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Ashhurst Domain: Local Environmental Mess

Attention Dog Walkers, if you exercise your dog in the Ashhurst Domain, Ashhurst, please be mindful of the river damage. Some of the walking tracks no longer exist, in the lower domain.

Elayne Hand, Brightchic Photography

DCIM101GOPROGOPR2499.JPG Ashhurst Domain car park & river access. 8th apr 2017

I have to say from the get go, I am not a Ashhurst resident, having said that I spend a great deal of time there – you could say “its” my second home.

Unfortunately, since September 2015 nature has had a hand in changing the landscape and not for the better.  Recent flooding over the past couple of years has seen the Manawatu River, decimate the river banks and take out big chunks of land, including some of the walking tracks.

Just recently the river claimed more land including part of the car park as well as access to the river.

The question now is, how much more land is going to be lost and what is going to be done to prevent it.

The PNCC and Horizons were made aware of the problem as soon as it happened, back in September 2015…

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Posted by on April 12, 2017 in About

 

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A Few good reasons why young children shouldn’t take their dog out for a walk without adult supervision

A Few good reasons why young children shouldn’t take their dog out for a walk without adult supervision

I wrote this post in 2014, it is still relevant today, as it was back then.

A few good reasons why young children shouldn’t take their dog out for a walk, without adult supervision

Parents, often ask me if its ok for their children to take their dog out for a walk.  I say yes sure, so long as you or another adult accompanies them.

The main reason these days for not letting young children take their dog out for a walk alone is the one of safety, safety of the dog and child.

Young children don’t have the strength or presence of mind to act quickly enough, if something bad were to happen.eg: such as a stray or off lead dog were to approach them. Adults, in the same situation can often find it hard to manage, let alone a young child.

Anyone who takes their dog out has to have their “Eyes Wide Open” all the time and be aware of their surroundings and what is going on around them. Young children are not really capable of doing that, due to their age and immaturity.

Lastly, the Dog Control Act states: Section 52 Obligations of Owners, The owner of any dog shall keep that dog under control at all times. a dog shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be not under control if the only person present or in charge of the dog is under the age of 16 years.

For more information please read this very good article: Can Kids Walk Dogs? 5 Things to Consider 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in About

 

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Walks & Wags, Dog Walking with “Lyndall”

Walks & Wags, Dog Walking with “Lyndall”

I don’t do this for everyone but Lyndall is great with dogs and I support her and wish her well in her new, dog walking business venture. So without further a do I will let Lyndall tell you a bit about herself and the service she can provide for you and your dog, around the Palmerston North-Linton area.

Hi name is Lyndall, I’ve just started a dog walking business! As you know I call myself a “dog lady” (I’m probably a crazy dog lady – but we can just stick with “dog lady”).
I adore dogs but more importantly I am capable and experienced handling dogs of all shapes and sizes, I’m fully insured and most importantly I 100% promise one on one attention for your pet(s)
 
I only walk dogs from the same family together and I NEVER let the dogs off lead. I’m aiming to provide the kind of service for my customers, as I would use for myself & my dog. Walks are $15 for 40 minutes (we usually end up going a bit longer) and extra dogs are only $2 each. For more info you can visit my facebook page:

www.facebook.com/walksandwagsPN I can be contacted on 0210 579 251 or bookings can be made directly from my pawshake page here: http://bit.ly/1V5NYmK

 
 
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Posted by on April 25, 2016 in About

 

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The New Invention EVERY Dog Owner Needs

A very good but true, tongue in cheek video from Dog Matters Dog Training, Bundaberg, Queensland Australia.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2016 in About

 

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Good Dogs Wear Muzzles Too

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We were walking our dogs outside a rally obedience trial several years ago when my friend froze. “Watch out!” she said sharply, “There’s a muzzled dog across the parking lot!” I looked, and sure enough someone was walking their dog in a comfortably fitted basket muzzle. The dog was on a loose leash with soft, relaxed body language, intent on his owner. I chuckled and went back to watching my own dog. “I don’t know why you’re worried,” I said, “That’s the one dog at this show that I’m the least concerned about.”

Layla wears her basket muzzle if she's going to be off leash around unfamiliar dogs. Layla wears her basket muzzle if she’s going to be off leash around unfamiliar dogs.

Our societal perception of muzzles is shifting, but the prejudice is still present in many communities. The thought is that only “bad” dogs wear muzzles, and if a dog is wearing a muzzle he or she must be a mean animal with horrible…

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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in About

 

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Going away over the Christmas Holidays? Now is the time to start thinking about the needs of your dog. Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!

Going away over the Christmas Holidays? Now is the time to start thinking about the needs of your dog. Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!

With Christmas just a few months away, many people will be taking a holiday break and maybe going away. Now is the time to start thinking about your pets and who is going to look after them, if they can’t go with you. Dogs can and do get stressed, so if you are planning to leave your pets in a boarding facility, now is the time, to start looking around.

If your pets have never been boarded before, day stays and day/night stays are recommended and should really, be started now. Boarding kennel stress is real! Dogs become stressed the same as you and I and putting your dog into a boarding kennels, can be very stressful for them.

Imagine taking a young child to a strange place and leaving it with people it doesn’t know. The child will more often than not, become distressed and upset. The same thing, can and does happen to dogs.

I hope the enclosed link: Titled “Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!” will help and inform dog owners, so everyone including your pets, will have a stress free holiday.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in About

 

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Greeting people may make your dog scared or uncomfortable. It’s all about your dog, its not about you and what you think, your dog needs or should be able to handle.

Greeting people may make your dog scared or uncomfortable.  It’s all about your dog, its not about you and what you think, your dog needs or should be able to handle.

New dog owners and seasoned dog owners, are all too often, not well-informed, when it comes to socialising their dog with people and children. I see it time and time again, the look on the dogs face, its body language saying “Hey I am not happy” while the owners are oblivious to what their dog is trying to tell them. It really makes me, want to pull my hair out sometimes.

In my opinion, the number one cause of many issues we have today with dogs in regards to, dog bites/attacks is “Human Complacency“. While some may not agree with me or maybe even be offended. The reality is, many people today, not all, feel too secure and too comfortable when in the company of dogs and either don’t see or are unaware, of the potential dangers. After all, many of us share our lives and homes, with an animal that is quicker than us, in every way, has teeth that can do a lot of damage and depending on the size, is stronger. If I were talking about another animal, say a Tiger for instance, would people still be so complacent?

As dog owners, its our job to keep our dogs safe and to educate and keep safe, anyone who comes into contact with our dogs. And yes, if someone chooses not to listen to you and thinks they know better, dog owners its ok to say No! don’t think by saying NO, you may offend someone, if that person is offended, its their problem, not yours.

If someone, be it a child or adult wants to come and say Hi and pat your dog. Do you let them rush up and pat your dog on the head? No you don’t, and if they try to, stop them. As a dog owner its your job to protect your dog and educate, the not so well informed.

They have to ask you first, in a calm and quiet manner. Dogs don’t like to be crowded or stared at,  (all have personal space, same as humans) whether it be one person or ten, ask the child or adult to stand side on with their arms by their side, a safe distance away, (the bigger your dog the more space), then your dog has the option to choose, whether to approach or not.

The same applies, in your home or when you are out and about, if you can’t be watching your dog and what is going on around you, 100% of the time, when other people or children are around, remove your dog from the situation. Don’t put your dog in a situation that it can’t handle just because you think, its what it needs. How well do you supervise your dog when around kids and other people?

Dog owners, need to get educated, so they in turn can educate others, on how to act and behave when in the company of dogs. If your dog is scared or uncomfortable, you should know, don’t let complacency rule the day.     Please read: 5 Easy ways to get bitten by a dog

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in About

 

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Dear “normal dog” owners…

This is a very well written post, that many dog owners can relate to, especially if you have a reactive dog,  it is about off leash dogs in on leash areas.

Pit Bulls Make The World Go 'Round

An event last night prompted this.  Not a huge, catastrophic event.  Just something small and annoying that is happening more frequently.  Inara and I were out for a walk with some friends and their dogs.  We were getting ready for our final lap around the park when a woman with two German Shepherds unhooked their leashes and started throwing a ball for them.  Hardly a crisis, the dogs seemed very well-mannered and focused on their ball.  The problem was that this was in an on-leash only park.  Inara started barking because, though she’s come so very far, two large sprinting dogs is still too much for her.  So we had to cut our walk short.  As I dragged Inara back to my car, I called across the park to remind the woman that leashes are required.  I found out later from my walking buddies that after I left, she told…

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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in About

 

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Dog Attacked this morning on the River Walk Pathway, between Ashhurst and Raukawa Road, Ashhurst, Palmerston North

IMG_6456This morning I received a call from a client. She told me, while she was out walking her dog this morning, her dog was attacked by an off leash dog.

The dog came up from behind and latched on to her dog.(her dog was on a leash). The owner of the dog was jogging along the pathway with another leashed dog in tow. My client told me he ran up and said “dogs never done that before” then he told her “he usually checks to see if anyone is on the track before, he lets the dog off” He then slipped a leash on his dog and ran off. Leaving both my client and her dog traumatized by the incident.

This shouldn’t have happened, dog owner, complacency and a “she’ll be right attitude” have again played a major part in this incident.

This pathway is for everyone to enjoy, if you take your dog for a walk along here, it must be on a leash. There’s plenty of signage, so ignorance is no excuse.

 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in About

 

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Introduction to Canine Parkour (Urban Agility) Class Starts Sunday 29th March @ 11am in Ashhurst, Class will run for 90 minutes.

Introduction to Canine Parkour (Urban Agility) Class Starts Sunday 29th March @ 11am in Ashhurst, Class will run for 90 minutes.

Urban Dog Agility also known as canine parkour is a great way for you and your dog to exercise and have lots of fun by using natures obstacles and everyday objects you come across, while out on your daily walk.

Some basic obedience knowledge is required but there are no barriers, with a little adaptation and imagination, all breeds and ages can do this.
You will be surprised what you and your dog can achieve. Combined with obedience training, it will strengthen your communication and training skills. Both you and your dog will become more confident, in everyday situations. Even nervy and reactive dogs can benefit by participating in Urban Agility because your dog will be focused on you and what you are asking it to do.
This is a introductory class and will run for 90 minutes, Cost $30, if you would like to attend, please fill out the form below or message me on Facebook.
This is not an obedience class all dogs must have some basic level of obedience.
If your dog is dog aggressive/reactive: I will need to meet you both before joining the class. To determine whether or not a class situation is suitable at that time, for you and your dog. Prior, one on one private training with one of my training dogs, maybe necessary before joining a class.
I will be holding a class for reactive dogs later on if there is enough interest.
To read more click on Canine Parkour

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in About

 

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