Tag Archives: behaviour

Choosing the ideal breed dog

We all have different personalities, and dogs also have character traits that make them special. To ensure that you are happy with your new furry friend and that you will be compatible, find a breed that will suit your lifestyle ...

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4 Rabies facts you should know

Rabies is caused by a virus and affects all mammals. The World Health Organisation estimates that the disease claims around 60,000 human lives annually, with close to 95% of these deaths occurring in Africa and Asia. Rabies is found on ...

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Teach your dog to lie down video

Now that you and your puppy have mastered the sit, it’s time to teach him how to lie down on your cue. This is a basic exercise, already taught in puppy school, but it can be a bit of a ...

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Should my dog sleep indoors when it’s cold?

The temperatures are cooling down as we approach winter. While you are snuggled warmly and cozy inside, where is your dog? If you wonder whether he should be inside or outside in the cold – consider these 10 points: Consider ...

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Why do cats spray?

If there is a lingering smell of cat urine in your home and you are sitting with your hands in your hair, not knowing what to do, your cat might be guilty of spraying. As much as we love them, ...

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Explaining separation anxiety in dogs

The bond between people and their dogs is one of the most beautiful relationships between two species on this planet. But that bond can also make it difficult for a dog to cope during times of separation. Many dogs destroy, ...

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Teach your dog to sit video

‘Sit’ is one of the most useful cues you can teach your dog. Think about it for a moment, while a dog is sitting, he can’t do anything else – he can’t jump up on people, he can’t trip someone ...

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Scholarship in animal behaviour and welfare for African students

Three veterinarians or animal scientists from Africa who want to complete their masters in applied animal behaviour or animal welfare, can now apply for a scholarship at the University of Edinburgh. This grant is made available by the University and ...

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Why puppy school is crucial

Have you ever wondered what is the rave about puppy schools and why puppies should attend these classes? Behaviourist Samantha Walpole explains why it is important for your puppy. The general socialisation stage for a puppy is between three and ...

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Tips for pets afraid of thunder

You hear the crack of thunder in the distance and you cringe, knowing what follows next – a dog who is so afraid of the thunder that you struggle to keep him under control. But it doesn’t have to be ...

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7 Ways to enrich your dog’s life

Yes, dogs can become bored, and that is usually when behaviour problems can occur. Just like children, dogs need environmental enrichment to stimulate their minds and occupy their time. Although this might sound complicated, it actually just means that you ...

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Housetraining done right for your puppy

When you first get your puppy, one of the most pressing things all owners want the puppy to learn is not to toilet in the house. We need to remember that puppies have no concept of inside and outside, and ...

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