October 5, 2019

Well, one month to go until the most stressful period of the year starts for some of our dogs. 

Does you dog or cat get stressed by fireworks?

Signs of stress can be:

Trying to hide under the bed or quiet dark places

Barking (some people may think the dog is excited and likes fireworks but often this isn't the case)

Digging into corners of the room

Trying to avoid going out after dark

Shaking or tremblin...

August 7, 2019

How to choose a puppy

The most important aspect of choosing a puppy is getting a breed that is right for your lifestyle. All too often clients mention I chose my dog because s/he was cute but if I had known what a handful they would be maybe I would have chosen another.

Really consider what lifestyle you have and how you expect a puppy or dog to fit into this, are you active, do you like going out i...

Puppy classes to introduce your puppy to the basic skills that will enable you to have a well behaved puppy. Classes are informative, lighthearted and fun.

Your puppy must be between the age of 10-16 weeks old and have had their first vaccinations, worming and flea treatment from the vet, proof of vaccination will be asked for so please remember your certificate, 

This is a 5 week co...

July 16, 2019

Does your cat really like being stroked or do they have a threshold before lashing out at you? 

Maybe you notice that when you start to stroke them they start to swish their tails, the skin on their back ripples, ears flatten and start to act aggressively. 

You might be interested to know that this could be a condition called hyperesthesia where by touch is overstimulating to them and can in fa...

June 27, 2019

This year I have had an influx of cases that started their life as 'street dogs' from Romania, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Poland. 

The problems are all very similar and most of the owners have been first time dog owners....

So what are the problems...........well most are reactive to people and have ranged from reactive barking to biting and puncturing the skin causing wounds, bruising and wor...

June 2, 2019

This weekend I attended a workshop on canine arthritis by the great ladies that run Canine Arthritis Management. This was set up by vet Hannah Capon who I have previously worked with in the veterinary world. Hannah and her team are extremely passionate about this dreadful debilitation condition and discussed how we can help the dogs that suffer, which is approximately 80% of dogs over the age of 8...

May 1, 2019

There are many things that you can do to help your pet that is displaying behavioural problems. The point is that it is YOU that has to help them and this takes persistence, patience and desire to really want to sort out the problem. 

Sometimes clients ask can I sort it out for them and the general answer is no! or unless you want to pay for me to visit every day and teach you daily how to cha...

April 5, 2019

This is an interview I had with Sussex magazine ETC

I spent time chatting with Claire Francis, a Clinical Animal Behaviourist, who has spent much of her career endeavouring to overcome animal behaviour issues. 

Claire spent time in China dealing with the fallout of the inhumane treatment of bears in bile farms. 

“They’d arrive with all sorts of issues, many extremely stressed having been wild caught...

March 1, 2019

Its this time of year when cats start to go out and about, wandering into each others territories and getting into scuffles. So what can happen as a result of this?

Well, if your cats territory has been invaded resulting in your cat being stressed they will often go on a mission to send chemical messages that this is their territory. This is when urine is sprayed in places which tell other cats thi...

February 1, 2019

M is for MUZZLE

Nobody likes the idea of their dog wearing a muzzle do they?!

Why is this? the normal response is that they will be judged for having a dangerous dog, but is this true... possibly and why does that matter? 

My view of a dog wearing a muzzle can mean a number of different things such as:

  • Maybe that dogs is scared of people so I'll give it some room

  • Maybe that dog is scared of o...

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