As a grumpy cat lover, I’m embarrassed to say what gets under my skin. It’s when a cat is so much fun to be around that someone says, “he’s like a dog.” Although it’s meant as high praise, to me it says a lot about how we risk seeing cats. Continue reading “The Top Ten Mistakes Cat Owners Make”
Update 1 year later: read to the end for the good news!
Out of the box came a beautiful and regal young male Ragdoll cat. He was quite a sight; in the prime of life and nearly perfect in health and temperament. But not to his owners, who said, “he’s a monster, we’re going to have to get rid of him.” Continue reading “How To Feed Kittens, Not Monsters”
Looking for good dog training for your puppy in Adelaide? Here is a list of dog training and obedience classes that have chosen to use positive, reward based methods. Please note the new address for Canine Behavioural School. Continue reading “Adelaide Positive Dog Training Classes”
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ What To Do
If A Dog Urinates In The House
- Urinating in the bed is almost never a behavioural issue
- Most cases are an easily treatable form of incontinence
- A loss of toilet training in an older dog is often caused by urinary infection, excessive thirst and mobility or cognition problems
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Help! My Dog Is Peeing Inside”
It’s not what you think. Once I tell you you’ll wonder why you didn’t see the problem straight away, and I bet you’ll never take the risk again. In fact, even after my mother pointed it out, I nearly made the same mistake as you’ll see later. Continue reading “Why Kids Should Never Walk Dogs Alone”
‘At A Glance (Much More Below)’ What To Do
How To Reduce Leash Reactivity
A good start is to accept it for what it is: common and no cause for shame
- Get help: it’s going to be much easier with expert guidance
- Discover tricks to keep your dog focused or distracted
- Avoid interactions with other dogs when on leash or near fences
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Help! My Dog Is Terrible To Walk On Leash”
Welcome to the most stressful part of owning a puppy!
First, here’s the trick everyone needs to know: a puppy prefers to toilet in a place by where they toileted before. They develop nothing more than a habit; we call this a substrate preference. That’s the trick we use to toilet train dogs. Continue reading “A Simple Guide To Toilet Training”
For many dogs, the highlight of their day is a game of fetch with the ball. Who can resist? You’d have to have a heart like a stone to say no. Or, like me, to know too much.
Stay with me while I show you five ways that tennis balls were made in the devil’s workshop. Afterwards, I’ll tell you how your dog can still have that fun without the risk. Continue reading “Why I Hate Tennis Balls (And Dogs Love Them)”
A recent change in our Adelaide clinic is the ovary sparing spay. It’s a safe, effective procedure and we’re happy to do it if requested.
However, I want you to see the pros and cons of both a partial spay or tubal ligation. I also want to show you why I think a late spay is a better alternative when female hormones are needed. Continue reading “The Pros & Cons Of Ovary Sparing Spay”
What is the evidence for behaviour change in desexed female dogs? There’s a lot of discussion and debate, so let’s drill down into the data. Continue reading “Are Neutered Female Dogs More Aggressive?”