Books

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

Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior & Evolution

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!

…. 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.

This book describes the sensory world of dogs, giving an insight into how dogs see the world, each other and humans.

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

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

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

Fire works night may seem a long way away, but if your pet gets anxious and or scared it maybe worth trying a FREE desensitisation programme in advance.

Sounds Scary can help your dog deal with distressing noises such as fireworks. Sounds Scary is not only backed by years of clinical experience, it is also scientifically proven to be safe, effective and easy to use.

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.

Environmental Enrichment

Catit UK

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

KONG Classic

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.