Every year, family dogs are poisoned unnecessarily by human drugs. Just as we keep our drugs out of reach of our children, we should also keep these drugs out of reach of our dogs.

Pets are special, yet only 3% of Australian pets are covered by health insurance. This is one of the lowest rates in the world. Dogs NSW supports pet insurance and believes it is an important part of responsible dog ownership.

Dogs NSW supports the expansion of programs for dogs in aged care facilities. Companion canines can contribute constructively to aged care communities. Research over more than twenty years has shown that pet assisted therapy has beneficial effects on the physical and psychological well-being of aged care residents.

They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. Jogging with your dog has many benefits – both tangible and abstract. Dogs need exercise and there is no more basic exercise format than running, for a dog, or a human. Running allows the muscles to stretch and the body to experience a freedom to be enjoyed. Jogging with your dog is a simple thing to do. Keep your dog responsibly restrained and there is every reason to try this efficient and thrifty form of exercise.

Man’s best friend has hidden benefits. There are many situations where a dog is a handy work asset. A dog that can guard tools, equipment and vehicles is a valuable member of a work environment. Expenses associated with the upkeep of a canine companion can be partly claimed as legitimate work costs.

As human baby boomers approach their twilight years, man’s best friend is providing important insight into how we grow old gracefully.

Dogs NSW is strongly opposed to sub-standard dog breeding operations, which sell either purebred or mixed breed dogs to unsuspecting buyers to the detriment of the dog.

Winter chills present special challenges for responsible dog owners. A regular stretching and exercise program is essential for good dog health. Dogs NSW recommends modifying the stretching routine of your dog to take into consideration the colder weather. Just as humans need to exercise to stay fit and healthy, so do dogs.

If you are comfortable with the idea of your dog sleeping on your bed, and basic hygiene is followed, there is no reason to change a thing, says veterinarian, Dr Peter Higgins.

Winter is now hitting most of Australia hard, and keeping dogs warm in these coldest months is now of vital importance