Staffordshire Bull Terrier


Here at Akuna Care we think Staffordshire Bull Terriers are just the best, because when it comes to enthusiasm they are off the charts. They are always up for a fun time, be it a bush walk around the 10 acres of our property or tearing around our huge play yards & trying to work out which is going to be their favourite (tough) toy of the day. That said they are quite happy to get a cuddle or belly rub as well. We reckon when personalities were handed out the Staffy breed stood in line twice!!!

Read on to see how Akuna Pet Resort takes care of holidaying Staffy guests, including their special “breed needs”.




  • Nicknames Staffy, Staff, SBT, Staffy Dog
  • Lifespan 12 years
  • Country of Origin England
  • Weight Male 13 to 17kg (29 to 37lb)
  • Weight Female 11 to 15.4kg (24 to 34lb)
  • Height Male 36 to 41cm (14 to 16in)
  • Height Female 35 to 40cm (13 to 15)
  • Coat Smooth, short & close
  • Litter Size Up to 5 puppies
  • Colour Red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any one of these colours with white. Any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle

See above under the various headings how we understand and look after our Staffordshire Bull Terrier guests special needs.

Famous people who ownStaffordshire Bull Terriers past & present

 

Late conservationist Steve Irwin – Sui

George Gregan Rugby Union player – Arthur

Luke Mangan Celebrity Chef – Winston

Action movie star Vin Diesel – Winston

Humphrey Bogart

General George Patton

President Theodore Roosevelt

Author John Steinbeck

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Staffordshire Bull Terriers

http://www.staffyrescue.org.au/wordpress/

http://www.dogslife.com.au/breeds

www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/

http://www.zazzle.com.au/staffordshire+bull+terrier+gifts

http://www.facebook.com/staffybullterrieruk

http://www.justdogbreeds.com/staffordshire-bull-terrier.html

Fun Facts

Their tail resembles an old fashioned pump handle.

They are temperamentally ill-suited for guard or attack-dog training because they LOVE people so much!

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is Australia’s number one canine pet.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier tolerance of and patience with children has earned him the nickname “The Nanny Dog.”

When Charles Dickens wrote the classic book “Oliver Twist”, he created a Stafford as a companion to character Bill Sykes.

Various bits and pieces

Breeders report that 50% of births are by caesarean section.

It is the only breed we know of that regularly does the commando crawl. (If you own a Staffy you will know exactly what I am talking about)

The Staffordshire is typically a poor swimmer. Employ supervision around pools, lakes, etc as whilst they have the enthusiasm for a swim they do not have the body build for it. They tend to sink like a stone instead.

They also get our vote for being the most enthusiastic dog breed EVER!

Before the 19th century, blood sports such as bull baiting bear baiting & cock fighting were common. Bulls bought to market were set upon by dogs as a way of tenderizing the meat and providing entertainment for the spectators; and dog fights with bears, bulls and other animals were often organized as entertainment for both royalty and commoners.

Early Bull Terriers were not bred for the companion animals of today, but for the characteristic of bravery & courage with the pitting of dogs against bear or bull testing these attributes along with their strength and skill. These early “proto-staffords” provided the ancestral foundation stock for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier. This common ancestor was known as the “Bull and Terrier”.

These blood sports were officially eliminated in 1835 as Britain began to introduce animal welfare laws. Since dogfights were cheaper to organize and far easier to conceal from the law than bull or bear baits, blood sport proponents turned to pitting their dogs against each other instead. Dog fighting was used as both a blood sport and as a way to continue to test the quality of their stock. For decades afterward, dog fighting clandestinely took place in pockets of working-class Britain and America. Dogs were released into a pit, and the last dog still fighting was recognized as the winner. Despite being trained to be aggressive towards fellow dogs they had to be of very good temperament with people as the handler would have to bring the dog back to scratch for each round. Their fantastic nature with humans continues to this day.

As time went on the modern breed has become a companion pet with a temperament suitable for most households.

Given the amount of beautiful natured Staffy’s that come to holiday with us, we don’t think they will ever lose their popularity and as such will continue to remain one of Australia’s most popular pets!

Nature

Contrary to its tough appearance, the Stafford is a gentle, loyal and highly affectionate dog breed and generally a quiet, stable and trustworthy companion. It is important to remember that they were originally bred to be a fighting dog. This sometimes shows in their boisterous nature and in some circumstances a tendency to be aggressive with other dogs. They are suitable for being the only dog in the household or can live happily with other pets if socialized and given the correct obedience training at a young age. Puppy socialisation should include interaction with other dogs and with children. Staffys also tend to be full on with their toys, shaking them to bits and love they love tug games to.

At Akuna Care we have designed our pet accommodation so that each guest has its own big comfortable indoor room with an attached large grass garden yard section so that social guests can go outside anytime they like during the day to say hello to their dog neighbours, which is great for dog friendly dogs like Staffys. If your dog is not so dog friendly we can make sure they have a private grass yard section.

Their happy, enthusiastic disposition also means that guests who are new to staying at our Pet Resort are quick to settle in and super excited about bonding with our loving pet carers. The carers carry liver treats as well just to make sure your Staffy knows they have come to the right place for a holiday.

It is true that Staffys play rough and due to this are generally not welcome at many kennels/pet resorts. This is also because 90% of kennels/Pet resorts put multiple dogs in the one hotel room to make more money and the owners of these kennels have found that Staffy’s don’t suit this arrangement. These same kennels/Pet resorts do not welcome dogs who have not been desexed.

But here at Akuna Care we are happy to have your beautiful, boisterous staffy come and holiday with us because we don’t dog stack. This means your staffy will enjoy its own private room and grass yard and when it is time for a play time it will be given one to one with a loving carer out in one of our huge play yards. (Note – all playtimes are done one to one for the health and happiness of our pet guests)

As for being enthusiastic with their toys we have it sorted having spent 10 years sourcing the toughest and most fun toys you can imagine. In fact when we want to trial a new toys toughness we give it to a Staffy to play with to see how it goes. We are also always up for a game of tug but usually the Staffy guest wins!

So if you want your Staffy to have a fun holiday I can assure you we have the most fun Pet Resort ever with lots of choice of fun activities like bush walks and play times and plenty of treats like bones and pigs ears and chicken drumsticks etc to choose from.

In other words we are Staffy heaven!!!

Training

Staffy are fun-loving & extremely boisterous when young so require training and firm handling when they are puppies, as an uncontrolled adult can be quite problematic. They can also have a bad habit of jumping and nipping at your face as a show of enthusiasm & love. Obviously not a great behavioural trait but again this can be easily controlled by early training.

With training you will need to find what rewards your Staffy likes the most. Sometimes this can be food, or praise but often in the case of Staffy’s it is a favourite toy or game.

Note – Keep in mind that when using a toy an untrained staffy will often mistakenly bite at the hand holding the toy. There is no aggression in this behaviour they are just so focussed on the toy they don’t realise your hand is in the way.

If you would like to play your dog socially with other dogs (ie go to dog parks or beaches) it is important that they get socialised very early on with a good variety of dogs so that they can learn the right amount of enthusiasm and strength to use.

Being taught how to walk on lead is something you will want to get onto early as well as Staffys are just so ridiculously enthusiastic about getting where they are going, they will pull on a lead till they choke. In fact many owners use body harness’s for their Staffys to reduce this problem, but even with a walking harness you will be rewarded tenfold for the leash training effort you put in early on.

It might also help to wear you Staffy out a bit before a training session by playing some fun games like playing tennis ball retrieving, tug games & frisbee. This is so they are not so bursting with excitement when a training session begins and hence can pay you a little more attention.

Staffy’s like all dogs can be destructive with toys etc and they certainly have the chops for it, so it is important to make sure they have tuff toys available and different kinds of mental challenge treats (like treat balls or tough rubber toys stuffed with treats or a frozen chicken stock etc). Giving your Staffy a chew treat like a bone will also be most appreciated and can occupy them for hours.

Note – Staffys are heat sensitive dogs and do not have their own off switch – (ie they keep going full on till they keel over) so it is important to monitor your Staffy during playtime, training and walks and to make sure they take a break when they are obviously worn out.

At Akuna Care we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first and also deterring jumping and biting by firmly saying “No” and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats.

Behavioral issues

Staffys like all dogs have their own set of behavioural issues but unfortunately they also have a bad reputation with the general public, due largely to the media who portray them as vicious. Being a Staffy owner I am sure you have experienced people crossing the street to avoid walking past you with their own dog. Try to be forgiving because these pet owners are only responding to what they have been told by the media.

So firstly it is important to note that this reputation is not entirely unfounded due mostly to two facts,

1)The Staffy having been breed as a fighting dog.

2) That when they do have a fight (usually defensively) they do so much damage to their opponent due to the size & crushing strength of their jaws. It is often said that Staffy’s don’t start a fights, but they do finish them!

Their cause is not helped either by a small minority of Staffy owners who think the more aggressive and territorial their Staffy, the better! This is obviously a problem with the owner not the dog but presents as a dog problem when the dog inevitably injures another dog, a person or worse a child.

All you can do as a responsible Staffy owner is do the right training when your Staffy is young so you have a well behaved socially acceptable dog and to take any opportunity you can to explain to non Staffy owners what a beautiful, loving, fun, happy breed they are.

Staffys can be a bit destructive at times, particularly when puppies or young adults, if they are not given suitable alternatives to expend their energy and natural desire to chew.

A lot of Kennels/Pet Resorts won’t take Staffy guests because they can’t joint board/dog stack them into the one accommodation space and also because they believe they can’t joint play them due to aggressiveness.

Neither of these issues are a problem at Akuna Care as every dog is given one to one care. This means that your Staffy will have his own private hotel room and attached grass yard where he can nose hello to his neighbours.

Play times and walks are also done one to one so your staffy will have a carers undivided love and attention and won’t have to share any toys or love during his/her playtime.

If your staffy is not particularly dog friendly that s ok to as we have grass yards that are panelled such that they don’t see other dogs so are more relaxed and happy throughout their holiday stay.

High energy dogs such as Staffys can definitely be destructive with toys and bedding etc if they don’t have a positive outlet for their exuberance. Here at Akuna we don’t get much destructive behaviour due to the fact that our guests have plenty of space in their hotel room and can romp around their own grass backyard anytime they like throughout the day or say a nose hello to their dog neighbours. Our play times and bushwalks are also a good energy busting activities. So you can rest assured that your Staffy (on a suitable “Care package”) will come home in the same happy, normal state they were in when they arrived for their holiday instead of a dog that’s bouncing of the walls due to lack of exercise and stimulation.

At Akuna Care we are up definitely up to the challenge of wearing your Staffy out but don’t worry if you have an elderly Staffy because our more senior guests still enjoy a playtime, it is just spent getting loving cuddles and belly rubs rather than chasing a ball. Our senior Staffy guests also definitely enjoy a strolling walk around our property as there are so many interesting scents to enjoy.

At Akuna we have lots and lots of toys for your dog to play with when they have a play time out in one of our big grass play yards. We have spent some years finding the best toys possible that are fun but durable. You know what though? – The most favourite toy is still the good old fashioned tennis ball! That said most Staffy’s like nothing better than a good game of Tug! Also if you would like for your Staffy to have its own favourite toy in its hotel room then just send it along.

So the good news is that behavioural problems due to pent up energy levels and lack of stimulus or company is not going to be a problem for your Staffy when it comes for a holiday at Akuna Care Pet Resort.

Energy Level 

Staffy’s are without doubt a high energy level dog, as anyone who has owned one will tell you. In fact their unfettered exuberance is a big part of their overall charm! A Staffy puppy/teenager is like an explosion of energy and time passing by doesn’t seem to dint this energy level much until they are well into the late stages of being a senior citizen. At this point they are more likely to prefer sunbaking and belly rubs but will still enthusiastically muster the energy for a good brisk walk or some tug games.

Fun energetic activities “Energy Busting” is what we do best at Akuna Care with the option of bush walks, play yard fun/love times and dam swims. In addition your dog has its own grass outdoor yard that they have access to from 7am to 7pm every day so they can romp around in this space as much as they like. If your Staffy is a senior citizen it will not have the same high exercise needs but will still love having as much one to one cuddles and loving in a play yard fun time as can be had. So for our senior citizen Staffy guests we simply swap power walks for gentle strolls and loving play times. The daily amount of these fun activities is linked to the “care package” you choose for your Staffy. If you are not sure what “care package” would suit your Staffy best simply give our office a call as we are happy to discuss your pets needs anytime.

So you can rest assured your Staffy will come home in the same happy normal state that they came for a holiday instead of a dog that’s bouncing of the walls due to lack of exercise.

So whether it is for energy busting or loving company your Staffy’s activity needs are well catered for at Akuna Care Pet Resort.

Health issues

Although Staffys are hardy little dogs, be cautious not to overdo it in warmer weather, as the breed is sensitive to heat and doesn’t have an off button when a fun time is being had.

Like most members of the Bulldog/Bull terrier group, Staffies rush in where angels fear to tread leading to accident- prone behaviour, and they rarely develop road sense so keep your Staffy on lead near roads.

Pale-coloured Staffy’s with pale noses, are susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer. Using sunblock is a good fix for this problem.

Some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

Hip Dysplasia – Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic trait that is affected by environmental factors. It can be found in many animals and in humans, but is most commonly associated with dogs, and is common in many dog breeds. Hip dysplasia is the most common single cause of arthritis of the hips

Patella Luxation – (also known as trick knee, subluxation of patella, floating patella, or floating kneecap) is a condition in which the patella, or kneecap, dislocates or moves out of its normal location. The condition usually becomes evident between the ages of 4 to 6 months.

Atopic Dermatitus (skin problems) – Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common causes of chronic itching in dogs. Atopic dermatitis is caused by an allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) to one or more substances in the environment. Various substances, called allergens, can trigger atopic dermatitis. They are often the same allergens implicated in human allergic conditions such as hay fever and asthma.

L-2-Hydroxyglutartic Aciduria – L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria (L-2-HGA) is a neurometabolic genetic disease affecting humans and dogs. Symptoms associated with affected dogs include seizures, ataxia, dementia, learning difficulties and head tremor. Dogs can start showing the symptoms from as early as 6 months to as old as 6 years.

At Akuna Care we do daily health checks so as to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise such as skin rashes or ear infections. With any type of health problem the trick is to catch it early and treat appropriately. The golden rule is “The sooner you catch a health problem the faster it can be treated and resolved”.

If your Staffy is prone to skin rash’s let us know and we will keep a close eye on this and also check your dogs belly and underarms daily. If a flare up occurs we can start applying/administering any cream or medication you have sent along. We are also happy to give medicated baths if you have sent along a special shampoo for this purpose.

For Staffy’s that have leg or joint problems we tailor a fun exercise schedule around their particular needs. For example if your Staffy in not allowed to jump around or stop quickly during a ball game we make sure all of our pet carers know of this health issue and go about your Staffy’s play/walk/love time with these health requirements in mind.

We have found that most Staffy’s are a sensitive to both hot and cold weather. With this is mind we provide comfortable hotel rooms that are REALLY well insulated. This means your Staffy’s accommodation space remains cool in summer and warm in winter. If your staffy is particularly heat sensitive you may want to consider taking up the option of an air conditioned room. These are quite popular in the hotter months of the year so get in quick. Plus take a look at our new “Doggy water park” for a cooling and fun summertime activity.

Playtime wise, we make sure our Staffy guests don’t overdo it by insisting they take a break and have a drink when needed. Once recharged they can get back to the business of having tons of fun!

Our arthritic, post cruciate surgery & hip/elbow dysplasia guest’s benefit greatly from the design of our Pet Resort facility, as it has been built to have NO STEPS. We intentionally designed our complex this way so that dogs with mobility problems would easily be able to move around without putting stress on their hips, back and legs.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” www.cessnockvet.com.au that specialises in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your loved Staffy whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available.

Weight Issues

Staffy’s are great at maintaining a good body weight, largely down to the energy they burn in their unbridled enthusiasm for life. In fact I reckon we could light up Sydney if only we could harness the tail wagging energy of the local Staffy population.

They can get a little bit porky as they reach old age and slow down, so you need to reduce their food intake a little bit at this point.

Even though Staffys are good at maintain their weight you will be comforted to know that at Akuna we feed a premium grade vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” which our guests love. We match the amount we feed closely to your pets breed & weight. We also weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then re weigh weekly throughout your pets holiday stay so as to make sure a healthy weight is maintained. In addition we keep records on how much food your pet is eating and what (if any) is left on a daily basis so if your pet is losing weight or putting weight on we know whether we need to increase or decrease their portion of food. If you would prefer your dog to lose/gain a little bit of weight we can even help with that, so just let us know when you book your dog’s holiday stay.

Grooming

The very short, smooth coat of the Staffy requires little grooming. I like to think of them as wash & wear & they take seconds to wash & dry. To easy!

At Akuna you can request a brushing any time you like but I would think your Staffy would prefer an extra game of tug instead. They do benefit though from a regular weekly to fortnightly bath as this helps to keep skin irritations at bay, particularly if an anti-itch shampoo is used. And what dog doesn’t enjoy a good massage under a shower of warm soapy water!

Details

Pug


Here at Akuna we know that Pug’s are the clowns of the Dog world! Besides their quirky and hilarious personality they are constantly try to bend the rules and will go to great lengths to get their own (naughty!) way. Being a fun and energetic dog, they love a cuddle but are always up for a game of tug as well. One gaze into their gorgeous big eyes and you will be hooked on this breed for ever. At Akuna we love all our Pug guests because they are just so much fun.

Read on to see how Akuna Pet Resort takes care of holidaying Pug guests, including their special “breed needs”.




  • Nicknames Chinese Pug, Mini Mastiff, Dutch Bulldog
  • Lifespan 12 to 15 years
  • Country of Origin China
  • Weight Male 6 to 9kg (13 to 20lb)
  • Weight Female 6 to 8kg (13 to 18lb)
  • Height Male 30 to 36cm (12 to 14in)
  • Height Female 25 to 30cm (10 to 12in)
  • Coat Smooth, short, dense & soft
  • Litter Size 3
  • Colour Fawn, Apricot Fawn, Silver Fawn & Black

Famous people who own Pugs past & present 

Queen Victoria – Bully, Olga, Pedro, Minka, Fatima, Venus and more!

Gerard Butler – Lolita

Tori Spelling – Mimi LaRue

Jessica Alba – Sid

Valentino Garavani – Oliver

Dennis Quaid – Pudgy

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Pugs

http://www.i-love-pugs.com

http://www.pugrescue.com.au

Fun Facts & Various Bits and Pieces

A group of Pugs is called a Grumble!

Pugs have starred in Hollywood films “The Adventures of Milo & Otis”, “Men in Black” and “Pocahontas”

Marie Antoinette owned a pug named “Mops”, which is the German word for Pug. Essentially she had a Pug named Pug!

A Pug sleeps an average of 14 hours per day (They need their beauty sleep LOL)

The Pug’s solid body shape and breathing problems make them terrible swimmers

The Latin saying “multum in parvo” is often used to describe pugs, as it means “much in little” because Pugs have a lot of personality in one little Dog!

People who own a Peugeot car often refer to them as a “Pug”

They are often called “shadows” because they follow their owners around and like to stay close to the action.

We certainly agree that Pug’s have a lot of personality, but that’s what makes them so unique! At Akuna we love how enthusiastic our Pug guests are about life, but most of all, we love the hugs that we get during our fun playtime sessions!

Not much is known about the early history of the Pug however it is thought that they have been around since about 700 – 400BC. Originating in China these little guys were called Lo-sze and were bred specifically for Emperors and other high officials. The Pug began coming to Europe with traders around the 15th Century. They quickly became favourites to the Royals and even became part of their history when a Pug named Pompey saved the life of Prince William of Orange in 1572 when he alerted him to the assassins that were approaching the camp.

As the breed gained popularity throughout Europe they were known by many different names. The French called them Carlin, the Spanish called them Dogullo, the Germans called them Mops and the Italians called them Caganlino.

In 1861 Pugs were first shown and from there the first studbook began 10 years later with already 66 Pug’s listed in the first edition.

During the Victorian era Pugs became particularly popular and were featured in many paintings, figurines and postcards. Most of which were wearing decorative collars or large bows!

After the Civil War Pugs were starting to be seen in America and the AKC officially recognised the breed in 1885 however the first Pug Club was not recognised until 1931.

As you can see, Pugs have always been a popular family dog and even now they rank 33rd in popularity out of 177 dogs!

Lo-sze, Carlin, Dogullo, Mops and Caganlino, no matter what the name or where they’re from, we love all our Pug’s guests!

Nature

The Pug is a gentle, playful and loving breed who is great with people of all ages, especially children as they are sturdy enough to enjoy rumbling around with them! They also enjoy the company of other pets so it’s often advised to get two Pugs! Pugs can also be sedentary too and are more than happy to curl up on your lap or bedside you and have a snooze while you watch a movie or read a book.

Pugs can have a cheeky and stubborn side to them as well which can be both amusing & frustrating. The Latin saying “multum in parvo” meaning “much in little” is often used when talking about Pugs as they have so much personality and character in such a small package!

At Akuna Pets we have designed our pet accommodation so that each guest has its own big comfortable indoor room. An attached large grass garden yard section allows social guests to go outside anytime they like during the day to say hello to their dog neighbours, which is great for Pugs as they love to suss out who their neighbours are!

We also pop in and out of our furry guests hotel room a number of times throughout the day to check that they are happy and well & to give a cuddle or two.

As for fun – well Akuna is definitely the right place for your pug with big play yards, heaps of toys, bushwalks and tons of cuddles. In other words – Pug Heaven!

Training

I heard someone say once “Training my Pug is like getting my 14yr old son to clean up his room!”

Pugs are notorious for being stubborn and independent, which sometimes makes training quite the challenge. However, on the up side, Pugs LOVE food! Positive reinforcement training is the most effective way to train your Pug, all you will need is a bag of treats hidden in your pocket and some happy and positive encouragement.

Start with Puppy Pre School and then move on up to obedience and agility classes. It’s a great way to socialise your Pug and have some fun at the same time. If you make training a part of your Pugs overall fitness plan you won’t have to worry about them getting porky around the middle as they get older!

Pug1 Pug2

At Akuna Pets we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first.

Behavioural issues 

Pugs are bred to be around people and most of their behavioural issues stem from being left alone too much. Some off the behavioural issues that can occur from boredom and lack of stimulation are barking, digging and chewing. Other behavioural issues like persistent begging for food is just in-built because Pugs LOVE food!

So as long as your Pug has training from a young age and gets a sufficient amount of your loving attention, most of their behavioural problems can be overcome. But you will need to be strong willed when it comes to food because they will look at you with those adorable eyes asking for “just a little bit more”.

Behavioural issues due to boredom and lack of stimulation are not something we see much of here at Akuna, mainly due to the fact that there is always something interesting to do! From having a chat with your next-door neighbours, to activities like bush walks, playtimes and fun in our water splash park, there’s never a dull moment here at Akuna.

Energy Level

Pugs are generally a low energy dog but they do have their moments of full on excitement. While playful and outgoing Pugs don’t really need a lot of exercise and quite frankly they can’t handle it as their short noses cause them to become easily overheated and out of breath.

So a daily walk or semi robust playtime is all that’s recommended for Pugs to keep them from becoming overweight and also just to get them off the couch and out into the fresh air and sunshine!

We agree that Pugs are not really high energy dogs but they do love a game and still need lots of one to one cuddling! At Akuna, giving love and fun is what we do best so we’ve got this covered. Our choice of care packages means you can choose exactly the amount of attention and activities you think your Pug will need, followed by a restful down time in their own comfortable well insulated hotel room.

Check out our furry guests having tonnes of fun on our Instagram page.

Health issues

Unfortunately over the decades Pugs have developed a fair few health issues that potential Pug owners need to be aware of.

Being a brachycephalic dog (short squished in shout) means heat sensitivity is one of the thing you need to be most aware of as heat exhaustion can easily take a dog’s life. So make sure your Pug always has access to shade and water on a hot day or even better is kept indoors with the air conditioning on.

Buying from a reputable breeder is a must with Pugs, as they will be health checked and screened for some of the common conditions associated with the breed, as will their parents. Eye conditions and Hip Dysplasia are the most common conditions that are tested for.

Because of the large prominent eyes of the Pug they can be prone to many eye problems such as Corneal Ulcers, Proptosis (Dislodged Eyeball), Distichiasis (Abnormal growth of eyelashes), Entropion (Inward rolling eyelids) and Dry Eye. All of these conditions will need to be treated by a Vet as soon as any problems arise as they can lead to blindness and infection in serious cases.

Hip Dysplasia is actually quite common in Pugs despite their small size. However, the good news is that they are less likely than a larger breed to need hip replacement surgery and usually can lead normal lives with some Veterinary treatment along the way. Patella Luxation, which is dislocation of the kneecap, is also common amongst Pugs but as mentioned before, because of their small size they can often live normal lives without any surgical intervention!

PDE (Pug Dog Encephalitis) is a fatal inflammatory disease that affects Pugs. It usually affects Pugs between 2 and 3 years old however it can affect them as young as 6 months. The main symptoms are seizures, depression, confusion and co-ordination problems. Luckily this condition is quite rare but if you suspect anything it is advised to seek Veterinary advice immediately.

Nerve Degeneration, misplaced Vertebrae’s (also referred to as Hemi-vertebrae) and Legg-Perthes Disease are all common in Pugs and require Veterinary treatment and possibly corrective surgery to lead a normal life.

While Pugs do have a few health concerns to be aware of, they are generally hardly little creatures! As long as you take good care of your furry-one and seek Veterinary treatment when necessary he/she should live a long and happy life.

At Akuna Pets we do daily health checks to quickly pick up on any issues that might arise, such as skin rashes, ear infections because we believe “That the sooner you catch a health problem the faster it can be treated and resolved”.

We also make sure your Pugs face creases are clean and dry by using soft baby wet wipes.

Overheating will not be a problem for your Pug when holidaying at Akuna as all of our hotel rooms are well insulated but if you want to be extra sure of your Pugs comfort, particularly in summer you can organise for an air conditioned room that can be set at whatever temperature you Pug prefers.

Our hip & elbow dysplasia guest’s benefit greatly from the design of our Pet Resort facility as it has been built to have NO STEPS. We intentionally designed our complex this way so that pet guests with mobility problems would be able to easily move around without putting stress on their hips, back and legs.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” www.cessnockvet.com.au and they specialise in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your Pug whilst he/she is holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available.

Weight Issues

Pugs LOVE food and are well-known for being greedy! They require a strong willed owner who can resist those cute begging eyes that stare at every bite of food you eat. Feeding a right sized meal, restricting treats and getting regular exercise are key to maintaining your Pug’s weight. Remember that keeping your Pug fur baby from developing obesity means a longer, healthy and happier life.

At Akuna Pets we are aware of the Pugs fondness for food and their inclination to easily put on weight so we pay close attention to this. Firstly we feed a premium graded vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” (which our guests love!). Then we match the amount we feed to your pet’s age, breed & weight.

We weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then weigh weekly throughout their holiday stay to make sure a healthy weight is maintained. In addition we keep records on how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left on a daily basis. (Note – leftovers are not likely with a Pug!) So if your pet is gaining or losing weight we know whether to increase or decrease their portion of food.

If you would prefer your Pug to lose a little bit of weight we can even help with that too, so just let us know when you book your Pug’s next holiday stay!

We also make sure that all of our guests get a good amount of daily exercise because this is just so important to health and happiness.

Grooming

From their shedding coat to their face wrinkles, Pug’s need a bit of attention when it comes to grooming. Regular brushing and bathing will help keep your Pug’s shedding coat under control but it is good idea to also match your wardrobe to you Pug’s coat colour as having his or her fur on you will be a constant accessory.

The Pug’s wrinkles will need to be cleaned regularly and dried thoroughly as they are a breeding ground for bacteria and infection if allowed to stay damp. Nails need to be trimmed regularly as well as Pug’s won’t wear down their nails exercising like other breeds.

The Pug’s short coat doesn’t require much brushing however if you would like to keep your Pug in their routine of getting groomed or even just give them a little extra attention during their holiday at Akuna you can request as many dog brushings as you like!

As noted in the Health Issues section – you’re Pugs creases will be cleaned daily to keep them dry and bacteria free.

Depending on the length of holiday stay you may also wish to organise a few extra warm hydro baths & blow dries. Ahhhhh what a lovely day spa thing to do! Note – A complimentary bath is given at home time

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Miniature Schnauzer


Here at Akuna we love the enthusiastic and energetic personality of the Mini Schnauzer. They are always good for a laugh and are not afraid to jump up on your lap for a cuddle. The only problem Mini Schnauzers have while holidaying at Akuna is which tennis ball to chase first in our huge grassed play yards! It’s truly amazing how much personality gets packed into such a little dog! Alert & spirited, friendly, intelligent & always willing to please are just a few reasons we love Mini Schnauzer’s.

Read on to see how Akuna Pet Resort takes care of holidaying Mini Schnautzer guests, including their special “breed needs”.




  • Nicknames Dwarf Schnauzer
  • Lifespan 12 to 14 years
  • Country of Origin Germany
  • Weight Male 5 to 8kg (11 to 18lb)
  • Weight Female 4.5 to 6.5kg (10 to 15lb)
  • Height Male 30 to 36cm (12 to 14in)
  • Height Female 30 to 36cm (12 to 14in)
  • Coat Short double coat with soft under and wiry outer
  • Litter Size 3 to 8
  • Colour Black, salt and pepper, black and silver and white

Famous people who own Miniature Schnauzers past & present

Cesar Millan – Angel

Katherine Heigl – Romeo

Janet Jackson – Madison

Avril Lavigne – Sam

Errol Flynn – Arno

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Miniature Schnauzers

http://www.schnauzers-rule.com/

https://www.facebook.com/schnauzerrescuensw

Fun Facts

The Miniature Schnauzer has been in the Top 20 Most Popular breed registered with the American Kennel Club for the past 10 years and is currently sitting at 17th

In Germany, he’s known as the Zwergschnauzer (zwerg means “dwarf”)

Miniature Schnauzers have long facial whiskers and on both males and females, their fur grows into a “beard” around the mouth

The word Schnauzer is derived from the German word “Schnauze” which means “muzzle”

Because the Miniature Schnauzer was originally bred for hunting vermin they do not suit households with small animals as they have a strong desire to chase

The Schnauzers favourite game to play is fetch, as they have an inbuilt switch that turns on when they have the chance to chase anything!

The Mini Schnauzer is great for people with allergies as they do not shed much hair compared to other breeds

They may be known as Zwergschnauzer in Germany but here at Akuna we know that the only thing small about the Mini Schnauzer is their size! Everything else like their personality, the love that they give and the energy they have is huge!

There is little on record about the Miniature Schnauzer before the 19th century however Standard Schnauzers have said to have been around since the 15th century and are of German origin. The Miniature Schnauzer comes from a mixture of Affenpinschers, Poodles and Standard Schnauzers.

The Miniature Schnauzer was bred to be a smaller, more cost effective version of the well-known Standard Schnauzer for ratting, herding and guarding property. The first recording of the breed was in a German stud book in 1988 and 10 years later the Mini Schnauzer started appearing in dog shows.

From 1899 onwards the Miniature Schnauzer’s popularity grew & grew. Even today the breed ranks 17th most popular out of 177 breeds worldwide.

Though Mini Schnauzers haven’t been around for all that long, everyone knows what they look like with their distinctive ‘beard’ & gorgeous long eyelashes’! At Akuna we think their ‘beard’ suits their personality fabulously and can’t get over how handsome or pretty they are!

Nature 

The Miniature Schnauzer are exhibitionists, they are full of life and full of energy! They are loving, obedient and laid back. They are excellent with other dogs, children and love to be around people in general (or on top of you as they are quite affectionate!)

They make excellent watch dogs as they will let you know when someone is around, but are by no means aggressive in any way. Also if you have a Mini Schnauzer around you certainly won’t have any vermin problems!

Like all dogs they need early socialisation to ensure you have a happy, friendly versatile member of the family.

With the Mini Schnauzer being full of energy and quite a people pleaser, Akuna is the place to be! We have the most fun and exhausting Pet Resort ever with bush walks, swims in our Water Fun Park & big grass yards for playtimes.Add in huge baskets of every toy imaginable plus tonnes of cuddles and belly rubs and you’ve got the ultimate holiday for a Schnauzer!

Training

Mini Schnauzers are highly intelligent and quick learners, which make training easy but you must start this very early on as a puppy or you will have trouble later on teaching them that you’re the boss!

They can also be quite stubborn at times, which will keep you on your toes! Your Mini Schnauzer will do anything for food, so make sure you have a bag of treats and lots of positive words for when he/she does the right thing. Your Mini Schnauzer may prefer the reward of a fun toy so keep a squeaky one in your pocket for just this purpose.

They are great at performing tricks so if you ever get bored, try teaching your Mini Schnauzer some new things!

At Akuna Pets we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first. We also deter jumping and biting by saying no firmly and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats.

Behavioural issues

Miniature Schnauzers still have their puppy behaviour until about 1 ½ to 2 years old. It is important to socialise them very well at a young age so that you don’t have any behaviour problems later in life. If not given enough training and socialisation as a puppy, the Mini Schnauzer can develop behavioural issues such as Separation Anxiety, jumping, barking, aggression and nervousness.

Mini Schnauzers can be territorial of property so make sure to teach from a young age that you as the human head of the family own all the toys and treats (but are willing to share.)

Mini Schnauzers, like all dogs can develop destructive behaviours if they do not have enough to occupy their time during the day. So make sure your Mini Schnauzer always has an equal balance of physical and mental stimulation to keep those nasty bad habits away!

Some breeds can definitely be destructive with toys and bedding etc. if they don’t have enough physical and mental stimulation included in their day. Here at Akuna Pets we don’t get much of that destructive behaviour due to the fact that our guests have enough activity time during their day and have plenty of space in their hotel room where they can say hello to their dog neighbours anytime! We also offer a variety of treats to keep your Mini Schnauzer occupied between activity times. Treats like Peanut Butter Kong’s and Pigs Ears are among some of the favourites!

So the good news is that behavioural problems due to pent up energy levels or lack of stimulus or company is not going to be a problem for your Mini Schnauzer when it comes to a holiday at Akuna.

Energy Level

Miniature Schnauzers are very playful with a medium to high energy level. They need to have at least one 30min walk per day and a backyard to run around in.

Because they have been bred to hunt they will occupy themselves in the backyard for hours chasing smells, buterflys & lizards! This however does not mean that you can expect them to entertain themselves all day as this can lead to destructive behaviour and barking.

These little guys can be prone to weight gain to so it’s important they maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to prevent this particularly as they get older.

Bush walks, tug-of-war and fetch in our play yards, swims in our Water Fun Park or just loving cuddles and belly rubs are some of the many ways we like to entertain and expend energy here at Akuna! In addition your dog has its own grass yard that they have access to from 7am to 7pm every day so they can run up and down the fence with their new nieghbors.

So whether it is for energy busting or loving company, your Mini Schnauzers activity needs are well catered for at Akuna Pet Resort.

Health issues

Mini Schnauzers are a hardy and healthy breed generally, but do have some health conditions to keep an eye out for.

Pancreatitis is one condition that seems to affect them commonly. This is a sensitivity of the Pancreas usually caused by food that is high in fat. It is advised that you feed a Vet recommended brand of dog food with a low fat content to lower the chances of them developing this condition.

Skin disorders are also common amongst Mini Schnauzers. They seem to be prone to Allergic Dermatitis and Comedone Syndrome (also called Schnauzer Bumps), but don’t worry as both of these can be easily treated by your Vet.

There are also a number of Eye problems the Mini Schnauzer is genetically prone to including Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Entropion. Unfortunately none of these conditions can be cured, but fortunately the symptoms can be treated.

At Akuna Pets we do daily health checks so as to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise such as a skin rash, as we know the sooner a health problem is treated the faster it will heal.

Diet wise we feed a vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” but if your dog requires their own specific food due to a previous bout of pancreatitis we are happy to feed your food instead of ours. We can also assure you that your furry one won’t have access to any food they are not allowed.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” www.cessnockvet.com.au They specialise in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your Mini Schnauzer whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available!

Weight Issues

Though Mini Schnauzers usually don’t have issues maintaining their weight, they can be a little greedy when it comes to tasty treats. So be careful as this behaviour can lead to putting on a little more weight than is needed. Still it’s nothing a good diet and a bit of extra exercise can’t sort out. Just be strong when they give you the big eyed “Please just one more” stare!

And try doing some fun exercise activities like agility, flyball & tracking. That way you can get fit and have fun with your furry one at the same time.

While Mini Schnauzers aren’t known for being overweight, we all know that those hard to resist faces can sometimes win a few extra treats. At Akuna we have a system that ensures your Mini Schnauzer will come home the same weight as they came in.

Firstly, we feed a premium graded vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” (which our guests love!). We match the amount we feed to your pet’s age, breed & weight. We weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then weigh weekly throughout their holiday stay to make sure a healthy weight is maintained.

In addition we keep records on how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left on a daily basis. So if your pet is gaining or losing weight we know whether to increase or decrease their portion of food.

Grooming

Mini Schnauzers that strut their stuff in a show ring require a lot of time on grooming however a Mini Schnauzer as a family pet is quite manageable.

They only require their coat clipped every 8 weeks or so and a daily brush to avoid matting and knots. Regular trimming around the eyes is needed to ensure they don’t get any eye problems from their prominent eyebrows! And finally make sure to keep their beautiful beads knot free with regular brushing and combing.

Make brushing a fun & loving time between you and you little furry one.

Although Mini’s don’t need too much grooming, you can still request as many brushings as you like to give your little one some extra one to one attention.

While we don’t do clipping on-site we can organise to have your mini Schnauzer clipped by our local Groomer! They do a fantastic job!

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Maltese


Here at Akuna Care we love Maltese’s coming to holiday with us as they are a not only super cuddly but also enjoy an energetic game of tug & fetch. So a really good combination of being lively & fun but happy to have a snuggle cuddle to. This makes one of our mixed Care packages such as “Attention Plus” a great fit as it includes both a bush walk and a loving, fun cuddle playtime every day.

See below under the various headings how we understand and look after our Maltese guests special needs.




  • Nicknames Maltese Lion Dog
  • Lifespan 12 to 15 years
  • Country of Origin Malta – Central Mediterranean area
  • Weight Male 2kg to 4kg (3 to 8lb)
  • Weight Female 1kg to 3kg (2 to 7lb)
  • Height Male 21 to 25cm (8 to 10in)
  • Height Female 20 to 23cm (8 to 9in)
  • Coat Long & silky
  • Litter Size 1 to 3
  • Colour White

Famous people who own Maltese’s past & present

Eva Longoria has a Maltese named Jinxie.  She considers her dog to be part of the family, so much that Jinxie followed her down the aisle when she married Tony Parker.

Lindsay Lohan has an adorable famous Maltese named Chloe

Anna Nicole Smith had a famous Maltese named Marilyn, after Marilyn Monroe, of course!

Halle Berry has two Maltese dogs. They are named Willy and Polly.  This famous actress takes her dogs just about everywhere and often brings them to photo shoots.

Heather Locklear has a beautiful Maltese dog called Harley.  We assume he is named after the famous motorcycle.

Elizabeth Taylor had a Maltese named Sugar.  When her Sugar passed away she got a new Maltese named Daisy.

Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Elizabeth I,

Queen Victoria,

Josephine Bonaparte and Marie Antoinette

Frank Sinatra

Liberace,

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Labradors

http://www.petmaltese.com

http://www.malteseonly.com/

Fun Facts & Various Bits and Pieces

The most famous Maltese is also one of the richest dogs! Leona Helmsley’s Maltese dog named Trouble, was left a $12 Million dollar trust fund.  Her will declared that the dog was to be buried alongside her and her late husband in a mausoleum. Leona also left 3 Million for the continuous care of that mausoleum.  A judge later overturned this, and the dog was given only $2 Million dollars.

In 1792 the breed nearly disappeared and was crossbred with other small dogs such as Poodles and miniature Spaniels. In the early 19th century, there were as many as nine different breeds of Maltese dog.

Maltese are susceptible to “reverse sneezing” which sounds like a honking, snorting, or gagging sound and results often from overexcitement, play, allergies, or upon waking up. But don’t worry because it’s not life threatening.

A Maltese dog can live as long as 18 years.

The Maltese’s coat is long and silky and lacks an undercoat. The color is pure white and is hair, not fur. As such it sheds less, and is a better choice for people with dog allergies.

The Maltese breed was a popular choice for royalty all over the world, particularly royal women who carried them around in their sleeves.

Maltese dogs were first brought to England by the Crusaders returning home from the Mediterranean.

The Maltese descended from a Spitz-like dog which was then bred for hunting in the marsh and wooded areas of Southern Europe.

Eventually, the dog was carried southward into the Mediterranean Sea area. Maltese images were found on Greek vases dated around 500 B.C. and the first known written history of the breed was actually authored by the Greek philosopher Aristotle around 350 B.C., where he attributed the origin of the breed to the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea – hence the name “Maltese”.

Discovering that Maltese’s have been popular for many 1000’s of years is no surprise to us at Akuna Care as they truly are the most fun and lovely dogs.

Nature

Maltese are bred to be cuddly companion dogs, and as such thrive on love and attention. They are extremely lively and playful, fun-loving & boisterous, and even as a Maltese ages, his energy level and playful demeanour will remain fairly constant. Their kind and gentle temperament & outgoing personality means they are an excellent family dog. This includes a good reputation with children of all ages and other animals.

They are easygoing and trusting with strangers (assuming they are just another human to love!) and therefore are not usually suitable as guard dogs.

The Maltese fares very well as an indoor dog or in a small yard so are very well suited to Urban dwelling in apartments and town houses.

At Akuna Care your Maltese will have its own comfortable well insulated hotel room with its own sunny grass garden yard attached for daytime sunning and saying hi to his or her dog neighbours. So if you’re Maltese has a particularly social nature he can hang out in his grass yard area with his neighbours anytime between 7am-7pm everyday, all day.

It is also reassuring to know that Akuna pet carers pop in and out of your Maltese’s hotel room all throughout the day to make sure a happy holiday is being had. Our Maltese guests also love getting a cuddle in their activity time with a carer. This is a time where a carer spends one to one time giving love and cuddles to your one little Maltese, just to assure them how spoilt and loved they are. So there is no way a Maltese having a holiday at Akuna Care will miss out on his or her socialising, love, fun & cuddles.

The Maltese’s outgoing personality & trusting nature means that guests who are new to staying at our Pet Resort are quick to settle in and super enthusiastic to bond with our loving pet carers who carry liver treats just to make sure they know they have come to the right place for a holiday.

Training 

Being highly intelligent the Maltese is easy to train & good at learning tricks. A Maltese puppy needs to be trained with a sensitive but consistent hand in order to mature into a polite and well-trained dog. You must set a schedule, stay consistent and train with compassion. The Maltese is a sensitive breed that does not respond well to yelling or other harsh training tactics.

At Akuna Care we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first and also deterring jumping and biting by saying no firmly and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats.

It is also important and comforting to note that at Akuna Care we never use any yelling or shouting or banging of things for barking noise control (scaring dogs into being quiet) which unfortunately is a common practise in most dog boarding kennels. Instead we have designed our Pet Resort in a way that means there is not much barking noise in the first place. So you can be sure that your lovely Maltese will not be yelled at or have any harsh training methods used whilst holidaying with us. Instead they will feel like they are staying at a home away from home and see that we are just part of their extended loving human family.

Behavioral issues 

Active dogs such as the Maltese can definitely be destructive with toys and bedding etc if they don’t have a positive outlet for their exuberance.

Here at Akuna we don’t get much destructive behaviour due to the fact that our guests have plenty of space in their hotel room and can romp around their own grass backyard anytime they like throughout the day or say a nose hello to their dog neighbours. Our play times and bushwalks are also a good energy busting activities. So you can rest assured that your Maltese (on a suitable “Care package”) will come home in the same happy, normal state they were in when they arrived for their holiday.

Maltese dogs can also be a problem with nipping. The nipping is basically a training issue which any reputable trainer will be able to help you with.

At Akuna care we discourage nipping by saying a firm NO and then rewarding the not nipping behaviour with a liver treat. It doesn’t take long for an intelligent dog (such as a Maltese) to work out that less nipping means more treats!

Barking can sometimes be a problem with Maltese’s, particularly if they are not getting enough attention or stimulus, but if you make sure you give them plenty of walks and play games and loving cuddles you shouldn’t have any ongoing problems with this. Maltese’s love their toys and this also provides a good stimulus boredom busting activity for them. Most spoilt/well loved Maltese’s have their own little basket of favourite toys to choose from.

At Akuna we have a big basket of toys in every play yard so we are sure we can find the perfect toy for your dog to play with. If you would like them to have a toy with them all the time in their hotel room you are welcome to send along some favourite ones from home. 

Maltese’s can occasionally show signs of SDS (small dog syndrome) where they believe they are the pack leader of the house. Although this can be funny at first it can lead to all sorts of behavioural problems, so it is best to show them quite early on that the human in the household is the pack leader. This can be done in many subtle ways such as the humans going through doors first, eating first, making their dog sit before feeding or feeding by hand etc.

At Akuna we shower your dog with lots of love and cuddles and provide a lot of fun activities, but we also make it clear to our pet guests that we are the pack leaders. We do this in many subtle way such as going through gates first, making our pet guests sit before receiving their dinner & treats, using a firm “NO” when bad manners are being shown etc. This means your dog will come home with the same set of manners it had when it arrives for its holiday stay with us.

Energy Level 

Don’t let the Maltese’s size fool you into thinking they are just a cute & cuddly lap dog as they have HEAPS of energy & as discussed in the behavioural section above it is important to energy bust in a positive way.

At Akuna care you can organise as many active play times and power walks as you desire for your dog. In this way you can tailor the perfect “Care package” for your Maltese’s energy needs.

Your Maltese also has its own grass outdoor yard that it has access to from 7am to 7pm every day so they can romp around in this space as much as he/she likes. They can even run up and down the fence with their new little neighbour friends. If your Maltese is a senior citizen it will not have the same high exercise needs but will still love having as much one to one cuddles and loving in a play yard fun time as can be had. So for our senior citizen Maltese guests we simply swap power walks for gentle strolls and loving play times.

If you are not sure what “care package” would suit your Maltese the best simply give our office a call as we are happy to discuss your pets needs anytime.

So you can rest assured your Maltese will come home in the same happy normal state that they came for a holiday instead of a dog that’s bouncing of the walls due to lack of exercise.

So whether it is for energy busting or loving company your Maltese’s activity needs are well catered for at Akuna Care Pet Resort.

Health issues 

Malteses are prone to sunburn along the hair parting, experience skin sensitivity, have eye & respiratory issues, and are prone to luxated Patella. They get the chills, and they experience discomfort in hot weather. They should also be kept out of damp areas. The Maltese breed is prone to teeth problems/gingivitis and need a diet that includes chewy food such as raw chicken necks or chew treats.

At Akuna Care we do daily health checks so as to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise such as skin rashes, ear infections etc. The golden rules are that ‘Prevention is better than a cure” & “The sooner you catch a health problem the faster it can be treated and resolved”.

We have addressed the sun burn problem by providing big, comfortable, indoor hotel rooms to all of our guests. That way they can seek a cool indoor room or a warm sunny grass yard whenever they want throughout the day. We are also happy to put sun block on daily if you provide some, which might be a good idea in the particularly sunny months such as Dec & Jan.

Our hotel rooms have a vinyl floor so when we hot water clean it is touch dry in seconds instead of the wet & cold concrete of most kennels that takes hours to dry (if at all in the winter months). This means your Maltese enjoys a comfortable warm climate controlled room year round.

With eyes we do a daily health check where eyes & tear stains are cleaned with a baby wet wipe. During this daily health check we also take a look at your malteses underbelly and underarms to make sure no rash is developing.

For dental health it is good to know that we offer a range of teeth cleaning treats such as Chicken wings & necks and pigs ears and small bones so maybe add a few of these to your dogs holiday .

If we ever require vet care we use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” www.cessnockvet.com.au that specialises in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your loved Labrador whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available.

Weight Issues 

Maltese dogs have a reputation for being picky eaters and some of this is due to being fed much tastier table scraps such as prime steak and fried chicken. It is also though they have a more discerning palette than some other breeds that eat first and ask what it is second (think Labrador)

We have noticed ourselves that our little dog guests such as the Maltese’s are less inclined to woof into their dry food. Most of our guests do enjoy the premium grade vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” but if they do not eat all their food we will enhance it with liver sprinkles, sardines, an egg or chicken. In this way we make sure your little Maltese comes home the same health weight they were when they arrived for their holiday stay.

It is good to know that we weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then re weigh weekly throughout your pets holiday stay so as to make sure a healthy weight is maintained. In addition we keep records on how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left on a daily basis so if your pet is losing weight or putting weight on we know whether we need to increase or decrease their portion of food.

If you are looking around at a number of pet resorts for your dogs holiday keep in mind that when a facility boards two or more dogs together in the one accommodation space this often results in one dog getting all the food and the other one going hungry. The outcome being one dog goes home thin and the other fat. For Pet resort places that “Dog stack” little dogs (putting lots in together) the problem is even worse as one huge bowl is put down and it is a survival of the fittest approach. At Akuna Care we only board one dog in each hotel room so they never have their tucker or treats stolen from them.

Grooming 

Regular grooming is required to prevent the coats of non-shedding dogs, such as the Maltese from matting.

At Akuna Care you can request as many dog brushings as you like as apart from keeping your Maltese’s coat in good shape it can also be a really nice one to one loving time with a carer. We even have dogs that fall asleep during a brush – like they are having the best day spa experience ever.

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Siberian Husky


Here at Akuna Pets we think Siberian Huskies are beautiful in nature and so good looking as well. Even better is how keen they are for a fun time. We love watching our Husky guests run and frolic around our huge grass play yards and splash in our unique water fun park!

Best of all we love the Huskies enthusiasm to try new things, so no matter what colour or age, your Husky will have he best adventure holiday ever at Akuna!

Read on to see how Akuna Pet Resort takes care of holidaying Husky guests, including their special “breed needs”.




  • Nicknames Husky, Sibe
  • Lifespan 12 to 14 years
  • Country of Origin Siberia, Russia
  • Weight Male 20 to 27kg (45 to 60lb)
  • Weight Female 16 to 23kg (35 to 50lb)
  • Height Male 53 to 60cm (21 to 23.5in)
  • Height Female 51 to 56cm (20 to 22in)
  • Coat Thick undercoat and soft outer coat
  • Litter Size 9 to 11
  • Colour White, Saddleback, Sable, Agouti, Light Red, Copper, Silver & White, Wolf Grey, Grey, Black & White, Mostly Black

Famous people who own Siberian Husky’s past & present

Miley Cyrus – Floyd (Rip)

Rita Ora – Kosovo

Ashlan Gorse – Aurora

Ben Stiller – Ellie

Ryan Schoenmakers – Ralphy

Chad Michael Murray – Clark

Nick Lachey – Kona

Russell Wesbrook (NBA Basketball star) – Sasha

Quincy Pondexter (NBA Basketball star) – Buckets

Websites with fun information, stories & Organisations that help Siberian Husky’s

http://huskyfacts.blogspot.com.au/p/husky-facts.html

http://siberianhuskyrescue.org.au/

http://officialhuskylovers.com/

http://www.sibrescue.com/balto.html

Fun Facts

Huskies are one of the oldest breed of dogs, they are thought to be over 3000 years old!

Siberian Husky’s and Alaskan Malamutes are the closest breeds to resemble Wolves

The Husky can survive in temperatures of -50 degrees Celsius

It is quite common for Husky’s to have two different colour eyes. This is called parti-eye

Huskies have a thick double coat that keeps them well insulated. Their undercoat is short and warm, while the overcoat is long and water-resistant.

Siberian Husky’s shed a lot – so be prepared to have dog hair all over the house – floors, carpets, clothing, furniture, everywhere!!!

While they enjoy howling, Siberian Huskies rarely bark.

Huskies may be big and look ferocious but they will greet a robber with the same enthusiastic greeting as you get as a family member. Therefore they don’t make good guard dogs.

Huskies have some amazing talents and are undoubtedly gorgeous to look at but we at Akuna Pets think that the Huskies best talents are being a loving family member, a great listener & a bit of a clown that will certainly brighten your day!

The Siberian Husky originated from Siberia as part of the Chukchi peoples tribe and were used to hunt, heard reindeer and to pull sleds long distances through the extreme weather conditions. The name Husky is believed to be a corruption of the term ‘Esky’, which refers to Eskimos and obviously their dogs as well!

In 1908 the Husky was imported to Alaska and were used during the Gold Rush as sled dogs. They were also used in the All-American Sweepstakes, a 408 mile long dog sled race where they proved to be better than all the other competitors.

1925 bought an epidemic of Diphtheria to the city of Nome, Alaska. The only way to get the lifesaving antiserum to the town was by dog sleds, one of these teams being Seppala and his Siberian Huskies. This bought attention to them and they then appeared on a personal appearance tour in the United States. It was only 5 years later that the breed was recognised by the AKC.

In 1930 to Exportation of the Siberian Husky stopped in 1930 when the Soviet Government closed the borders. However Amereicans continued to breed this handsome looking dog. Even from very early days their popularity grew and grew.

Husky’s were used in the Army’s Search and Rescue Unit of the Air Transport Command during Wold War II.

Here at Akuna we know that Huskies are a special kind of dog with the ability to achieve anything, that’s why we love them so much!

Nature

The Husky is a friendly, outgoing, intelligent and happy breed who will never let you take life too seriously! They are quite mischievous, have a great sense of humour and are often clowning around!

The Husky breed has a very independent mind and spirit, and will only perform tricks and tasks if you make it worth their while. For example they may choose not to sit when you say “Sit”, not because they don’t understand what you are asking of them but because they don’t feel like it. As such you will need to use reward based training methods so your Husky can see what’s in it for them.

They might look like great guard dogs however their kind and gentle nature could not make them more unqualified for the job. They will greet any stranger or robber with the same enthusiastic, tail wagging, friendly greeting that you would receive upon arriving home.

They have a great reputation with children and right from the beginning the Chukchi people entrusted the safety and wellbeing of their children with the Husky. Children even used to snuggle up to their Huskies to keep warm at night!

The Husky is quite social and will get along happily with other dogs. Cats and other small animals will quite often bring out their predatory instincts so it is important to socialise your Husky with them from a young age.

The Huskies friendly, outgoing personality also means that if they are new to staying at our Pet Resort they are quick to settle in and super enthusiastic to bond with our loving pet carers during their activity times.

As for being happy and clowning around – Well we have the most fun Pet Resort ever with bush walks, swims in our doggy water park & big grass yards for playtimes. Add in huge baskets of every toy imaginable and you’ve got Husky heaven!

Training

The Siberian Husky is a very intelligent breed but is stubborn when it comes to training. This means obedience classes are a must for this breed and these cheeky fellas can tell the difference between class and home. So they will often perform well at obedience class but when given direction at home, revert back to their stubborn independent ways.

But don’t worry – all that is needed when training a Husky is a little of your own stubbornness and lots of positive reinforcement! So be firm, be patient, be positive and always make sure it’s clear to your Husky that you are the head of the family pack.

Remember also that it’s important your Husky is properly trained to walk on lead because they are so strong and will just pull you along otherwise. Plus you should not let your Husky off leash in an unsecure area as their strong prey drive (desire to chase) can lead to them running off into the distance never to be seen again.

At Akuna Pets we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and making sure we go through gates and doors first. We also deter jumping and biting by saying “no” firmly and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats!

Behavioural issues

Huskies are a high energy breed and if they are left alone for long periods of time or allowed to get bored, they will develop destructive behaviours. If they are to be left alone during the day, make sure they are worn out from an hour of vigorous morning exercise. They will need further exercise when you get home from work, such as a fast paced walk or jog around the block or a game of tug in your back yard.

Issues like digging are genetically in-built so are better off being managed than trying to extinguish the behaviour all together. It is recommended that you train your Husky to dig in a specific area of the backyard so you can save your lawn & flowers! Try building a “Husky dig pit” much like a kids sand box. Your Husky will love you for it.

Destructive behaviour like chewing, barking, howling and even escaping can be avoided or minimised by lots of exercise, a big yard to run around, puzzles and games involving treats to keep them occupied and of course, lots of toys to play with!

The good news is that Husky’s don’t tend to bark as much as other breeds. However they are more likely to howl when left alone!

Husky’s are quite intelligent and single minded in their desires and unfortunately look to satisfy their own needs instead of yours. This can mean bad behaviour in the form of not doing what you ask of them. But don’t despair. This situation simply means you will have to work harder at being the pack leader in your household.

High energy dogs can definitely be destructive with toys and bedding etc if they don’t have a positive outlet for their exuberance.

Here at Akuna Pets we don’t get much destructive behaviour due to the fact that our guests have plenty of space in their hotel room and can romp around their own grass backyard anytime they like throughout the day or say a nose hello to their dog neighbours.

Our play times and bushwalks are also a good energy busting activities. So you can rest assured that your Husky (on a suitable “Care package”) will come home in the same happy, normal state they were in when they arrived for their holiday. Instead of a dog that’s bouncing of the walls due to lack of exercise and stimulation.

So the good news is that behavioural problems due to pent up energy levels or lack of stimulus or company is not going to be a problem for your Husky when he/she comes for a holiday at Akuna Pet Resort.

Energy Level

High Energy is an understatement for the Husky! They were bred to run 100’s of miles in the freezing cold on little food. It is a hard ask to wear out a Husky in their early years!

Obedience, agility and of course sledding are great outlets for a Siberian Husky to burn off energy. They also make great running partners as long as the weather is not too hot. A good 60 minute energy busting, play session or run per day is the minimum your Husky will need to keep fit, healthy and distracted!

Once into middle age, Huskies tend to settle down a bit and are quite happy at this point to do a bit more lounging around. That said it’s still important to get our for a daily stroll just to maintain good overall health.

“Energy Busting” is what we do best at Akuna Pets with the option of bush walks, play yard fun, loving cuddle times and swims in our unique Water Fun Park. In addition your dog has its own grass yard that they have access to from 7am to 7pm every day. They can romp around in this space as much as they like.

If your Husky is a senior citizen it will not have the same high exercise needs but will still love having one to one cuddles and loving belly rubs during play time, or a bush walk stroll through our beautiful 10 acre country property.The daily amount of fun activity time is linked to the “care package” you choose for your Husky. If you are not sure what “care package” would suit your Husky best simply give our office a call as we are happy to discuss your pets needs anytime.

So whether it is for energy busting or loving company, your Huskies activity needs are well catered for at Akuna Pet Resort!

Health issues

The Siberian Husky is a very strong and hardy breed that has little to no common health issues.

Husky’s are prone to hot spots in the summer months due to their thick coat. Best way to prevent these is to make sure your Husky is completely dry after swims and baths as it is the residual moisture that forms the breeding climate for a hot spot to develop.

A daily check over will allow you to catch this health problem early before it gets big and nasty.

It is wise to keep an eye out for Hip Dysplasia, although studies have shown that less than 2% of Huskies develop this health problem.

Also be aware of eye problems. Glaucoma, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Corneal Dystrophy and Cataracts are all eye conditions that Huskies are prone to suffer from. All these conditions are treatable by a Vet and if you are aware of the signs and act quickly, blindness can usually be prevented.

Hypothyroidism is also not common amongst Huskies but does show up occasionally. While not life threatening, this condition will need to be monitored and treated by a Vet.

All things considered the Husky is a hardy breed, not likely to cost you much at the vets throughout their lifetime.

At Akuna Pets we do daily health checks so as to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise during a holiday such as skin rashes, hot spots, ear infections etc.

Our hip dysplasia guest’s benefit greatly from the design of our Pet Resort facility as it has been built to have NO STEPS. We intentionally designed our complex this way so that pet guests with mobility problems would be able to easily move around without putting stress on their hips, back and legs. This is perfect for our older Husky guests as well when their joints get a little stiff & sore.

In addition we tailor a pet guest’s “fun schedule” to their particular needs. So if your Husky does have trouble with their sight we can select activities that suit them and their abilities!

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” www.cessnockvet.com.au. They specialise in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your loved Husky whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available.

Weight Issues

Huskies are not known to overeat or scoff down their food and body shape wise they tend to be on the leaner side of the scale. So as long as you are feeding a good healthy diet in the correct portion size you will have no weigh problems with your Husky. They can go off their food occasionally due mostly to boredom with the same old flavours so try adding an enhancer like a tin of sardines or an egg or pigs ear to chew on.

At Akuna Pets we are aware of the fussiness that Husky’s show when it comes to eating their tucker and have many tricks up our sleeve to make their food more appetising! Also we feed a premium graded vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” (which our guests love!). We match the amount we feed to your pet’s age, breed & weight. We weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then weigh weekly throughout their holiday stay to make sure a healthy weight is maintained. In addition we keep records on how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left on a daily basis.

So if your pet is gaining or losing weight we know whether to increase or decrease their portion of food.

We also have lots of different treats you can organise for your husky – ranging from pigs ears & roo sticks to roast chicken dinners. So much yummy food to choose from!

Grooming

Most people look at a Husky and think ‘they must spend hours grooming that dog!’ but they actually don’t need that much brushing! That said it is still important to brush your Husky on a weekly basis to avoid the coat matting and to remove any loose hair & dead skin. Siberian Huskies have a thick double coat and shed this undercoat one to two times per year so you will need to be doing quite a bit of daily brushing at these times to keep your house partially fur free. Tip – Look online to discover which grooming tools are best to manage your Husky’s top coat and undercoat.

Clipping or stripping your Husky is a big no no as their double coat serves to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer via the magic of natural insulation!

Make sure you clean their ears with a vet recommended product at least once per week and trim nails when needed.

Bath wise don’t worry too much as Siberians clean themselves like cats. In fact, a Siberian that becomes soiled with mud will clean himself up. Therefore, bathing requirements are minimal with most owners bathing their dogs once per year or less.

Even though Huskies do not really need much brushing, you can still request as many dog brushings at Akuna as you like as it can be a really nice one to one loving time with a carer. We all know they love the attention!!

Also, on departure from their holiday at Akuna your Husky will receive a free warm Hydro bath to make sure they are all clean and smelling lovely for their trip home.

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Fox Terrier


Here at Akuna Pets we love our Fox Terrier guests be they smooth or wire haired! They have such big personalities and are always up for a good game of fetch in the Play Yards! It’s so fun to watch them digging through our huge toy baskets looking for the perfect tennis ball and they certainly let us know when they’ve found it.

Being a social breed they will love saying “Hi” to their new doggy neighbours out in the grass yard section of their accommodation. Plus our Akuna carers will pop in and out of their hotel room all throughout the day just to make sure all is going well. So don’t worry – your Foxy won’t be bored or lonely whilst holidaying at Akuna.

Read on to see how Akuna Pet Resort takes care of holidaying Fox Terrier guests, including their special “breed needs”.




  • Nicknames Foxie
  • Lifespan 12 to 15 years
  • Country of Origin England
  • Weight Male 7 to 9kg (15 to 20lb)
  • Weight Female 6 to 8kg (13 to 18lb)
  • Height Male 36 to 41cm (14 to 16in)
  • Height Female 33 to 38cm (13 to 15in)
  • Coat Smooth or Wiry (there are two variations)
  • Litter Size 4 to 6
  • Colour White, black and white, tan and white

Famous people who own Fox Terriers past & present

Herbert Hoover – Big Ben & Sonny

Thomas Hardy – Wessex

Ashley Greene – Theo & Marlo

Tom Ford – John, India & Angus

Charles Darwin – Polly

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Fox Terriers

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/fox-terrier

http://www.foxterrier.com/

Fun Facts

Fox Terriers are Houdini’s! They can scale fences and dig holes twice the size of themselves to get out and explore, or to chase after something interesting.

Although they are called Fox Terriers, they are great at ratting. So if you have a garden shed or anywhere else rats or mice love to hide, your Foxie will certainly take care of that for you!

The Foxie has a vigilant nature so they make great watch dogs, you will certainly know if someone is coming to the door!

The Fox Terrier has never been a very popular breed overall, with the Smooth Coat currently ranking at 116th and Wire Coat ranking 96th out of 177 breeds registered with the AKC making this feisty

terrier one of the dog world’s best-kept secrets.

Fox Terriers have won more Westminster Best-in-Show titles than any other breed!

There is a wired haired Fox Terrier in the Tin Tin comic strip – His name was Snowy.

Those careers and talents are all amazing but here at Akuna Pets we reckon the Foxie’s best talents are being a loving family member, a great listener (particularly when you have had a bad day) & putting a smile on your face with their cheeky personality!

Terrier type dogs have been around for centuries, however the Fox Terrier was developed in the 1800’s when Fox Hunting became quite popular. Hunters decided to breed a dog that was able to enter the Fox’s dens and chase them without harming them so that the hunter could make the kill. There is no record but it is thought that black and tan Terriers, Greyhounds, Beagles and Bull Terriers were all a bred to produce the Fox Terrier as we know it today.

To begin with, the Smooth and Wire Coated Fox Terriers were considered the same breed just with different coats however it is likely that they have different origins. Early on, breeders would cross the Wire and the Smooth to produce Foxie’s with more white. Today, breeders no longer cross these two as they both have their own special attributes!

In the 1920s, the Smooth Fox Terrier became a well-known breed when Nipper, a Smooth Fox Terrier, was used in a photograph for American Radio, head cocked, listening to a record machine.

The Wire Fox Terrier got a popularity boost in the 1930s when a Wire Fox Terrier called Asta, played a much loved character in a film series called The Thin Man.

The breed has never been hugely popular as a household pet, however they are champions in the Show world, winning more Westminster Best-in-Show’s than any other registered breed!

Wherever they come from and whatever the popularity of the breed, we definitely love all our Foxy guests here at Akuna Pets!

Nature

The Foxie is an intelligent, active, mischievous breed! They are always getting into some sort of trouble and as such need a backyard that is super secure as they are serious escape artists!

Despite their cheeky and mischievous side, Foxie’s are fun-loving, friendly and affectionate dogs who make a great family member and get along well with kids. They are happy to be an inside or outside dog and deal well with most climates.

Because of the Foxie’s high prey drive, they are not suited to families that have smaller animals like Rabbits or Guinea Pigs as they will make it their mission in life to chase them! But if socialised early with Cats and other dogs Foxie’s will usually get along well with them.

At Akuna Pets we have designed our pet accommodation to be super secure so there’s no chance your Foxy will go on any unscheduled adventures. Comfort wise each guest has its own big indoor room with the added benefit of a large attached grass garden yard section. This allows your social Foxy to go outside anytime they like during the day to say hello to their neighbours!

As for being cheeky & fun loving – Well we have the most fun Pet Resort ever with bush walks, swims in our doggy water park & big grass yards for playtime. In short Akuna Pets is Fox Terrier heaven!!!

Training

Fox Terriers are immensely intelligent and enjoy learning new things so you will have no problem training your Foxy. That said any sort of training requires patience and commitment. If you have fun with Puppy preschool and training classes try moving onto Obedience and Agility as these are both hobbies your Fox Terrier will excel at.

Because of the Foxie’s high prey drive and natural instinct to chase, they love a good game of fetch or Frisbee!

The Foxie can be mischievous and incredibly naughty if not trained well from a young age! Be firm but positive in your method of training and you will be able to teach your Foxie just about anything!

At Akuna Pets we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first. We also deter jumping and biting by saying no firmly and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats.

Behavioural issues

You may not be using your Fox Terrier as a hunting dog but their prey drive is in-built from centuries ago. This means lots of digging (trying to find prey) and lots of barking (causing prey to run so they can chase them!). Training is needed from a young age to discourage this behaviour as much as possible however there is no way to fully extinguish it. Also because of their high prey drive, the Foxie will tend to stalk and chase smaller animals such as cats, guinea pigs, rabbits etc. so it is not a good idea to have them sharing the same backyard.

The Foxie is an escape artist! They can jump higher than you could ever believe and dig tunnels under fences to get to the other side. This means you need to have a secure yard for your Foxie and it is a good idea not to let them off leash in unfenced areas, as more often than not, they will spot something in the distance and be off!

Here at Akuna Pet Resort dogs escaping is not a problem as we have purpose built our facilities to be 100% Houdini proof. Any anyway your Foxie will be having so much fun that he/she won’t want to leave anyway!

By offering so much fun activity time we have minimised boredom barking and digging. Add in a few brain challenges such as food balls, stuffed kongs & a pigs ear or two and your Foxy will be well and truly mentally worn out, leaving no energy for naught behaviour like barking or digging.

Energy Level

Foxie’s need exercise, exercise and more exercise to burn off their energy and they will get up to a tonne of mischief if that energy isn’t expended! They need a minimum of 30-45 minutes of vigorous activity per day and even then they will have some energy to spare! They also need mental stimulation as well as physical, so food puzzles and toys to occupy their time are also a good idea.

Once in the later stages of life, Foxie’s tend to slow down a bit and are more inclined to just cuddle up on your lap and be a couch potato. However, even at this point a daily walk is still needed to keep them from becoming overweight. Plus going for a walk with your dog is one of the great pleasures in life!

“Energy Busting” is what we do best at Akuna Pets with the option of bush walks, play yard fun, loving cuddle times and swims in our unique water Play Park. In addition your dog has its own grass yard that they have access to from 7am to 7pm every day. They can romp around in this space as much as they like.

If your Foxie is a senior citizen it will not have the same high exercise needs but will still love having one to one cuddles and belly rubs during play time, or a bush walk stroll through our beautiful 10 acre country property. The daily amount of fun activity time is linked to the “care package” you choose for your Foxie so if you are not sure what “care package” would suit your pet best simply give our office a call as we are happy to discuss your pets needs anytime.

Whether it is for energy busting or loving company, your Foxie’s activity needs are well catered for at Akuna Pet Resort!

Health issues

Fox Terriers are among the hardiest of all breeds. While they do have some health conditions to keep an eye out for, most live a long and healthy life with the only trips to the Vet being for vaccinations!

Foxie’s can be prone to deafness and Cataracts in their old age. Cataracts are where the lens becomes opaque and the dog has difficulty seeing. Fortunately though cataracts can be surgically removed by a Vet to restore full vision.

Hip Dysplasia and Legg-Perthes Disease are also something to watch out for in the Foxie breed. Both conditions affect the hip joint and require Vet treatment and possibly surgery.

At Akuna Pets we do daily health checks so as to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise such as skin rashes, ear infections etc. The golden rule is “The sooner you catch a health problem the faster it can be treated and resolved”.

Our hip dysplasia guest’s benefit greatly from the design of our Pet Resort facility as it has been built to have NO STEPS. We intentionally designed our complex this way so that pet guests with mobility problems would be able to easily move around without putting stress on their hips, back and legs.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” www.cessnockvet.com.au they specialise in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your loved Foxie whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available.

Weight Issues

Even though they are a tiny dog, Foxie’s love to eat and can to turn into little podge balls if you’re not careful! So make sure you don’t feed them too many treats during training and be sure to feed a well-balanced diet. Most of all, remember to always sufficiently exercise your Foxie every day as this will help them live a long and healthy life!

At Akuna Pets we feed a premium graded vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” (which our guests love!). We match the amount we feed to your pet’s age, breed & weight. We weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then weigh weekly throughout their holiday stay to make sure a healthy weight is maintained.

In addition we keep records on how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left on a daily basis. So if your pet is gaining or losing weight we know whether to increase or decrease their portion of food. If you would prefer your dog too lose a little bit of weight we can even help with that, so just let us know when you book your dog’s holiday stay!

Grooming

Both Wire & Smooth Foxie’s are easy care dogs if they are family pets and not needing to be kept in show condition. A weekly brush to get rid of any knots and the occasional clipping from a groomer is all the wire haired Foxy requires and the smooth coated Foxy’s is even easier to care for as they only need a brush twice a week to remove any dead and loose hair & the occasional bath when they roll in something stinky! Regular ear cleaning and a nail trim is a good idea as well.

Even though Foxie’s don’t really need much brushing, you can still request as many dog brushings as you like as it can be a really nice one to one loving time with a carer. We even have dogs that fall asleep during a brush – like they are having the best day spa experience ever! Also, on departure from us here at Akuna, your Foxie will receive a warm Hydro bath to make sure they smell beautiful for their arrival back at home.

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Cocker Spaniel


At Akuna Pets we know that Cocker Spaniels are one of the most intelligent breeds around, and don’t they love to show it! The only thing that gets in the way of a Cocker Spaniel and showing off their talents is toys! And here at Akuna, we have tonnes of toys for our Cocker guests to choose from. Ever seen a Cocker Spaniel fill its mouth full of toys because they can’t decide which one to play with first? We have!!

Smart, loving, affectionate & playful! Not to mention loyal & great with children. With so many fantastic personality traits, it’s a no wonder they are considered a perfect canine companion.




  • Nicknames Cocker, Merry Cocker
  • Lifespan 12 to 15 years
  • Country of Origin Spain
  • Weight Male11 to 14kg (26 to 32lb)
  • Weight Female11 to 14kg (26 to 32lb)
  • Height Male 38 to 43cm (15 to 17in)
  • Height Female 35 to 40cm (14 to 16in)
  • CoatThick, straight or wavy and long
  • Litter Size1 to 7
  • Colour Red, black, gold, liver, roan and parti colours

 

 

 

Famous people who own Cocker Spaniels past & present 

Prince William & Kate – Lupo

Richard Nixon – Checker

Bill Clinton – Zeke

Oprah Winfrey – has owned 4 Cocker Spaniels, Solomon, Sophie, Sunny & Lauren

Elton John – Arthur

Charlize Theron – Delilah & Denver

Martin Clunes – Mary & Tina

Websites with fun information, stories & Organisations that help Cocker Spaniels

https://www.facebook.com/EnglishCockerSpanielsAustralia

http://www.loveyourdog.com/cockers.html

Fun Facts

‘Lady’ from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp movie was an American Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels have been the pets of choice for several U.S. presidents over the years!

Some people say that Cockers have such a great love of toys that they will do anything to get more, commonly hiding or destroying an old toy just to get a new one!

In the 1930’s the Cocker Spaniel was the most popular breed of dog in England and it stayed in this number one position for another 20 years.

The Cocker tail was typically docked or cut short when puppies are three or four days old. This is now controversial because it is purely a cosmetic procedure. Tail docking is now banned in all states of Australia.

The Cocker Spaniels were so named because their original purpose was to hunt Woodcock in the field.

The general term Cocker Spaniel refers to two separately recognized dog breeds, the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel.

These facts are all amazing but the things we love most about Cocker Spaniels are how fun and loving they are. That’s why we get so excited when one comes in for a holiday stay.

“Spanyells”, originating from Spain, have been around since before the fourteenth century and were used by hunters to hunt game. Eventually the hunters noticed that the larger spaniels were better at springing game and the smaller spaniels were better at flushing out game. From there they were named accordingly for their skills, the Springer Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel (Cocker – because they were good at flushing out Woodcock)

In 1892 the Kennel Club of England officially recognised them as separate breeds, however both were still found in the same litters even after the official separation. Size was the only way the Springer and the Cocker were distinguished in the litters.

Over the late nineteenth century, the Springer and Cocker were crossed with other spaniel breeds and developed into the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel that we know today.

After the Disney movie “Lady and the Tramp” in 1955 the Cocker Spaniel’s popularity boomed and became the most popular breed registered by the American Kennel Club. Even today the Cocker Spaniel ranks a respectable 29th out of over 177 breeds!

No matter if it’s an American Cocker Spaniel or an English Cocker Spaniel, we love them all the same here at Akuna!

Nature

The Cocker Spaniel is a kind, compassionate, intelligent and resilient breed. They are known for their affection and loyalty which makes them excellent family pets with children of all ages. They have been given the nickname “Merry Cocker” because of their constantly wagging tail and happy personality!

If socialised at an early age Cockers are friendly and playful with people, other dogs and pets. Cockers are not suited to being in the backyard alone as they are very social and prefer the company of people or another dog. The Cocker is often referred to as a “Velcro dog” because they like to be right beside you at every waking moment. Hence, they stick to you like Velcro!

With the Cockers happy personality, playful nature and sociability they love being able to sniff noses and say hi to their neighbours from their grass yard section of their hotel room. They also love that our carer’s are always around for a good cuddle and some liver treats, just in case they get a bit bored with their neighbours!

Training

Cocker Spaniels are very energetic, but are a sensitive breed and do not respond well to harsh words or punishment. So with kind hands, soft words and positive rewards, the Cocker is willing to learn anything you wish to teach them!

It is no surprise that the Cocker ranks 20th in Stanley Coren’s book The Intelligence of Dogs, as they are very smart and excels at both obedience and agility. A treat bag, a clicker and patience is all you will need to have a well behaved, obedient Cocker!

At Akuna Pets we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first. We also deter jumping and biting by saying no firmly and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats.

Behavioural issues

Cocker Spaniels can develop some bad behavioural problems if they are not trained from a young age or are left alone for long periods of time. Excessive barking and destructiveness are common in Cockers that are left alone frequently. Excitable/submissive urination is also common, especially when they are young.

Cockers need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to keep them out of trouble. Some owners find their Cocker suffering from Separation Anxiety, where they will use their tracking skills to try and find their owner after they have gone off to work. This means a fully fenced yard is a must! With time they learn that you do return at the end of the day and that all is good with the world.

Cocker Spaniels can definitely be destructive with toys and bedding etc if they don’t have a positive outlet for their exuberance. Here at Akuna Pets we don’t get much destructive behaviour due to the fact that our guests have plenty of other things to focus their attention on, like our super fun water play park!

We also have lots and lots of toys for your dog to play with when they have play time out in one of our big grass play yards. We have spent some years finding the best toys possible that are fun but durable. You know what though – The most favourite toy is still the good old fashioned tennis ball!

So the good news is that behavioural problems due to pent up energy levels or lack of stimulus or company is not going to be a problem for your Cockers when he/she comes for a holiday at Akuna Pet Resort!

If your Cocker suffers separation anxiety you will be comforted to know that an Akuna Carer pops in and out of your furry ones room on and off all throughout the day to make sure everything is ok.

Energy Level

The Cocker Spaniel is adaptable and will fit into most households as long as they get plenty of attention and outings! They are a very energetic breed as they were originally bred to hunt. A good game of fetch and 30 min walk or run morning and night is enough to sustain the Cocker and curb their boredom.

“Energy Busting” is what we do best at Akuna, with the option of bush walks, play yard fun, loving cuddle times and swims in our water play park. In addition your dog has its own grass yard that they have access to from 7am to 7pm every day. If your Cocker is a senior citizen he/she will not have the same high exercise needs but will still love having one to one cuddles and loving belly rubs during play time, or a bush walk stroll through our beautiful 10 acre country property.

So whether it is for energy busting or loving company, your Cockers activity needs are well catered for at Akuna Pet Resort!

Health issues

The Cocker Spaniel is generally speaking a healthy breed however they do have a few health problems to be mindful of.

Cockers can be susceptible to a number of eye conditions such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Glaucoma, Cataracts and Distichiasis. Most of these conditions can be managed with assistance from a Vet however it is a good idea to always buy your puppy from a reputable breeder who has had their puppies screened and tested.

Hip Dysplasia is also commonly found in Cockers and again this is a condition that can be screened for so make sure the breeder has had their puppies Hip Scored. A healthy weighted Cocker that gets plenty of exercise is less likely to develop hip and joint problems. This also helps with Obesity which Cockers are known to develop, so make sure your Cocker gets at least 60mins of exercise per day and the recommended amount of food to help prevent these conditions.

Because of the Cockers droopy long ears, they are quite prone to Ear Infections. This can be avoided by regularly wiping out the ears with a cleansing solution like Epi-Otic to avoid bacteria and waxy build-up. Also make sure that no water gets in the ears when bathing, you can place a cotton ball in each ear to prevent this from happening.

At Akuna Pets we do daily health checks to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise during your Cockers holiday at Akuna, such as skin rashes, ear infections etc. We also monitor and care for any current or previous conditions/injuries that your Cocker may have and give them that extra little bit of attention they need during their holiday!

Our dysplasia and vision impaired guest’s benefit greatly from the design of our Pet Resort facility as it has been built to have NO STEPS. We intentionally designed our complex this way so that pet guests with mobility and sight problems would be able to easily move around without stress.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” www.cessnockvet.com.au They specialise in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your Cocker whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available.

Weight Issues

Cocker Spaniels are quite likely to have weight issues, especially later in life when they are less active because they are always ready to eat, no matter what time of day it is!

Feeding a controlled and nutritious diet is key but keep in mind that treats also count as food, so if you are feeding treats for training you need to reduce the amount of food they are getting in their meals.

At Akuna Pets we are aware of the Cocker’s love of food and their inclination to easily put on weight so we pay close attention to this. Firstly we feed a premium graded vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” (which our guests love!). We match the amount we feed to your pet’s age, breed & weight. We weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then weigh weekly throughout their holiday stay to make sure a healthy weight is maintained. In addition we keep records on how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left on a daily basis. So if your pet is gaining or losing weight we know whether to increase or decrease their portion of food. If you would prefer your Cocker to lose a little bit of weight we can even help with that, so just let us know when you book your dog’s holiday stay!

Grooming

Cockers need quite a lot of time spent on grooming to keep their gorgeous feathered coats from matting and knotting.

Brushing should be started from an early age to get your Cocker used to the routine as they require brushing 3 to 4 times per week. Bathing should also be done fortnightly with a good quality shampoo so that you do not do any damage the coat or skin.

Ear cleaning should be done regularly to avoid infection and nails should be trimmed when needed.

At Akuna we recommend that you try and keep your routine from home as much as you can while your pet is on holiday, which includes grooming! So if you usually groom your Cocker 3 times a week, you can purchase 3 brushes to ensure that your Cocker keeps his/her gorgeous coat intact.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


At Akuna Pets we think Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are just the cutest! They are always so happy and full of enthusiasm. Our Cavie guests love their huge comfortable rooms and the fact that they have so many neighbours to say “Hi” to! Not to mention their bush walks and playtimes or the huge basket of toys they get to choose from.

When it comes to Cavaliers, Akuna Pets is the ultimate holiday destination!

Read on to see how Akuna Pet Resort takes care of holidaying Cavalier King Charles guests, including their special “breed needs”.




  • Nicknames Cavie, Cav, Cavalier, K.C.C
  • Lifespan 9 to 14 years
  • Country of Origin United Kingdom
  • Weight Male 5.9 to 8.2kg (13 to 18lb)
  • Weight Female 5.9 to 8.2kg (13 to 18lb)
  • Height Male 30 to 33cm (12 to 13in)
  • Height Female 30 to 33cm (12 to 13in)
  • Coat Medium/long, feathered and silky
  • Litter Size 2 to 6
  • Colour Tri Colour, black and tan, Blenheim (red and white) and Ruby (mahogany red)

Famous people who own Cavalier King Charles Spaniels past & present

Ronald & Nancy Reagan – Rex

Liv Tyler – Neal

Jennifer Love Hewitt – Charlie

Princess Margaret – Rowley

Mickey Rooney – Sir Digby

Cortney Cox – Hopper & Hardy

King Charles 1 – Rogue

Julianne Hough – Lexi and Harley.

Henry Winkler (The Fonze) – Charlotte

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

https://www.facebook.com/myckcs

http://www.cavaliersa.com/rescue.htm

http://www.cavalierrescue.com.au/

Fun Facts

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was named after King Charles II

The King instituted a law saying that the King Charles Spaniel could not be barred from any public place, not even the House of Parliament where animals were usually forbidden! This law is still in place today.

Cavaliers are categorized in the toy group despite all other Spaniels being gun dogs. They have never been used for hunting and are first and foremost, lap dogs.

The Cavie was known as a ‘comfort dog’ and doctors even used to write people prescriptions for them!

Cavaliers were used as comforters to keep the laps & feet warm of Royalty and Upper Class women.

After World War II only 6 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel survived and all bloodlines today can be traced back to those 6 survivors.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are different to King Charles Spaniels. You can tell the difference as the King Charles Spaniel has a shorter muzzle, rounder heads and bulgier eyes as they were crossed with Pugs at one stage.

Clearly Cavie’s have been spoilt from the beginning and love nothing less than to be loved and pampered. Here at Akuna we specialise in love & pampering so you have definitely found the right Pet Resort for your King Charles Cav.

History

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are descendants of the toy spaniel breed, whose existence can be dated back to the 1400’s. They were often given to European Royalty as gifts from people in the far East. They were later named after King Charles II, as he adored this breed and was rarely seen without two or three at his feet!

The King Charles Spaniel was not a hunter and was purely a companion dog for the wealthy, used to keep ladies laps warm while they were riding in a carriage or sitting in a cold, dull castle. They were also used to attract fleas away from their owners so as to prevent them from catching the plague.

At some stage in the 1800’s their shape started to change, it is believed that they were bred with Pug’s and developed a smaller body, shortened muzzles and rounder heads. This varieties popularity boomed and the ‘old style’ King Charles Spaniel was nearly lost.

In the 1920’s an American named Roswell Eldridge offered a reward to anyone who could present an ‘old style’ King Charles Spaniel, the same as in paintings with King Charles II. Once the prize had been claimed and people had again seen the ‘old style’ King Charles they regrew in popularity and by the 1940’s were considered a separate breed and given the name Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to differentiate from the King Charles Spaniel.  

Despite the growing popularity the Cavalier was not recognised by the AKC until 1995 and is now currently ranking 18th in popularity out of 177 breeds! Up from 35th on 2003. Not bad at all!

There is no disputing that the Cavalier has a Royal history and at Akuna Pets we have the facilities for them to be treated like Royalty too! Within moments of arriving, your Cavie will know they have found a perfect home away from home.

Nature

The Cavalier has the ultimate ‘cute’ factor; their temperament is loving, playful, patient and eager to please.

They are extremely social and great with dogs, other animals and children. They will fit into almost any lifestyle but keep in mind that King Charles Cavaliers are not an outside dog as they are bred for companionship and need a warm loving place to curl up, preferably your lap!

Cavie’s are naturally curious and intelligent however their Spaniel instinct gives them the urge to chase. Generally speaking they are not ‘road smart’, so must be kept safe in a fully fenced yard.

The Cavalier’s trusting and friendly nature does not make them very good guard dogs but their happily wagging tail will sure let you know that someone new is around!

At Akuna Pets we have designed our pet accommodation so that each guest has its own big comfortable indoor room. An attached large grass garden yard section allows social guests to go outside anytime they like during the day to say “Hi” to their new dog neighbours, which is great for friendly dogs like Cavies.  

Their happy, loving disposition means that Cavie guests who are new to staying at our Pet Resort are quick to settle in and super enthusiastic to bond with our loving pet carers. Our carers give out liver treats too, just to make sure your Cavie knows they have come to the right place for a holiday!

Training

With the Cavaliers eager to please personality, patience and intelligence they are a very trainable breed. And Cavies will do anything for food! And I mean anything!

Firm but positive reinforcement with something yummy is the best way to train your Cavie. Basic commands should come easily after a few repetitions and house training should be not be difficult. But don’t forget that treats also count as food, so if you’re using treats for training you will need to cut down your Cavies main meals so they don’t put on any extra kilos!

Cavaliers often excel at Obedience and Agility, so if you’re looking for a fun weekend activity or just a bit of bonding time between you and your furry one, why not give one of them a go?!

At Akuna Pets we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats & making sure we go through gates and doors first. We also deter jumping and biting by saying “no” firmly and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats.

 

Behavioural issues 

Because Cavaliers are companion dogs they are very dependent on their pet parents and often suffer from Separation Anxiety. If they are left alone for long periods of time, it is likely they will develop excessive barking and constant chewing. Daily exercise can help curb this however, a Cavie will be much happier in a home where someone is always around E.g. a stay at home mum or an older retired person. If you do have to leave your Cavie alone, make sure you get plenty of things to occupy him/her like rawhide bones, chew toys and food puzzles to keep them amused.

Cavaliers may be a bundle of cuteness but they are still a spaniel who possesses instinctive hunting skills. Even the most well trained Cavie should not be let of leash in an unfenced area as they are more than likely to catch something out of the corner of their eye and make the decision to chase it! This goes for most things that move, like animals, cars and bikes. So always keep your Cavie safe inside a fenced area or on a long lead as this behaviour isn’t going to change!

At Akuna Pets your Cavalier won’t be lonely or anxious as we pop in and out of their hotel room all throughout the day. They are also able to say “Hi” to their doggy neighbours anytime form 7am to 7pm. Plus we also have lots and lots of toys for your Cav to play with out in our big grass play yards. We have spent some years finding the best toys possible, ones that are fun but durable. But you know what – The most favourite toy is still the good old fashioned tennis ball! If you would like your Cavie to have its own favourite toy in its hotel room then just send it along!

There is lots of choice when it comes to chew treats like pigs ears, bones and chicken wings. Mentally stimulating and tasty! A peanut butter Kong will also keep your Cav occupied for hours.

And rest assured that Akuna is a completely secure Pet resort. This means you King Charles Cavalier will have no opportunity to chase after something interesting. Even during bush walks they are safely attached to a long lead.

 

Energy Level 

Cavaliers can be both high and low energy, essentially going with whatever amount of exercise and activity you are willing to give! It’s best to aim for at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, like walking or fun games like fetch and Frisbee. Even a game of tug in your back yard will get your Cav going. Really as long as they are getting to hang out with their human family they will be happy.

Here at Akuna Pets we have the options of bush walks, play yard fun, loving cuddle times and swims in our unique water Play Park. In addition your dog has its own grass yard that they have access to from 7am to 7pm every day. They can romp around in this space as much as they like. If your Cavie is a senior citizen it will not have the same exercise needs but will still love having one to one cuddles and loving belly rubs during play time, or a bush walk stroll through our beautiful 10 acre country property.

The daily amount of fun activity time is linked to the “care package” you choose for your Cavalier. If you are not sure what “care package” would suit your Cavie best simply give our office a call as we are happy to discuss your pets needs anytime.

So whether it is for fun energetic playtimes or loving company, your Cavies needs are well catered for at Akuna Pet Resort.

Health issues

Cavaliers do have a few health issues to be aware of, but buying from a reputable breeder will help eliminate the chances of running into some of these problems. Also, not every Cavie is going to develop every health condition that is associated with that breed. While some conditions can be screened for, there is no way to tell with others until they occur.

The Cavies low hanging ears tend to make them prone to Ear Infections due to the lack of air circulation. The first signs of this will be head shaking and scratching at the ears, then redness and possibly a bad smell coming from the ear. Ear infections are easily treated by your local Vet. To help ensure your Cavie doesn’t develop ear infections, simply use an over the counter ear cleaner to remove built up wax and debris from the ear canal on a regular basis. Also avoid getting any water in the ear when bathing or swimming. A cotton wool ball place in the ear canal can help with this.

Dry Eye is a common condition that Cavaliers suffer from. It is caused by the reduction of tears being produced by the glands and can be fixed by surgery in extreme cases, but is usually just treated with daily lubricating eye drops and gels.

Although they are a small dog, the Cavalier is prone to Hip Dysplasia and Patella Luxation. It is recommended that you only buy from a reputable breeder whose dogs and puppies have all been hip scored for any Dysplasia. Surgery is the most common and effective treatment for both and it is also recommended that you supplement your Cavies diet with things like glucosamine, fish oil etc. to help with Arthritis in the joints.

Cavies can are prone to early onset deafness, usually occurring between three and five years. Unfortunately there is no treatment for this condition but fortunately it doesn’t really get in the way of a Cav having a healthy & happy life.

Mitral Valve Disease is a very serious condition and is quite common amongst Cavies; in fact nearly all Cavaliers will suffer from this at some stage in their life. This is a condition that needs to be immediately treated and monitored by a Veterinarian. With this in mind be careful not to overdo it with your Cav particularly in hot weather.

At Akuna Pets we do daily health checks so as to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise such as skin rashes, ear infections etc. The golden rule is “The sooner you catch a health problem the faster it can be treated and resolved”.

Our hip & elbow dysplasia guest’s benefit greatly from the design of our Pet Resort facility as it has been built to have NO STEPS. We intentionally designed our complex this way so that pet guests with mobility problems would be able to easily move around without putting stress on their hips, back and legs.

In addition we tailor a pet guest’s “fun schedule” to their particular needs. So if your Cavalier is not allowed to jump around or stop quickly during a ball game etc we make sure all of our pet carers are aware of this health situation and go about your Cavies play/walk/love time with these issues in mind.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” www.cessnockvet.com.au They specialise in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your loved Cavalier whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available!

 

Weight Issues

While some Cavaliers are fussy eaters, most of them have a greedy side so you need to be careful not to over feed them as they do have the tendency to become overweight, particularly as they get older! Remember that like humans, not everyone’s metabolism is the same so you might have to adjust your Cavies food portions slightly to suit them. Also feed a well-rounded diet and include some exercise daily so your Cav will maintain a healthy weight.

At Akuna Pets we are aware of the Cavaliers fondness for food and their inclination to put on weight so we pay close attention to this.

Firstly we feed a premium graded vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” (which our guests love!). We match the amount we feed to your pet’s age, breed & weight. We weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then weigh weekly throughout their holiday stay and adjust portion size if necessary to make sure a healthy weight is maintained.

Grooming 

The Cavalier does need a bit of grooming due to their feathered coat but making this activity a part of your daily routine will give you both some relaxed one to one loving time whilst keeping your furry one looking great.

The Cavie needs combing or brushing at least two to three times per week to prevent the feathers on the ears and legs from matting. Bath only when necessary and use a good quality shampoo and a coat conditioner to keep their coats silky and gorgeous. Also their ears need regular cleaning with a vet recommended ear cleaner so as to stop infections from occurring!  

Your Cavalier will most likely need a brush (or five!) during their stay so we can organise this and relaxing Hydro bath whenever needed.  Your Cavie will love the attention and pampering, we even have dogs that fall asleep during a brush – like they are having the best day spa experience ever!

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Border Collie


Here at Akuna Pets we love our Border Collie pet guests due to them being such bright, energetic, beautiful natured dogs. And good looking! They love meeting new people and are devoted to their family. They are such a super fun breed to have come & holiday with us as they are always up for game of fetch but love a big cuddle or belly rub to. With energy to burn they also love running around our huge play yards, romping in our splash park and going for long bush walks.

Read on to see how Akuna Pet Resort takes care of holidaying Border Collie guests, including their special “breed needs”.




  • Nicknames B.C
  • Lifespan 13 to 16 years – and a bit older sometimes
  • Country of Origin United Kingdom
  • Weight Male 14 to 20 kg (30 to 45lb)
  • Weight Female 12 to 19 kg (27 to 42lb)
  • Height Male 48 to 56 cm (19 to 22 in)
  • Height Female 46 to 53 cm (18 to 21 in)
  • Coat Smooth or rough double coat
  • Litter Size 4 to 8
  • Colour Solid coloured, bicoloured or tricoloured on blue merle, red merle, chocolate merle, liver, lilac merle harlequin, chocolate, lilac, blue, sable merle, sable, shaded sable, chocolate sable, black, white, red, or brindle.

Famous people who own Border Collies past & present –

Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker – “Sally”

Vet Katrina Warren – “Toby”

Ken Sutcliffe – “Maggie”

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Border Collies –

Border Collie Rescue

“The Border Collie Club on NSW”

www.pinterest.com/explore/border-collie-humor/

www.bordercolliemuseum.org/

Fun Facts & Various Bits and Pieces-

The breed was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience.

They are ranked number one in Stanley Coren’s book “The Intelligence of Dogs” and are often cited as the most intelligent of all dogs

The Border Collie’s speed, agility, and stamina have allowed them to dominate in fun dog activities like fly ball, agility and disc dog (frisbee) competitions.

Border collie

Border Collies are known as the workaholics of the dog world.

The record for the “fastest car window opened by a dog” in the Guinness Book of World Records is held by a Border Collie named Striker; his record time is 11.34 seconds

Fly and Rex starred in the movie Babe about a sheep-herding pig

Border Collies show a large range in size and coloration because historically they were bred as working stock so consequently focus was placed on performance, not looks

Old Hemp, a tricolour dog, was born in Northumberland in September 1893 and died in May 1901. Hemp was a quiet, powerful dog that sheep responded to easily. Many shepherds used him for stud and Hemp’s working style became the Border Collie style. All pure Border Collies alive today can trace an ancestral line back to Old Hemp.

This working farm dog is famous for his “eye” Where he gets a fixed, hypnotic stare as he crouches low and creeps up on the sheep.

The Border Collie is a herding dog by nature, which means he has an overwhelming urge to gather a flock. That flock could be sheep, children, cats, chickens, or anything that moves, including cars.

Border Collies are used for more than just herding; they also make good tracking and search and rescue dogs. Other jobs well performed, mountain rescue work in England, detecting gas leaks in the new gas pipelines in Canada and customs and bomb detection dogs in Australia. They are also trained as Pets for therapy dogs.

Fun things to do with your Border Collie include tracking, agility, trial, frisbees, jogging, swimming and any other activity you care to throw at them.

At Akuna we have had 100’s of Border Collies come to holiday with us and what we think of first when we think of this beautiful breed is FUN! They seriously have boundless energy to enjoy themselves which is just about the best doggy trait ever.

The Border Collie originated in the Border Counties of Scotland around 350 years ago. They were developed by local farmers to work their livestock (sheep & cattle). They were renowned for their quiet approach to the herd and their gentle attitude.

By nature they are relentless workers who thrive on the mental and physical challenge herding presents. With the development of Australia’s sheep farming industry, Border Collies were imported to work the herds, arriving from the mid 1800’s onwards.

The word “collie” has its origin in the Scots Language. It is also thought that the word ‘collie’ comes from the old Celtic word for useful. Then in 1915, James Reid, Secretary of the International Sheep Dog Society in the United Kingdom first used the term “Border Collie” to distinguish those dogs from the Kennel Club’s Scotch Collie, Rough Collie and Smooth Collie. 

Nature 

Due to their working history and high level of intelligence Border Collies thrive on activity and love to be stimulated. In fact it is essential they get to burn this energy in a positive way or they will turn it towards more naughty behaviour such as nipping, shoe chewing, digging and jumping. They are fantastic dogs to train due to their eagerness to learn and please. They are also gentle, loving, loyal and affectionate dogs making them a popular choice as a family pet.

At Akuna Care we have designed our accommodation packages to incorporate many different types and levels of activities/exercise to cater for the dogs that need that little bit more stimulation every day. Whether it be Frisbee catching, chasing ball, splashing in our water park or long interesting bush walks, our “high energy” packages are great for dogs like the Border Collie.

Plus we have designed our accommodation so that every guest can see and be outside anytime throughout the day. This allows them to watch the wildlife above, feel the breeze and sunshine, watch the clouds float by and interact with the neighbours at the fence on both sides of their grass yard. This helps to keep not only their body busy but also their mind.

Akuna offers a wide variety of stimulating treat toys and brain busting food balls for those particularly smart Border Collies that find food in a bowl just a little too boring.

With the fun and exhausting bit taken care of it is important that your beautiful furry one gets plenty of love as well and here at Akuna we are all about cuddles. So stop worrying! You have just found the perfect place for your Border Collie’s holiday.

Training 

Training of a Border Collie should begin as soon as possible with puppy classes and continue on with advanced obedience. This allows a Border Collie to understand what their owner wants of them and also provides a fun bonding time for both. Training is highly recommended to satisfy their need for mental stimulation. Border collies are happiest when they have a job to do so exercise is a big part of a Border Collie’s life. With a little bit of training they are experts at agility, trialling, Frisbees, tracking, swimming and any other activity you can think of including ‘dancing’.

At Akuna Care we don’t offer  specific training programs but we do follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first and also deterring jumping and biting by saying “no” firmly and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats.

Behavioral issues

Early socialisation with other puppies and exposure to new experiences is very important, as Border Collies can be shy and overly reactive to people they don’t know. Many Border Collies experience separation anxiety and this if left unchecked can negatively affect both your lives. This tendency towards anxiety is often due to not enough energy being expended. So keep in mind that an active Border Collie is a happy Border Collie! When bored and alone, anxiety sets in quite quickly resulting in bad behaviours such as chewing, barking, digging & hyperactivity. They are also not a breed that does well being left alone for long periods of time.

Due to their strong herding instinct Border Collies are known to try and round up groups of people at parties, children, other dogs, chickens, bicycles and even cars. Really they will try to herd anything that moves! In the process they like to nip at heals so this habit needs to be trained out whilst they are still young. Be particularly careful around cars and motor bikes, as herding these mechanical animals could easily lead to injury.

Border Collies are the Houdini’s of the dog world because mere fences cannot keep them from escaping into the big exciting world outside. They have been known to jump high fences in a single bound, dig and even open the locks of fences to get out and explore. They are a clever breed indeed so you must pay particular attention when escape proofing your yard.

Any pet parent who owns a Border Collie knows that they have to burn off a lot of energy on a daily basis and Akuna we understand that too. So our Border Collies guests tear around doing fun stuff like bush walks, play times & water park swims. There are also a million new scents to take in. This means your Border Collie won’t be digging, chewing or barking due to a lack of exercise because they will simply be having too much fun. So rest assured, your Border Collie will come home in the same happy normal state in which they arrived instead of a dog that’s bouncing of the walls due to lack of exercise.

When we have a shy or anxious Border Collie come to visit, that’s not used to being around new faces, we make sure they get lots of love and attention (and treats) so they know there is nothing to worry about.  Once a new nervous guest realises that we are all “dog lovers” and that they are safe and that there is fun & love to be had in abundance they will happily settle into their new accommodation and routine.  

At Akuna your Border Collie will see loving people all throughout the day, because we are in and out of the hotel rooms with feeding, cleaning, checking waters, playtimes etc. This means your dog won’t be missing out on the essential people contact he or she needs. Our wonderful staff will talk and give love to each and every dog they come across no matter what they are up to. The result – a big reduction in any stress they may at first be feeling. In fact pet owners often comment that their dog has come back from its holiday stay with a new sense of confidence and a reduction in anxiety issues.

Here at Akuna we are proud to have a 100% “no escape” rate due to our facility being fully secure. The hotel room in addition to being comfortable and homelike has an attached sunny grass outdoor area that is also fully enclosed.

Your Border Collies safety is after all the most important thing to consider when booking holiday care.

Energy Level 

Super High!! Border Collies have very active minds and tend to go a bit crazy if they don’t get to run. If you’re going to have a border collie, it is essential that they get lots of exercise and mental stimulation every single day. Even better is to make the fun activities things you can do together like going to an off leash beach or going for a long walk.

Providing fun, energetic activities is what we do best here at Akuna. Our unique “Care Packages” are fantastic at catering for those dogs that just don’t ever seem to get worn out. Our packages include everything from long power walks through our lovely 10 acre bush property or swims in our “Water Fun Park” to one on one playtime that include plenty of ball throwing. What do our Border Collie guests think of all this? – Well we think they love it given the amount off panting and happy tail wagging that we see.

Plus your high energy dog has its own grass outdoor yard that they have access to from 7am to 7pm every day, so they can romp around in this space as much as they like. It also provides a good opportunity to make friends with their doggy neighbours.

We also have heaps of brain busting treat toys like Peanut butter Kong’s and food ball dispensers, so if you think your Border Collie would enjoy these too just let us know when you make a booking.

Health issues

Generally speaking the Border Collie is a healthy, robust dog but they are prone to some health problems. The most common of these is hip dysplasia – a genetic disease inherited for the parents. If your Border Collie has inherited this problem it will usually show up between 4 to 9 months with symptoms like limping, having difficulty getting up and showing signs of being in pain. There are many ways to treat this condition so don’t despair if you and your Border Collie find yourself in this situation.  The second most common problem is “Collie Eye Anomaly” which can cause blindness but luckily in most cases doesn’t significantly affect a dog’s vision.  Epilepsy can also afflict Border Collies but just like in human epilepsy it is well able to be controlled with medication.

At Akuna Care daily health checks are carried out so as to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise such as skin rashes, ear infections etc., we understand that the sooner you catch a health problem the faster it can be treated and resolved.

Our hip dysplasia guest’s benefit from the design of our Pet Resort facility as it has built to have NO STEPS. We intentionally designed our complex this way so that pet guests with mobility problems would be able to easily move around without putting stress on their hips, back and legs.

If your pet is epileptic we are well capable of administering medication both tablet or needle, though you will need to discuss this particular medication requirement before your pets holiday stay to make sure we can help.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” that specialises in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your loved Border Collie whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands.

Weight Issues

Border Collies are high energy dogs which require a diet to match. As young pups Collies require a full diet that allows for the fast paced, highly exercised, intense workaholic. As they mature and slow down their dietary needs change.  Good quality food that suits lifestyle and age will improve your dog’s health, mood, and energy levels and can even extend their life expectancy.

At Akuna Care we are aware of the ever changing dietary needs of the Border Collie dependant on age and lifestyle which is why we feed a premium grade vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” which our guests love. The amount we feed is closely related to your pet’s age & weight. Every dog guest is weighed upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then re weighed weekly throughout their holiday stay, to make sure a healthy weight is maintained.

Records are kept of how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left over on a daily basis.  This means if your pet is losing weight or putting weight on we will know whether we need to increase or decrease their portion of food due to the records we have kept throughout their stay. If you would prefer your dog to lose a little bit of weight we can even help with that, so just let us know when you book your dog’s holiday stay.

Grooming

The Border Collie needs regular combing and brushing to keep their double-layered coat gleaming. With the breed now displaying fuller thicker coats owners should be giving their Border Collie a thorough brushing twice a week to prevent knots and matting. Watch for knots behind the ears, under the armpits and in the pants and tail. Extra care will be needed when the seasons change & the soft, dense undercoat is shedding, particularly moving from winter to spring. In the summer baths are required every couple of weeks, but in winter once a month will suffice.

At Akuna Care we provide a brushing service with differing lengths of time depending on what’s required – So your furry one can have a 1/4 hr, ½ hr or 1 hr brush. The amount of brushing time required depends largely on your dog’s thickness & length of coat and what time to year it is, as anyone who owns a Border Collie can tell you Spring is worst when the winter coat is being shed. Who doesn’t dread the shedding season! That said at Akuna brushing time means some loving one to one pamper time with your pet. We even have dogs fall asleep during a brush – like they are having the best day spa experience ever.

We are also able to schedule a warm hydrobath & blow dry as often as you like throughout your pets holiday stay with us. What luxury!

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Labrador Retriever


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Here at Akuna Pets we think Labradors are just so much fun. They are always up for food, fun & adventure (in that order) & then a big snooze afterwards. We call them the party animals of the dog world due to their unbridled enthusiasm for any adventure. So it is not surprising that they love everything we offer. From bush walks to Water Fun Park swims and let’s not even get started with how much fun they have with the huge basket of dog toys in our big grass play yards. The only problem that poses to our Labrador guests is which toy to play with. So whether they are cream, brown or black we love all our Labrador guests.




  • Nicknames Lab
  • Lifespan 12 to 13 years
  • Country of Origin Canada
  • Weight Male 27 to 40kg (60 to 88lb)
  • Weight Female 27 to 35kg (60 to 77lb)
  • Height Male 56 to 63cm (22 to 25in)
  • Height Female 54 to 60cm (21 to 24in)
  • Coat Smooth, short, dense & close
  • Litter Size 5 to 10
  • Colour Black, Chocolate and Yellow

Famous people who own Labradors past & present

Greg Norman – owns four Labs

Prince William – Widgeon

Gwyneth Paltrow – Holden (rip)

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton – Buddy and Seamus (Sadly Buddy’s life as a famous “first pet” was cut short due to a car accident that ended his life).

Russian President, Vladimir Putin – Koni

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Labradors –

http://www.justlabradors.com

http://www.loveyourdog.com/labs.html

Fun Facts & Various Bits and Pieces

They are considered the world’s most popular breed of dog & are the 1st choice of breed used as assistance dogs by police and other official bodies.

A Labrador Retriever’s tail looks a lot like the tail of an Otter! Maybe to swim better?

A healthy Labrador Retriever has two coats. Underneath the beautiful coat that you can see, is a soft, thick undercoat that helps to keep them warm and dry.

Labradors are an intelligent breed with a good work ethic. Due to these traits and their even temperament they are well suited to working in roles such as disabled assistance & therapy work.

Approximately 60–70% of all guide dogs in Canada are Labradors.

Hunting, tracking, drug detection and search & rescue are also situations where Labradors excel as they have an amazing sense of smell which helps to make them the ideal breed for these jobs.

Labradors are powerful and indefatigable swimmers noted for their ability to tolerate the coldest of water for extended periods of time. Their ability to work quietly alongside hunters while watching for birds to fall from the sky, marking where they land, and then using their outstanding nose to find and retrieve dead or wounded birds has made them the king of waterfowl retrievers.

Those careers and talents are all amazing but here at Akuna Pets we reckon the Labradors best talents are being a loving family member, a great listener (particularly when you have had a bad day) & a bit of a clown at times too!

Labradors originated in the Newfoundland area of Canada. They were originally known as St Johns water dogs or the Lesser New Foundland as there was already a larger breed dog called the Newfoundlander (also referred to as the Greater Newfoundland). The St’Johns area of Newfoundland was settled mainly by the English and Irish. These local fishermen originally used the St. John’s dog to assist in carrying ropes between boats, towing dories, and helping to retrieve fishnets in the water. The Labrador’s loyalty and hard working behaviour were valuable assets for fishermen.

A number of St John’s Dogs were brought back to England in the 1820’s and were renamed Labradors (after a specific Geographic area in England) so as not to be confused with the larger Newfoundland breed. They quickly became prized by royalty & dukes as sporting and waterfowl hunting dogs. A few kennels breeding these dogs grew up in England and at the same time a combination of a few factors led to the demise of the breed in their country of origin.

The first written reference to the breed was in 1814, the first painting in 1823 and the first photograph in 1856.

By 1870 the name “Labrador retriever” became common in England & it is interesting to note that at this point almost all Labradors were black in colour with the yellow and chocolate pups only occasionally appearing.

The first yellow Labrador on record was born in 1899 and the breed was recognised in 1903. The chocolate Labrador emerged in the 1930s. Here at Akuna Pets the colour we see most is the golden colour with black being the second most popular colour and finally the brown colour, though we have noticed lots more chocolate Labs over the last few years.

Whatever the colour there is no disputing that the Labrador is the world’s most popular breed of dog and here at Akuna Care this fact doesn’t surprise us at all.

Nature

The Labrador’s temperament is kind, gentle, outgoing and eager to please. They have a reputation as a very even-tempered breed and as such are an excellent family dog. This includes a good reputation with children of all ages and other animals. They are fun-loving & boisterous. They are easygoing and trusting with strangers and therefore are not usually suitable as guard dogs. It is interesting and not surprising to note that breed statistics show that 92.3% of Labradors tested passed the American Temperament Test.

This steady temperament and their ability to learn make them not only a great family dog but also an ideal breed for search and rescue, detection, and therapy work.

At Akuna Pets we have designed our pet accommodation so that each guest has its own big comfortable indoor room. An attached large grass garden yard section allows social guests to go outside anytime they like during the day to say hello to their dog neighbours, which is great for dog friendly dogs like Labradors.

Their happy, trusting disposition also means that guests who are new to staying at our Pet Resort are quick to settle in and super enthusiastic to bond with our loving pet carers. They give out liver treats too, just to make sure your Labrador knows they have come to the right place for a holiday.

As for being fun loving – Well we have the most fun Pet Resort ever with bush walks, swims in our doggy water park & big grass yards for playtimes. Add in huge baskets of every toy imaginable and you’ve got Labrador heaven!!!

Training

Labradors are fun-loving & boisterous so require training and firm handling when they are puppies, as an uncontrolled adult can be quite problematic. It is said that Labradors mature at around three years of age, so before this time they can have a significant degree of puppy-like energy, often mislabelled as being hyperactive and destructive.

Because of this enthusiasm level, leash-training early on is strongly suggested so as to prevent pulling when full-grown. It might also help to wear you Labrador out a bit before a training session by playing some fun games like tennis ball retrieving, tug games & frisbee.

At Akuna Pets we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first. We also deter jumping and biting by saying no firmly and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats.

Behavioural issues

Labradors don’t grow out of their puppy like behaviour till around three years of age, so before this time they are prone to getting into all sorts of mischief. To address this potential problem you really you just need to appreciate in advance that your Labrador is going to need daily exercise to burn of excess energy. Off leash areas to run are great for this and long power walks are good too.

Labradors instinctively enjoy holding objects in their mouths, which they can do with great gentleness (a Labrador can carry an egg in its mouth without breaking it – unless they eat it LOL!). As a result of this trait they are prone to chewing objects they are not meant to (ie shoes, furniture, watering systems, sunglasses, dentures etc). As most owners of a Labrador puppy will tell you, they do eventually grow out of this unfavourable habit. It is a very good idea to make sure a puppy or teenage Labrador has easy access to the right sort of things to chew, such as rawhide treats & tough toys.

High energy dogs can definitely be destructive with toys and bedding etc if they don’t have a positive outlet for their exuberance. Here at Akuna Pets we don’t get much destructive behaviour due to the fact that our guests have plenty of space in their hotel room and can romp around their own grass backyard anytime they like throughout the day or say a nose hello to their dog neighbours. Our play times and bushwalks are also a good energy busting activities. So you can rest assured that your Labrador (on a suitable “Care package”) will come home in the same happy, normal state they were in when they arrived for their holiday. Instead of a dog that’s bouncing of the walls due to lack of exercise and stimulation.

At Akuna Pets we are definitely up to the challenge of wearing your Labrador out but don’t worry if you have an elderly Labrador because our more senior guests still enjoy a playtime, it is just spent getting loving cuddles and belly rubs rather than chasing a ball. Our senior Lab guests also enjoy a stroll around our property as there are so many interesting scents to enjoy.

At Akuna Pets we have lots and lots of toys for your dog to play with when they have play time out in one of our big grass play yards. We have spent some years finding the best toys possible, that are fun but durable. You know what though – The most favourite toy is still the good old fashioned tennis ball! If you would like your Labrador to have its own favourite toy in its hotel room then just send it along.

So the good news is that behavioural problems due to pent up energy levels or lack of stimulus or company is not going to be a problem for your Labrador when it comes for a holiday at Akuna Pet Resort.

Energy Level

Labradors are both high & low energy level dogs as anyone who has owned one for its whole life will tell you. For the first few years it is like an explosion of energy & enthusiasm but as time goes by and your Labrador hits middle age they are inclined to settle into couch potato mode, which is ok as long as a bit of daily aerobic activity such as a good brisk walk is in place. This is quite important as Labradors are prone to weight gain so need to maintain a reasonable level of activity throughout their whole lives.

“Energy Busting” is what we do best at Akuna Pets with the option of bush walks, play yard fun, loving cuddle times and swims in our unique water Play Park. In addition your dog has its own grass yard that they have access to from 7am to 7pm every day. They can romp around in this space as much as they like. If your Labrador is a senior citizen it will not have the same high exercise needs but will still love having one to one cuddles and loving belly rubs during play time, or a bush walk stroll through our beautiful 10 acre country property. The daily amount of fun activity time is linked to the “care package” you choose for your Labrador. If you are not sure what “care package” would suit your Labrador best simply give our office a call as we are happy to discuss your pets needs anytime.

So whether it is for energy busting or loving company, your Labradors activity needs are well catered for at Akuna Pet Resort.

Health issues

Overall the Labrador is a healthy robust dog but they do have a few health issues to be aware of.

Labradors are somewhat prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, especially the larger males. Given there is a proneness to this problem it is highly recommended that you buy your puppy Labrador from a reputable breeder who has made sure her breeding dogs and your puppy are hip scored. This is a process to identify if there are any dysplasia problems. You can also add joint supplement medications to your dog’s daily diet such as fish oil, glucosamine, sashas blend etc.

Given the above information it is also VERY important to make sure your Labrador maintains a healthy weight by regular exercise and a healthy diet. This is so important as an overweight Lab is much more likely to have joint & hip problems. Keep in mind that a Labrador in good condition should nip in at the waist giving it a slight hourglass figure and be fit and light, rather than fat & heavy-set. Keeping your Lab in good health will add two to three extra years to his or her life. That’s means more years of fun and love for you and your furry one to enjoy!

Labradors are also a little bit prone to a luxating patella, a problem in knees where the knee cap dislocates and moves out of place. Sometimes it will pop back in by itself and some dogs work out what movement pops it back into place themselves or you (the owner) can manually adjust it back into place. It can at times turn into a regular and painful problem at which point surgery is available.

Another occasional problem for Labradors particularly in summer time when fun water games are high on a Lab’s to do list are “hot spots”. Put simply a hot spot is any area of skin that is red, warm to touch, moist & irritated and often seeping pus. Note that the term “hot spot” is just a general description and not a specific diagnosis.

Treatment is in four steps:

1) clean the area thoroughly

2) shave the spot to allow air in,

3) medicate the area,

4) keep the spot dry.

A head bucket helps to stop licking or scratching the area. There are a number of vet recommended products that can help reduce the itchy uncomfortable nature of a hot spot.

At Akuna Pets we do daily health checks so as to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise such as skin rashes, ear infections etc. Hot spots can also be a problem, particularly in summer when humidity is high, but with any skin problem the trick is to catch it early and treat appropriately. The golden rule is “The sooner you catch a health problem the faster it can be treated and resolved”.

Our hip & elbow dysplasia guest’s benefit greatly from the design of our Pet Resort facility as it has been built to have NO STEPS. We intentionally designed our complex this way so that pet guests with mobility problems would be able to easily move around without putting stress on their hips, back and legs.

In addition we tailor a pet guest’s “fun schedule” to their particular needs. So if your Labrador in not allowed to jump around or stop quickly during a ball game etc we make sure all of our pet carers are aware of this health situation and go about your Labradors play/walk/love time with these issues in mind.

We even had a puppy in once that had its front leg in plaster. It was a pink plaster with pretty navy paw prints. So Cute! We were required to change dressing around the plasters edge and to make sure it stayed clean and dry and that it wasn’t rubbing or causing any irritation. Good news is that it all healed up really well for that lovely little puppy.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” www.cessnockvet.com.au They specialise in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your loved Labrador whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available.

Weight Issues

Labradors are well-known for their appetite. They are persistent and persuasive in requesting food.

For this reason, you must carefully control his/her food intake to avoid obesity and the associated health problems. Labradors gain weight VERY easily so pay attention to the recommended food guidelines on the dry or wet food that you feed and make sure you do not overfeed. Sometimes the guidelines are even a bit too much and need to be reduced a little so do some experimenting and remember that treats count as food. This means that if you are using quite a few treats for training or just because you love your Lab don’t forget to reduce the amount he or she is getting for breakfast or dinner.

At Akuna Pets we are aware of the Labradors fondness for food and their inclination to easily put on weight so we pay close attention to this. Firstly we feed a premium graded vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” (which our guests love!). We match the amount we feed to your pets age, breed & weight. We weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then weigh weekly throughout their holiday stay to make sure a healthy weight is maintained. In addition we keep records on how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left on a daily basis. So if your pet is gaining or losing weight we know whether to increase or decrease their portion of food. If you would prefer your dog too lose a little bit of weight we can even help with that, so just let us know when you book your dog’s holiday stay.

Grooming

Labradors are easy care dogs due to their short coat. So all that is really required is an occasional brush to get rid of any shedding coat & to make sure that ears are clean & nails trimmed when needed. Too easy! Another reason why they are such a great family pet!

Even though Labradors do not really need much brushing, you can still request as many dog brushings as you like as it can be a really nice one to one loving time with a carer. We even have dogs that fall asleep during a brush – like they are having the best day spa experience ever. Have you ever heard a Labrador snore? ZZZZZZZZZZ.

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