Archive for March, 2014

Five simple steps to preventing separation-related behaviour in dogs

Border terrier puppy lying down © Andrew Forsyth / RSPCA Photolibrary

From time to time, almost every dog owner will have to leave their dog home alone. And, when you do you want to know that they are safe and happy – right?

So, you check there’s fresh water available, that favourite toys can be found and perhaps leave them a special treat. But, what else can you do to make sure that your canine companion understands that being left alone is only ever temporary and that there is absolutely nothing … continue reading ››

In defence of Staffies

Smiling Rosie the Staffie © RSPCA

I always wanted a dog, but never thought I would end up with a Staffie.

My journey to staffie love began at the animal centre where I volunteer, where I first met a large, grumpy looking Staffie called Rosie.

Since this little creature came into my life, she has changed it completely. She has turned it upside down, inside out and given it a centre.

Let me tell you a bit about Rosie. Firstly, she is a bit … continue reading ››

Giving up a pet

Female mastiff-cross and male pointer-cross © RSPCA

When we bring an animal into our lives, it should be for the rest of that animal’s life. The decisions we make should always include the animal as a part of the family and our plans may need changing to fit the animal in.

That means seeking expert help if you can’t cope with your animal’s behaviour or using professional dog walking services. It means riding out the rough times to get to a better place.

Getting it right for … continue reading ››