Caring for the carer

Anyone who has cared for a loved one knows that being a carer can be tough at times. Caring for a child with special needs, an elderly relative, partner with mental health; whatever the need of the person, being their carer can often be challenging. It is no different...

To rescue or not to rescue: that is the question

As a behaviourist, I love working with all kinds of dogs, large dogs or small dogs, pure breeds or cross breeds. The dogs that I really love working with are rescue dogs and I have a real soft spot for stray dogs that have been brought in, as we have no knowledge to...

Is my dog talking to me

By Dimosthenis Moumiadis and Koula Papadopoulou Communication is important to all living organisms. Either they live on earth, or fly in the air , or live in the waters, they have developed communication patterns that enable them to promote their survival. They send...

From Foes to Friends

Exploring the reward-based training methods used to teach a cat and dog to happily co-exist byTori Ganino CDBC, CPDT-KA Background Si is an approximately six-year-old domestic short haired tabby cat. He was found as a stray when he was about one year old. At the time,...

Puppy Socialisation – Why is it going wrong?

By Lyn Fleet and Angela Pitman   For the last twenty years or so, trainers have been drumming it into owners they must socialise their puppy with people and other dogs. In many puppy socialisation classes all the puppies are let off lead together so they can play....