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It is time for your cat to take centre stage. Be
patient. As with any training, keep lessons
short, so that no-one gets fed up. Practise
lots. Have some really tasty -- but very small
-- treats such as cheese pieces, Vetsbest
rewards cat treats, or their dinner biscuits.
Give them less dinner when training with
food, otherwise Puss will put on too much
weight. Performers need to look their best.
Sit: Every time you see Puss sit down, for
whatever reason, say Sit'' and give them a
treat. Flatten your hand -- most cats are not
used to taking food from hands and their
teeth can get in the way.
Once you think Puss has learnt this, ask
him to sit before giving him his dinner
Paw: Cats use their feet for hunting and
playing, so are usually willing to explore
things with them.
Hold a yummy-smelling treat in your hand,
allowing Puss to smell it, but not to get to it.
After a few practice nibbles (wear a glove if
you are worried) Puss may try to open your
hand with his paw.
As his paw touches your hand, deliver a
treat from your other hand and sound really
pleased. Gradually start saying, Paw'' as he
Fetch: Some cats like to bring toys to you
to play with. Every time Puss is carrying a
toy, offer a treat in exchange for the toy, then
throw the toy for them. Cats who enjoy
playing games with people will quickly learn
that giving you the toy every time is a good
(and tasty) game.
Some cats prefer to play alone and that is
fine. Remember all of the other cool things
your cat has learnt -- using a toilet, washing
themselves, getting you to feed them, hunt-
ing, getting you to open doors, sleeping in the
best places and getting you to cuddle them.
Holiday spirit misplaced
HANDS OFF: Pat Duggan, RSA
By ANNA PRICE
veterans remain firmly
opposed to any messing with
Anzac Day -- despite last
week's law change, which does
The Holidays (full recog-
nition of Waitangi Day and
Anzac Day) Amendment Bill
to Mondayise'' those days
when they fall on a weekend
passed into law last week on a
tight 61-60 vote.
District president Pat
Duggan says the RSA does not
want to see the momentous
date April 25 -- the day Anzac
troops landed at Gallipoli --
downplayed in any way.
There are going to be
people in the RSA who think
it's a good idea, but we don't
want to trivialise Anzac.
Mondayising it just takes
some of wind out of its sails
and detracts from the solem-
nity of the observance.''
RSA national vice president
Barry (BJ) Clark, who is also
president of the Papanui
RSA, said the change risks
trivialising a solemn day of
Just talking around the
RSA, I haven't heard anyone
who has supported it.
When the day falls, it's
respected as a solemn day of
remembrance. If it is to be
combined with a Monday on
some years, it just becomes a
I do hope it doesn't take
away from Anzac Day itself,''
It's about the day; the
25th. The danger is people
will just think of it as a long
weekend and overlook the
Anzac Day will continue to
be commemorated on April 25
every year, but every seven
years, it will be marked by a
Monday holiday, not just five
out of seven, in line with most
states in Australia.
Last year, when the amend-
ment to the Holidays Act was
proposed by Labour, the New
Zealand RSA came out with
National president Don
McIver said the RSA's
policy had always been to pre-
serve the special nature of
The national executive
opposed a legislative change,
saying it would turn the focus
away from a commemoration
honouring the sacrifice of New
Zealanders and turn attention
toward the holiday.
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