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Is your pet happy? Is your pet well behaved?

Dr Jo and Leo

Dr Jo and Leo

Just like humans, our furry friends can suffer from a range of behavioural disorders. The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is running a month long campaign in March – Polite Pets Month – to help owners address behaviour issues in pets.  The theme is phobias and anxiety disorders and the notion that ‘mental health is important for pets’. The Bark n Purr gets to the paws of the matter by asking expert animal behaviourist, Dr Joanne Righetti about what is ‘good behaviour’ and the steps new pet owners should take to ensure a happy, well behaved pet.

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Dog training for prevention rather than cure

 

Photo via myswitzerland.com

Photo via myswitzerland.com

I have a confession to make…I had no idea about caring for dogs or dog behaviour before we adopted Rosie and Crunchie in 2008 and later, Toby in 2009.  If only there was a course available at the time we were seriously thinking about getting a dog, we could have started our journey of dog ownership with knowledge and confidence. The Swiss are known for their well behaved pets and allowed to take their doggies almost anywhere.  I wanted to find out more… Continue Reading →

10 Tips to avoid dog theft

beagle eyeThousands of dogs of all breeds, gender and ages are stolen every year in Australia.  They are stolen for many reasons such as – theft for resale, breeding, keeping as pets and for use in illegal fighting rings.  In this blog, we share with you a short story about a courageous doggie called Clyde; and 10 tips to help keep your dog safe.

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Tis the season…for animal surrender

 

Rosie (Photo: Shooting Venus)

Rosie (Photo: Shooting Venus)

At this time of the year, I receive pleas from animal shelters for a donation or to foster an animal over the festive season.  Christmas is not a time of joy but a time of crisis for animal shelters around Australia who are inundated with surrendered and abandoned animals. Continue Reading →

Behind the scenes of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

 

Image via Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Image via Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

My passion for animal welfare has taken me on journeys to some unusual places including a sun bear sanctuary in Cambodia.  More recently, during my visit to the United Kingdom, I took the opportunity to do a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in South West London. Continue Reading →

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