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Pebbles in a can???!!!

So yet again, I have seen a dog with a clinical mental health disorder who has been subjected to this bizarre training technique. Many people assume that a dog that is not behaving in a way the client wishes simply

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The puppy farm effect…

The full text of this article goes into the scientific detail behind the high risk of behavioural problems that develop in dogs coming from puppy farming situations. The Victorian government instituted laws in 2015-2016 that greatly improve dog welfare by

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Reducing fear responses in cattle shows evidence for improved health

It is great to see that there is becoming more recognition of the role of anxiety and fear in the health of our farmed animals. This is a good article showing the importance of reducing fear in future situations by

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Sally is now a VIN consultant

In the veterinary world, we are lucky to have Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an internet resource developed in the United States where, among other things, any member veterinarians can seek advice for difficult cases from those who have done postgraduate

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Desexing as a treatment for aggression

When working in India with street dogs, dog fights between entire dogs were common and desexing was beneficial at reducing the incidence of aggression in dogs and dog fighting. In that environment, desexing certainly helped because there was regular competition

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Environmental Enrichment of cats part 2

Environmental enrichment isn’t just about making an environment fun and stimulating, it is also about arranging the environment so that the animal can feel comfortable and at ease. Cats like to have access to places where they can hide away

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Pets and infants

Many have heard the horrific news a few days ago about a baby being attacked in the face by the family dog: A usually placid dog, it came as a shock to the parents of the child. They love their dog

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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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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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