Polite Pets Month at Moffat Beach Vets 2017

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Polite Pets Month March 2017
March is Polite Pets Month where we focus on preventing and treating behavioural problems in our furry friends. More than half  of all pets suffer from behavioural problems. In fact, behaviour problems are now considered to be the number one reason for euthanasia in pets (especially those under 1 year of age). So, put your best foot forward towards your armchair and spend a few minutes catching up on the latest news. Read about our puppy preschool classes and pick up some training tips for your pets. Meet Didga the Guiness Book of Records Cat. Watch Dr Katrina Warren's video about itchy pets. Baby (the birdy clinic mascot) give us his tips on "polite people" training.
Do you have a new best friend?:

Puppy preschool is a great way to introduce a young puppy to obedience training and will see you well on the way to having a polite pet. Our classes are held at the clinic on Saturday mornings at 8.30 for puppies ages 8-12 weeks. This is the critical learning stage when puppies gain important socialisation skills and learn the basics of being a well behaved pet. As Veterinarians and pet lovers we believe it is much easier to give your puppy the best chance from day one rather than addressing behavioural issues at a later age. For more information on our puppy parties go to our website at  http://mvol.com.au/PuppyParty.html?cid=726

Our latest class of clever pups are Ollie, Axel, Barney, Fin, Widget and Coco. They are learning lots of tricks which they will show off at graduation next Saturday. Check them out the cute photos next week on facebook.
Our next class begins on Saturday 11 March. Phone 5491 1056 to book a place.


Didga the Guiness Book of Records Cat

Didga the Guinness Book of Records cat has the record for the most tricks performed in a minute.
Her trainer Robert Dollwett who trains her is an incredible animal trainer.

For 20+ years he was the dog trainer to the stars. Mel Gibson, Olivia Newton John, Pamela Anderson, James Cameron and Dick Clark, are just a few celebrity clients he worked for.  He wanted to educate people more about cats, and the importance of spaying and neutering, keeping them indoors, not to declaw them, feeding them the rights foods and show how smart and teachable they are.

In April of 2012 he went to the shelter and found a cute 13 week old female kitten, very confident and energetic and started training her to create a YouTube channel to promote this cause. He named her Didga (short for Didgeridoo) and today he has 43 million YouTube video views (over 90 million on Facebook).

His video clips have been used in many programs and commercials all over the world.

Here’s Didga's record winning tricks:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0S8Ux_kNig


 Train your cat to shake hands: 

Training your cat is simpler than you might expect. Get a treat ready, then align yourself on the same level as your cat. Tap your cat's paw while saying "shake", and give the treat when it moves its paw. Repeat training until your cat offers its paw in response to the "shake" command without giving a treat.

Training tips for dogs

1.       Take your puppy to puppy preschool classes to learn to socialise with other dogs.
2.       Take your adult dog to adult training classes so that socialisation and education continue for life.
3.       Always use reward-based training with your dog. Rewards may be in the form of a food treat or verbal praise and attention - anything your dog likes!
4.       Ignore ‘unwanted’ behaviour. For example ignoring your dog when it jumps up to greet you rather then pushing it down means that your dog is not rewarded with your attention. Only reward it with attention or treats when all four paws are on the ground.
5.       Take 10–15 minutes each day training your dog throughout its life.
6.       If your pet has a problem behaviour see your Vet to rule out any underlying medical problem. If your pet is healthy seek the help of a qualified trainer who uses reward-based training techniques. A veterinary behaviourist may be required to help solve some behaviour problems.
7.       Never leave a child under 10 unsupervised with a dog, even a familiar family pet. Even the friendliest dog can react if it’s scared or feels threatened.

Is your furry a friend a scaredy cat.... 
The most common behaviour problems in pets tend to be related to anxiety (even many cases of aggression are caused by underlying fear). Sometimes the signs of anxiety in our pets can be quite subtle. ….
·       Yawning, scratching, sniffing
·       Avoiding eye contact
·       Looking away
·       Pulling corners of the mouth back
·       Salivating/drooling
·       Pulling ears back
·       Creeping around in slow motion
·       Standing with tail tucked under
·       Whining
·       Shivering and shaking
·       Avoiding eye contact
·       Staying low to the ground when moving
·       Moving away or hiding
·       Urinating in inappropriate places despite being litter-trained
·       Excessive meowing.

All behaviour problems are best treated early so if you think your pet is anxious, call us for advice.

 Is your pet itchy??? We can help......
Pure Animal Wellbeing (PAW), a division of Blackmore's health, has partnered with Dr Katrina Warren to share some tips for your itchy pet. Check out this month's video at https://vimeo.com/199771659  to find out more.
Baby Blog:


 Hi there guys! After a few years  of study online with open colleges I have finally completed my bachelor in psychology. I know all my birdie fans out there are dying to find out some fun, simple ways to train your people so follow my simple steps and make March "Polite People Month"
  • People often like to sleep in but this just doesn't fly when it comes to caring for a beloved bird! If your person sleeps in and doesn't come to sing in the sun with you they definitely need some training. Screech and scream obnoxiously for hours on end until they get up and let you out of your cage. Then give them lots of positive reinforcement by singing your best song to reward them coming to you
  • People think that feeding you a balanced diet of pellets all the time is great. You need to train them to feed you more treats. The best way to do this is to screech and scream obnoxiously for hours on end until they hand over their morning cup of tea and bickies. Then give them lots of positive reinforcement by nibbling their ear.
  • People like to put birds to bed early by covering over the cage with a towel. You need to let them know you are not stupid and you know that the sun hasn't gone down yet. Train them to make bed time more reasonable by screeching and screaming obnoxiously for hours on end until they let you back out to play. You know what? Don't even bother to give them lots of positive reinforcement - they should know better anyway!!!!
Happy training!!!! Love Baby
Have fun with your Delightful Dogs and Courteous Cats 

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