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Looking after your companion animals resource library

Looking after your companion animals resource library

During this challenging time shelters and rescue centres need extra support, and while we social distance and spend more time at home its a great opportunity to adopt or foster a companion animal. It’s also really important we provide them with the best possible care. Here are a few resources to help you do that.

General
 
Dogs
It is important to  learn about dog behaviour so that you can improve your communication and develop a solid, supportive relationship with your dog. Also, dogs need physical exercise and mental stimulation. Here are some great resources to help you learn about dog behaviour, build your relationship and ways to keep them entertained during isolation:
 
Cats
 
Rabbits
 
Ruth, a long term Member of the AJP is a dog behavioural and training expert. Ruth has provided the following to highlight some forward planning you can do for your companion animals.  Ruth has also very generously provided an electronic copy of her book Kids and Dogs
 

1) Zazie Todd in Psychology Today provides simple tips on actions to take with your companion animals in mind.

2) Have at least a 14-day supply of food and medicine at your home.

3) Consider drawing together ideas and equipment for providing activities for your companion animals in case you are not able to give them their routine exercise – Kongs, Puzzle Toys, Snuffle Mats, Flirt Poles, DIY Agility.

4) In case you are hospitalised, prepare clear instructions on
– your pet’s meals and medications (including the location of food and meds),
– details of your Veterinary clinic,
– your pet’s fears and favourites,
– your pet’s quirks and habits
– grooming needs, etc.

and put these instructions in an obvious place.

5) Speak to friends/neighbours/family members to secure several options for alternate care-givers for your companion animals in case you are no longer in a position to care for them yourself (have several options as the person who is your first preference may not be available).

6) Stay in touch with your ‘doggy’ community so you can share mutual support.

ASK RUTH
If you have any questions regarding dog behaviour or need some training tips send an email to enquiries@andymeddick.com.au 

 

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