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Did you know the Australian Cattle Dog was a result of breeding herding dogs with dingoes back in the 19th century?

Want to know more about this breed? Check out our breed section here.

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Launch of puppy raising tutorials

Congratulations to our friends at Montignie Stuart Kennels on the launch of their online puppy raising tutorials! The video series educates beginner to intermediate level dog owners on the often tricky task of raising a puppy.

The series was filmed over 12 months and follows the life of one puppy as she is moulded into an amazing little dog. It consists of 28 videos broken into four categories showing all the necessary steps in raising a happy, healthy and social pet.

Subscribers to the site will receive access to all the content right away and they are encouraged to watch the series from the beginning. The series covers choosing a breed all the way through to basic obedience and a few tricks thrown in for fun.  The series is not strictly for puppy owners, rather anyone that is ready to take training of their pet dog up a notch by using a back to basics approach.

MS Kennels is a team effort between Sam Montignie and Pat Stuart. Sam is a highly experienced third generation Military working dog trainer. He is the first Australian Army member to win the service dog trials with his then Police dog Uri. He has spent his entire adult life raising and training puppies for specific purposes. Sam took Pat on as an apprentice of sorts and they have been training dogs together since 2011. With Pats background in training and education their combined effort gives clear and simple explanations with a huge depth of experience and subject knowledge.

For more info or to subscribe, visit http://www.mskennels.com/

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Out in the Open Air

Looking for something to do with your dog this Summer? The Moonlight Cinema is Australia’s favourite open air cinema screening advance previews, contemporary, cult and classic movies on the lawns of Australia’s beloved parks. Dogs are allowed, however please take a note of the entry rules here.

If you take your dog along to an allocated Medibank Pet Insurance Doggie Night you can receive free treats for your furry friend! Check the program for your city’s listings.

The Moonlight Cinema runs till March 2015.

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Help the super pups in Dogtober!

Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) is a small national charity training Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities.

Pooch has teamed up with ADA, sponsoring their ‘spokesdog’, 4-year-old Brielle, in the lead up to ADA’s fundraising month Dogtober.

Now we want YOU to get involved too! Follow Brielle on Pooch Magazine Facebook and see what she’s getting up to around the country. Alternatively, offer to donate or organise your own fundraising event to help ADA train more of their super puppies!

Every Pooch reader who gets involved will go into the draw to win an IPAD! For event ideas and to register, visit www.dogtober.org.au. For more about ADA, visit www.assistancedogs.org.au

Thank you for your support!

Photo by Christine Bernasconi Photography www.bernasconiphotography.com

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Mates for Inmates – An inspiring new campaign

Dog lovers and those who want to make a difference in the lives of women so not fortunate are being invited by Melbourne Citymission to become part of a unique campaign to support a program that matches abandoned dogs that need love and care with female prisoners.

Launching May 1, The Mates for Inmates campaign will raise much needed funds for the program which will help women in prison gain employment and assist them to transition back into the community.

The program, run in conjunction with Animal Aid, is capable of dramatically reducing re-offending behaviour by giving the women valuable work skills and responsibilities gleaned from training a dog. (Similar programs in the US and Europe saw 98% of participants not re-offending and with 66% returning to employment).

Not only good for the women, the program rehabilitates homeless dogs, and increases their adoptability by providing them with training and love.

The program will cover all aspects of dog grooming, walking, obedience and health.  At the conclusion of the program, the women will have the opportunity to apply for the Certificate 2: Dog Handling which will help them to secure employment on their release.

The campaign champion is ‘My Kitchen Rules’ star and veterinarian Carly Cheung.
“Mates for Inmates is such a great concept, looking out for our fellow humans as well as our canine friends. I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful cause’, said Carly.

Help support Melbourne Citymission’s Mates for Inmates campaign, by visiting www.matesforinmates.com.au or phoning 1300 364 507  to make a donation or sponsor a dog, or keep up to date with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Guide Dogs’ $1.4 Million Christmas Wish List

If you’re after a gift that keeps on giving this Christmas, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has launched its festive season appeal seeking $1.4 million to develop its own puppy breeding program.

The ground-breaking initiative will see the leading trainer and provider of guide dogs breed its own puppies for the first time.

In 2009 around 200,000 people across NSW and the ACT were affected by vision loss – this figure is expected to increase 40 per cent to almost 300,000 by 2020, said Dr Graeme White, CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

“Through breeding our own puppies, we aim to double the number of guide dogs graduating by 2015,” he said. “This will enable us to better meet the growing demand from people wanting a guide dog – be it their first or to replace a retiring dog.”

As Guide Dogs do not receive government funding, the organisation is appealing to the community for help. To establish and grow the program, $1.4 million is needed over the next five years.

That money will be used to purchase breeding stock, extend its existing guide dog training centre to include a puppy breeding wing, buy puppy play equipment and to cover associated veterinary costs, says the charity’s Fundraising Manager Alex Green.

How can you help? You can donate $15 to buy a water bowl, $80 to give a puppy vet check or $30,000 to sponsor, meet and name one of the breeding dogs, follow their progress and be invited to the program’s official opening. Check out more ways to fulfill Guide Dogs’ Christmas wish below.

To support Guide Dogs NSW/ACT’s Christmas Appeal and help the organisation establish its Puppy Breeding Program, visit www.guidedogs.com.au.

Gift What it buys
5 Water bowl to keep the puppies cool
$45 Puppy tug and chew toys
$80 Puppy check-up with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT’s resident vet
$95 Puppy beds to rest in after a hard day’s play
$250 Vaccinations to keep the puppies healthy
$300 A dog maze for the puppies to explore and learn about their surroundings
$400 A balance board to help the puppies build agility
$500 Climbing equipment to help the puppies get used to stairs
$700 Custom-made whelping box for the breeding dogs to have a perfect place to deliver new pups
$1,200 Outdoor walking track to introduce the puppies to different surfaces and obstacles
$2,500 Outdoor play centre to help the puppies build their energy
$4,500 A new puppy to join the colony, selected for their temperament and physical characteristics
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