The importance of dealing with behaviour problems

• 28th Dec, 2019 •

The PTS statistics for pets with behaviour problems are shocking. In the modern world, behaviour problems in pets cause more deaths and decisions to euthanise than cardiac disease, infectious disease and neoplasmia combined (Overall 2010).

A study of 2493 dogs in Denmark showed 23.6 % were euthanased in response to behavioural problems (Mikkelsen & Lund 1999).

An Amercian study found of 615 dogs relinquished to a rescue centre for euthanasia,…

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Are some puppy socialisation classes making dogs more aggressive?

• 2nd Sep, 2019 •

Are some puppy socialisation classes making dogs aggressive?

One wonders why, with so much emphasis on the importance of socialisation, dogs appear to be becoming increasingly aggressive. It's really great that many puppy owners are understanding that they need to socialise their new puppies, however, not all know how to do this.  It's also very positive that so many owners acknowledge that they…

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What is a dog?

• 21st May, 2019 •

As most people know, dogs evolved from wolves.  Whilst wolves and dogs are still the same species and can interbreed, our dogs’ ancestors evolved from the wolf a long time ago, not as hunters, but as scavengers around human settlements.  Scavengers have no need to hunt cooperatively as a pack and therefore dogs have less need for a complex social organisation than wolves.  Interestingly, domestic dogs have smaller brains than wolves with a reduced ability…

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Canine hypothyroidism and feline hyperthyroidism

• 18th Mar, 2019 •

Golden Retrievers can be at risk of developing Hypothyroidism

Whilst little has been written on the effects of canine hypothyroidism on behaviour, there is increasing evidence of behaviour change in dogs suffering from an under active thyroid gland. Why a change in behaviour should occur is unclear, although, anything affecting the endocrine system will affect the whole body.  It is thought that as…

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Introducing your new cat:

• 2nd Dec, 2018 •

This article follows on from my previous blog article ‘what is a cat’ which attempts to explain cats.  From there one can deduce what a cat needs.  As discussed in the previous article, when introducing a new cat, both the resident and new cat will need their own ‘core territory’.

When introducing another cat you need to ensure that the existing cat and any new cat each have their own ‘core territory’.  An easy way of…

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