Pet care advice

Behaviour, training and welfare tips from our experts

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New cat

Setting up your home ready for your new cat to help them settle in quickly

Cats, Adopters, Cat behaviour

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New dog

How to help your new friend settle in and start to build a bond

Dogs, Adopters, Dog behaviour

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Dog adoption timeline

What to expect in the weeks and months after adopting a dog

Dogs, Adopters, Dog behaviour

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Making your home cat-friendly

If you make your home a comfortable environment for a cat, they will spend more time with you and so be a more rewarding pet. 

Cats, Adopters, Cat behaviour

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Secure room set up for cats

How to set up a secure room for newly-adopted cats, or nervous cats

Cats, Adopters

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Changing your pet's diet

Tips on weaning your pet onto a new diet to avoid upset tummies

Adopters, Pet health

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Letting your cat outside

Letting your cat outside for the first time is nerve-racking! Here are some tips on how to prepare your cat for their next adventure 

Cats, Adopters, Cat behaviour

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Quiet walks

 What is a 'quiet walk'? 

Dogs, Adopters, Dog behaviour

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Housetraining

Toileting and even not-toileting are common frustrations in dog ownership. Here's our advice on encouraging housetraining in dogs.

Dogs, Dog training, Adopters, Dog behaviour

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Introducing cats and dogs to each other

If the introduction is done carefully, dogs and cats can learn to live happily together, even if they don't become 'best friends'. 

Cats, Dogs, Dog behaviour, Cat behaviour

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Introducing cats to each other

Cats are solitary but can form friendships, here's our tips for helping that feline friendship blossom.

Cats, Adopters, Cat behaviour

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Free-roaming and Community cats

The set up you need, and first steps to owning a more independent cat

Cats, Adopters, Welfare

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FIV cats

What is FIV and how can it affect a cat?

Cats, Pet health

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Nervous cats

Here's our advice for understanding and bonding with a nervous cat

Cats, Cat behaviour

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Becoming friends with a nervous cat

This is a guide to some socialisation and befriending a cat that is hiding and wary.

Cats, Cat behaviour

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We love muzzles!

Why muzzles are beneficial, choosing a good muzzle and how to train your dog to wear one

Dogs, Dog training, Dog behaviour

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Crates for dogs

Crates can be great to treat some behaviour issues and also as a nice place for your dog to retreat to.

Dogs, Dog training

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Nervous dogs

There are lots of different reasons that your dog might be nervous of new people, or in new situations - we say don’t worry about why but focus on spotting the signs and taking action.   

Dogs, Dog behaviour

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When dogs are anxious about being left alone

Separation is when your dog is anxious without you. Here's how to spot the symptoms, and some tips for setting your dog up for success.

Dogs, Dog behaviour

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Meeting and greeting other dogs

Most dogs want to meet others and it is important for them to have the opportunity to display their natural social behaviours and improve their doggie greetings.

Dogs, Dog behaviour

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Introducing dogs with Parallel Walking

A technique for helping dogs meet each other

Dogs, Dog training, Dog behaviour

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Walking with a reactive dog

Tips for coping with your everyday walks

Dogs, Dog training, Dog behaviour

Dog showing avoidance and calming signals

Stranger danger!

Helping your anxious dog cope when meeting new human friends

Dogs, Dog behaviour

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Mine! Guarding in dogs

Dogs guard what is precious to them, but it is possible to live with a guarding dog with a little two-way understanding.

Dogs, Dog training, Dog behaviour

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Games with your dog

Keeping a dog mentally stimulated will prevent behaviour problems such as barking, being destructive or over-grooming. Let’s beat that boredom!

Dogs, Adopters, Dog behaviour

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Focus and attention games

Great commands to build a bond and keep them close

Dogs, Dog training, Adopters

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Play with your cat!

Playing with your cat increases your bond, encourages them to stay closer to home, and reduces the urge to kill wildlife outside.

Cats, Adopters, Cat behaviour, Welfare

Happy cat with their owner

Leaving cats alone

Everything you need to know 

Cats, Welfare

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Cats on counters

We give you our advice for more positive training.

Cats, Cat behaviour, Cat training

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Living with pets and allergies

Pets are just one of the triggers for allergies including asthma attacks, but some simple steps may be enough to mean that you can keep your pet and control your allergy.

Cats, Dogs, Welfare

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Keeping cats cool in hot weather

Our top tips for keeping your pet safe and happy in summer weather

Cats, Pet health, Cat behaviour, Welfare

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Keeping dogs cool in hot weather

Our tips for keeping your hound cool and safe in the summer.

Dogs, Pet health, Welfare

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Walking your dog in hot weather

If the weather is warm, exercise can be too much for our dogs.

Dogs, Pet health, Welfare

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Helping your pets in cold weather

Keep your cats and dogs safe and cosy when the temperature drops

Cats, Dogs, Welfare

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Houseplants and pets

Most of the time, houseplants and pets get along just fine but it is worth knowing about potential dangers.

Cats, Dogs

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Chocolate and pets

Chocolate is very toxic to both cats and dogs

Welfare

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