How to make vet trips less stressful for your dog

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I remember getting a ‘Thank you’ card from a client with a lovely picture on the front, of a lurcher in a car looking out of the window. Underneath it says, ‘Park, not vets. Park, not vets.’ It’s a cute card, but as a vet and behaviourist it also makes me a bit sad that the patients we care for …

Lewis the Trouble Maker No Longer

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The troublemaker of the house is a 5kg Pug, called Lewis. Lewis is frightened of people and dogs he hasn’t met before which results in him barking like crazy and, in the case of other dogs, actually having a go at them. The behaviourist I went to for help recommended Breakthrough to help settle Lewis. I was incredibly sceptical that …

Emotional support for dogs with firework phobia

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As autumn approaches we should be teaching owners how to help their dogs cope with fireworks. Many owners leave it far too late to seek help and advice until the first ‘bang’! There are several approaches to treatment of firework phobia (and other noise phobias) – pheromone therapy, diet change, body wraps and in severe cases medication, but what we …

Keeping dogs & horses safe on walks

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Now the days are longer, dog walkers and horse riders will be taking advantage of the early evening light and sharing many routes. It is important that both groups learn to anticipate the behaviour of each other’s animals. Dogs that are unfamiliar with horses can start barking if they catch sight of one or even set off after them in …

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Weasel’s rehabilitation has continued in leaps and bounds

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Weasel, a female Lurcher, was found as a stray aged about 9 months in Essex, possibly having been abandoned by travellers.  She was taken to a rescue centre where it was clear that she was very anxious, fearful of strangers and other dogs. It took several meetings before she was comfortable around Nicky’s three other dogs. Luckily she was adopted …

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We’ve noticed a huge difference, definitely a calmer, more relaxed Murphy…..

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Murphy, a collie x kelpie, was adopted at the age of 5 by his current owners in 2012. His previous owners had owned him from a pup but had struggled with both his aggressive behaviour towards them and his noise phobia, and his separation related anxiety was getting steadily worse. On top of it all, due to their increasing work …

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Ruby is now confident and happy

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Ruby is a 3 year-old Chihuahua who sadly had unpleasant start in life in her first home and as a result became highly fearful, and was ultimately returned to her breeder. Shortly afterwards she was found a loving home with someone who took her on promising to do their best to repair the damage and who, very usefully was also …

Finally! A diet that works!

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“I work at a Veterinary Surgery and spend a lot of time advising Clients on Specialist Diets and Calming Products. In the meantime I rescued a Springer Spaniel (Archie) abandoned here a year ago. He has the most fabulous temperament, however it soon became apparent that he had not been well socialised or lived indoors. He would also have intermittent …