Pet behaviour

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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A bored dog is a destructive dog


Being bored isn’t something we usually associate with animals. However, as much as dog owners may regret having to go back to work after a long festive season break, so dogs resent their owners’ sudden absence. Dogs are sociable creatures that thrive on contact, play and attention. Being left alone at home from 8am to […]



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Reasons why your cat’s peeing on the bed


Cats peeing on the bed is more common that you might think but its causes are complex. Patience is needed firstly to establish the cause, and then to try to break the habit. Why is my cat peeing on my bed? Your cat may be suffering from bladder stones or a bladder infection. These cause […]



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If your pet’s behaving badly, he may be bored


Your pet’s behaving badly, tearing up the furniture or chewing your shoes. You don’t know why. He has food, shelter, a warm bed and plenty  of love. But how often do you play with your dog or cat? Are they simply ‘there’; part of the household that is fed and offered shelter but otherwise ignored. […]



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Why climbing high is essential for cats


Cats love climbing, but it isn’t all about fun. There are some important physical and psychological reasons behind why they do it. It’s also in their genes. Here are four reasons why cat owners need to ensure their cats have climbing space: Climbing keeps the peace. Cats living together use height to show their status in […]



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