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West Village have enlisted the help of Doggy Day Care Brisbane to offer us some pet friendly tips!

Doggy Day Care are a local West End Company offering everything from day-care & training to grooming & social inclusion.

Tips for Dog lovers

Our favourite local, dog-friendly walking spots

Get out and about with your dog and enjoy this lovely autumn weather.

Explore the streets around you and support local business by grabbing a takeaway coffee on your adventures. Remember social distancing rules apply outside.

Orleigh Dog Park is quite large and the walk there from West Village is nice along the river. Expect it to take about 30mins to get there. Best to go down Hockings Street and turn left.

– Closest dog park is at the end of Hockings Street and is called Riverside Dog Park. It is smaller but closer. The walk there is along a footpath so a perfect time to practice good lead walking and sitting at traffic lights.

Our favourite local, dog-friendly walking spots! cont…

– At the end of Hockings street, if you turn right you will end up in South Brisbane if you turn left you will end up at the West End City Cat terminal. The walk either way is lovely with lots of good spots to stop and take in the river views.

Davies Park (where the Saturday markets are held) is where a lot of people take their dogs and use it as an off-leash dog park. This is illegal currently and I obviously do not recommend breaking the law however the ground is ideal for training as it is flat and has lots of space. I would work on long leash recall, sit/drop/stay and lead walking with distractions.

Musgrave Park on Russell Street is a nice, shady park. It doesn’t have a designated dog park so your dog will have to remain on lead, but the park is large and beautiful so worth a visit.

Top 5 Tips for Apartment Living with Dogs

Dogs need a job, no matter how cute or little they are. Dogs were born and bred to do something. It is important to understand what your dog was bred originally to do as this will give you some clues as to what enrichment they will need. Enrichment needs take many forms and can be rotated so that your dog doesn’t become bored. Doggy Day Care Brisbane suggests licki mats, snuffle mats, Kong like toys, enrichment ropes (that you can put treats/vegetables in) and slow feeders. These can all be found with a demonstration and helpful hints at DDCB. Homemade enrichment is easy and should be included in the mix, some quick ideas are to keep your plastic bottles, make some holes in them and pop in some treats/normal dry food then allow your dog to roll it around. Freeze vegetable stock with some vegies or treats in a takeaway container, pop it on the balcony for them to lick at. This is just a quick list to get you started but don’t underestimate enrichment as a vital key in keeping your dog entertained, learning and great for when you need to leave the apartment. 

Doggy Day Care Brisbane was started due to the needs of apartment dogs as they understand the issue of barking dogs in apartments and separation anxiety which can be distressing for yourself, your dog and your neighbours. It is time as a community to understand that we need to build confidence and resilience within our dogs. With these unprecedented times at the moment, many of us are working from home. This doesn’t mean we can drop the ball on helping our dogs be confident alone. Leave the apartment without them and go for a walk. Exit the apartment and walk up and down the hallway approx. 5 times a day. Go for your morning coffee without them.

All of us love having our dogs home with us however is it what they need? Dogs need a place away from you to be a dog. They need a group of fur friends to learn with and have fun with. They need routine just like us. Dogs want a job and a lot of the bad behaviours seen in apartments is because of boredom. Give your dog a place to go each week, a place where they can learn confidence and independence in a safe place. Where they can test boundaries with a group of dogs, and it be monitored by professionals. The bonus is they come home super sleepy and ready for cuddles!

Apartment living dogs need to be fed high quality food. Their immunities are sometimes weaker just for being city dogs! DDCB recommend Suburban Pup, a local business providing human grade dog food that is certified by a pet nutritionist. Suburban Pup has helped many dogs who have sensitive tummies or allergies. The bonus, Suburban Pup delivers orders each week to Doggy Day Care Brisbane and customers can receive a discount for a recurring order.

Another tip to owners is to not just feed in a bowl…how boring! Turn mealtimes into a learning experience. This is where slow feeders and licki mats come in handy. Be sure to reward with a mixture of high-quality treats, vegies and fruit. Dogs love having fresh goodies to munch on. A whole carrot = fun times and great teeth cleaning!

Do you tend to get bored if you aren’t challenged? So do dogs! Start to download some YouTube videos! Dogs love to learn and they never stop. DDCB run a back to basics course for dogs. It is a great bonding time for you and vitally important if you have kids in the house. So, what are some things we can learn? Rollover, waiting for food (distance increase as they get better), mat training for greeting people when they enter the apartment, play dead and the list goes on. Always make time in your routine each week to train with your dog.  

Due to social distancing rules being in place Doggy Day Care Brisbane is going to provide puppy school online. How cool! If you have welcomed a new pup or about to welcome a new pup into your household, please get in contact and once we are ready to roll I will provide you with registration details. Puppy school covers a range of topics and has been designed purely for apartment living fur kids. We cover toilet training, first aid, house and crate training, basic grooming, lead work and more.

Doggy Day Care Brisbane are still open and fully operational (with some new hygiene rules in place) so if you are keen to try – they offer a $30 trial day and everything is done online via the website. If you need assistance to make a profile and booking, please feel free to call. DDCB offer in house training as well and I would suggest in case we go into lockdown or DDCB is asked to close please contact me if you are experiencing some behavioural issues, I will do online sessions if face to face becomes impossible as well as videos on enrichment and training. Use this downtime we all have to work on things with your fur kid.  I have new stock arriving tomorrow so please come down and stock up on enrichment toys, come and try Suburban Pup, we also stock healthy treats, poo bags and cute accessories! Our retail boutique is open 6.30-9am and 3-6.30pm.

Enrichment treats are the perfect distraction

Does your fur kid have a habit of chiming in throughout your conference calls while you’re working from home? Kaz from Doggy Day Care suggests placing an ‘enrichment treat’ out on the balcony. These treats are the kind your dog has to work a little harder for!

  • Frozen homemade chicken or beef stock in a container with a few hidden treats inside
  • Blocks of yoghurt frozen with some snacks to discover
  • Consider purchasing a ‘LickiMat’ to slow down eating, create calm, and improve oral health
treat your fur family

Photo and recipe courtesy of carriesexperimentalkitchen.com

Chicken and wild rice dog biscuits
  • 170g Boneless Chicken Breast

  • boiled or grilled; cooled

  • 1/2 c . Cooked Wild Rice; cooled

  • 1/2 c . Chicken Stock

  • 2 1/2 c . All Purpose Flour

  • 1/4 tsp . Salt

  • 1 Egg

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Combine chicken, rice and chicken stock in a mini food processor or blender and pulse until a paste forms.
  3. Add the flour, salt, egg and chicken paste into a bowl and mix well.
  4. Sprinkle a little flour on a flat surface and knead dough until it’s no longer sticky; then roll it out with a rolling pin about 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Cut out shapes and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. You can make approximately 32 biscuits using a 8.5cm cookie cutter.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until light brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before serving.

Photo and recipe courtesy of livelaughrowe.com

Peanut butter coconut oil treats
  • 1 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon unprocessed coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Silicon paw print tray
  1. Be sure the coconut oil is in liquid form. If not, place coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until melted.

  2. Add peanut butter and cinnamon. Stir until mixture is completely smooth and thoroughly mixed. Mixture should be thick, but pourable.

  3. Pour mixture into tray and freeze until set.

  4. Carefully remove from tray and store in air-tight container in freezer (they soften quickly).

    Note, these are a ‘sometimes’ treat. Ideal after a lengthy walk!

Photo and recipe courtesy of sunnydayfamily.com

Donuts with bacon bits
  • 1 Cup Flour

  • 1 Cup Oats

  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil

  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

  • 2 Eggs

For the topping:

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Bacon Bits
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except yogurt and bacon bits). You can mix with a spoon or use your hands (super fun for kids!). Mix until a dough forms.
  3. Use your hands to press the dough into the donut pan. Fill each donut cavity and press firmly to ensure everything sticks together (it won’t rise, so you should make sure each space is tightly packed).
  4. Bake in your preheated oven at 190 degrees for approximately 14 mins or until cooked completely.
  5. Allow to cool, then carefully remove the donuts from the pan. Now you’re ready to decorate them!
  6. Set out a small bowl of plan Greek yogurt and another of bacon bits. Dip each donut carefully in the yogurt, then sprinkle with bacon bits.
  7. Place your finished donuts in the freezer for a few minutes to harden the yogurt. They can be eaten straight from the freezer, but you can also store in the refrigerator. Just keep in mind that the yogurt may get a little sticky.
Signs your dog might be bored

If you have noticed your fur kid doing these things more often than usual, they might need a little extra entertainment!

Keep an eye out for a combination of:

  • Tail chasing
  • Staring into space or at you
  • Whining
  • Over-grooming
  • Destructive chewing
  • Getting up to mischief

Some boredom busters to consider:

  • Teach your dog to find treats by hiding them throughout the house. This will keep them mentally stimulated too!
  • Stuff a Kong toy with some peanut butter, mashed sweet potato, and a mix of different sized dry foods
  • Daily walks to new and unexplored areas
  • Rotate toys every few days and throw a new one into the mix
  • Look for interactive toys that encourage your dog to press mechanisms to access treats
Practicing the ‘sit command’

If your fur kid hasn’t quite mastered the sit command, now is the ideal time to practice!

  1. Hold a treat in front of your fur kid’s nose, slowly lifting the food above their head.
  2. As they lift their head to reach the treat, their bottom should touch the ground. Allow them to eat the treat.
  3. Repeat this a few more times with a treat, then practice with just your hand. Ensure rewards are still given for sitting.
  4. Once they understand the hand signal to sit, you can now start to associate the word “sit” with this signal.
  5. Remember, never physically put your fur kid into the sitting  position, allow them to find this position themselves to avoid confusion or upset.
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