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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...

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...

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...

January 2, 2019

So the new year has begun! along with this comes the thought of what will be around the corner....

What would you like to change with the pressure of the 'Resolutions'. I think its a load of old nonsense and far too much pressure to put in yourself during one of the most miserable months of the year, Pah!!!

But as January is such a rotten month what can we do with our pets to make it more enjoyable?...

December 10, 2018

Christmas is one of those odd times of year when there is a fine line with it being Joyeux Noel or Bah Humbug

One thing for sure is the change in routine! excitement in the air and usually having more visitors and strange decorations being displayed can sometimes be a bewildering time for our pets. 

There they are enjoying the everyday life and then bam here comes the festive season. For c...

November 2, 2018

Talking about toilets!

Our gorgeous indoor cats need a place to spend a penny or two, so how do we get this right?

Really we need to think about what we want from our own toilet experience and transfer this for our feline friends, somewhere private, comfortable and clean springs to mind. As you all will know, using public toilets can be a mixed experience but all the more relaxing if the above is pr...

July 3, 2018

When you get a kitten you can spend hours playing with them. I have often seen clients that have a vast array of toys strewn over the floor that their cat 'used to' play with but no longer does. 

I wonder if this is because the kitten grew into a more independent cat who made their own entertainment elsewhere or if the owners grew bored of making the extra effort once the kitten period ended....

March 17, 2018

Is your cat left or right pawed?

A recent study has shown that there seems to be a correlation between gender and left or right paw skills! Here is how to test if your cat shows a preference.

  • What paw do they step onto first when walking up stairs

  • Do they use the same paw to play with a toy

  • Put some food in a tube (empty cardboard toilet roll tube will do) which paw do they use to fish...

November 8, 2017

There are many reasons why this behaviour may begin and only by using gentle techniques to change the behaviour will you be able to train your dog to be comfortable around food. 

You must not take the food away to make the dog see that you are in control. Food guarding starts usual because they are worried you are going to do exactly that. 

Food guarders also get very anxious about treats that take...

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