Are you over it yet? The new year rush to be the better, brighter, fitter you (I’m sure the current you is just fabulous)? Has the biscuit tin been restored to its rightful place next to the kettle and tea bags? Is Davina’s (love Davina) new fitness DVD case being used as a coaster yet?
Over the last 20 years the use of crates has grown in popularity and most people’s perception has changed from viewing them as a negative, a cage, to realising they can be a really helpful aid in training if used correctly. In fact, when you research about getting a new puppy they are often listed as an essential piece of equipment.
Inevitably, at some point your dog will find hiself home alone. Unfortunately if not prepared correctly, many dogs find this isolation hard to cope with and can easily become stressed. Some will even develop a behavioural problem known as separation anxiety. To avoid problems occurring you can use techniques to teach your dog to be relaxed when alone. This results in them becoming confident when alone and secure in the knowledge you will return.
Dreary, cloudy, damp days, with the Christmas glitter behind us and all those New Year resolutions just about hanging in there is the classic time for starting the next fitness regime. So let’s get launched into 2018, eat healthy food and get you and your dogs fit, celebrating that the longer days are returning. I can already just about see on my morning walk with Tali rather than guessing where the path is and hoping it hasn’t moved!
Christmas is the time for giving and the most common time for dogs to receive toys from you, your friends and relatives. This is when you must be the responsible guardian in their lives and make sure that those well-meaning gifts are safe for your dog and sometimes simply smile sweetly, say thank you and pop the unsuitable presents away, safely out of reach!
When the leaves have finally fallen from the trees, our gardens start looking bare and we all start spending more time inside, many of us turn to colourful winter houseplants and bring greenery indoors, especially at Christmas time. This can all look and smell lovely but can be a major hazard for inquisitive cats and dogs.
For many years the word bacteria has usually been associated with something bad i.e. something needing an antibiotic to get rid of. More recently however, the understanding that animals and humans also have ‘friendly’ bacteria, has become accepted and most of us are familiar with the use of probiotics to replace ‘friendly’ bacteria in sick animals or animals that have had antibiotics.