Sadly at many emergency hospitals such as the Animal  Referral Hospital, they've seen a huge increase in the number of dogs that have been attacked by other dogs while out walking with their owners.

In fact we've been told this has been happening in all the ARH locations across the country and as you might imagine is both distressing for owners as it is for our Emergency & Critical Care teams & Surgeons.

Knowing that these attacks have occurred due to many people now ‘stuck at home’ due to the various state ‘lock down’ regulations thanks to COVID-19, we thought we’d ask well known Veterinary Behaviourist Specialist Dr Kersti Seksel from the Sydney Animal Behaviour Service for some advice on both Off-Leash parks and walking dogs in general.

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CHAPTERS:

00:00 + INTRODUCTION plus THE ISSUES WITH BEING 'ISOLATED @ HOME'
Dogs not used to being so social

01:37 + OFF- LEASH DOG PARKS - GOOD OR BAD? - https://bit.ly/OFF-LEASH_DOG-PARKS
For some dogs not used to mixing with other dogs an off-leash dog park is not necessarily the best environment

02:14 + SOCIAL SKILLS... WHAT SHOULD WE BE DOING? - https://bit.ly/SOCIAL_SKILLS_WHAT_TO_DO
1 - Know your own dog - does it know how to interact with other dogs? Is it a good 'socialiser'?
2 - Cross the road - go to the other side if you don't know the other dog
3 - Going to the dog park? - Go when it's quieter. Less dogs means it's probably a lot safer. Make sure they know the 'Recall' - and take some treats for your dog!

05:00 + HOW ARE DOGS COPING WITH PEOPLE AROUND ALL THE TIME? - https://bit.ly/HOW_ARE_DOGS_COPING
- Dogs need plenty of rest and love to have a routine
- Don't try and over stimulate them just because you are home.
- Exercise is great but let them rest and sleep.

07:30 + DOGS DON'T SEEM TO WORRY ABOUT SIZE? - https://bit.ly/DOES_SIZE_MATTER
Is this true? - A Toy Poodle on a lead can bark & growl at a Bull Mastiff ... Why?

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