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Livestock & Pets : Working dogs

The articles below cover a number of topics about the health, behaviour and welfare of working dogs. There are more articles in The Basics section too. If you're looking for something in particular then use the search box above. If not, then browse the article titles and see what there is to help you.  If you can't find an answer here then why not ask in our discussion forums? One of the very friendly and helpful members is sure to be able to help you.

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This is a major problem where town meets country and is getting worse. Here are some basic facts based on research in Western Australia.  New Zealand dogs are no different.

Working dogs are valuable animals and often have accidents a long way from a veterinary clinic.

Signs may appear from as little as half an hour to as much as several hours after poisoning.

Apart from helping to keep your dog fit, regular good quality exercise will help prevent boredom and the bad habits that often go with it, like persistent barking or continual pacing.

Farm dogs are usually very intelligent animals and willing workers. They learn quickly, they can think for themselves, they are very active and they are easily bored.

 There are no such things as dog problems! All the problems are "dog-owner" problems.

There are too many dogs housed in cold damp kennels and a few unfortunate dogs have no shelter at all.  Animals suffer just as much in cold damp winter condition as humans do. 

Access across farmland to public waterways and hunting grounds has long been a custom in New Zealand.

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