Tag Archives: behaviour

Tips for introducing a new cat

Introducing a new cat into a home with other cats can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to mean the start of World War 3 either. By taking it easy and step-by-step, you can successfully introduce them to each other. ...

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Build a stronger bond through play sessions with your dog

Building a stronger bond with your dog is as easy as playing a few games with him. The more active the games, the more kilojoules the two of you will burn, meaning that staying fit is child’s play. Rules Before ...

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Q & A: Pigeon hunter

Q: For some reason my dog catches pigeons (and not other birds). Should I do something to stop him from doing it? Is it bad for him? A: Pigeons are the easier birds to catch, which is probably why your ...

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5 ways to stop the digging

Some dogs have a natural drive to dig holes, but it can be annoying if you’re trying to cultivate a beautiful garden. He might dig to bury his toys, or because he is bored or anxious, but it could also ...

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Tail-chasing dogs

Watching a dog spinning in circles chasing his own tail can be funny, if it doesn’t happen too often. There are many reasons why dogs chase their own tails, but when it becomes a compulsive behaviour, then warning alarms should ...

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How smart is your dog?

When Sandra James decided to teach her 12-year-old Fox Terrier cross to lift her paw before getting a treat, her husband, Tommy, thought it was a futile exercise. Sandra persisted with a short training session every day and finally, after ...

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What puppy school is all about

Puppy classes are more than just teaching your dog a few tricks. Both of you will learn so much about each other, how to communicate and understand each other, and what to expect of each other. This will also help ...

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Is pet punishment a solution at all?

While it is human nature to discipline or punish somebody for what they have done wrong, we should understand that pets are not people. They don’t comprehend things on the level we do, and they don’t understand the difference between ...

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Basic body language your cat uses to communicate with you

From the flick of a tail to a look that could kill – there are basic gestures that cats use to communicate with us. While dogs try to please us with every action they take, cats can’t give a dime ...

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Q & A: Chewing rocks

Q: My dog chews rocks that he finds in the garden. Is there a reason why I should be worried? A: Yes, you should be worried, as this a very dangerous habit that can potentially lead to the death of ...

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When dogs bite… What to do

Every so often we hear it on the news. A child has been seriously injured after being bitten by a dog. This is often followed by outrage and a lot of debate. Why did it happen? Who is to blame? ...

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Q & A: Jumping up on guests

Q: What is the correct way to stop my dog’s jumping behaviour? A: This is a very common problem that many people experience. This behaviour is quickly re-enforced in puppyhood when everyone thinks it’s so cute when the puppy runs ...

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