Books

Would you like to have a deeper understanding of your animal, their behaviour and perhaps your own?

Love Is All You Need – Jennifer Arnold

The revolutionary Bond-Based approach to educating your dog.

Jennifer Arnold is constantly pushing the boundaries of traditional thought through bond-based choice teaching which simplifies dog training. Dogs who know they are loved, feel safe enough to learn to make good choices for themselves and a desire to see the person they love happy. Dogs are naturally attuned to their owners’ needs and emotions and if owners are attuned in return, they truly become ‘man’s best friend’. Within this book Jennifer talks about how she uses this simple approach to educate service dogs and utilise their full potential way beyond what is imaginable.

Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behaviour & Evolution – Raymond Coppinger, Lorna Coppinger

A very convincing theory of dog evolution. This book suggests that dogs initially self domesticated themselves when man started living in settlements, scavenging off their waste, which they still do in many parts of the world. Interestingly dogs and wolves share a common ancestor, while wolves have become smaller since the last ice age, dogs have evolved enormously to suit their wide range of environments. Highly recommended read, giving an insight into understanding our canine friends.

Don’t Shoot the Dog! The New Art of Teaching and Training – Karen Pryor

…. or CAT!!

The secrets of using positive reinforcement to change behaviour in pets, children, even yourself, without yelling …. or shooting the dog!

Author Karen Pryor talks about her experiences as a behavioural biologist. She has trained chickens, dolphins and zoo animals, just to name a few, all using the principles of training with positive reinforcement. Since this book was first published in 2002, positive reinforcement has really caught on in all walks of life.

Inside of a Dog What Dogs See, Smell, and Know – Alexandra Horowitz

This book describes the sensory world of dogs, giving an insight into how dogs see the world, each other and humans. If you are going to buy one book, buy this one!

Interestingly, most dogs eyes are situated more laterally on their heads than ours, giving a 260 degree panoramic view of their environment. This explains why they do not see a toy right in front of their nose, but run off after a squirrel that you have only just seen. Unlike ourselves, vision plays an accessory role to olfaction (smell). Dogs are also much more attuned to body language than we are as we rely on our use of complex speech.

The Culture Clash – Jean Donaldson

Dog friendly dog training!! This book changes the way we see dogs, enabling us to view the world from a dog’s point of view, which makes our behaviour towards dogs change for the better. Highly recommended for all dog owners, or better still anyone who is thinking of getting a dog.

Useful Websites

Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors – Pet Tips and Articles

The APBC is an international network of experienced and qualified pet behaviour counsellors who work on referral from veterinary surgeons to treat behaviour problems in dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses and other pets. APBC members are able to offer the time and expertise necessary to investigate the causes of unwanted behaviour in pets, and outline practical treatment plans that are suitable for their clients’ circumstances.

The APBC also runs seminars and workshops for its members, veterinarians, and members of the public interested in the field of pet behaviour therapy and dog training.

Socialising your Puppy – Blue Cross

Socialisation is the process by which puppies learn to relate appropriately to people and other animals. It involves meeting and having pleasant encounters with as many adults, children, dogs and other animals as possible. It also involves becoming used to a wide range of events, environments and situations.

Sound Therapy for Pets – Dogs Trust

Dogs that are safely and gradually exposed to many different experiences, including loud noises, during their essential socialisation period of 3 to 16 weeks of age, are often able to cope more effectively with novel, frightening sounds like fireworks or loud engine noises. The free downloads available through the link, together with their corresponding how-to-guides, contain a collection of specifically recorded noises that all puppies need to get used to, including domestic noises, traffic, fireworks and thunder.

Cat Care leaflets, Essential Guides – Cat Protection

Essential Guides series tells you everything you need to know about responsible cat ownership.

Socialising your cat – Cat Protection

Preparing a kitten to cope with the challenges he will be faced with throughout his life has a huge impact on his lifelong welfare. While we know that cat behaviour is influenced by a variety of different factors including genetics and specific learning experiences, there is a complex interplay between nature and nurture.

Dog Walking

Double Ended Leads

Whether you and your dog prefer to use a collar, harness or head collar I cannot emphasis enough how important it is to have a long lead that can ideally be adjustable in length. This will make walking so much more enjoyable, allowing your dog to stiff and catch you up with the flexibility to shorten it next to busy roads.

Environmental Enrichment

Catit UK

Cat environmental enrichment products including water fountains, food trees, play circuits, scratchers and self groomers.

KONGS

Highly recommended to enrich your dogs environment particularly when you are out. Try putting some of your dogs breakfast inside or smear it with cream cheese.

Lickimats

Lickimats are designed as tasty boredom busters for cats or dogs.

Dog Dens

Dens can help provide dogs with protection and security particularly when something scary happens (bin day, fireworks, DIY) and/or their care giver is unavailable or out.

Pheromone Therapy

ADAPTIL pheromone therapy sends “comforting messages” to help puppies and dogs feel calm and relaxed in stressful situations.