The kitten diaries - training a recall

• 18th Feb, 2020 •

Most cats come when they want to or when they think you might feed them.  We want and need Prince to come when he is called for safety's sake.  I started by using his name to get his attention - "prrriiinnnccce" and reward with something tasty.  He is very responsive to this and responds to his name in most circumstances.  However, we use our pets' names all the time, not just when we want them…

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The kitten diaries - training a sit 3

• 18th Feb, 2020 •

We are ready to start stretching the time between rewards to extend the 'sit-stay' for longer.

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The kitten diaries - training a sit 2

• 18th Feb, 2020 •

So now we extend the 'sit' into a 'sit-stay' by continuing to reward him in the 'sit'.

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The kitten diaries - training a sit 1

• 18th Feb, 2020 •

Prince came from a Siamese cat breeder back in September 2019, when he was 12 weeks old.  Prince is the first pedigree pet we have owned.  We chose the breeder carefully and Prince is an 'old fashioned' type Siamese.  This should mean he comes from a larger gene pool than the more modern-look Siamese resulting in correspondingly healthier individuals.  Additionally, our breeder had all her cats and kittens in the house rather than in cages,…

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Doggie body language

• 28th Jan, 2020 •

Dog body language - and why we need to understand it!

In no way is this video exhaustive more just a series of snap shots.  Hopefully it will help you to think about what dogs are ‘saying;’ and to start to tune your observation skills.

  • Body language is a dog’s main method of communication
  • Dogs are social and need to communicate

Each dog will have their own behavioural repertoire, influenced by:

  • Breed  - changes in dogs shape over times…

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