Pet behaviour

Stress-free tips for taking a cat to the vet


Stress-free is what every cat owner wishes when it comes to taking their feline friend to the vet. But not all cats play along. However, there are a few key things you can do to make the experience less stressful for you both, and more positive for your feline friend. 1. Regular preventative check-ups. A […]



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Are you the right owner for that dog?


Are you the right owner for that dog you’re smitten with? Adopting a dog is something most of us do at some point in our lives, and usually because we’re beguiled by the cuteness of a puppy. You may adopt a dog as a Christmas or birthday gift for your children, or because you’re looking […]



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How to have a hassle-free holiday with your pet


Every pet owners wants a hassle-free holiday but not every pet travels well. If you want, or need, to take your dog or cat with you this holiday break, early planning is essential. Here’s what to consider: Are you travelling by car or by plane? Different modes of transport require different carriers; airlines can be […]



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Walking your dog comfortably and happily


Walking your dog should be a pleasurable and health-giving activity enjoyed by you and your dog. Unfortunately, for many dog owners, a walk is often an out-of-control disaster zone. To help you control the chaos of leashed walks, consider the following: Leashes Fixed-length leash: A standard, fixed-length leash is an absolute must because it’s the […]



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How to handle food guarding


Food guarding is the term given to the habit some pets have of being aggressive or defensive when eating their food, or chewing on a bone or a toy. This is also known as food aggression. While the exact cause of food guarding has not been determined, one theory suggests that puppies fed from a […]



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Problem pets find help at Country Animal Clinic


Problem pets can be helped. That’s the word from experienced animal behaviourist Dr Aileen Pypers who will be consulting at Country Animal Clinic twice a month on a Monday. Dr Pypers, who qualified as a veterinarian in 2010 and worked as a state vet, is additionally qualified in veterinary behaviour medicine. In 2012 she began […]



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Barking dogs need help, not punishment


Barking dogs can become a serious problem in built-up neighbourhoods, resulting in bad blood between neighbours. If your dog is the culprit, you will need to do something to stop the incessant noise but punishment isn’t the answer. In fact, hitting, shouting at or locking your dog in the garage as punishment will only add […]



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Separation anxiety: how to help your dog overcome it


Separation anxiety is a common problem, particularly among dogs, and it can be difficult to solve because sorting it out requires intense involvement from the dog owner. However, as a dog owner it is hugely important to solve the problem as soon as possible as separation anxiety is one of the main reasons dogs end […]



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Introducing your new baby to your pet


A new baby is a significant upheaval in any home. Parents must adjust to little sleep and the seemingly unending demands of a fragile being they barely understand. Naturally, parents will instinctively focus all of their energies on the new baby and ensuring he/she thrives. But there is another occupant of the home that still […]



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How to help an anxious dog face his fears


An anxious dog can be difficult to raise. He may cower when visitors arrive or lightening and thunder that have him diving under the bed. Sometimes, anxiety leads to destructive behaviour, urinating or defecating in the house or aggression. Regardless of what it is that makes your dog anxious, as a pet owner it is […]



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