Some recent news
An article where Lisa discusses the pro’s and con’s of a cattery stay vs a pet sitter for a cat’s wellbeing while their guardian’s are away.
St Albans business woman is invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate Prince Charles’
70th Birthday Patronage.
City’s pet services owner invited to speak to Marisa Heath from the APGAW in Parliament.
St Albans start-up pet care business gets support from The Prince’s Trust.
Hello, thank you for coming to read my blog. There’s just a trigger warning before you read it: the blog makes reference to pet loss and wellbeing in the vet community so if these subjects are a trigger for you, you may not wish to continue reading. I was really lucky...read more
Resource guarding is a really important topic that I don’t think enough people are aware of – I know I wasn’t when I first started working with dogs. Resource guarding can occur when a dog feels threatened that you’re going to take an item that they think is of great...read more
Just like humans animals need to be mentally challenged and experience new things or we become bored, less inquisitive and sometimes less intelligent. Like us, if pets are bored they will find their own entertainment. If we’re bored we may overeat or wind people up to...read more
On a few separate occasions I’ve been out walking dogs and I’ve been asked if they're rescue dogs. One of the dog’s was on the lead, as requested by her guardian, due to her recall. The other dog is a bit nervous around dogs bouncing up to her (fair enough!) while...read more
Congratulations, you’ve welcomed a new puppy into your heart and home. Here’s a list of commandments to follow when you embark on your new life with your puppy: If you have a crate for your puppy then make their crate a safe haven ; somewhere where a puppy...read more
Get creative with cardboard! Those of you who have cats will know that they love cardboard and high places. A chap called Sam combined these two things an made an enchanted cardboard house for his cherished kitty Denni:...read more
Pica is also known as eating and/or chewing non- nutritious substances like cloth, wool or plastic bags. It’s common in oriental breeds such as the Siamese, Tokenise and Burmese, which suggests there may be a genetic component to the behaviour. John Bradshaw, in his...read more
There’s some terminology in the animal training world that I think can be easy to get confused about so I wanted to list some information about positive and negative reinforcement and punishment. With positive I think of a plus sign so it's always adding something and...read more
As a cat sitter I often wonder and get asked why cats do certain things so I’ve compiled a list of behaviours that our feline friends display and the reasons behind them. Purr It was commonly thought that cats only purr when they’re happy – kittens would suckle milk...read more
I first heard about the concept of trigger stacking when I went on Grisha Stewart’s Behaviour Adjustment Training Course with my colleague, and it totally made sense to me – in life with dogs and my own life! I’ll start with some definitions: So a trigger is defined...read more