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Animal Behaviour

“What’s In A Name?”

Penelope Wright from VIC writes:  Do Animals like the names we give them? Animals are not as attached to their name identities as we are. When we give our animals a name, they understand it is part of the physicality of being in the human world. They know people like attaching names to things. Wild animals don’t call each other names; they recognise each other through the energy of each …Read More

A Hypnotherapist Looks at Separation Anxiety in Dogs

By Dr Karen Phillip Anxiety is a fact of life—even for a dog. It’s not all chew toys, chasing your tail, going for walks or waiting to be fed. Our dogs are just as susceptible to the symptoms of anxiety as we are. Our precious doggy pets that suffer from anxiety have a host of symptoms, including barking, pacing, panting, trembling, excessive licking, or trying to escape. They also may …Read More

Keeping Harmony Introducing a New Cat

Jenny Boulom from Sydney writes: Q.  I brought home a new cat about a month ago, and she still isn’t getting along with my older cat. What can I do to make the transition easier?   A.  Cats are wonderful creatures – highly intelligent, playful and exude a calm, meditative state most of the time. As solitary creatures, most cats would happily be in a one-cat family. Bringing another cat into …Read More

Animal Communication and Ferrets

AN ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR’S PERSPECTIVE BY STEPHANIE ALLISON Animal communicator, animal healer, author, and teacher, Trisha McCagh creates a symbiotic connection between the human species and the animal kingdom through intuitive communication. She has been intimately connected with animals since her early childhood. Her passion is to dedicate and commit to the greater preservation and respect of all animal life on this planet and to ensure the words, thoughts, and wishes …Read More

 Why does my dog try to distract me when I meditate? 

Meditating with your dogs can be a wonderful daily ritual. All animals love it when we are in that ‘Zone’ where our mind is quiet and peaceful; we have reached their state of being. If you are starting your meditation practice with your animals, they may not be used to sitting in your presence without interaction. A lot of the time we either chat, or touch or interact in some …Read More

What is Your Plan for Your Horse?

During the 10 days of our recent Intuitive Horse Clinic, we discussed the plans our students had for their horses. We explored the relationship with their horses, how they engage with their horses (work or training they want to use), the plan for their horse’s future and the goals they wished to achieve with them. It gave our students incredible clarity and better understanding about what they wanted from their …Read More

Why Does Your Dog Follow You from Room to Room?

Q.  Why does my dog always follow me around from room to room? Even when he is in deep relaxation, when I get up & move he will follow me. He does not follow my husband & daughter around the house, only me. However, if I am not home & my husband is, then he will come & sit near him. He does not seem to follow my 10yo daughter …Read More

Why my cat attacks me for no reason.

My cat seems to attack me for no reason. When I pet him, he turns around & starts to bite and grab my arm with his claws. How do I make him stop doing that?  Being petted arouses your cat, this is not necessarily a sexual thing – petting & cuddles can arouse your cat’s hunting instincts too. Particularly if you pat their bellies or paws – these are a …Read More

 Can Your Pet Rabbit be Litter Trained?

Yes you can.  However it is virtually impossible to litter train an unsprayed or unneutered rabbit, so this will need to be taken care of first. Secondly you will need patience and perseverance the same as with cats and dogs. Rabbits like to stretch out in the litter boxes so don’t get them too small. The litter boss themselves, shouldn’t be too deep or the covered type. They can be recycled newspaper pellets, paper pulp, wood stove pellets or …Read More

Is Your Dog Really Aggressive?

I had an interesting case come up this week regarding a dog biting a delivery man’s ankle. It made me realise that perhaps many of you reading this, may have experienced something similar with your dog or know someone that has. I thought it may be interesting for you to know the dog’s view on this issue. After all the dog rarely gets a chance to voice their side of …Read More