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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

Laura V
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. 
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Reasons Why Your Pet is Being Naughty

Reasons Why Your Pet is Being Naughty

Laura V

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.

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Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Barking!

Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Barking!

Laura V
Barking is one of those behaviours that is a dog’s bread and butter of communication. But how do we show our dogs that we are listening to what they have to say, without encouraging them to bark…too much? And, if our dog does bark here and there, is it fair to ask them to stop completely? In her latest article for HIF, animal behaviourist expert, Laura V, explains the reasons why your dog may be barking and how you can manage this. 
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How to Socialise Your Dog

How to Socialise Your Dog

Laura V
How can you help your dogs to become and stay socialised? In her latest article for HIF, animal behaviourst Laura V,  provides her top ten tips to help not just puppy owners looking for the best ways to socialise their new family member, but also those who may have adopted a dog or who have always struggled with their dog's social skills. Click through to the article to learn how to manage the most common issues in social settings. 
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Top Ten Tips For Anxious Dogs

Top Ten Tips For Anxious Dogs

Laura V
Do you have a shy or nervous dog, or a dog who's anxious in new situations? You can help them feel more calm and relaxed with these top ten tips from our animal behaviourist, Laura V. According to Laura, "Anxiety is the most common cause of unwanted behaviours. So, when training your dog to be better behaved, whether that be walking alongside you on lead, reducing their barking or not digging up the backyard, it pays to ask yourself ‘why’ they are doing it in the first place. How is your dog feeling? What sort of temperament does your dog have? Are you pushing their limits? Are you observing the signs of anxiety? If we start to ask ourselves why our dog is suffering and what part we are playing in it, we can start to understand how to resolve issues and move forward." Click through to the article to read how you can help change the way your dog sees the world.
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How to Puppy Proof Your Home

How to Puppy Proof Your Home

Laura V
Taking a new puppy home is a very exciting and nerve-wracking time! It’s time start putting some safety boundaries in place, ones that keep your prized possessions free of needle-sharp puppy teeth and ones that keep that precious little canine away from potentially harmful human objects. With this in mind, we caught up with animal behaviourist Laura V from Dognitive Therapy to hear her top tips on puppy proofing your home. 
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Why the Breed of Your Dog Will Affect Your Pet Insurance Premium

Why the Breed of Your Dog Will Affect Your Pet Insurance Premium

HIF Australia
You may not be aware that pet insurance premiums are influenced by the breed and age of the dog that you want to get covered. But why is this? What is it about different breeds that make some so expensive to insure, and others much cheaper? In this article, money and insurance expert, Bessie Hassan from Finder.com.au explains why breed affects your dog’s pet insurance premium.
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