life. It takes a lot of time, love, patience and money to ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs: Transformation

    Meet Zuri the seeing eye dog! Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) need your donations to help Zuri and dogs like him reach their potential.   Head to our SEDA information page to find out more about Seeing Eye Dogs Australia and to donate!

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  • Danielle and Lucy

     “Lucy is my family’s dog – she’s a bichon frise cross poodle, who’s ten years old. She’s really funny, in that she doesn’t like other dogs that much and prefers to be with humans. She also hates couriers! It’s that old thing with dogs and postmen… She chases them all the time! But generally she ...

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  • Five important things Seeing Eye Dogs learn

    They’re one of the most amazing animals, training for at least two years to change lives, each one costing a mega $50,000 to train! Help us help seeing eye dogs reach their potential by donating today. Walking in a straight line Seeing Eye Dogs need to keep a straight line in the centre of the ...

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  • Justine and Lou

    “This is Lucky Lou, she’s a rescue dog. She almost didn’t survive as a puppy, but there was a kid who rescued her and brought her to my place and that’s how I got her. I’ve always had dogs. I have a mental illness, and I seem to be able to relate to animals better ...

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  • Andrew and Millie

    “This is Millie, my Maltese cross. Why did I get her? Well, I had a caravan down at Nowra for a while, but when I went down there by myself I was lonely. There was an old guy down there with a Maltese, and I could see the kinship that he had with his little ...

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  • Doran and Rummy

     “This is Rummy, she’s a Staffy cross. My parents had Staffies when I was growing up and I finally got to the point where I could get a dog of my own. We go to the park, we go to the beach, I take her into work, and she makes everyone else there happy too. ...

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  • Francine and Zoe

     “My dog helps me get out of the house and gets me exercising. He also teaches me loyalty. I just love him.” Francine (pictured here with her friend’s Toy Poodle, Zoe who is 8) also has a dog of her own.

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  • Jason and Nacho

     “Nacho is my best friend. He completely turned my life around. I don’t like it when people use the word ‘dog’ as a derogatory term because they really are man’s best friend”. Nacho is 6-year-old Toy Poodle cross who belongs to Jason.

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  • Tina, Kimba and Leffey

    “My dogs are always happy to see us and don’t ask anything of us. Their love is unconditional.” Tina, human to German Shorthaired Pointer, Kimba and Leffey, a Cattle cross.

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  • Neddy and Marcella

    Petbarn Caroline Springs store manager Nicole McDonald tells us the story of an amazing woman and her adopted best friend Neddy. “I met Marcella late in the year of 2014 when she walked into the store I manage – Petbarn Caroline Springs. Walking by her side was Pierce, a puppy training to be a guide ...

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  • My dog doesn’t like me. What can I do?

    A dog is a man’s best friend, but what happens when the friendship isn’t reciprocated? Most dog-owners delight in the unconditional love of their canine. No matter what happens at work or in their relationships, they can always rely on the affection their dog will show the second they walk through the front door. It ...

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  • Why aren’t dogs allowed at national parks and on beaches?

    Few things are more sacred to us than our dogs, so when we’re told that they’re not allowed in national parks or on beaches, you may feel personally offended. Rest assured, however, that any restrictions are in place for good reason.   We like to take our best friends everywhere, and what’s more, they like ...

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  • What to do if your dog hates other dogs

    It may be a dog-eat-dog world, but that doesn’t give your canine any reason to bare their teeth at the mere sight of another dog. Dog aggression is a serious problem, and while you may not be able to make your dog like other dogs, there are certainly things you can do to help them ...

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  • Does a pet need a jumper?

    Just like humans, pets can feel the changes in the weather, and this can affect their health and happiness. The best way to ensure they stay at a comfortable temperature is to provide them with a coat or jumper. Whether or not your pet actually needs a jumper depends entirely on their breed, age, health ...

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  • My pet has died. How can I commemorate it?

    Life without your beloved pet may seem impossible, even after they’ve passed away. Here are some ways you can honour your pet’s life and help you and your family process the loss.   The intense grief we feel at the loss of a pet can be paralysing the same way the loss of a close ...

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  • Should I let my pet sleep on the floor of my child’s bedroom?

    Anyone who has watched their child grow up with a pet knows just how special their bond can be. But should that bond entitle them to nightly slumber parties? While there’s no doubt that there are many benefits of children growing up with pets – from the reduction in likelihood of developing asthma and allergies, to ...

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  • Why dogs are better than cats

    It’s a competitive world out there, and dog people and cat people have chosen their sides. Of course, you know that canines come out on top when it comes to their catty counterparts. Dogs versus cats; it’s a polarising topic, and one that – along with politics and religion – should never be brought up at ...

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  • How long can a dog be left home alone?

    Do you feel guilty every time you close the front door on your beloved canine friend? Find out how long is too long to leave them home alone, and what you can do to enhance your dog’s day. Dogs are incredibly social animals, and as their owner you are their pseudo-pack; the person they rely ...

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  • Top winter fashion for your dog

    Play it cool with these top winter looks for your furry friends this coming season. That’s a wrap Baxter the Dachshund loves his silky coat and he hates being out of trend. Not only does this matching scarf and wrap beanie make him look uber chic but it also protects his coat from those nasty ...

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  • Happy Dog

    How do you know if your pet has a tick?

    Ticks can be especially dangerous to your pet as they are difficult to detect. There are two major types of ticks that may affect your dog – the paralysis tick and brown dog tick. Bush ticks and cattle ticks can also be a nuisance for dogs in rural parts of Australia. Be prepared Hot and humid ...

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  • How do I teach my dog to play fetch?

    Fetch is a great way to play with your dog and exercise them at the same time, and it’s a lot more fun when you aren’t chasing your dog and engaging in a battle of tug-of-war after every throw. While some dogs play fetch more naturally than others, getting your dog to retrieve is, more ...

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  • Is your house dog-ready?

    Without careful preparation, your house can be a series of hazards for a dog or puppy. These tips might just save your dog’s life, not to mention some of your favourite possessions from ending up as chew-toys. They say curiosity killed the cat, but you shouldn’t underestimate your dog’s ability to sniff out trouble. For ...

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  • How do I clean my dog’s ears?

    Alert and upright like a great dane’s, long and floppy like a basset hound’s, or folded in half like a Jack Russell’s; dog ears come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they need regular cleaning. Prepare Be sure to get all these things in place before calling your ...

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  • Should I let my pet sleep in my bed?

    Warm, soft and snuggly, it’s little wonder so many of us share our beds with our pets, but should we be letting our sleeping dogs lie? It’s not uncommon for pet owners to share the bed with their four-legged friends. According to the 2012 Sealy Sleep Census, 8.9 per cent of Australians sleep with at ...

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  • Puppy having tear stains on its eyes

    How do I clean the tear stains around my dog’s eyes?

    Tear stains are a common concern for some pet owners, but there are some easy solutions for getting on top of these unsightly marks on your pet’s fur. What starts out as gunk around your dog’s eyes can quickly turn into big, brown tear stains if you don’t stay on top of good pet care ...

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  • Why do dogs chase their tails?

    It’s one of those dog quirks we’ve all seen, but why do dogs chase their tails?   Entertainment and attention Dogs are the ultimate people-pleasers; they love to make us laugh and live for our affection and attention. Earning our praise is the name of the game for our canine companions, so if your dog ...

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  • Is my pet lonely?

    Just like we can feel lonely when we spend a lot of time on our own, so too can our pets. Find out the signs and symptoms of a lonely pet, and how you can help them overcome this feeling. Centuries ago, in a time before domestication, dogs socialised in packs all day, and cats ...

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  • How do I teach my dog to swim?

    Doggy paddle may come naturally to certain dogs, however for the vast majority, swimming is a skill that needs to be learned. It’s a commonly held belief that dogs are innately good swimmers. While this is true of certain breeds, such as Irish setters, other breeds, like bulldogs may not be as buoyant. Of course, between ...

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  • My pet is depressed. How can I cheer it up?

    Our pets are great for helping us to overcome periods of low mood and depression, but what can we do when the tables are turned?   If there’s one thing all pet owners will agree on it’s that, biologically different to us, our four-legged best mates, confidants and comrades-in-arms are also similar to us in ...

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  • Is it harder for an adopted adult dog to settle in than a new puppy?

    You know that saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’? Well, obviously the person who came up with that never adopted a dog that was eager to settle into its new home.   Reading humans Most dogs in animal shelters come from homes that just didn’t work out – and often it has ...

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  • 9 pets to melt any heart

    Some faces, you can just look at and immediately fall in love. Here are just some our favourite little friends – if only we could have one of each!   1. This little fella doesn’t even need to try to be cute!   2. Look how dainty this fluffy one is!   3. This sleeping beauty.   ...

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  • Dog and owners sitting at sidewalk cafe

    Where to dine out with your dog this weekend

    Everyone loves an outing, especially dogs; thankfully, more and more cafes are popping up that allow us to dine with our best four-legged mates. We found some of the best cafes in select states across Australia for feasting with your furry friend. Sydney Kawa café Where: 348 Crown St, Surry Hills Set in Sydney’s Surry ...

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  • Portrait of beautiful girl with rabbit

    7 times it was love at first sight

    We all know the feeling. When you spot that one animal that you know is practically your soulmate. You can sense the fun you’ll have together in the future. Here are eight examples of pet love at first sight! Whether you’re adopting a pet, receiving a furry friend as a gift, or purchasing a companion, it’s ...

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  • Petbarn’s Pet Dating Adoption event

    With romance set to bloom on Valentine’s Day, The Pet Foundation together with Petbarn is teaming up with local animal shelters to help you find your perfect match. Visit your local participating Petbarn store to meet animals available for adoption. To find out more visit www.petbarn.com.au/petdating and don’t forget to share your photos from the day using #Petdating ...

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  • Why adopt a pet?

    Thousands of pets waiting to be adopted in animal shelters are euthanised each year. If you’re considering a new pet, consider adopting a pet rather than buying one. Here are a few reasons why: You’re saving a life Sadly, a staggering amount of animals – for whatever reason – are surrendered every year. Whether it’s ...

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  • Why do dogs have whiskers?

    Wondering why your dog has whiskers? We’ve got the answer. As far as whiskers go, you could be forgiven for assuming that cats are the only members of the animal kingdom to have them. In fact, many dog owners don’t notice that their pets have whiskers at all, or understand how important they are. A ...

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  • How can I stop my dog digging?

    Sick of finding holes in your flowerbeds? Did you know it’s possible to stop your dog digging? Here’s how. Dogs dig for a number of reasons. Some experts believe it’s a throwback to the days of their wild ancestors, who dug dens in which to sleep and raise their pups. Even now, many pet dogs ...

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  • What pet is right for you?

    Head to your nearest Petbarn store for advice about caring for a new pet. Petbarn has everything you need to care for a pet, and many Petbarn stores offer adoptions services. On February 13th Petbarn stores around Australia are holding the annual Pet Dating Pet Adoption event. Find out more here!

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  • 10 ways pets help you be healthy

    We all know that pet parents love their pets. But did you know that having a pet can make you healthier? Here’s how! 1. You’ll be a better human! Pet owners come to be more responsible, less stressed and more compassionate, so much so that nearly all pet parents say that they are a better person ...

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  • Why does my dog bury things?

    Find out why your dog buries bones and other items, and what you can do about it. If you’ve ever found your dog’s favourite toy in a hole in the backyard, or watched them try to hide a bone in the washing basket, don’t be alarmed. Burying things is not only perfectly normal canine behaviour, ...

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  • What is the best pet for a small space?

    Apartment dweller? No backyard? No worries, there’s a perfect pet just waiting for you.       Dogs The great news is that there are many dog breeds that can live happily in an apartment or property with little or no outside space, as long as they get enough exercise and mental stimulation every day. With ...

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  • What type of dog is best for the elderly?

    Older people and dogs make perfect pairings. Here’s how to find the right dog for an older owner.   A dog can be a wonderful companion for an older person. In fact, numerous studies have shown that having a dog reduces feelings of stress, loneliness and isolation for older people, and improves both their physical ...

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  • What are the best dog breeds for children?

    Every grown-up remembers his or her childhood dog. Here’s how to choose the right breed for your kids.     The bond between kids and their canines is a friendship like no other. But, while dogs and children can be the very best of mates, not all dogs are well suited to young children. Here’s ...

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  • What your dog can’t eat over Christmas

    Christmas holidays mean extra food for a lot of humans. Pets are often fed leftover human food which can sometimes be harmful to them. Here’s what you should avoid feeding your dog during the festive season.     Find your nearest Petbarn store here!

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  • Which toys suit your dog’s personality?

    All dogs are different. Just like humans, they have preferences when it comes to what they enjoy. Complete this quiz to find our what toys would suit your dog’s personality!  

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  • 10 best gift ideas for your pet

    You know what to give your kids, parents, siblings and cousins this Christmas, but what about that other important member of the family – your pet? Here are some great gift ideas for that special animal. To find your local Petbarn store, click here.

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  • Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet

    A new year is here! And while some of us might be suffering from sore heads, let’s take a moment to make some New Year’s Resolutions not just for us, but our pets.   I promise to go on an exciting adventure together every month. Somewhere we’ve never been and where we can explore together. ...

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  • Lazy beagle lying in bed with his sleeping owner

    7 pets who have over-partied

    We all have fun over the festive season with parties and dinners and social events. Here are seven pets who have enjoyed celebrating a little too much!   1. Catilda is shocked at how much her humans have eaten over the festive season. “What? ANOTHER sausage roll?” 2. Remy loves food but is planning on ...

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  • Do pets make good gifts?

    For Christmas, it can be tempting to give a cute, cuddly pet as a gift. Yet even the cutest of things can come with unexpected consequences, here are some vital things you need to know to ensure pet gifting is actually a good idea and will be welcomed by the receiver. Don’t gift a pet ...

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  • Pets with unique coats

    All our furry friends are all individuals when it comes to their personalities, but some pets have a more unique coats that require special care… Poodle The Standard Poodle has a single coat (in black, blue, silver, grey, apricot, white, brown) which is curly or corded. It needs to be clipped regularly. There are different ...

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  • The secrets to pet happiness

    Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a pet happy, and of course making them smile makes us smile too. We found 11 things that are literally the essence of pet happiness.   1. “What’s that? A new toy? For me!”   2. “Mmm…who doesn’t love a freshly cleaned tank”   3. “I love it when ...

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  • 5 tips for pet photography

    Proud parents are often looking for the perfect picture to capture their beloved pets, but it’s not always as simple as ‘hold and snap’. Sometimes our pets can be difficult subjects, here are some tips to get them camera ready and camera friendly. 1. Consider your pet’s loveable personality and capture them in their element… ...

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  • Meet the new SEDA puppies!

    Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) has undertaken training for a new class of seeing-eye dog puppies. Meet the new SEDA crew who will go on to make their humans’ lives better. Belle Belle is a quick witted chocolate drop who loves to keep her SEDA carer and family entertained! She is very smart and picks ...

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  • A fluffy dog peers over a mossy wooden fence

    How do you stop a dog from jumping over the fence?

    You probably thought that a six-foot fence would do the trick. Yet the fact of the matter is a dog can scale incredible heights if it can get a good grip. How can you stop your dog from jumping out of the yard?   To help stop your dog’s Houdini acts, it pays to first ...

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  • A dog lays next to its bowl

    My dog doesn’t want to eat. What should I do?

    Dogs are known for eating almost anything, so if your pet doesn’t want to eat, you may be understandably concerned. Here’s what to do.   Illness Your pet may simply have a temporary gastrointestinal upset from a change in its diet, or it could be from something rotten that it’s eaten. Check for signs of ...

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  • Jack russel terrier begging

    How do I stop my dog begging for food?

    Those big brown eyes, those pleading paws, the little bit of drool: it’s enough to melt the hardest of hearts. Dogs are artful beggars but it’s easy enough to learn how to change their begging behaviour. Understand why If your dog is pawing at your leg or intently watching the food travel from the plate ...

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  • How can I stop my dog getting carsick?

    Much like us, dogs can very easily get carsick. Find out how to make the journey more comfy and sickness-free for your friend. Dogs are more likely to suffer from carsickness when they’re young – just like humans. If you’re lucky, you’ll notice a few warning signs before your dog vomits all over the backseat. ...

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  • Playful dog flowers

    Why does a dog get “excited” down there?

    Perhaps it was during a relaxing belly rub, or just as the two of you were about to head to the local dog park together. Regardless of the situation, it can be awkward when a dog’s private parts become visible. What is that? You can’t normally see a dog’s penis – what is visible is ...

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  • What is my dog trying to tell me?

    Understanding what your dog is trying to tell you is all about reading their body language. With these few simple tips you’ll be communicating in fluent dog language in no time. We’ve all had fantasies in which our dogs can suddenly talk – out of the blue they miraculously open their mouths and articulate what it ...

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  • Why is my dog scared of the vacuum cleaner?

    Does your otherwise fearless pup turn into a scaredy cat the second they see a vacuum cleaner? Here’s why the vacuum cleaner seems to elicit such fear, and how to help your dog overcome their phobia. Vacuuming can be a gruelling enough task without having to concurrently manage a nervous or upset dog. Fear not, ...

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  • How do you measure your dog?

                                                   

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  • Yawny cat

    8 pet expressions every pet parent can relate to

    1. Is it time for dinner yet? Even if it’s not yet dinner time, those cute eyes will probably mean food isn’t too far off regardless.   2. That contented look when you’re out on a walk. “Just taking the human for a walk, pounding the pavement like it’s my job” – your dog.   ...

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  • Where to travel with your dog

    It can be heartbreaking to leave your best mate behind, so why not choose a holiday destination where your dog can come along? Here are some ideas for pet-friendly getaways.     The Blue Mountains, NSW The lovely areas of Katoomba, Leura, Blackheath and Oberon are all great places to getaway to, and there’s no reason your ...

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  • Are dogs colour blind?

    It’s a long-held myth that dogs are all colour blind, but the way your canine friend perceives the world isn’t as simple as we do. While dogs certainly have a unique way of seeing the world, it’s a myth that they only perceive it in monochrome. Despite what you may have heard, dogs do in ...

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  • Why do dogs howl?

    You know that cute little puppy rolling around your backyard? Well, that domesticated canine shares a genetic overlap with modern day wolves. And just like their furry cousins, dogs have an innate desire to “aroooo” out to the world.   Rest assured that howling is normal communicative dog behaviour – just like barking. However if ...

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    Should you cut your dog’s nails?

    Few pet parents enjoy trimming their dog’s nails. So is it okay to skip the clip? Trimming a dog’s toenails is one of those tricky tasks that many dog owners would prefer to toss in the too-hard basket. After all, it’s fiddly, can be stressful and is likely to put everyone in a bad mood. So ...

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    Why does my dog urinate when he gets excited?

    Nothing takes the gloss off returning home to your overexcited dog like a fresh puddle of pee. Usually, it’s no big deal and can be cleaned up quickly, but here are a few tips on teaching your dog better control. Baby bladders Puppies under the age of twelve months are the most likely to urinate when ...

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  • German shepard puppy, eating shoes

    How can I stop my dog chewing?

    If you’re finding fresh casualties of chewing every week – door frames, chair legs, or what should be unopened mail – it may be because your dog is hungry, bored, stressed or anxious. Not all dogs chew for stimulation. Your pet could just be using the nearest available object to massage its gums and strengthen ...

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    Does a rehomed pet ever really settle down?

    Adopting a pet is an exciting, often chaotic time – but you can help your new friend settle in and settle down.   Australia is a nation of animal lovers, with more than two thirds of households owning a pet. Sadly, however, those homes aren’t always forever, with around 400,000 unwanted pets handed to animal ...

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  • Snake

    Spring and summer are seasons for snakes

    Warning: the warmer months of the year are the times snakes are most active in your dog’s environment. Here’s how to avoid potential accidents with your pet and these wild reptiles. In warmer months, snakes come out of hibernation to bask in the sun. A snake bite and lack of treatment is one of the most ...

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  • Hairy puppy dog in rice field

    How can I reduce my pet’s shedding?

    Dogs shed. There aren’t many absolute certainties in life, but this is one of them. Our canine companions get rid of old or damaged hair by shedding; it’s a normal process, but the amount and frequency of hair shed can vary according to the dog’s breed and health, as well as the season. The good ...

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    How do I stop my dog licking me?

    You know where that tongue has been. And no matter how loving your dog’s intentions are, you probably want your dog licking the food bowl, rather than your face. Unfortunately, man’s best friend is limited in how it expresses affection. Slobbering on you is just one of its natural ways. Your dog may also be bored ...

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  • Common problems with rescued pets

    Adopting rescued pets is a rewarding process. Here are some tips to make sure your rescued pet settles in comfortably. Ask anyone who works in an animal shelter and they’ll tell you that rescued dogs and cats not only know they’ve been given a second chance, they’re genuinely grateful for it. But while a rehomed pet’s ...

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    What are the most common problems of adopted pets?

    Even the loveliest of dogs and cats may take time to adjust after time in a shelter. Here are some tips to ease any bumps in their transition. Toileting inside If your newly adopted companion is urinating on the floor, the first thing to do is assess whether the issue is that they’re not house-trained, ...

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  • Barking english pointer

    Why dogs bark

    Dogs, like their owners, have strong urges to communicate vocally. They do this by barking, whining, howling and growling. Sure, it can be annoying, but forcing them into silence would be just as cruel as constantly shooshing an inquisitive child.   Barking is a natural behaviour of dogs. While incessant barking can become problematic, there ...

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    What does a wagging tail mean?

    Humans smile, dogs wag tails. But just like our facial expressions, a wagging tail conveys a wide range of emotions. People usually associate a wagging tail with a happy, friendly dog. However this isn’t always true. While dogs do wag their tails when they’re in a good mood, they also do it when they feel ...

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    How can I stop my dog pulling on the lead?

    When you step out the front door, you and your dog should enjoy walking together with a loose lead. Pulling on the lead is a common and frustrating habit, but one that’s important to get on top of. Here are techniques you can use to make on-lead walks stress-free for both of you.   Gauge ...

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  • Why does my dog sleep on its back with its feet in the air?

    There’s no denying that your dog looks utterly hilarious sleeping on its back with all four legs splayed out in the air. To us, this belly bearing position looks awkward and uncomfortable, when in reality it’s actually the most content and snug your canine can be. Back sleeping enables your dog to completely relax all ...

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  • What do I do with my dog when I’m on holidays?

    Your bags are packed, but what about your dog? Here’s how to ensure your canine companion is well looked after when you’re away. Use a boarding kennel A boarding kennel is a facility that houses and cares for dogs while their owners are either away or unable to look after them. Also known as pet ...

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  • Halloween dog fashion show

    Halloween is just around the corner. So why shouldn’t every family member have an opportunity to look their best at those spooky-themed parties that are bound to happen? Petbarn has great range of Halloween-themed outfits for your four-legged friend. Here are some favourites that will have your dog fitting in amongst all the ghouls, witches, ...

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    Life skills I learnt from my pet

    1. To look on the bright side Sure, pets have it pretty good, with full-time carers and humans to love, feed, wash, brush, pamper, cuddle and take care of them. But even when the going gets tough, they always seem to be able to see the lighter sight of life. You see it in the ...

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  • Popular family dog breeds

    Thinking of getting a puppy or dog, but it’s not just you and your new four-legged friend to consider? These family dog breeds might help you make the decision easily! Cocker Spaniel With long floppy ears and eyes that could melt mountains, the perky and gentle Cocker Spaniel is a favourite with families. A superior companion and ...

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  • A beagle puppy walks in a park

    Top 10 dog parks in Australia

    There are plenty of public parks around Australia where you and your dog can explore and exercise to your hearts’ content. Be sure to take note of which areas of a park are off-lead, and which are on-lead only, before letting your little one roam free. Even though many parks have bag dispensers, it’s safer ...

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  • A man and a woman are introduced on a walk by their dogs

    10 things pet parents love about their pets

    Having a pet is great. This is known. Here are the ways pet parents really appreciate their pets.   1. The way you anticipate me getting home And are always there to greet me with a kiss, cuddle, or a chase of your own tail.   2. How you’re always down for a cuddle Even ...

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  • How your pet can help you lose weight

    Forget the gym for weight loss. Get out and about and let your pet help you to lose those extra kilos. Get out there Exercise is a key component to a healthy lifestyle, and to losing weight. This goes for humans and their pets. If you have a dog, you need to exercise it frequently ...

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  • A small puppy sits next to his mum – they both have extra-long, shaggy golden fur.

    10 pet hairstyles that never should have happened

    Good grooming is important. But when it comes to pets, it appears humans have more than one definition of “good”. Here are some pet hairstyles that prove not everyone can be a dog groomer. 1. The one where the humans really wanted a lion. He does look rather dashing and noble though?   2. Or when ...

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  • A puppy looks hopeful while laying on the floor with its lead.

    10 things all animal lovers will understand

    Animal lovers and anyone with pets will know the affect these cute little ones can have on our lives. 1. You’re basically a servant The dog needs to go outside, only so they can be let inside again, and your cat thinks all your decorative objects are, clearly, better on the floor. 2. Your dog knows ...

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  • What about this face?

    There’s something unique about these adorable faces that make them different from other dog breeds. The combination of a cute face and often big personality of these small dogs are popular with many pet lovers but it’s there special shaped head that they have in common. This can be associated with “Brachycephalia” and can cause health ...

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  • Pet dental care tips at home

    Tips on keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy in the comfort of your home. Dental disease in our pets can prevented in the vast majority of cases and often it’s easy to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums at home. There are many different methods to prevent dental disease and to assist with ...

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  • The best small dog breeds for city living

    If you’re thinking of getting a furry friend but don’t have a huge house or garden, then this list of small dog breeds is for you! Chihuahua The smallest dog breed in the world, Chihuahuas are cheerful, agile and lively. They can also be feisty, saucy, strong-willed and become very protective about their owners especially ...

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  • Eye Opening Facts

    Eye Opening Facts about Vision in Australia For many of us the thought of losing our vision is not only frightening but something unimaginable. But the reality is that there are over 350,000 people in this country alone who have to live with this every day. And with our ageing and increasing population, this number ...

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  • Thanks for saving 10,000 pet lives

    To say 10,000 thank you’s is not enough to show our appreciation to everyone that has helped us find 10,000 pets new homes through our 82 Petbarn Pet Adoption centres across the country. Reaching this amazing milestone has only been possible because of the support and ongoing generosity of pet lovers and multiple local animal ...

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  • New dog coat fashion trends 2015

    Taking design from around the world, our team has carefully selected a diverse range of snow stoppers, windbreakers, coats, festive knits and accessories which are divine in both functionality and appearance. For this season’s cooler months, Petbarn have everything you need to keep your beloved dog in high fashion & comfort. This season sees many daring prints ...

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  • Top 5 tips on how to act around Seeing Eye Dogs

    Seeing Eye Dogs are amazing animals trained to learn a very special skill – to be the ‘eye’ for a person who is blind or has low vision. Not only are they incredibly intelligent, but for dog lovers, they’re adorable. Because of this, many of us feel the urge to walk up and pet them, ...

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  • Help Seeing Eye Dogs Australia

    Did you know that at any one time 2,000 Aussies are estimated to require support from a Seeing Eye Dog? We want to help reduce this figure, so the Petbarn Foundation and Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) are joining forces to urge Aussies like you to help raise much needed funds to assist those who ...

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  • Is your dog protected with vaccinations?

    Vaccinating your puppy during the 14 weeks of their life is essential to protecting them against several viruses but did you know that your dog will need a annual booster vaccination and yearly Heartworm injection to keep them protected? Parvovirus (Parvo) and Distemper are the most common, and they can fatal. Puppies are especially susceptible ...

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  • Dog breeds for first time owners

    Thinking about getting your first dog? You may have had a dog as a child but being a first time dog ‘owner’ is a big responsibility and quite frankly a whole different kettle of, well, dog! Just like people, dogs are individuals and can differ greatly in personalities and needs. While there are certainly no ...

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  • Lucky pets on Friday the 13th

    10 reasons pets are good luck on Friday the 13th Now if Friday the 13th makes you feel a little uneasy then you’re not alone. There’s actually a scientific name for those with a phobia of this dreaded day ‘Friggatriskaidekaphobia.’ But we’re here to help you get control of your life with pets that will ...

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  • 5 family friendly dog breeds

    Choosing a family friendly dog is an important decision and one that will affect the dynamic of your household.  There is much to consider when you are selecting the right dog breed for your home, especially if you have children. Here are 5 family friendly dog breeds that are good with children: Golden Retriever Golden ...

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  • SEDA December Update

    Archy Archy has gone on lots of adventures with his SEDA Puppy Carer and his favourite was a visit to Science Works because he loved all of the attention that he received from fellow visitors. His SEDA Puppy Carer was quick to educate people about the importance of not patting him when he is wearing ...

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  • Our favorite adoption tales

    With our second annual Pet Dating event fast approaching we thought it was the purrr-fect time to share with you some of our favorite Petbarn Adoption stories!  These stories will give you a laugh, melt your heart and hopefully inspire you to come on down Saturday 14th February to meet many more of these little guys ...

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  • The Giving Tree 2015

    Petbarn’s annual Giving Tree initiative launched on 16 November. All proceeds from the Giving Tree are donated to our nominated animal rescue partners to help assist animals in its care over the busy Christmas period and year ahead. This year, the initiative will be The Pet Foundation’s Giving Tree and will run across Petbarn, City Farmers and Greencross ...

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  • Golden Retriever

    Perfect for families, a Golden Retriever will encourage everyone to get out and about in the sunshine. They love to play fetch and are a great first pet. Golden Retrievers are known to be some of the most affectionate dogs around and could well be in the running for the title of Man’s Best ‘Best ...

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  • Shih Tzu

    Not known for their high energy needs, Shih Tzus are perfect for households looking for a small, loyal companion. Shih Tzu might be a little hard to pronounce (start with “shizzoo”), but it’s worth learning because this dog is a lively little bundle of joy. Shih Tzu is a happy and loyal breed that thrives on ...

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  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

    Staffordshire Bull Terriers just love to run. And run. And run. They’ll also make great friends with children and other pets. They are also known as English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and are a different breed to the American Staffordshire Terriers. An all-or-nothing kind of dog, Staffordshire Bull Terriers give it their all when it comes ...

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  • Standard Schnauzer

    Clean, family-friendly and with a gorgeous long coat, a Schnauzer is a welcome addition to any household. If you’re looking to raise your household’s average IQ, then the Standard Schnauzer could be the dog for you. They are highly intelligent and will learn commands quite easily. However, they can be quite stubborn too, so make ...

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  • Pug

    Their short bodies, wrinkly faces and squished nose make this dog one of the cutest. Wrinkly, stocky and with a short-muzzled face, this little bundle of joy has an incredibly large personality. Pugs are small but sturdy, and resolute but rarely aggressive. The shape of their mouth makes it difficult for them to bite efficiently, ...

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  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

     The ultimate cute dog and one of Australia’s favourite pedigree breeds. This wide-eyed, soft, floppy-eared dog is affectionate, compliant and good with children and other pets. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has an even temperament, is eager to please, enjoys companionship and does not like a life where they are left alone or outside for ...

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  • West Highland White Terrier

    Cheeky yet intelligent, fun-loving and loyal, this cute, cuddly and all-white dog with its dark eyes and button nose will melt your heart. They may look cute with their fluffy white coat, but originally West Highland Terriers were bred to hunt vermin. They are a tenacious and hardy breed but also have an incredibly loyal ...

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  • Christmas hazards for your pet

    Aaah, the festive season is upon us. We spend days traipsing around the country, struggling in the heat being overwhelmed by insects. Overindulging in rich foods, tied up in tinsel and kept wondering where the last piece of that Lego set got to. The Christmas holiday season can be very similar for our pets.

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  • Is your pet afraid of thunderstorms?

    For many dogs, storms can be a frightening experience. While we know that’s it is pretty common for dogs to suffer from storm anxiety or noise phobia, however the reason some dogs fear storms and loud noises in not entirely known.

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  • Australian Terrier

    Bred for Aussie conditions, Australian Terriers are noted for their loyalty, intelligence and gung-ho attitude. Expect to find them running mad around the park. The bite-sized Australian Terrier is lively, spirited and even cheeky, despite their stature. They are very friendly, loyal and show great affection toward their family. Intelligent, curious, and with a keen ...

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  • How can I stop my dog urinating everywhere?

    There are a number of reasons your dog may be urinating everywhere, with some of them easily addressed, and others a little more concerning. Incontinence, territory, overexcitement – one of these three things may be the reason why your dog has started peeing all over the place. But if your pet is more mature and ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia August (SEDA) Update – Part 2

    Hope Young Hope passed her 6 month assessment and her SEDA Puppy Development Officer says she holds great promise as a future Seeing Eye Dog. This month, Hope was introduced to pedestrian crossings. SEDA has a special practice button at their facility, which exposes the pups to how the crossings work, before they go next ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) – August Update Part 1

    Archy Like the other Petbarn pups, Archy had his 6 month assessment in August and his Puppy Development Officer was very impressed with his progress and how far he has come. Archy continues to build on his socialisation skills and goes to his usual places including parks, the shops and restaurants. Archy also went to ...

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  • Siberian Husky

    With a thick coat and a demanding need for play, Siberian Huskies suit active households who enjoy running and playing. They are gentle, loving and affectionate. Loving indiscriminately and sometimes to a fault, the Siberian Husky is most likely to be voted ‘World’s Favourite Pet’ by the Society of Suspicious Strangers. They will welcome everyone ...

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  • Tibetan Terrier

    Known for playing favourites, your Tibetan Terrier will shower you with love. They get along brilliantly with children, and even like cats. This shaggy, affectionate breed is believed to be the bearer of good luck. Actually, given how adorable and loving they are, you’ll feel fortunate just to have one around. Tibetan Terriers are good ...

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  • Wheaten Terrier

    Trustworthy companions, you can be sure to rely on your Wheaten Terrier for some good times. They enjoy spending time with their family and are very active and full of energy. Happiness is owning a Wheaten Terrier. Cheerful, extroverted and enthusiastic, there is no one in the world who will greet you at the door ...

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  • Whippet

    Want a running buddy that’s also your snuggle buddy? Playful and friendly, a whippet is the best pet for you. Whippets are an oxymoron – often bred for racing and one of the fastest sprinters, these hounds are actually happiest when curled up on your bed. They are friendly, quiet and gentle when indoors, but ...

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  • Hungarian Vizsla

    Full of energy, love and attention, a Hungarian Vizsla will have you walking new tracks and laughing in no time at all. Feel like you’re being shadowed all day? No, you aren’t loopy, you just happen to own a Hungarian Vizsla. Aptly nicknamed ‘Velcro Vizsla’, this spunky, intelligent breed likes nothing more than gluing themselves ...

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  • Giant Schnauzer

    This gentle giant loves nothing more than snuggling by their family’s side and they shed no hair. Giant Schnauzers do not take to strangers easily and will scare off the bravest of thieves with their relentless loud bark. While they make excellent watchdogs, they are a devoted, not aggressive and a non-imposing breed whose favourite ...

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  • Lhasa Apso

    Known for their dashing good looks, a Lhasa Apso will steal the thunder in most households. They are intelligent and strong willed, full of energy and they love their family. There are fewer things in life cuter than a Lhasa Apso puppy. Their curious, twinkling eyes, their flowing, beautiful coat, their lively and friendly disposition ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) – May Update Part 2

    Part 2 of our May Update. Follow Skyla, Maverick and Hope as they continue on their journey to become Qualified Seeing Eye Dogs!

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) Update April – Part 2

    Welcome back for Part 2 of our April SEDA update. Today we catch up with Maverick, Skyla and Hope as they take the first steps on their journey to become a fully qualified...

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  • Introducing a pet to your new baby

    A very common question asked by parents & parents-to-be is how to introduce your pet to your baby. Our pets are part of the family but when it comes to adding to our family...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia Update April – Part 1

    With your help we were able to raise enough money to fund 6 beautiful new Seeing Eye Dogs. This was an amazing effort and we are extremely proud of our customers and staff...

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  • Breaking the flea lifecycle with Frontline Plus

    Will Fleas Be Lurking Inside Your House This Winter? As the cooler weather sets in, it is tempting to think that flea control is no longer necessary. While it is true that you may see fewer fleas when it is cooler outside, they are still around and warm homes remain a perfect environment for ongoing ...

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  • Why dogs mark territory

    Dogs are territorial animals and like to protect their environment and family. Your puppy will start to mark territory as early as 3 months of age. Both male and female dogs mark territory using a small amount of urine to mark territory. There are a number of reasons that your pet may display this behaviour. ...

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    Protecting your family from worms

    Worms we contract from our pets can cause serious health issues. Here’s a look at the worms that can affect humans, too. It’s not only our pets that can contract worms – humans, too, can be infected. You’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for signs of worms in your pet, not only to keep ...

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  • Dogs who love to be outside

    Are you an avid exerciser and need an energetic buddy? These breeds love being outside, so look no further! Boxer Given their boisterous nature, Boxers need lots of exercise and the opportunity to run and romp about. Regular walks will help prevent boredom, expel energy and keep them happy. They can be territorial and are ...

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  • Is it better to adopt a puppy, kitten or older pet?

    Junior or senior, that is the question. We take a look at the pros and cons of adopting pets of all ages. Puppies and kittens Any rescue group will tell you that puppies and kittens are always the first animals to be snapped up when adopting pets. This is due to their fluffy, clumsy cuteness, ...

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  • Fox Terrier Wire

    Active, intelligent and with a zest for life, a Fox Terrier is the perfect companion for your family. Wire Fox Terriers are bold, enthusiastic and playful. They are good with children, but may have a tendency to chase smaller animals. This breed needs constant attention – they have a low threshold for boredom and need ...

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  • Fox Terrier Smooth

    Active, intelligent and with a zest for life, a Fox Terrier is the perfect new family member. Looking for a new best friend for the kids? If so, then bring a smooth Fox Terrier home. This playful, loveable breed is fantastic with children, while their loyalty and easy disposition will melt a grown up’s heart. ...

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  • Collie

    Collies are friendly, loving, gentle and very active. Expect to play lots of games and go for nice long walks. This highly intelligent and sensitive breed has an uncanny sense of direction. And that’s not all. Collies are gentle, playful and affectionate, making them great playmates for children and other pets. Their family is the ...

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  • Border Collie

    Known for their high intelligence and boundless energy, a Border Collie is a great pet for an active family. A Border Collie is not for the faint-hearted and is sure to keep you on your toes. Bred for sheep herding, they are a highly intelligent breed, known for their tenacity and obedience. A happy Border ...

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  • Beagle

    Charming and lively, Beagles love to go for a run around the neighbourhood before settling down for a cuddle on the couch. They are very intelligent dogs and terrific family pets. Travelling through an airport? There’s a good chance you’ll be met with a soft, hazel-eyed Beagle nosing through your travel case. They are merry ...

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  • Jack Russell Terrier

    Originally bred a hunting dog, a Jack Russell Terrier is a loyal, happy, intelligent dog that loves to play fetch all day long.     Fearless to a fault, the Jack Russell Terrier is a merry, cheeky, devoted and loving breed. They are extremely intelligent and thrive on action and adventure. Because they have a ...

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  • Dog Care

      Owning a puppy is a wonderful journey and incredibly rewarding experience. As a responsible pet parent, there is a lot to learn and consider about correct dog care. Petbarn have included dog care and puppy information to help you care for your new best friend ensuring you both enjoy a happy and healthy life together. ...

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  • How much should my pet weigh?

    A vet shares expert advice on recognising the signs of pet obesity and how to help your pet’s health if you do notice that they’re overweight. Vet advice courtesy of Dr Adam Sternberg BVSc Greencross Vets Pet obesity is a growing problem and it’s important to be able to recognise the signs before your pet’s ...

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  • Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP? For many of us the devastation is overwhelming and while we all want to help in some way, it’s often hard to know where to start. There are a number of evacuation shelters that are housing families, pets and wildlife that have been displaced by the fires. HOW TO ...

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  • Top tips if you’ve never looked after a dog before

    If you’ve never looked after a dog before it can be an exciting opportunity, but it’s important to remember it’s a great responsibility that can have its little challenges. Make sure you’re best prepared for your dog-sitting adventure by following these helpful tips. 1. Ask important questions Every dog parent knows their dog like no one ...

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    Festive celebrations and our pets

    The end of the year is a time for celebration. Nights like New Year’s Eve can be some of the greatest party nights of the year – for humans. For our pets, they can be nights of strange noises and lights that can cause anxiety and other problems. Here’s how to ensure your pet gets through the festive ...

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  • Papillon

    Don’t get too comfy on the couch, your Papillon wants to go out and play. Energetic and charming, be prepared for excited guests to huddle around your gorgeous Papillon. Named because of their upright, fringed ears which resemble a butterfly’s wings (Papillon is French for butterfly), Papillons also have a social butterfly-like personality. If you ...

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  • French Bulldog

    Big pointy ears and squished little faces make the French Bulldog a firm favourite. Combine that with their sweet, friendly nature and they’re a great family pet. The small but mighty French Bulldog is playful, lively, curious and very comical. Their bright and easy-going personality makes them great companion dogs, although that also means they ...

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  • Boxer

    Bursting with energy and love, a Boxer is ideal for active households. Boxers are outgoing, energetic, playful and one of Australia’s most-loved breeds. They are good family dogs for those with teenagers or young adults. Babies and toddlers may get overwhelmed by their exuberance. Highly intelligent, playful, curious and eager to learn, they are great ...

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  • Bull Terrier

    Bull Terriers have a compelling mix of playful, clownish, powerful, fearless and obstinate characteristics. Affectionately known as the gladiator of the canine world, this mix of a Terrier and the ancient bull-baiting dog is a remarkable combination of power, grace and agility. And while they aren’t for everyone, it’s said once you’ve met or owned ...

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  • Chihuahua

    Known for their quirky temperament, Chihuahuas love their family and the heat. You’ll often find them basking under the sun or snuggling under blankets. They might be the smallest dog breed in the world, but what Chihuahuas lack in size they make up for with a cheerful, agile and lively personality. They can also be ...

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  • Rottweiler

    Protective, loyal and strong are the defining characteristics of the Rottweiler. They are loving companions when trained properly and they make excellent watchdogs. Rottweilers looks like tough guys, but with the right training, they can become wonderful family dogs. They are large, strong and athletic in size and shape, with a basic disposition of being ...

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  • Dachshund – Shorthaired

    Loyal, devoted and intelligent, Dachshunds are great for small dwellings and love nothing more than a game of fetch followed by snuggles on the couch. Pronounced ‘dak-sund’ and affectionately known as the sausage dog, this short-legged, long-bodied little guy is playful, curious, affectionate and brave. They are loyal to a fault when it comes to ...

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  • Basset Hound

    A Basset Hound loves rolling on the couch and sniffing every blade of grass in the park. They are gentle, loyal and great with children. Looking for a friend to slouch with on the couch all day? Look no further. Basset Hounds have a low level of excitability – laziness and sleeping are their two ...

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  • Alaskan Malamute

    Friendly, affectionate and with endless energy, an Alaskan Malamute wants to be running and playing games with the family all day long. Despite their striking resemblance to the wild and beautiful wolf, Alaskan Malamutes are one of the most affectionate and loyal dog breeds. Friendly to a fault, even to strangers, they are not great ...

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  • Pekingese

    Pekingese make wonderful companions – they are loyal, devoted, protective and good-natured. Not to mention irresistibly cute! Pekingese exhibit all the characteristics of a royal – confidence, pride and stubbornness. Pekingese are also affectionate, lively and good-natured. They make wonderful companions if treated with love, respect and dignity. Loyal and protective of their family, they ...

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  • Greyhound

    This breed isn’t always fast and furious. Greyhounds love nothing more than a relaxing afternoon snuggled on the couch. Greyhounds are irony personified. While they epitomise speed and are known for their high-energy and sprinting abilities, they are also a laid-back, quiet and charming couch potato at heart. Loving and gentle, they are usually friendly ...

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  • Lakeland Terrier

    A keen watchdog, you will often find your Lakeland Terrier at the window watching the world go by. They are sweet-natured, friendly and love to take you out running. You’ll be setting new personal bests in no time. You needn’t hedge your bets on this one – on any given day, the liveliest, most cheerful ...

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  • Pit Bull

    You know what they say, don’t judge a book by its cover. Pit Bulls are full of love and have a gentle, sweet nature that’s ideal for children. They particularly love their role as a foot warmer. One of the most grossly misunderstood breeds, Pit Bulls are good-natured, loyal and affectionate. Socialise them well and ...

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  • Neapolitan Mastiff

    You can’t help but fall in love with this large, ancient dog breed. Their droopy, wrinkly faces are super cute, but their sweet temperament and willingness to relax on the couch make them great family pets. The powerful, sombre Neapolitan Mastiff is a master of ‘laying air biscuits’ and a super drooler. Run out of ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) – May Update Part 1

    Our beautiful SEDA Puppies continue to grow and learn on their amazing journey to becoming Seeing Eye Dogs

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  • German Shorthaired Pointer

    An ideal day for a German Shorthaired Pointer is morning cuddles, a vigorous run, lots of games, and then an afternoon nap with its family. If you enjoy vigorous outdoor activities like hiking or running, a German Shorthaired Pointer is your ideal companion. German Shorthaired Pointers are good family pets and thrive with an active ...

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  • English Pointer

    The perfect family pup, an English Pointer will wag their tail with delight every time they see you. Their love of running will get you out and about daily. Calling all fitness fanatics – if you’re on the look-out for the world’s best workout buddy, an English Pointer is the dog for you. Tremendously energetic ...

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  • British Bulldog

    Small, round and squat, these cuddly Bulldogs with wrinkled faces make loving family pets and affectionate companions. With a face some may say only a mother could love, British Bulldogs are squat and sturdy dogs. Their faces are slightly squished and their eyes nearly hidden behind thick wrinkles. Needless to say they are super cute. ...

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  • Dalmatian

    Famously known as the stars of 101 Dalmatians, this breed is incredibly energetic and lively, not to mention super cute. Just bring one Dalmatian home and their inexhaustible energy and stamina will make you think you’ve got a hundred and one! One of the most distinctive breeds, these spotted clowns are lively, happy and love ...

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  • Bichon Frise

    Small and fluffy, this breed is a big dog in a small body. Full of life and devoted to their family, they make loyal companions. If you live in a snowy area, be careful not to lose your Bichon Frise. They are snow-white and look like a powder puff ball. Their furry coat is shaped ...

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  • Pomeranian

    Known as great lapdogs, this intelligent, loving breed is perfect for calm households. These little balls of fluff are lively and full of character. One of the most independent of the toy dogs, Pomeranians are proud, lively little guys who like nothing better than to strut around, be it in the show ring or the ...

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  • Maltese Terrier

     If you’re after a loyal companion, then look no further. A Maltese is the perfect pet for you. Easy to get along with, playful and mild-mannered, Maltese Terriers are the epitome of a companion dog. Small and fragile, this toy dog breed is trusting and devoted to its owner and makes a perfect lapdog. Maltese ...

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  • Miniature Poodle

    Sometimes called ‘sleeve dogs’, these pups are much more than a lap warmer. They are active, lively and will bring much joy to your family. Miniature Poodles make for intelligent and joyful companions, but they get bored easily. If not stimulated enough, they cause trouble. Comical and clever, these well-proportioned dogs are popular as show ...

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  • Cocker Spaniel

    Cocker Spaniels crave attention and love being petted. Their long fluffy ears and golden coat make this breed a firm favourite. Cocker Spaniels love to be with their human family and they may follow you from room to room. Regular and consistent training is recommended. They also tend to be vocal and love to have ...

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  • Labrador

    Temperament Being good-natured, friendly and affectionate, the Labrador is a relatively large-sized breed and has a reputation of being an excellent family pet. Patient with children and trusting with strangers too (yes, maybe not the perfect guard dog), they are very loyal and love being around the family.  They are eager to please and responsive ...

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  • Miniature Schnauzer

    Originally bred as farm dogs, Miniature Schnauzers also make great family pets – from cuddling on the couch to running in the park, your dog will always be by your side. Friendly, loving, and with their distinctive bearded snouts, Miniature Schnauzers make for adorable pets. They are protective, alert and good watchdogs. However, their vigilant ...

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  • Rhodesian Ridgeback

    Been planning to run more? A Rhodesian Ridgeback is just the motivation you need. They’re active and lively, but also partial to a quick nanna nap after exercising. Strong, athletic and powerful, Ridgebacks love a run. These dogs are calm, obedient, gentle and content to take a nap on your lap after expending some energy. They ...

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  • Shetland Sheepdog

    Renowned for their intelligence, a Shetland Sheepdog will be jumping through hoops in no time at all. They also love a good run, are natural herders and loyal companions. The Shetland Sheepdog is one of the most intelligent dog breeds and eager to please, they are easy to train, obeying first-time commands 95% of the ...

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  • Saint Bernard

    Big means cuddly with this gentle giant. Incredibly friendly and full of love, a St Bernard is your perfect pet match. Feeling low? Need a warm blanket and a cuddle? Your giant, kind St Bernard will give you both. This gentle and affectionate breed would make Mother Teresa proud. Loyal and eager to please, the ...

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  • Standard Poodle

    Regal, fun, active and low-shedding, this breed is perfect for those looking for a family pet. They are hard-workers and intelligent, and while they enjoy a lap cuddle, they are not lapdogs. A well-coiffed Standard Poodle has often found a place as arm-candy for many a Hollywood celebrity or globetrotting socialite. They are a very ...

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  • Great Dane

    A Great Dane can be summed up as a giant lap-warmer. They love cuddles, walks and playing doggy games. Happiness for a Great Dane is a warm lap that I can barely fit into. Despite their giant, imposing size, this affectionate and loyal breed is happiest when curled up with you. They are also courageous, ...

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  • Doberman

    Dobermans are built for endurance and speed. They make great watchdogs, but are also ideal family pets due to their loving and kind nature. Are you as laid-back as a beanbag on holiday? Then a Doberman isn’t for you. A Doberman Pinscher is a good dog for active households. The Doberman is a perfect balance ...

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  • Bullmastiff

    Their giant size means you might want to avoid lap cuddles. However, Bullmastiffs are sweet-tempered, gentle, devoted and affectionate, so you may let them climb up on the couch anyway. Hand towels on sale? Pick up a few dozen. Not on sale? Pick them up anyway – Bullmastiffs drool a lot and snore even more. ...

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Find all the dog supplies and accessories your canine companions need to enjoy happy and healthy lives at Petbarn. From puppies to seniors, we have the biggest selection of quality dog products for all ages, sizes and breeds.

Stock up on wet and dry dog food from trusted brands like Wellness and Advance, keep your dog's coat and nails trim with the right grooming products, and keep your home and your neighbourhood clean and hygienic with pickup bags, hair rollers and other dog cleaning supplies. Petbarn range an extensive selection of pharmaceuticals, supplements and other dog health and wellbeing solutions that can be used at home, including effective flea, tick and worm treatments.

If you're bringing a new puppy into your home or replacing an old dog bed, find the best value on all the essentials from kennels and crates to chew and chase toys available online and in Petbarn's specialty stores Australia-wide. And don't forget those tasty treats to reward good behaviour and remind your faithful friend how much you love them.

The appropriate diet and nutrition can increase your pets life expectancy. With so many brands and types of dog food available it can be very difficult to know what is best, speak to a Greencross Vet or Petbarn staff member to help choose the best food for your pet.

Dr Martin Runderberg Greencross Vet

PETSPOT - Information & Advice

  • Petbarn supports Seeing Eye Dogs Australia

    Having a vision impairment or blindness makes navigating the world, and experiencing everyday life, much more difficult. That’s why it’s so important for organisations like Seeing Eye Dogs Australia to train and supply highly skilled dogs to help those people affected by full or partial blindness and other vision impairment. Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) is ...

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  • Cats who think they’re yogis

    Who says we should have all the fun on the yoga mats? These cats are getting to grips with their downward dogs, too! Namaste.   This little guy is becoming one with nature and hitting the great outdoors for his stretches.   Namaste to our feline friend here, who’s really relaxing into his pose.   “I ...

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  • VIPs: Very Important Puppies!

    Catch up on all the news from our friends at Seeing Eye Dogs Australia, where the new puppy recruits are making a lot of headway with their training!   Belle    Belle’s personality is growing bigger and brighter than ever. Her Puppy Carer says she radiates so much joy, leaving people entertained and smiling. Not ...

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  • 9 reasons seeing eye dogs are the best dogs in the world

    Seeing Eye Dogs, those beautiful Labradors and Golden Retrievers, bring many loveable qualities to their owners, as well as benefitting the community around them. Here are nine reasons Seeing Eye Dogs are the best dogs in the world! 1. Seeing Eye Dogs are loyal and protective companions, they often provide the owner in need with more ...

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  • Top winter fashion for your dog

    Play it cool with these top winter looks for your furry friends this coming season. That’s a wrap Baxter the Dachshund loves his silky coat and he hates being out of trend. Not only does this matching scarf and wrap beanie make him look uber chic but it also protects his coat from those nasty ...

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  • What plants are toxic for cats?

    Plants or flowers often give that bright feeling to a home, but if you have a feline friend, that beautiful plant could be toxic for cats. Particular plants are toxic to cats and should be avoided at all times in your home. While in some cases, just parts of a plant might be poisonous, this ...

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  • Seeing eye dogs – did you know?

    Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs Australia division (SEDA), is the only national provider of Seeing Eye Dogs for people that are blind or vision impaired. For the right person, getting a Seeing Eye Dog can have a profound impact on the quality of their life. It takes a lot of time, love, patience and money to ...

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  • When pets April Fool us

    It doesn’t matter how switched on we are, every year we’re guaranteed to get April Fooled! These animals decided to not wait until 1st April to get maximum fool effect. Enjoy! Not for those scared of spiders. He had us all tricked, that’s for sure! Would the real Puss In Boots please stand up? To ...

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  • July Photo Competition Winners – SMILE

    Our July pet photo competition theme – SMILE. We asked ‘How does your pet make you smile?’ Your answers made us smile and so did the photo’s of your pets showing us there teeth! Congratulations to everyone that entered. The pet photos featured here are our July winning entries and will receive a $25 Petbarn Gift Card. August Photo ...

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  • Pet dental care tips at home

    Tips on keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy in the comfort of your home. Dental disease in our pets can prevented in the vast majority of cases and often it’s easy to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums at home. There are many different methods to prevent dental disease and to assist with ...

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  • “Oops I did it again” – June Photo Competition

    Our June pet photo competition theme “Oops, I did it again” had some of the funniest entries we have ever seen! Congratulations to everyone that entered. So many pet parents are experiencing those moments when you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry…it’s nice to know you’re not alone! The pet photos featured here are our winning ...

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  • 5 family friendly dog breeds

    Choosing a family friendly dog is an important decision and one that will affect the dynamic of your household.  There is much to consider when you are selecting the right dog breed for your home, especially if you have children. Here are 5 family friendly dog breeds that are good with children: Golden Retriever Golden ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) – August Update Part 1

    Archy Like the other Petbarn pups, Archy had his 6 month assessment in August and his Puppy Development Officer was very impressed with his progress and how far he has come. Archy continues to build on his socialisation skills and goes to his usual places including parks, the shops and restaurants. Archy also went to ...

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