Does Your Pekingese Suffer from Small Dog Syndrome?

agony aunt

Greetings Fellow Pekies,

The Pekingese is a very brave little dog; sensitive, independent and extremely affectionate with their masters, they make wonderful companions. They also make great watchdogs, but one must be careful that your peke does not develop Small Dog Syndrome.

Small Dog Syndrome is when a little dog, through human induced behaviours, believes that it is pack leader to its humans. This can result in varying degrees of negative behaviour such as to being obstinate, self-willed or jealous; separation anxiety, guarding, growling, snapping, biting, and obsessive barking.

Many individuals prefer larger dogs because they find small dogs to be yappy and snappy, jealous, protective, wary of strangers and not the greatest of child companions. Unfortunately this myth has persisted for so long that many accept it as fact, and it is actually not true – this type of behaviour is learned from the way little dogs are generally treated by humans.

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50 Fun Facts about Dogs

agony aunt

Greetings Fellow Pekies,

South Africans are starting off the week in a great mood thanks to our wonderful Olympic Athletes who have done us SO proud.

We would firstly like to say – Well Done and Thank You, ‪#‎TeamSARise‬ !!  Our athletes are bringing home TEN medals from Rio 2016, which equals the all-time high achieved only twice before; in 1920 & 1952.

We are all extremely proud of each and every one of you and are #ProudlySouthAfrican.

In the spirit of the whole country being in such a great mood (which we need after the political stress of the past few months), we thought it fit to keep things light today and are therefore going to share some wonderful, weird and just plain FUN facts about dogs with you.

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How Often Should I Vaccinate My Dog?

agony aunt

Greetings Fellow Pekies,

Vaccinations – are they all they are cracked up to be? There is currently a huge controversy surrounding human vaccinations, but what most individuals do not know is that there is also a controversy surrounding pet vaccination – not so much about IF but more around HOW OFTEN!

Many pets may be getting vaccinated too often and unnecessarily, with potentially grave ramifications. Unfortunately it seems that Core annual vaccinations have been a cash cow for both the vaccine companies and the Vets that dispense them for far too long, and even though a group of 30 leading UK-based vets got together in 2004 and issued a Health Warning wherein they stated:

“The present practice of marketing vaccinations for companion animals may constitute fraud by misrepresentation, fraud by silence and theft by deception” 

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The History of Pet Food

agony aunt

Greetings Fellow Pekies,

Following up on last week’s article, “The Importance of Adding “Human Food” To Your Dog’s Diet,” here is some interesting information about the history of the very profitable “Pet Food Industry” which is making huge companies billions every year.

Did you know that the advent of manufactured “pet food” actually came about by accident?

Early humans took a hands-on approach to domesticating dogs. Cats followed humans wherever they travelled or settled because their food (mice and birds) were attracted to their grain stores, so became more or less naturally domesticated.

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The Importance of Adding “Human Food” To Your Dog’s Diet

agony aunt

Greetings Fellow Pekies,

Today’s topic is a controversial one, and I can already see many of you clasping your hands to your mouths  in horror and shock that we would even broach such a taboo subject, but it is exactly for that reason that we MUST!

The whole issue of pet food has become quite contentious and controversial of late with the release of some shocking reports on the ingredients that many pet foods contain.

This is partially due to the growth of the internet, and its increased use whereby anyone can communicate with millions of people; a fact which has greatly diminished the ability of the media to suppress information that might reflect negatively on major advertisers (such as pet food manufacturers) from whom they derive much of their revenue.

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