Dr Google provides a minefield of pet care information and alot of it can be outdated, inaccurate and dangerous.. so we’ve compiled a list of websites for you that we find extremely helpful:
Our body language taster course
Dogs can’t speak to us but they can through their body language. I created this course to help spread the word about how our dogs may be communicating how they are feeling to us. I hope this will prevent stress and dog bites. You can sign up here.
Body language guides – Sophia Yin.
Companion animal care advice
The group your dog would want you to join! – Dog enrichment fun!
Helpful advice about Rabbit care via RAW.
The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors have a list of downloadable tips (for guardians of companion animals).
Children and pet care
Fantastic downloadable educational posters by Lili Chin which range from dog body language to walks with your dog.
The Blue Dog Project promotes safe relationships between children and our canine companions.
This video is one to watch first before sharing with your children as some may find it sad. It spreads an important message about how children shouldn’t interact with their pets. A language tip to say to the child is “the dog doesn’t feel safe when you do that”, rather than saying “the dog doesn’t like it” as they may retort back and say “I have to do lots of things I don’t like!” and not take it seriously.
Saying goodbye to your pet
There is caring and non-judgemental pet loss support from Shailen Jasani and the team the Ralph Site. They have lots of supportive articles to read through and a community Facebook page too. If you’d like to speak to someone in person you can contact the pet bereavement support line provided by the Blue Cross. It’s open from 8:30am – 8:30pm on 0800 096 6606.
Catio’s and puzzle feeders
Protectapet have range of cat fencing solutions including catio’s which mean you can access the outdoors without going further afield than the garden. Please email me for an exclusive discount code that entitles you to £50 off every order over £400.
Support for you and your pet
Pet care options and advice for elderly persons who need volunteer support with walks for their dog can be found at The Cinnamon Trust.
The Dog’s Trust’s Freedom Project provides temporary foster care in Herts and London for dogs whose families are fleeing domestic violence.
If your pet requires out of hours veterinary care, 24 hour vets in the St Albans Area are The Village Vet and the RVC. If possible it’s always best to give them a call beforehand to tell them the situation.
Adopting a pet
The Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme aims to promote good dog breeding practices and to help puppy owners find responsible breeders.
Information about caring for animals
The Animal Welfare Act is a piece of legislation which aims to ensure that animals are not mistreated by humans, whether through improper care or sheer cruelty.
If you plan to welcome a pet into your life this is a very helpful list of financial, logistical, work and social commitments that you may need to consider.