Keeping your Pet safe in Summer

Keeping your Pet safe in Summer

Summer can mean lots of fun outside with our pets. But with this summer being predicted to be one of the hottest with soaring temperatures, we need to take the appropriate steps to protect our beloved animals. Whether you take them for a walk down the street, a ride in the car, or just out in the yard to play, the heat can be extremely hard on them. With this in mind, we caught up with animal behaviourist, Laura V, to hear her top tips on how we can ensure our best furry or feathered friends can enjoy summertime as much as the rest of us, without encountering the risks of overheating.
Category:Pet Care
Why Does My Cat Do That? – Common Questions and Answers on Cat Behaviour

Why Does My Cat Do That? – Common Questions and Answers on Cat Behaviour

Have you ever asked yourself "Why does my cat do that?". Well, cats have strange hobbies. Some like to hide in boxes, some like to scratch your couch, and some like to bring you presents from outside. If you’ve wondered why cats have these quirky behaviours, wonder no more! We’ve asked our animal behaviourist expert, Laura V to explain these unusual behaviours, and give you an insight into the world of your cat. 
Category:Pet Care
How to Relax More – Dr. Happy’s Top Tips

How to Relax More – Dr. Happy’s Top Tips

I’m so busy. I’m so stressed. I’m so exhausted; sleep deprived; burned out! These are frighteningly common responses, these days, to the simple question “How are you?” According to Dr. Happy, "Stress and anxiety have become so common place and accepted that many of us have forgotten life doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, too many people have come to embrace these states of being, thinking they’re helping us function and perform better. So, what’s the answer? What would it be like to have fewer factors causing stress and anxiety?"  In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy shares some simple strategies that will help us to learn how to keep calm and relaxed despite the common stressors in our lives. 

Category:Mental Health
Reasons Why Your Pet is Being Naughty

Reasons Why Your Pet is Being Naughty

How can you raise a pet to trust and respect you, without challenging your guidance, pushing your boundaries and occasionally being badly behaved? HIF Pet Care blogger, Laura V told us, "Well, if I must be honest, you can’t. All relationships at some point are faced with interpersonal challenges. Successful relationships however, face these with Consistency, Patience and Respect, or as I like to call it CPR. As a behaviourist, I try to get people to understand that naughtiness is a symptom of underlying issues, which is generally frustration and anxiety. Once we identify the cause of the unwanted quirks, we can help our beloved pets to overcome them." With this in mind, we caught up with Laura to hear how we can implement her CPR approach successfully, to get less naughty and more nice out of our best mates.

Category:Pet Care
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