Free articles and advice written by Caroline Clark, a fully qualified member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), a registered clinical animal behaviourist with the Association of Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) and registered veterinary nurse.
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January 7th, 2019

Hazards for our Dogs in January!

After consuming all those goodies at Christmas, many of us are thinking about starting the New Year with a weight reduction and keep fit campaign but there are many potential hazards for our pets in January! Xylitol For dieters, lots...

December 3rd, 2018

Help! My Cats Don’t Get On

“Help! my cats don’t get on” is a frequent call I get from cat owners. It usually follows after another cat is introduced to keep an existing cat company. But do cats need a friend? The short answer is generally NO!...

October 23rd, 2018

The Overly Bonded Parrot

A common problem that arises for parrot owners’ is the bird that becomes overly bonded to one particular member of the household. Aggression can be shown to other members of the family, especially when they are in close proximity of...

September 3rd, 2018

Living with a Blind Cat – Top Tips

Cats and other animals always amaze me at the way they adapt to disabilities. This is certainly the case when caring for one that loses their sight. Cats that go blind suddenly often need more time to adapt but, although it’s easier if...

June 4th, 2018

Cats Suffer From High Blood Pressure Too

At 7 years of age and above, most cats are still playful and may appear youthful but there is an increasing risk of feline age-related problems developing. Hypertension (often referred to as high blood pressure) is a medical condition...

April 17th, 2018

Dog First Aid – Adder Bites

Now that it’s spring and the weather is warming up, most of us will be planning some lovely long walks with the dog. Whilst out and about, it’s possible to come across an Adder basking in the sunshine as they emerge from their...

March 26th, 2018

Sharing a Healthy Life with Your Dog

Keeping in good shape mentally and physically makes sense for all of us and sharing a healthy life with your dog means that you can live life well together. Obesity is not only a human problem. In fact, according to the Kennel Club,...

February 22nd, 2018

Are Dogs Like Us?

Working as a canine behaviour counsellor means that I often have to help people understand why their dogs react or behave in a particular way. Attributing human emotions can be unhelpful Often misunderstandings arise because owners...

January 25th, 2018

Feline Aggression – Causes and Treatment

Aggression is a broad term. In the cat it ranges from hissing and growling right up to a full blown attack. However this description doesn’t tell us anything about what is motivating the cat to show aggression. In most cases cats...

December 1st, 2017

Avoid Calamities for your Cat this Christmas

Now that the festive season is upon us there will be lots of preparations for Christmas. Whilst this is a happy time for most of us, it can bring about additional stress and potential problems for our feline family members. Here is the...

October 26th, 2017

Canine Poisoning – Hazards in Autumn

Now that the days of summer have slipped by we all begin to turn our thoughts to events like Halloween, Bonfire night and preparations for Christmas. There’s lots of activity going on in the kitchen with Christmas fare and warm...

September 18th, 2017

Lungworm – is your dog at risk?

Lungworm is a potentially fatal disease affecting the dog. Evidence indicates that it continues to spread across the UK.  Read all about this potentially fatal disease and find out why monthly treatment is essential to prevent the...

August 12th, 2017

Spotlight on the Pug Dog

This is the first of a series of short blogs about different dog breeds. Each article looks at some of their traits and first aid situations or health related issues that the breed may be susceptible to.  This article spotlights the...

June 15th, 2017

Did You Know That Dogs Can Get Diabetes Too?

This week is Diabetes week but did you know that this disease doesn’t just affect humans? In fact Diabetes Mellitus (to give it its full name) is one of the most common endocrine conditions seen in dogs. The term endocrine relates to...

July 26th, 2016

Dealing with Fear Aggression

Fear Aggression One of the most common problems I am asked to give seminars on, or help pet owners with, is “aggression”. However this label can be very misleading. Aggression is a response to something in the environment....

March 9th, 2016

Problems with your dog in the car?

Now that Spring is in the air we all start to turn our attention to going on holiday.  Packing up the car for a day’s outing with our dog should be something to look forward to.  Unfortunately, for some dogs this isn’t the case....

January 14th, 2016

Bunny Behaviour Blog

There are an estimated 1.3 million rabbits kept as pets in the UK. However despite their rise in popularity many of their basic behavioural and welfare needs are not always being met. Pet rabbits are not far removed from their wild...

September 20th, 2015

Top Tips for Muzzle Training Your Dog

As a veterinary nurse, behaviourist and animal first aider, there have been many times when I have had to use or recommend the use of a muzzle. Muzzles can be used for a number of reasons including: To prevent your dog from scavenging...

August 19th, 2015

How to crate train your dog

Training your dog to use a crate or cage is a great idea for your dog and your property’s safety. A crate provides a safe, comfortable haven for your dog, like a play pen for a toddler.  It should never be used as a form of punishment....

June 13th, 2015

Help your dog keep its cool in the sunshine

At last some warm weather is her is here! But this can be bad news for your dog if they overheat. We’ve all heard about the dangers of hypothermia in winter, but what about hyperthermia? What is hyperthermia? Hyperthermia is when a...

March 26th, 2015

TV appearance about cat behaviour

Recently I have helped out with a forthcoming programme on cat behaviour for Channel 5.  The documentary is to help educate cat owners understand their cats’ problem behaviours. The aim is to improve the...

March 1st, 2015

Robbie’s the star in First Aid for Pets

I recently taught a lovely group of very keen pet owners in Harrogate about First Aid for their four-legged friends. They were delighted to feel confident enough to respond in an emergency situation. A willing assistant...

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