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As a member of RSPCA Australia, we’re part of the country’s leading animal welfare charity. We’ve been advocating on the behalf of animals for over 150 years, and have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Sharing that knowledge with our community is vitally important, as education is often the first step to better welfare and meaningful change for the lives of the animals.

We have information, FAQs and helpful articles covering all aspects of daily animal care, prevention and what to do if you need help. You can also sort by topic, view seasonal advice, and learn about general pet care. Whatever pet information you’re searching for, you’re likely to find it in our knowledgebase.

Reward-based training
Reward-based training

Reward-based training Reward-based training is the most effective and humane way of training your dog (or cat!). This type of training is used by RSPCA Victoria behaviourists and animal care…

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Teaching your dog tricks
Teaching your dog tricks

Teaching your dog tricks All animals learn through consequences. This means they will repeat behaviours that are rewarding and avoid behaviours that are not rewarding. If you want your dog…

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Crate training your dog
Crate training your dog

Crate training your dog Crate training t is a very effective training tool for both adult dogs and puppies. Here’s how to safely crate-train your dog. Before we get started,…

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8 enrichment ideas for your dog
8 enrichment ideas for your dog

8 enrichment ideas for your dog We all know that part of being a good dog owner means giving your four legged friend lots of walks and exercise. But sometimes…

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Make your own Enrichment Toys
Make your own Enrichment Toys

Make your own Enrichment Toys We know that staying at home right now is tough for everyone, including our pets. All creatures need mental and physical stimulation. We hope the…

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Heat stressed wildlife
Heat stressed wildlife

Heat stressed wildlife This summer, heat stressed wildlife have been making their way to RSPCA Shelters across Victoria, particularly birds and possums. Sadly, these animals are not coping with the…

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12 tips to keep your pet safe and healthy this Christmas
12 tips to keep your pet safe and healthy this Christmas

12 tips to keep your pet safe and healthy this Christmas Christmas is a time of cheer for humans, but for pets it can mean a change in routine, new…

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Easter tips
Easter tips

Easter tips Whilst overindulging during the Easter period may result in a few extra kilograms for humans, the consequences for our animal companions are much greater and much more serious.…

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Rabbit desexing
Rabbit desexing

Rabbit desexing Should rabbits be desexed? There are a number of benefits to desexing your pet rabbit. It is a big responsibility to care for a pregnant animal and her…

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7 health problems caused by inbreeding
7 health problems caused by inbreeding

7 health problems caused by inbreeding Each dog breed is predisposed towards their own list of inherited diseases. These diseases are the result of deliberate inbreeding and selective breeding practices.…

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Expecting your new baby
Expecting your new baby

Expecting your new baby The introduction of a new baby into a household can cause both known and unforeseen changes. Therefore it is incredibly important to understand your pet's reaction…

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10 reasons to desex your pet
10 reasons to desex your pet

10 reasons to desex your pet 1. Things happen quickly in the animal world There is simply no luxury of time when it comes to looking after our best friends.…

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