May 1, 2020 | by Steven Sieff | in NewsComments Off on Getting a new puppy during lockdown
What a fantastic opportunity! While everyone is at home it
is a wonderful time to introduce a new puppy whilst you have plenty of time to
bond. But what about when life returns to normal and everyone is back at work
and school? Puppies are very open to new experiences when they are young but as
they get older they don’t adapt to change very well. This could mean that
puppies who have their early socialisation during lockdown never get used to
being alone. This can lead to
something called separation anxiety, which can be incredibly stressful for both
dogs and owners. A dog with separation anxiety will be very distressed when
they are left alone, they cry bark and howl, show destructive behaviours such
as chewing or digging and messing in the house.
crucial that your puppy gets used to being left alone during the day now, even
if during lockdown no one is leaving the house. It is best to start with small
periods every day. This can be when you leave the house or even with you
upstairs or in a different room. Start with 5 minutes at a time, and gradually
increase the time you are away so that he or she gets used to it. You can leave
a safe toy or treat with your puppy so they are distracted and have a positive
association with you leaving. We often find kongs good, you can stuff a small
treat in the end or smear something sticky on the inside which will keep your
pup busy for ages. It is important that you come back while your pup is calm to
build the positive association. If you return when your pup is stressed and
crying it could encourage the pup to cry more and more, expecting you to come
you know it, you’ll be back at work and your puppy will be at home, calm and
content in the knowledge that you haven’t left them behind forever!
February 5, 2020 | by Steven Sieff | in NewsComments Off on Rescuing from abroad – things to think about
There are many charities dedicated to rescuing and re-homing stray dogs, whether it be here in the UK, or abroad from countries such as Romania or Serbia.
Re-homing a rescue dog is a big undertaking, and as the amount of dogs being
brought over from abroad for re-homing rises, there are few things to consider as
you might be going through the process.
Some dogs will not have been very well socialised or trained, so may need extra work with a trainer or behaviourist and will take a while to adjust. There is a risk of exotic parasites or illnesses that will need to be addressed quickly with a vet in the UK as well as general health checks. And some pets may be brought into the UK without proper checks or documents, so it is often best to find a rescue pet through a reputable source or charity, or look to adopt more locally.
If you have any questions or need help with what to do next, or just a bit of friendly advice, feel free to give us a call and speak to one of our staff – 01442 833198.
Do you know if your cats are friends or foes? Best buds or just tolerating each other?
Most cats are happier living the single life, this is how many will choose to live in the wild. However, some will live with siblings or their mother their whole life. In many cases this works fine but it can also go wrong.
Adult cats living in multicat households often simply tolerate each other which can be manageable, but can cause stress. These situations can prevent a cat showing their true character, cause behavioural issues such as fighting or inappropriate urination and they can even lead to health problems such as vomiting, diarrhoea, cystitis and skin disease.
Many stress signs and interactions between cats can be missed or simply misread by us. The Cats Protection have created a very helpful (and very cute) video, to help us differentiate between friendly behaviours and not-so-friendly behaviours in our households.
There are things we can do to make life in a multicat household healthier and happier for all concerned, as mentioned in the video, separate feeding areas, bowls, litter trays, beds and scratching posts will help to reduce stress, as each cat will be able to have space and not have to share with another cat unless they choose to do so.
Other aids to assist in reducing stress and improving feline relationships includ products such as Feliway Classic and Feliway Friends. These produce good pheromones which are associated with feeling safe and content which can make a big difference.