Dementia in Dogs

Behaviour changes might not be just due to old age. Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) is a dementia-like syndrome that occurs in approximately 12-14% of older dogs more than 10 years of age. It is similar to human Alzheimer's dementia. CCD is caused by physical and chemical changes in the brain ... Read more »

Say No to Choke Chains!

Choke or check chains have been around for many years and are often recommended in dog training classes. They are designed to stop dogs pulling on a lead through the application of pain. Do they work? No, or we wouldn’t keep seeing handlers continually jerking on the chain! There ... Read more »

Puppy Socialisation: Why Is It So Important?

Puppies aren't born knowing how to live with humans! Socialisation is the process during which puppies develop positive relationships with other living beings. The most sensitive period for successful socialisation is during the first 3 – 4 months of life. This is when sociability outweighs fear and is the most important ... Read more »

Pheromones for De-Stressing Pets

Pheromones are chemical signals secreted by animals for communicating with members of the same species. During lactation, for example, female dogs secrete a pheromone that reassures their pups when they are close to them. Synthetic copies of these natural pheromones have been developed to assist management of stress-related problems in ... Read more »

Recognising Fear and Anxiety in Pets

Fear and anxiety are the underlying factors for many of the behaviour problems seen in practice. Many pets with recurrent medical problems, such as vomiting, diarrhoea or skin problems, may also have anxiety as the underlying issue. The problem is, an anxious or fearful pet is more likely to bite. ... Read more »

No More Guilty Dogs, Please!

A common misconception is that a dog behaves badly because it is getting back at us. We think this is so because it looks guilty when we come home and discover the mess. But dogs don't actually have the capacity for complex human emotions such as guilt and revenge. Unfortunately, ... Read more »