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November 14, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I often walk Bess in parks where she gets to interact with young children and in many cases babies. The parents usually ask if their child can 'pet' Bess and I always give permission knowing that Bess would not do anything untoward. However, I do think children should adhere to some guidelines when approaching a new dog for the first time.

Creating a Loving and Safe Relationship Between Dogs And Toddlers

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Any of us with young children at home can attest to the constant struggle of keeping them safe. Toddlers get into everything. They are very hands-on! When it comes to dogs and toddlers, they will need supervision. Creating a loving and safe relationship between dogs and toddlers is totally possible but it may take some time.

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I hadn’t even considered the potential dangers of a toddler and dog together until my in-laws visited recently. They have two Yorkies that they travel with them everywhere. Until recently, the dogs hadn’t been an issue with the baby. My in-laws had been in Florida to escape the harsh Michigan weather. However, when they were over the other day, they brought the dogs with them and my baby was now a toddler!

I could see the twinkle in my toddler’s eyes when he saw the dogs. He wanted in on the action. He wanted to grab their tails, pull the hair on their faces and just go to town on those poor dogs. And, in his defence, who could blame him! They are as cute as can be, like moving stuffed animals.

However, dogs are real animals with real feelings and fears. They will defend themselves if they feel threatened. So, how do you prevent trouble and encourage a loving relationship between dogs and toddlers? It will take some work, but here are a few tips.

How To Encourage A Loving Relationship Between Dogs And Toddlers:

Never leave your toddler and dog unsupervised.

Invest In Baby Gates

This will give both your toddler and dog the freedom to roam and have their own separate spaces for playing and napping. (Too bad they don’t have parent gates; sometimes I feel like I need to put one of those up around myself!) Child safety gates allow for safe interaction. Your baby and dog can see one another and even talk to one another, without the risk of one physically harming the other. They are a great tool for introductions because the dogs and

toddlers can approach the gate at their own pace as they become familiar with each other.

Provide An Example of Calm Interaction With The Dogs

As a dog parent, you need to make sure that you are petting and interacting with your dog regularly. Sounds easy, right? It is, but sometimes it can be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of life with a toddler. Take your dog on walks and spend time snuggling and petting him/her. This interaction will make it easier for your dog to safely interact with your child. Your dog will be used to human interaction and touch. Also, set an example for your child by practising calmly talking to your dog. We all know a good example in any area of our lives goes a long way.

Teach Your Toddler To Respect Dogs

Toddlers need to be aware that dogs need their space. It is important that the toddler understand that if they overwhelm the dog it may react negatively. Dogs are sweet and soft and cuddly most of the time but you have to go slow and notice if the dog shows signs of discomfort. If the dog is attempting to leave, always let it go and do not force interaction.

It is important to respect dogs because they are animals and they have teeth which can be dangerous. Teach your child to respect your dog’s toys and food. This means they should never try to take the toy or food from the dog.

If the dogs are not your dogs, always remember that every dog is different and some don’t like children. Never assume a dog is safe. Always supervise.

Demonstrate Correct Behavior

Spend time teaching your child the correct way to pet, touch and talk to your dog.  You are the key ingredient.  Never leave your toddler and dog unsupervised.  Reassure them both and show them that interaction is safe as long as we are gentle. Reinforce good behaviour with treats.

Conclusion

If there are any issues that arise, do not hesitate to call a dog trainer. These professionals can give you more tips and tricks to improving this relationship.

This transition won’t happen overnight. Like anything else, it will take patience and determination. But in the end, you will have created a safer environment for both your dogs and toddlers and that is essential!


Are You Walking Your Dog Enough?

April 16, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Several studies over the past ten years have suggested that dog owners get more exercise because they walk their dog each day. Which only makes sense, right? Walking the dog and staying active can help prevent disease, extend longevity and improve quality of life. Unfortunately, there’s a large…

 

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Link: Are You Walking Your Dog Enough? via www.gopetplan.com

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No Evidence That Pets Can Get Covid-19, But Wash Your Hands Anyway

April 09, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Pet owners may be wondering whether Covid-19, the coronavirus that has infected thousands of people worldwide, is a threat to dogs or cats or can be carried by them. So far, the short answer is no. Unless you are in an area where the disease is spreading rapidly, then there is no action or...

Link: No Evidence That Pets Can Get Covid-19, but Wash Your Hands Anyway via www.nytimes.com

 


Dog Gently Tucks Baby Sibling Under Blanket

April 09, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Sometimes a dog’s behaviour can be so disturbingly human, we’d swear they’re just fur-covered people walking around on all fours. Take, for example, one dog who tucked his uncovered baby sibling under a blanket. This nanny of a dog seems to know exactly what he’s doing. In a video that now boasts …

Link: Dog Gently Tucks Baby Sibling Under Blanket via iheartdogs.com

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Meet the artist drawing lifelike pet pictures

March 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

A PET portrait artist drawing realistic pictures of animals is looking to showcase her skills at an exhibition. Miss Shannon Mullin originally from Blackburn has honed her talent to make her art look almost 3D. The former fashion marketing student draws cats and dogs for pet owners and shows…

 

Link: Meet the artist drawing lifelike pet pictures via www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

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A dog in Hong Kong tests positive for the coronavirus, WHO officials confirm

February 28, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

A dog in Hong Kong has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus that’s killed at least 2,859 humans across the world over the last two months, World Health Organization officials said Friday. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of WHO’s emergencies program, said that the canine tested “weakl…

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Link: A dog in Hong Kong tests positive for the coronavirus, WHO officials confirm via www.cnbc.com

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‘Miracle’ dog rescued from hurricane rubble meets new adopted family

November 15, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

 

The breathtaking footage was difficult to see and hard to forget. Video showed an emaciated dog carefully being carried away from hurricane debris by an emotional volunteer after having been trapped for nearly a month beneath an air conditioner. He lived only on rainwater from a mud puddle that h…

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Link: ‘Miracle’ dog rescued from hurricane rubble meets new adopted family via www.11alive.com

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Anti-Pet Neglection Ads

November 14, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Something to think about this Christmas …

Dogs Trust — one the UK’s largest dog welfare charities — recently launched a new commercial urging people not to give dogs as gifts this holiday season. The campaign uses its iconic slogan: ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ and shows an animated dog at a Christmas feast jumping around…

Link: Anti-Pet Neglection Ads via www.trendhunter.com

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To Die Like a Dog

November 09, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

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Believe it or not, I like Donald Trump. However, I don’t go along with his attitude towards dogs.

“He died like a dog. He died like a coward.” –  President Donald J. Trump, October 27, 2019. And so landed another of the president’s grossly misinformed canine analogies. In his world, disgraced people get kicked out of society “like a dog.”  They beg for money “like a dog.”  They get cheated on “like…

Link: To Die Like a Dog via thebark.com

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Real Jobs for Dogs

November 08, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

A recent article I thought you might enjoy:

Link: [Untitled] via www.rd.com

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Off leash Dog Areas – Sutherland Shire

July 31, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Off Leash Dog Areas

If you’re a dog owner and you live in the Sutherland Shire you will know that there are very few off leash dog areas available for your dog.

I have been using fire trails and bush tracks in and around the Menai area and have found them to be a great alternative to what the council has to offer.

Here are a few images from the Illaroo Trail in Illaroo Street, Bangor, NSW.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

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Photo Albums

February 14, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

This post on photo albums is the start of a number of posts covering the various photographic products we offer at the end of a session.

Out most popular piece is an album and there are four types from which to choose. The premium album is our VOGUE which is a fully customisable album, printed on luxurious art paper sourced from the United States. Each album is handcrafted in Australia using the finest materials in the world. As a client of Johnnie Dowling Photography, you can choose from a huge range of different options including the number of pages, size, cover materials, and embellishments.

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Some of the key features of the VOGUE album include:

thick pages with lay-flat layouts

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… choose any number of layouts and page size

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… printed using genuine archival inks

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… printed on high quality, smooth fine-art paper

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… full range of cover options and embellishments are available

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… optional torn-edge pages are available

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WANTED – Large Dog Breeds for FREE Photo Shoot

January 26, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I’m updating my portfolio and I also want to test some new locations around Sydney. Only the first five applicants that qualify will be chosen. The shoot session will take about sixty minutes and will be either early morning or late afternoon. The shoot is totally FREE and you will also get a complimentary 8″ x 10″ fully edited print – my way of saying “thanks”. You will also have the opportunity to purchase other images from the shoot if you desire. Comment below or PM me to apply.

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Australia’s Top Dog

November 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Top Dog in Australia

A new television show which will be airing next year is looking for Australia’s Top Dog with a cash prize for the winner.

The show is all about the loving bond between dogs and their owners.  There are all types of dogs – Guide dogs, police dogs, show dogs, unique looking dogs, skilled dogs, and owners who are dog obsessed in a lovely way!  The TV casting producer would love to feature dogs who have made a special impact in someone’s life.

If you want to apply and participate in the show, they want you to send in a short, Instagram style video to them. Applications are now open and can be emailed to [email protected]

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Types of Photography Sessions

September 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Mini vs Custom Photography Sessions: What You Need to Know

If you’re in the midst of planning a photography session, whether it’s for your new puppy or just a general family session, you’ve probably heard the term ‘mini session’ mentioned quite a bit.

There are a few differences when it comes to a mini photography session vs a custom session. Here’s what you need to know before you decide which shoot is best for you.

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Time Limits

This is, of course, one of the main differences between the two sessions. A custom photography session will last an hour or two while a photographer will usually book several mini sessions in one day since they only last about 20 – 25 minutes at most.

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Number of Poses

Secondly, a custom photography session will allow for as many poses as possible within the time booked while a mini session offers less time so your photographer will use their skills to capture as many candid moments as possible in a shorter period of time.

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Number of Photos

While your photographer will still try and shoot as many photos as possible during your mini session, you will naturally end up with fewer photos than you would if you had booked a custom session. A custom session generates between 30 – 40 images while a mini session will give you about 10. There will also usually be minimal retouching of the photos taken at a mini session.

 

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So which photography session is best for you?

You may be surprised to find that many of our clients actually choose both! Often our clients will opt for the custom session for the entire family at a location of their choice. This gives them more time to play around with poses, backdrops, props and wardrobe changes. While they opt for mini sessions to get a few great photos of the kids or pets as a compliment in between the custom sessions.

Regardless of which you choose, we look forward to working with you!

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