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Environmental Enrichment of cats part 1

There is no doubt there are many toys on the market for cats. But buying a whole lot of toys and leaving them out for your cat all the time will not get the most out of those toys. Many

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Judging the prestigious award for the Association for Pet Dog Trainers

What an honour it was to be asked to co-judge the Susan Wilkins Achievement Award for APDT along with one other behaviour veterinarian. The award aims to acknowledge APDT members making significant contribution to pet dog welfare and the betterment of

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Environmental Enrichment: The Needs of our Animals

What do our animals need? Every good pet owner wants to provide a home where their pet is happy, but every individual pet is different and various species benefit from different environmental considerations. When we talk about the “needs” of

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Why is it important that your pet is vet checked if its behaviour changes?

The lovely dog in the video below is doing and exercise with his owner where he needs to “stay” and “look” for his treats. It a good example of how management is different for individuals who may have a physical

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The history of dominance style training

This video helps give the facts of how dog training has been held back in comparison to the methods used for other animals. It is upsetting to see that it has taken some terrible experiences for owners and their pets

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Link to a fun video about dog behaviours

I really like this video. Body language in dogs (helpful also for children) It was shared to me over a year ago by a friend and behaviour colleague. I find it helpful because parents and children can all benefit from

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Training Cats

Of course cats can be trained! Here is an example: People often think that cats can’t be trained. This may be due to the use of punishment and aversive techniques that have been incorporated into much of our animal training

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Basic learning principles

Another interesting article after scientific research: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-urge-rethink-monty-roberts-horse.html#jCp Operant conditioning is what we use when we train an animal. It is also how children learn their behaviours. It is how every individual of every animal species learns to live in a way

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A great loss: Dr Sophia Yin will be missed

The veterinary community and many pet owners around the world have benefitted greatly from the advice and education offered by Dr Sophia Yin. She has helped the world recognise the importance of behaviour medicine and has used media to show

OCD and other mental illness in pets: A TED talk.

This TED talk by Dr Laurel Braitman s fabulous. It really makes clear to people that some pets have issues and just need help. Owners with troubled pets would find a connection with this and might feel less alone with

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