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  1. Fireworks - Don’t Reinforce the Fear?

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    People-fireworks

    As we are less than two weeks away from the dreaded fireworks season, it seemed like a good time to blog about what you can do to help pets that are scared of them. 

    Many dog and cat owners see their pets shaking, hiding, drooling, pacing and episodes of diarrhoea in response to fireworks and well meaning friends often advise “if you don’t make a fuss, they will learn they have nothing to worry about”.  Whilst this may seem like sensible advice, this is actually quite a complex issue and needs a little more understanding about both training and emotions, to really address it well. 

  2. The Confident Dog

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    ForPaws Dog and Puppy Training Classes in Milland, West Sussex and Godalming, Surrey

    When families decide that they want to bring home a puppy, they dream of a happy, confident dog who is able to accompany them wherever they go in their lives.  Their new puppy is bright, extrovert and eager to get into everything with them – and they assume that this period will last forever.  Often however, around 18 weeks of age they start to notice changes in their puppy’s behaviour and they are confused as to why their outgoing and friendly puppy is increasingly fearful and maybe showing signs of aggression.  What has caused this change? 

  3. Breakthrough - A Diet to Brighten Your Dog's Day!

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    Before Breakthrough Alice was a very nervous dogSome of my lovely customers and friends will know that for some time now I have been helping with studies on a new diet designed to help dogs showing behaviour problems.

    The affect of diet on behaviour is a fascinating subject.  Professional and secular opinions on the topic are often conflicting, probably because the desired outcome from feeding a specific diet can be so varied.  Whether a diet is ‘successful’ in meeting this outcome is subjective and may depend on the perceived effect on a dog’s coat, appearance, weight and musculature, their dietary tolerance for the food or general health.  Putting the placebo affect aside here, many owners have been able to successfully manage and control various health problems with dietary manipulations, resulting in a large market for dog food and supplements.  Each dog is individual and a ‘perfect diet’ for an individual dog will be based not only on the needs of the dog, but what the owner wants to do and achieve with that dog.  A working border collie will have differing nutritional requirements to a show collie.