Toilet Training with the Chi puppies

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I have been lucky enough to foster the worlds most adorable puppies for the next couple of weeks while they grow healthy, strong and old enough to be desexed. While their cuteness is beyond even Ryan Gossling cute, their charm quickly fades when they leave their droppings and little puddles throughout the house and on your favourite rug. GRRRRR.

My little darlings are six week old Chihuahua’s.. They were born at the Animal Welfare League Qld after their mother arrived as a stray. It was an unexpected birth and very quick and before we knew it Pirana, Sasha Fierce and their two brothers were born. (Yes I know they have crazy names but they are names I have given them so as not to become to attached –  and by the way it isn’t working).DSC_2946

Hans is obsessed by these little critters and lays down while they jump and play around him.

So back to toilet training…. here are some tips to save your floors, feet and furniture from puppy poopies.

Toilet training should start as soon as your puppy gets home. Puppies urinate frequently and success in housetraining depends on anticipating their needs – they should be given the opportunity to relieve themselves at least every two hours. You can usually tell when a puppy ‘wants to go’ because he or she will look around anxiously, walk in circles and start sniffing in suitable corners looking for a place. That’s your cue to whisk your pet outside.

Voice your cues.

Whatever the weather, puppies should be taken outside after they have woken up, or had something to drink or eat. Once out of the house, say a command such as ‘Go Now’ so they know it’s OK to relieve themselves. Praise them when they go, but ignore them when they fail. And if you do find a puddle inside, don’t tell your pup off unless you catch him or her in the act; otherwise your pet will have no idea why they’re being punished.


A puppy should be taken outside after the following:

  • When he wakes up first thing in the morning (before, if you manage to get up before the puppy)
  • After each and every meal
  • After each and every nap
  • Before he goes to bed for the night.

Never, ever ‘rub their nose in it’.
Old-fashioned responses such as ‘rubbing the dog’s nose in it’ or administering any form of punishment will not teach the dog anything, in fact it may actually delay the learning process. The dog may instead learn that toileting in front of the owner is inappropriate and this then makes rewarding toileting (when they do go in the right spot) difficult.


Paper training

You can paper-train small breeds and young puppies on newspapers or ‘wee pads’. Praise them with lots of affection when the newspaper is used and ignore them when it’s not. Be careful not to get in the habit of praising with food treats, because you run the risk of overfeeding. Over time, move the newspapers towards the door and then out into the garden. Take a small piece of soiled paper outside, as the puppy recognises its own unique scent and will want to reinforce it.

Teaching your puppy to waitcutepuppies

An alternative method to paper training is crate (puppy playpen) training, where puppies are taught to wait in their own, special space before they’re taken outside. The key is to give them an opportunity to relieve themselves at least every two hours, especially after eating, sleeping or playing.

It’s important not to be angry when accidents happen indoors – you have a puppy, it’s bound to happen.  Just be sure to clean the area thoroughly to avoid the having the puppy return to the same spot next time.

Adult Dogs

When it comes to adult dogs, start by keeping them confined to a designated space. Make a point of taking your dog outside on a regular basis, and when he or she ‘goes’, offer lots of hugs and praise. Same as for puppies, if there is an indoor accident, neutralise the area to prevent them going there again.

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  • Training between 8-16 weeks needs to be consistent. This is the time when puppies learn that they’re either in a safe or a dangerous environment. Make your puppy’s world a safe one and treat him to consistent, caring house training. Also accept that bladder control is poor for puppies in this age range and he may appear to know what’s expected one day but let go the next. Do not take this as being difficult––it’s simply the act of a baby still learning to control his bladder.
  • By 16 weeks: A puppy can usually hold his bladder for up to four hours. (Prior to this, the bladder can withstand about 2 hours before the puppy must go.)
  • At 4-6 months: Puppies in this age group can often seem “half” house trained due to their ability to be easily distracted. He’s likely to want to explore the world, which means chasing a moth might prevent him from eliminating when you take him to his spot. By now, a puppy of four months can wait about four to five hours before needing to eliminate, while a puppy of six months can go as long as six or seven hours.
  • 6-12 months: Sexual maturity can cause males to raise their legs and pee on furniture, while females can come on heat. The bladder can cope with seven to eight hours before eradication is needed again.
  • 12-24 months: Depending on the breed, your puppy may not be an adult yet. Hopefully you’ve established house training well by now, but if not, you can still do so, even for adult dogs.

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My week in photos

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Odie came to work with me today – here he is suited up!

The Gold Coast Bulletin came to the shelter to photograph Neil Anderson out founding member of AWLQ. At 92 years of age this legend is still on the board and making improvements in all areas of animal welfare

Hans spent most of the day in bed


Poppy is an ex AWLQ dog who now lives an exciting life riding around on a scooter with her mum who works in the AWLQ vet clinic – isn’t her riding getup fab!?


Today we had a special surprise from Big Brothers Mike Goldman – he loves the shelter and helps out whenever he can


Today was also the day I fell in love with Nicole and Rudy the Maltese x Jack Russell Terriers – can you blame me?



Turns out I wasn’t the only one – I paid the Big Brother set a visit in the afternoon and was treated like a rock star when everyone saw the puppies – I’m now known as the lady with the cute puppies – there are worse nicknames I guess

Sonia Kruger with AWLQ Puppies

Celebrity puppies need shades to protect their eyes from the spotlight 🙂

Mike Goldman checking out evictee Mikkayla’s puppies

project puppies – find Rudy and Nicole a home


How could these guys be split up – they couldn’t – lucky their new owners thought the same and adopted both! Stoked!!!
I also met cookie and sweetpea the cats who needed a home together – they were breeding cats and took a while to come out of their shell but luckily their personalities and stunning looks found them a new home in no time flat



Hans wanted to come to work but I said no – too busy – this is his unimpressed face

Odie laughed and said sucked in – nice.

Got to work and found another Sausage & Sanchez both looking for a new home meet them at

Caught in the act!

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Odie Sanchez is a graffiti artist, he tags all over our neighbourhood. I don’t even like to walk with him in public because he stops almost every five meteres to leave a small ‘Odie was here’ calling card.1001001_10151719915258308_2076573075_n

I’m talking of course about PEE.

Odie has always been a leg cocker and I put it down to him being desexed later in life because Hans, bless him, pops a squat when he pees and only goes when he absolutely needs to.

Odie is a also a sneaky marker in our house – he will raise a leg to anything out of the ordinary lying on the floor, bath mats and the side of the coffee table. (Our rug is ruined and now the go to pee spot for any foster animal or visiting dog that frequents my house).

When we visit family Hans will run and greet everyone one tail wagging tongue licking – Odie on the other hand will secure the perimeter and ensure his presence is made aware before entering the house and commandeering the highest peak of the couch cushions.

Urine marking is a normal form of communication among dogs. Dogs are drawn to urine marks left by other dogs and are apparently able to get information by sniffing the urine, such as the identity, the sex and the reproductive status (whether a dog is neutered or desexed) of the marker. Males are more likely than females to urine mark, and reproductively intact males are more likely to mark than desexed males, especially in the presence of females or rival males.
Reproductively intact females will mark, especially prior to coming into heat to advertise their availability, (oh la la). However, even desexed females sometimes urine mark.

A study of urine marking in dogs revealed that 10 percent of the dogs who urine marked started the behaviour at 3 months of age, 20 percent by 6 months, 40 percent by 12 months, 70 percent by 1½ years, and 90 percent before 2 years. Which is why Hans, (who was desexed at 8 weeks of ages barely lifts a leg – (unless he copies Odie of course).

While Odies’ shenanigans are something I have learnt over time to pre-plan and resulted in thinking twice before leaving expensive handbags/shoes/clothes (insert everything else I love here____) on the floor, there are some tips to help you if your dog is a graffiti artist too and you spend more hours on all fours cleaning up pee stain then your dog does.

After making sure your dog doesn’t have any urine related health problems or peeing due to anxiety or stress – try the following:

  • If your dog isn’t desexed – desex him/her. Desexing male dogs successfully eliminates or greatly reduces household urine marking in 50 to 60 percent of cases.
  • Confine your dog to one area of the house where you can watch him. Shut doors to other areas of the house or barricade them off with baby gates or improvise with whatever is at hand.20131015-180219.jpg
  • Restrict your dog’s access to things he’s likely to mark. Don’t allow other dogs to visit your home or yard. You can also try blocking your dog’s visual access to other dogs.
  • If you have a male dog, have him wear a bellyband (also known as a male dog wrap) so he can mark but not soil in your home. You can purchase yours by emailing
  • If your dog predictably marks certain objects, (bags, suitcases or shoes), or if he only marks in certain locations, place treats around those objects or in those areas. Your dog might start to regard objects he used to mark and places where he used to mark as sources of food rather than triggers for marking.
  • Clean previously marked locations with an enzymatic cleaner- you can find these in good pet stores or in the supermarket.
  • Try to make marked areas unpleasant to discourage your dog from returning. Try using double-sided sticky tape, vinyl carpet runner turned upside-down to expose the knobby surface, or other types of humane, harmless booby traps. Keep in mind, however, that your dog might simply select another place to urine mark.
  • When you see your dog start to mark, you can try clapping loudly or spraying him with water. It’s very important to deliver these punishments while your dog is caught in the act of urine marking.

New-Chihuahua-pee-tanImage by Tiny Confessions – Blog Post coming soon

Dog Dips – For Hot Dogs

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Dog Dips.

I met these guys at the Gold Coast City Council Pet Expo a few weeks back and not only are they lovely people, (they donated some delicious treats to the AWLQ shelter poochies who were there on the day), they were so passionate about their product which was a hit with dogs and their owners over the course of the weekend.

I bought a four pack for Hans and Odie and even these fussy foodies were impressed. WINNING!

Kristi and her husband first moved to Australia in 2008 and quickly found that there were no healthy frozen treats to offer their California pound puppy Madison who made the move with them. Kristi admits that Madison is a bit of a princess who wouldn’t eat ice, so she began making frozen yoghurt for her in the summer time.

I got in touch with Kristi Mulcahy the owner and founder who gave me the lowdown about Dog Dips

How did Dog Dips begin?

I used to make frozen treats for my gorgeous dog Madison and my in-laws saw the treats and wanted some for their Golden Retriever. Pretty soon, word travelled and I was making them for friends and family with dogs. While I hadn’t planned on returning to work until my two boys were school aged, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to make treats for animals I adore, work with some amazing charity and rescue groups, and contribute to the household income.

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Dog Dips are made with organic frozen yoghurt. There is no added sugar, salt, additives, preservatives, or colours. We add fruit, veg and honey, (and salmon in one flavour) to enhance the flavour for the dogs. Funny enough, some dogs have quite a preference from one or the other of our two current flavours.

Tell me about your dog Maddee
Maddee just had her 12th birthday on July 30th, and I’ve had her since she was 1. She came from a bad situation and I was lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time. She said goodbye to her abusers and never looked back. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…or in this case, my precious Princess Maddee.

Do you have any other pets?
We have Maddee our dog, 3 cats (Alfie & Cooper are the boys, both 5 and Lola is our foster failure, around 2), and just one rattie Lollie. We also have a family magpie who visit us daily for water and kitty kibble, (and fruit and veg most days). They’ve been around for a few months, and just recently brought their four babies back to our house. They spend most days under the trampoline in the tall grass, eating ants which is great!

I love all my pets for different reasons. They bring such happiness to my life, and I simply couldn’t imagine a house without a pet…or a bunch of pets.
My pets are always there for me, to lend a cuddle, make me laugh, listen to a rant n rave. My pets are my family and are treated as such.

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Working in the pet industry gives me the ability to be around animals, and people who love animals like I do. Having a business like Dog Dips, I’m able to help where I can and support local rescues and shelters by trying to make a difference to those animals in need, as well as providing a way to reward those animals who have homes and owners who adore them. We are a young business and trying to get established and I love spreading the word by participating in fundraising and Dog Day’s Out where I can. Not to mention all the adorable dogs I get to meet!
I’m a stay at home mum for most of the week and my youngest is off to school for 2 days of the week, but there is usually always something cooking for Dog Dips.

Whether it’s steaming carrots, baking salmon, receiving orders of cups & lids, getting invoices ready for pet supply shops, etc. I try to get something done for Dog Dips daily.

Where can we buy Dog Dips?
Dog Dips are available at Pet Supplies Direct in Harbourtown, The Lunch Basket in Mermaid Beach, Pet Café Ashgrove, Pet City Mount Gravatt and Pets Unleashed Morningside.
I would love to see Dog Dips grow to become a household name that every dog owner (and dog) recognise. We have a few clients currently who give their dog(s) a Dog Dip every night. I love that people recognise these ‘treats’ as something healthy enough to give their dog daily and it will only add to their nutrition. I’d like to expand to some more stores on the Gold Coast as well. I’d like to continue to participate in charity/rescue events and give to those dogs still in need of a home.

I have so much fun meeting passionate animal people and the dogs they adore. Every dog deserves a home and every home needs a dog.

Do you have a favourite dog quote?

‘Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.’ Dean Koontz



Gold Coast Pet Expo

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I attended the Gold Coast City Council Pet Expo last weekend with the Animal Welfare League Qld and despite severe sunburn it was the best day ever!

To me the pet expo is the best opportunity to meet almost every breed of dog, (and their sometimes crazy owners) in the one spot! It was also great to catch up with some of my gorgeous foster pets who always stop by the AWLQ stand to say hi and show me how much they have grown. The vibe is electirc and everyone is so happy and supportive and proud to show off their 4 legged babies and it is a great celebration of all creatures great and small.

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Don’t you love our shirts? Cute, single and looking for love (our cats & dogs that is).

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Saying a quick Hi to Diana from K9 Photography and her gorgeous dog Evie – She is the famous photog of our Big Brother housemate Mr Clooney!


Some of my Favourite doggies of the day. Kirra the 16 year old Daxie 1374037_10151923707978308_1711885108_n

 and Lulu the Bassett Hound.



Unconditional Love (Pet Rescue)

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I was very excited to see this book published. I love reading happy rehoming stories and this book is full of them.Image I was even more excited because I am in it! Well, my words are. I wrote an article about Delilah the Kelpie featured on the 2012 Big Brother and the impact she has had on bringing shelter animals into the spotlight since leaving.

You can read it below

Delilah:  The AWLQ’s homegrown star!

This story is a joy to write because its message of hope and optimism is one that will surely resonate with everyone who reads it.

‘Delilah’ is a beautiful, sweet three year old Red Kelpie who was found wandering, lonely and homeless, in a Southeast Queensland shire.

After she came into the care of the AWLQ, she was desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and put up for adoption.

Meanwhile, AWLQ was contacted by Channel 9’s hit TV show ‘Big Brother’ who were looking for an ‘Australian looking dog’ to fill the upcoming role of BFF for the housemates in the 2012 edition of the show, filmed locally at ‘Dreamworld’ on the Gold Coast’.

She was then introduced to Big Brother executives who immediately approved her inclusion in the show.

Whilst waiting for her entry into the Big Brother house, ‘Delilah’ enjoyed an extensive foster period, spending this time both at her foster home and the AWLQ head office entertaining staff volunteers with her antics.

From the moment ‘Delilah’ made her first appearance in the BB house, she became an instant fan favorite and a trusted and loving companion to the housemates.

She was seen dressing up in outfits made by Stacey and playing cricket with the boys and also made herself at home in the kitchen, where she took on the role of official ‘taste tester’ for Stacey’s infamous ‘dip’!

Because of her huge popularity, ‘Delilah’ lived in the Big Bother house with the housemates until the end of the show, a total of 42 days.

‘Delilah’s’  inclusion on Big Brother was a great opportunity to show the Australian public that pets from shelters make wonderful ‘housemates’ and we are proud that she was such a great ambassador for the thousands of homeless dogs waiting in shelters and pounds for their chance at a loving home.

We sincerely hopes that “Delilah’ has succeeded in convincing viewers to adopt a shelter dog and help  put an immediate stop to the loss of the 200,000+ animals who will be euthanased in pounds and shelters across Australia each year.

The AWLQ thanks Big Brother for inviting ‘Delilah’ into his house and for taking great care of her by monitoring her 24/7 during her stay. Regular visits were also made by AWLQ staff to ensure her health and well being were being maintained.

‘Delilah’ now lives on a large property with her foster family where she can run like the wind and swim and play with her two dog brothers.

She will continue to act as an ambassador for shelter pets and work with the AWLQ to promote shelter adoptions and responsible pet ownership.

‘Delilah’ is just one of over 130,000 wonderful, loving and deserving animals the Animal Welfare League has rehomed since its founding in Southport in 1959.

Without the diligence, care and hard work by the AWLQ, these dogs and cats would not have been adopted into their own loving homes where they could enjoy great lives with their families.

‘Delilah’ got her 2nd chance and her own home but there are many of her dog (and cat!) friends who are still currently waiting for their own ‘forever’ homes at the three AWLQ re homing centres on the Gold Coast, Beenleigh, and Ipswich.

They may not all get to become a national TV star across Australia like “Delilah’ did but they will all definitely have the opportunity to find their own special home.

Please come visit one of our rehoming centres today and find your very own special dog or cat to ‘star’ in your own family’s story.

The AWLQ has been a part of Queensland’s families for 53 years and we ALWAYS  say, ‘Choose to adopt because one choice can change a life!’.

Your ‘Delilah’ is waiting for you right now at your nearest shelter!


Badass Brooklyn Rescue

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My name is Brooklyn – I work for and in animal welfare – so naturally when I saw the Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue I knew it would be write up my alley.1275344_592064134188292_2116384262_o

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is an all volunteer network of rescuers, fosters and volunteers who work together to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from pounds in the New York area.

The dogs they rescue are in danger of imminent death as they are on the kill lists at very high volume, high kill pounds. Some of these animal control facilities use extremely inhumane practices like gas chambers and heartstick to euthanise the dogs and many have kill rates in the 90 percents before rescues get involved.

Since March 2011 their dedicated team has found homes for over 1000 animals looking for a safe and loving home. Dogs just like jigsaw (pictured right).

Social media is so important to the sucsess of these rehomings. Through finding volunteers, carers and ultimately new owners they cannot continue the work that they do without the help of the local community, and social media plays a huge part in raising awareness. The Badass’s are working towards opening their own rehoming centre and hope that in 2013 they find homes for 365 dogs (one for each day of the year).

Be sure to check them out on Facebook



Torpedo turned out to be “The One” for this Badass family!

Mum tells us that his new name is Lenox, and he already has lots of aunts and uncles in his life.

Everyone’s thrilled about the new addition!

(Taken from BBAR FB PAGE)