Animal Friends Blog
Cat / Teacup Animals
Last night, ITV aired their documentary on the rising fashion of ‘teacup’ pets, and how their popularity has grown over the past few years. Helped by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, pets that can be carried around have become a fashion accessory for the masses, and Super Tiny Animals focussed on those people that have … Continued
Dog / Why Are Puppy Farms So Bad?
Yesterday I posted a piece detailing how the RSPCA is planning to tackle the puppy farm industry in Wales. To keep with this theme today I thought I would talk about why puppy mills really are so bad and why it is not a good idea to buy a dog from an unlicensed breeder. Puppy … Continued
Dog / Do Our Dogs Reflect Our Personalities?
Our dogs are like children to us and as such we are judged by our dogs’ behaviour just as much as we are by our children’s behaviour; but whilst children become more responsible for themselves as they grow older, our dogs do not ‘grow-up’ and are always dependant on us as their primary caregiver. As … Continued
Cat / How the recession is affecting pet owners
With worries of another global recession, pet owners are coming under an increasing amount of stress, showing repercussions that are affecting animal welfare shelters and the state of Britain’s pet ownership. Both the Dog’s Trust and the Blue Cross charities have noted a rise in the numbers of owners giving up their pets for adoption … Continued
Dog / Dog Bark Prevention Collars
Dogs bark for a number of different reasons and whether we want them to or not won’t always be enough to suppress this most natural of reactions. You want a dog to warn you when a stranger is approaching, but what happens when your dog’s barking becomes a nuisance for your neighbours and yourself? Dog … Continued
Dog / Dog Behaviour
Many dog owners have experienced a badly behaved dog at some point or another and for some of us, that badly behaved dog can be our own. It is never pleasant when a dog jumps up at you, becomes overtly aggressive over its food or destroys stuff around the house if you leave him/her alone. … Continued
Dog / Do Dogs Have Unique Dispositions?
A study conducted at Bristol University by researchers has shown that some dogs are more pessimistic than others. These findings into canine psychology came from a study that looked at how dogs behaved when they were apart from their owners. 24 dogs across two dog homes were involved in the study. The researchers started the … Continued
Cat / Self-Awareness in Animals
Each year there seems to be a new study that shows just how brilliant animals can be and more importantly how such cognitive abilities are helping them to advance and adapt. There has been much deliberation and discussion on the subject of animals and consciousness (self-awareness). Conscious thought is an essential step to understanding that … Continued