3 Things to Know When Training a Puppy

There are as numerous techniques to raise a puppy as there are to raising a child. In reality, 1 way per family in general! But most of us agree that when it comes to children, particular things are universal and undisputed. Here are 3 things that a lot of individuals just do not feel of when it comes to raising their dogs such as http://www.howtopottytrainapuppyfast.com/potty-training-a-puppy, nonetheless. How numerous times have we heard, “My dog just won’t listen to me”, or “He just won’t behave!”

1. Dogs do not realize English until we teach them.

The thing we all love about puppies the most is the way they live for us, the way they focus all they have on us, the way our lives turn out to be theirs. in the beginning, they study us to discover our body language, our facial expressions and our language. Until we teach them the English language, it’s all they have. If we say, “Wanna go out?” 1 day, “Have to go potty?” the next day, and, “Hafta pee?” the third day, if they DO figure out what we want, it is because we have picked up the leash and moved toward the door with a happy face! If you want to speed up his training by 3-fold, teach him YOUR language. Pick a command for Every behavior and stick with it. Tell all in your family to use the same words and commands, and your puppy will amaze you at how significantly faster he learns.


2. A young puppy’s metabolism is racing along quicker than we think.

The younger your puppy is, the faster he is growing, the more food and water he wants to fuel his metabolism, and the much more often he has to go potty. Do not punish your puppy when he makes a house-breaking mistake. These are YOUR fault. Your puppy’s age in weeks and his breed size figure out how frequently he should go out. Once an hour is not too usually for a big 6-week old puppy, specifically if it is summertime. Dogs love the exciting smells outdoors, so there is no excuse to not have him housebroken by 7-8 weeks of age. Correct after a nap, after he eats and after grooming are the key times, and he will signal you. If he is happily chewing a toy and gets up suddenly with his nose to the floor, move rapidly! And each and every time he goes potty outside, praise him to high heaven! “What a great BOYY!”, “Great go potty!” and the like. Dogs love our happy faces, and they will do anything to get it.

3. Dogs live for our facial expressions and body language.

Simply because of this, the worst punishment you ever want to give your dog is a scowl and to turn away from him. You can see his tail fall down and his face get so sad. He will discover the lesson, I guarantee it. But his attention span is only 3-5 minutes, so do not scorn him any longer. Love him up and give him your happy face again. Physical punishment is never needed. Use consistent commands and loving praise and he will know what you want of him prior to you know. He will grow to be a master of your body language and facial expressions in no time at all.•

U3A Program

Monday 5th August 2013
– Around the World in 80 Gardens ( Part 5 of 10 )
United States : From New York State via
Thomas Jefferson’s Garden at Monticello to California
10H00 at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-ordinator: Brenda Hardy 044-533-5489


Tuesday 6th August 2013
– Italian Conversation
09H45 at 12 Challenge Drive
Co-ordinator: Brenda Hardy 044-533-5489
Wednesday 7th August 2013
– Resilience : Beating the Stress of Ageing
Dr Merle Friedman will tell us how to avoid and to deal with some stresses that accompany retirement
10H00 at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-ordinator: Angela Embleton 044-533-1437
Wednesday 7th August 2013
– U3A Plett Social Bridge Club
General lessons for improving players, help
and supervised Bridge in a friendly atmosphere
13H45 at the Angling Club
Co-ordinator: Gill Brown 079-875-2177
Thursday 8th August 2013
– Plett Panters ( Phone to book with Robyn )
Platbank to Oyster beds to Groenvlei
14km : Moderate : Petrol contribution R35
09H00 Meet at the Shell Ultra
Co-ordinator: Robyn Eidelman 044-533-0438
French Conversation
10H00 at venue to be advised by Marsja
Co-ordinator: Marsja Hall-Green 044-533-4578


Plettenberg Bay Property Market Overview 15 July 2013


A sole mandate held by Hein Pretorius of Sotheby’s International Realty Plettenberg Bay in 2013 achieved the highest price for a beachfront property in Plett at R45million for a mansion on a large site on Robberg Beach.
Overall, the market remained relatively constant over the past five years with between 200 and 300 units sold per annum. Average selling prices have increased since the peak in 2008 by 3%. Though too early to tell, it appears that 2013 will be similar to 2012.
The average price for freehold property is currently around R2,5million (including vacant plots and houses) and for section title units about R1,1million.

Entry levels remain relatively low, by Plett’s standards, for first time buyers and those looking for an affordable holiday property, though limited stock is available. The entry level for houses is about R950,000 (off a high of R1, 4million in 2007). The entry level for apartments is R400, 000 (bachelor). Vacant land starts at about R225,000.
The record price so far for non-commercial property was R50 million for a luxury coastal estate sold in 2006, also sold by Hein Pretorius.

Over the past eleven years average prices in Plettenberg Bay have grown annually at an average of approximately 13%, which demonstrates that property in Plett is a good investment if bought at the correct price. It is currently a buyer’s market.
“Though there is an oversupply of property, stock levels have declined in certain segments, particularly the upper end of the market, where choice is diminishing and values are increasing. Unfortunately most South Africans find themselves in a difficult financial situation, so are unable to take advantage of these opportunities,” said Pretorius.

Four properties transferred in the town of Keurbooms in 2012 for an average of R3million. Seven properties transferred in Natures Valley for an average of R2,8million. In Wittedrift 6 properties transferred for R560,000 on average.
The figures above were taken from deeds information on the 15th of July 2013. Sales are listed by date of sale, not transfer date to provide a more accurate depiction. Rural property, sales below R100 000 and duplications (e.g. when a developer buys numerous properties for a single price and each is listed at the full price, only the single figure is taken) are not included in the figures. A number of sales are still in the registration process, so the picture will change somewhat.

This report was compiled by Steven Neufeld, Manager of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Plettenberg Bay and Professional Associated Valuer and Appraiser for South African Property Valuations. “mailto:steve.sir@plettenbergbay.com” steve.sir@plettenbergbay.com 044 533 2529 (or) 072 417 7731•

Koi Fish Ponds

The koi fish are a favorite in outside ponds, due to the longevity of their lives, their gracefulness and their gorgeous colors. Koi fish also have many traits that make them an ideal fish to thrive in an outside pond.

Due to the size your koi fish can grow it is realistic to have a pond that is five hundred gallons or more. Typically the health of the koi depends a lot upon the amount of space that they are provided with and the caliber of the water. Koi fish thrive in cold water and will do very will in temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows even those who live in cool climates to be able to enjoy a pond full of koi fish. In the colder climates when ice forms on the top of the pond they hibernate in the winter. Their digestive systems slow down almost to a halt allowing them to make it through the winter.

koi_black_orangeKoi fish are not the only thing that can make a pond gorgeous and interesting to look at Koi love to have shade like lilies. Lilies can cover up to seventy percent of the water’s surface. They not only help to give your koi fish cover and shade, lilies help to reduce the amount of algae in the water. Since koi can only receive about five to six hours of direct sunshine, the water lilies really help with the protection of the koi. Plus, since koi are omnivorous meaning they eat both meat and plants, they can find insects and insect larva within the plants. Another way to offer shade to your koi pond is to build your koi pond under a tree where it will receive plenty of shade. Although your fish will enjoy the much needed shade from the trees, the negative side is your pond most likely will be littered with twigs, needles and leaves.

Some thought must go into the depth of the koi fish pond when you are planning to build the pond yourself. To protect your fish from outside predators the depth of the water can provide a lot of protection. Raccoons would enjoy a good koi meal. Building your pond at least four feet deep will keep the raccoons at bay it will also give your koi more room to swim and an added protection from the sun. The Great Blue Heron who live in some parts of the country would adore to feast on a good koi meal as well. One Blue Heron can eat a meal of about 100 six inch koi. To keep these kinds of predator at bay you should give your koi a water depth of at least 8 feet. Another way to keep bird predators away form your koi fish is to install a bird net over your pond.

When you build your own koi pond you are free to allow your imagination to run wild. A plus to building your own koi pond is that you can build it to your own specifications in order to enhance your landscape nicely.•