Tag Archives: companion animals

Real Life Dog Training

I worked for the University of South Australia (UniSA) a few years ago and I’ve come to realise that some of the strategies we developed to promote maths and science to young people in the northern region of Adelaide could also be used to educate people in training their dogs for real life situations. Some

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Balancing Act Adelaide wins Planning Institute Award

At the recent Planning Institute of Australia ‘PIA’ (SA) Awards for Planning Excellence 2014, Fiona De Rosa from Balancing Act Adelaide was presented with the Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award for the study of Dog Park Design. The study of dog park design resulted in a publication “Unleashed, a guide to successful dog parks”

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Dogs in Public Spaces

 As an Urban Planner, my focus is on the integration of companion animals (in particular dogs) into the urban environment. How do we integrate dogs into the urban environment? First, you need a good understanding of dogs: how they learn, how they interact with each other and with humans and understanding of their needs. Second,

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Do Landscape Architects consider dog behaviour in the design of dog parks?

Over the last 12 months we’ve observed and analyzed the interactions within dog parks. These include: dog-dog, dog-human and human-human interactions. How many Landscape Architects and other open space designers consider dog behaviour in their design process? We go further than the commonly reported human conversations and connections made in dog parks to incorporating dog

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Pet Friendly Valentine’s Day

[singlepic id=50 w=320 h=240 float=left]Australia is in love with companion animals (our pets). Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with almost 36% of households owning a dog (ACAC, 2010). Pets are our Valentine. Pets bring so many positive benefits to our lives. There is a growing body of research that

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