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Lifestyle : Everything Pets
1HERSA1 W004 Luxury Cat Resort and Pet Boutique Sydney s Newest Cat Boarding Facility Cat Grooming & Day Spa Services Bird Boarding Boutique Pet Shop and Online Store Divine Things for Dogs, Cats & Birds! Exclusive Modern Cat Furniture Bling for Cats and Dogs Quality Bird Toys & Food And Much More! 52a Frenchs Road Willoughby NSW 2068 02 9958 3363 www.divinecreatures.com.au Looking for a trainer? ASSOCIATION OF PET DOG TRAINERS AUSTRALIA 'Building Better Trainers Through Education' www.apdt.com.au Pet Friendly Rooms Ph: 02 9363 4863 | 14 Queen St, Woollahra | www.thehughenden.com.au As Sydneys premier pet friendly boutique hotel, we are dedicated to ensuring your stay is as comfortable as possible. We have a range of pet friendly rooms, that are serviced daily. The Hughenden Cafe and Restaurant has a number of areas reserved so that you & your pet can have breakfast, lunch and dinner together. We encourage you to feel at home with your pet, so dont be afraid to ask us for help to arrange dog walking, dog sitting, or even a visit to the Doggy Day Spa for pedicures and highlights! Through the doors of The Hughenden we have had poodles and terriers, golden retrievers, burmese and siamese cats... and even a baby kangaroo! Bring along a photo of your pet for our website and notice board! BOOK NOW Best Rates Guaranteed! AG3565643AA-060311 4 SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD S pets Get your pup in with the ruff crowd A bit of alone time is fine but there are plenty of fun options available when your animals need some company, writes Jason Mountney. Whine and dine . . . saving your pet from boredom by keeping it occupied will save your shoes from destruction. Your dog is not able to talk but if you are coming home from work to a house that looks as if it has been ransacked, chances are it is trying to tell you it is less than thrilled you've left it alone for the past eight or nine hours. Canine behavioural expert Kersti Seskel says that while some dogs "like having time out", others will let you know their time alone is distressing them. "Any destruction of the house means they are distressed," she says. The reaction from canines being left alone for long periods of time "depends on the dog", says Seskel, who runs the Sydney Animal Behaviour Service and is a regular on ABC Radio's long-running Nightline show. "Some dogs are happy left alone, as long as they have something to occupy their mind, such as a toy," Seskel says. She says a dog's willingness to spend time alone is due more to the individual animal rather than characteristics of a breed. Young dogs and active dogs are particularly likely to get lonely and turn the couch into confetti. Seskel says dogs often sleep for a vast portion of the day and may use their time alone to nap. But she says even dogs that seem happy spending the day alone need some contact and owners should not leave them alone all day and all night. "Dogs that have separation anxiety are overly bonded to humans and may need day-care," she says. Other solutions are a dog- walking service or a long walk before and after the owner's time away from their pet. Or you could invest in a new friend. "Another pet will make them less lonely." Robert Pashley, the owner of Stix 'N' Bonez dog day-care centre in Alexandria, says his facility looks after about 20 dogs while their owners work. The centre has a splash pool, sandpit and indoor and outdoor areas. "While they're here, they run, they climb, they play," Pashley says. "They do anything and everything." Care at Stix 'N' Bonez costs owners $46 for a full day -- about half the cost childcare centres charge for looking after a child, only without the government subsidy. Discounts are available for multiple visits. Like many similar centres, Stix 'N' Bonez has a password-protected webcam, so owners can check their pet's progress from work. Darrin Noon, of Noonies Dog Walking and Pet Care, says some owners elect to break up the day with a walk for their dog. A 25-minute walk costs owners $20, with $5 for every extra dog. "We also look after dogs when people go away," Noon says. "We spend about 25 to 40 minutes with the dog as well as feeding it. The dogs soon get used to us coming round and are glad of the company." Holidaymakers can also send their pet to a boarding kennel, where it will be housed, fed and exercised. Ashleigh Hull, who cares for pets at Waterloo kennel Paw Paws, says dogs in the centre are given two meals a day, served in their cubbies. "They are then grouped into one of three areas -- small, medium and large -- and they play and socialise all day," she says. She says the facility has an open- roof area and a splash pool. Dogs with particular diets and medicine requirements are catered for. Hull says not all dogs are happy with boarding, with some pets given extra attention from staff to keep them as calm as possible. Or you could take your pet with you on holidays. Amelia Barrett, a marketing executive at Stayz holiday home- booking service, says: "We have more than 26,000 holiday rentals listed on Stayz, almost 3000 of which -- about 11 per cent -- are pet-friendly." Stayz is owned by Fairfax Media, publishers of The Sun-Herald. Pet-friendly need not mean a holiday house. Deborah English, the director of sales and marketing at Katoomba's upmarket Lilianfels resort, says the five-star hotel's three dedicated dog-friendly rooms are "heavily booked". "The rooms have direct access to a garden, so the dogs don't have to enter via the lobby," English says. The hotel has room service for dogs. --SPECIAL REPORT
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