Pet Advice Blog

Enrichment Toys for PetsFailing to stimulate your pet's mind can result in your dog or cat becoming bored, destructive, noisy and excitable. Fortunately, these days there are a wide range of interactive products on the market designed to engage and stimulate your pet – and we’re not just talking squeaky toys. Interactive toys make your dog work for rewards and are ideal if your dog is left home alone for long periods of time. There are even enrichment toys for your cat - here, we tested out some of the most popular on the market.

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lIVING IN APARTMENTS WITH PETSRelaxed rules means it’s getting easier for us to live in apartments alongside our fur-babies, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Dog trainer and author Dr Melissa Starling looks at some of the considerations when apartment living with pets.

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5 ways to keep your pet safe this ChristmasIt's easy to get caught up in the excitement of Christmas and forget all about the safety of your pet. But, with Christmas comes a few added risks to our four-legged friends. Low-lying Christmas decorations, a house full of guests, hot weather and the temptation of Christmas food all pose risks to our pets, so we've put together a few top tips to help keep your pet safe and stamp out stress during the silly season!

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A day in the life at Hanrob Pet HotelsEach summer, as Aussie pet owners pack their bags and head off on their family holidays, we open our doors to thousands of pets. And while the temperatures continue to rise, it's our job to make sure your cats and dogs stay cool and safe in the heat. 

Here, we take a look at what heat stroke is, which pets are most at risk, and what you can do to keep your dog or cat safe this summer. 

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A day in the life at Hanrob Pet HotelsHave you ever wondered what pets get up to at Hanrob Pet Hotels while their owners are away?

Maybe you've booked your pet in for their first holiday at Hanrob and are unsure what to expect; maybe you're still wondering whether boarding is the right option for you and your pet and want to know what they'll get up to while in our care. Wonder no longer as here, we take you through a day in the life of the pets staying at Hanrob Pet Hotel from check in right through to bed time routine!

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Posted in Hanrob News Pet Care Tips Dog Training By Lizzy Fowler

3 Essential dog training commands to teach your puppyBasic dog training skills are crucial to a happy life for both you and your dog, and teaching your puppy just a few simple commands from an early age can dramatically improve your relationship in the long term. Start your pup off on the right paw by teaching them these three basic commands. 

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Posted in Dog Training By Lizzy Fowler

Essential guide to dog boardingWe’d all love to be with our dogs 24/7, but the reality is, sometimes we have to travel, sometimes for work, and other times for family holidays and weekend escapes. But, while increasingly hotels and accommodation are providing pet friendly options, it’s not always possible to take our dogs with us – especially when we travel overseas. In these instances, it’s our responsibility as pet owners to find suitable care for our pets while we’re away from them, to ensure they are kept safe and secure, well-fed and exercised in our absence, and have access to medical care should anything happen while we’re away. In this essential guide to dog boarding, we outline your options, considerations and provide tips on questions to ask your chosen provider.

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Posted in Pet Care Tips By Lizzy Fowler

10 SIGNS YOUR DOG IS HAPPYWe all want our dogs to be happy, and do our best to ensure they have a happy, healthy life. But what are the signs your dog is happy and, if you think their happiness levels need a little boost, what can you do? We take a look at 10 signs your dog is happy.


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Posted in Pet Care Tips By Lizzy Fowler

Complete no fuss guide to toilet training your puppyAny kind of toilet training can be intimidating if you don’t know what you’re doing. When’s best to start toilet training your puppy? What equipment will you need? What if you don’t have a garden? The good news is, toilet training your new puppy doesn’t have to be a stressful, messy – or indeed lengthy – affair. To help you and your puppy transition through house training with minimal fuss, we’ve put together our complete, no-fuss guide to toilet training your puppy, with helpful tips from our expert dog trainers.


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Posted in Pet Care Tips Dog Training By Lizzy Fowler

3 STEPS TO DOG TRAINING SUCCESSOver in the Bahamas, he's known as the Caribbean K9 but, somewhat closer to home, you can now find Dwight Higgins working as Head Dog Trainer at Hanrob Pet Hotels Melbourne, helping to improve the lives of hundreds of Melbourne dogs and their owners each month.

With more than 30 years experience under his belt, we caught up with Dwight Higgins to chat about his secret to success when it comes to dog training..


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Posted in Dog Training By Sonia Goss