The information on this website about exercise techniques stems from my personal experience. I’ve worked in the fitness industry since the early nineties and have lived with high-energy dogs (Jack Russell Terriers) since 2000.
In creating this site, I’ve done a great deal of research and also consulted with vets in order to provide information that is both safe and practical.
Despite this, it's possible that you and/or your dog could be injured at some point during your adventures. As such, I can take no responsibility for any loss that arises from the use of the information on this website.
I will often name the brands of specialised products. For those I don't name by brand you'll be able to locate via an internet search.
Also, recommendations of products, books, websites and the like are just that: recommendations. Their inclusion is not any kind of endorsement or guarantee on my part. It’s really a matter of research and trial and error to see what suits you and your dog best.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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