Dogs can be hugely rewarding pets - but it’s important to choose the right dog and be well prepared before welcoming one into your home.
Australians mostly want dogs that are affectionate, obedient and safe around families.
Beloved family pets have all the qualities we need in the next generation of puppies, so maybe you shouldn’t rush to desex them all right away.
Victoria’s ban on pet shop sales of kittens and puppies is replicated around the world.
Victoria’s puppy farms and pet shop laws are being rolled out, sparking controversy. The state is the first in the world to limit the number of fertile females allowed by commercial breeders.
The author’s dog, Zipper, as a puppy.
The average owner spends between £21,000 and £33,000 on their dog in its lifetime.
RSPCA inspectors seized these dogs from one of the puppy farms that meet much of the pet shop industry demand.
The pet industry meets ‘demand’ driven by the ‘right’ to own a puppy. Animal welfare advocates respond with a ‘vigil’ to mark the ‘shameful’ fate of 250,000 dogs abandoned each year.
Are puppy farm protesters part of a growing wave of interest in animal rights?
I may be wrong, but recent indicators suggest animal suffering is going out of fashion. I have been tracking the ebb and flow of the animal protection movement as a first-hand observer since the late 1990s…