In this blog post, Susan Jones writes on the misunderstood beautiful creature this is the Greyhound. Plus, read for details of the Valentine's Day special event, Smooch Your Pooch in Treasury Gardens this Sunday.
The history of the hounds
Greyhounds are gentle, intelligent creatures and make wonderful companions. They have a very interesting history.
Its country of origin is Great Britain, the ancestor of the modern Greyhound was found in ancient Egypt and Greece. In the 1800's Greyhounds were used for 'coursing', which is the pursuit of game that are caught by the dog's running speed, not by their scent.
The Greyhound today
One thing about the Greyhound you mightn't know is that it can reach a top speed of 70 km in just 4 strides. Having said that, the Greyhound is not considered to be an endurance breed because it runs in short sprints. Because of this natural ability to run fast over a short distance the Greyhound is a popular breed used for racing.
So what happens to the Greyhounds when they retire from racing or get injured from the sport? Today, charities such as the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) and Greyhound Safety Net offer re-homing to ex-racing Greyhounds or those who are not suited to the rigorous racing world.
Visit their websites to find even more information about the breed, how to keep them healthy, background information on greyhound welfare, foster care information and how to go about adopting a one for yourself!
What you need to know about Greyhounds
Greyhounds make amazing companion dogs. Before you adopt one of these wonderful dogs, here's what you'll need to know about them.
A Valentine's Day Smooch your Pooch event
With Valentine's Day approaching, Yappy Hour TV is hosting our 'Smooch A Pooch' event, and on February 14th 2016, you can find us at Treasury Gardens in Melbourne from 11am - 2pm. Drop in and say hello!
If you want to stay a bit longer, bring a picnic lunch to relax on the lawn. You'll even get to meet the Yappy mascot as well as the beautiful Greyhounds from Greyhound Safety Net. Get your free Valentine's Day gift for your special K9 friend and pick up a free sample of K9 friendly Rocky Road that's 100% dog friendly hand made using carob. If bringing your own pooch please ensure that he or she is kept on lead at all times, and remember to bring poop bags and water for your pooches to keep them hydrated!
Let's support our Greyhounds, raise awareness and do what we can to help them. They sure deserve it.
Don't forget to smooch a pooch!
By Roisin Kelly-Goldsmith, @roisinkellygold
Next time you’re in a dog park, take a look around and notice what the humans are doing. Because I can guarantee you half of them will be playing with or at least dangling their phones in their hands. It’s a strange sight becoming more commonplace in the modern world. We sleep with our smart phone in arms reach. Humans bump into each other on daily dog walks because of distracting phones. So you’re not alone if you feel like your smart phone usage is cutting into precious time with your pet.
We invest more time into technology than bonding and looking after our pets. So if we can’t do away with smart phones altogether, what if we could somehow get them to compliment each other? You might be thinking this is a long stretch. But just hear me out.
I believe you and your furry friend can bond by using technology together. I’ve been trialing and testing out weird, wacky, and innovative dog related apps lately, and I’m hooked. So here I share with you three main things I learned along the way to convince you to try it for yourself.
Photo: Roisin hanging out with her puppy Oscar. Look out for Yap Review coming to YHT soon! Credit: Bill Purnell.
To start you off, here are some dogs apps I think you should try:
Have you been using any dog apps? How did they work out for you? Tweet to us at @yappyhourtv using the hashtag #YappReview. Remember to stay tuned for Yappy Hour TV Season 5 where I’ll be presenting to you the latest and hottest apps!
Meet Brigit of the Eastside Flyers and her k9 friend, Sunday, who were ready and raring to go at the inaugural Flyball Winter competition held today at KCC Park, Skye, Victoria.
On grooming your puppy...
Later on in the show, Alexia Q shows us the key to bathing a puppy is to keep them calm and be gentle. This little Australian Kelpie sits patiently for Alexia while she brushes him downwards, using the soft side of the brush.
…Before a nice lukewarm water bath with a little dog shampoo. Alexia reminds us not to yell at a puppy if it misbehaves. If your puppy gets scared, just slowly place him back in the bath tub and he will be fine. Don’t forget to cover the eyes!
And if you get tempted to give your puppy treats, never give him chocolate. Alexia lists the things dog owners should not feed their dogs include onions, avocado and grapes. Alexia Q reads from A Puppy’s New Home, an educational book for children that has been made possible by a Kickstarter campaign.
Sandy's herbal treatments for ear mitesAnd now for a look at your dog and eight-leg critters than causes “absolute havoc”. Yes, that’s right. It’s the ear mite. Sandy Rogers the Medical Herbalist assured us that the answer to this hindrance lies simply in your pantry. Olive oil and rosemary is the secret weapon to ward off and protect your dog’s ears from biting mites.
Sandy Rogers talks to Yappy Hour TV in the lovely St Kilda Veg Out Community Gardens.
Help, my canine needs a clean!
On the topic of health, Yappy Hour TV finds out from Phivo the Dog Health Guy just how important mouth hygiene really is. Phivo owns Augustine Approved, a health food brand for dogs which only uses specific quality ingredients. The brand is based on the plight of his own boxer, Augustine, who has had health problems in the past from eating regular dog food. Getting back to dental care, dog’s need a yearly dental clean because their teeth can decay five times faster than humans! And thankfully that can all be done without the use of anaesthesia. Well that’s good news. Brian the doggie dentist shows us how it’s done with Phivo’s other boxer, Mishka.
Phivo’s dog Mishka is calm throughout his dental clean, and Brian is being gentle.
You can check Fresh Breath Doggie Dental where Brian works here.
A celebrity’s dog profile
Later on in the program, Yappy Hour TV talks to Brian Canham from Pseudo Echo about his humble Labrador named Lola. She’s eight years old but still looks like a puppy. Brian spends lots of time with Lola in between rehearsing and performing with Pseudo Echo. She likes to play the Tasmanian Devil game with her owner, where she begins by eyeballing Brian, then running around everywhere like a tornado.
“They like lots of love. They do a lot of attention, but they can be destructive,” Brian told Yappy Hour TV.
Brian talks about his beloved dog Lola the Lab
What to do when your pooch gets separation anxiety
And finally on this episode of Yappy Hour TV, Tony Knight the “Dog Listener” explains separation anxiety. Dogs need to learn to respect its owner’s personal space. To teach you dog how to keep calm when you leave them, all you need to do is pay no attention to your pooch before leaving and when arriving. And in turn, your dog will realise there really is nothing to worry about.
Tony Knight gives dog owners some handy advice on separation anxiety
Tony shows us how it’s done with Leanne’s dog Dexter. All it takes is a few goes of walking in and out of the house unpredictably before actually leaving the house, then the dog learns to let go. The result leaves Dexter feeling calm and no longer distressed from the separation.
Thanks for reading, dog lovers. Yappy Hour TV goes to air on Channel 31 every Friday at 6pm.
Blog post by Roisin Kelly-Goldsmith