Preparing Your Cat for a Vet Visit Using Positive Reinforcement

Visiting the veterinarian is essential to maintaining your cat’s health and well-being. However, many cats find vet visits stressful and overwhelming. Fortunately, with the proper preparation, patience, time and positive reinforcement techniques, you can help your feline friend feel more comfortable and relaxed during these visits.

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Choosing the Best Toys for Your Dog Based on Breed

Choosing appropriate toys for your dog is essential. It’s important to provide this stimulating source of enjoyment to all ages of dogs, not just to puppies. When choosing toys, consider your dog’s breed and personal preferences, as this can play a significant role in finding the most suitable options that interest your individual dog.

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When barking gets too much…

Barking serves as a natural means of communication for dogs, yet excessive or frequent barking poses a common challenge for dog owners and often strains relationships with neighbours. While some level of barking is expected, an excess of it frustrates owners and indicates potential stress or unmet needs in dogs. Understanding the reasons behind a dog’s barking is crucial, as there is always a motive behind it, and it becomes our responsibility to decipher what our dogs require.

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Why we discourage aversive products and techniques

Dogs hold a special place in our hearts; many consider them beloved companions. To fulfil their crucial role as companions in a predominantly human-orientated world, dogs need to be guided. Teaching a dog life-skills is about so much more than training – it equips him with skills that allows him to be a successful dog living in human households. This includes being trained to eliminate outdoors, refraining from excessive barking, and behaving appropriately around visitors and children, among other things.

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When cats roam…

No matter how much our cats love us and rely on the care we provide, some still prefer to spend time outdoors, while others are content observing the world from the comfort of a window seat. Many cats enjoy occasional wandering, whether a short stroll in the garden or a long, late-night prowl. But what drives this urge to explore, and how can we ensure the safety of adventurous cats when they roam?

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You’ve got a new puppy; what now?

You’ve done the research, you’ve chosen the puppy, and you’re about to bring him home. The day you collect your puppy is so exciting, but it can be unsettling for him as he leaves his mother and litter mates, maybe for the first time ever. Here are some things to remember to ensure you’re ready to take care of him in the best possible way.

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Teaching your cat to use her scratching post

Cats are wondrous animals, and most cat guardians would agree that they make the most amazing companions.  Usually our cats are easy housemates, but sometimes, some natural behaviours could cause tension if its not expressed in the correct context.

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Preventing Over-Attachment

Coping during lockdown and preparing for when you go back to work. During this time of lockdown or self-isolation many of us have found ourselves

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Why we don’t use punishment

Like any field, the science behind how animals learn has changed drastically over the years. Unfortunately, not everyone has kept up with the new information

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Caring for a senior pet

We all know that our senior friends will need to be cared for in a different way, but do you know what is considered “old”

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Responsible Pet Ownership

Written by COAPE International   What does it mean to be a responsible pet owner?  Most animal welfare organizations use the 5 freedoms as a guideline:  Freedom

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