Hazel Carter

Pet Behaviourist


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Helpful Tips and Advice

  • When you want a quick response from your dog, e.g. coming when called, use a high excited voice and rapid hand and body signals.
  • When you want your dog to be quiet and still, e.g., a down stay, use a low calm voice and make all body and hand movements slow.
  • Your dog will learn faster with five, five-minute sessions, rather than one twenty five minute session.
  • Always teach hand signals for work and play so you can communicate and enjoy your pet if it becomes deaf in old age.
  • Always have the same house rules and stick to them.
  • Remember to start teaching a puppy at "nursery" level not "A" level This should start the day you bring it home.
  • Let sleeping pups lie.
  • Reward good behaviour and ignore unwanted behaviour if possible.
  • New cat or kitten? Plan well in advance and carefully supervise gradual introductions to residents.
  • Make early car journeys short and enjoyable for both cats and dogs.
  • Prevention is better than cure, don't let bad habits start.
  • Start short gentle grooming sessions with your puppy or kitten so it is relaxed and confident when being handled as an adult.
  • Bored and frustrated pets make their own amusements with teeth, paws and claws. Walks, work and play keep a dog happy every day.