6 Safety Tips For Driving With Your Pet

Driving with a pet in the car can be a fun or stressful experience, depending on how well you prepare. In this blog, we’ll be talking about how to ensure your pet has a safe and happy car trip.

Harness

As much as you may want to have your dog on your lap during the drive it can be a potential hazard. If the car stops suddenly, and your dog isn’t secured, they can get injured when they lurch forward. Always keep your pet in a harness that secures their body. If you just have a collar they can potentially damage their neck in an accident.

Carriers

Carriers are great for keeping your dog, cat, or any other beloved pet safe. It also keeps them from roaming all over your car and distracting you. Always make sure the carrier is secured in place by a seatbelt so your pet isn’t knocked about during the drive.

Windows

Dogs love sticking their head out the window and feeling the wind on their face during a drive. It may break your heart not to let them do this but flying objects and passing cars can be dangerous for them. If your windows are open, then there is also a risk your pet might jump out. It’s not too much of an issue if your pet is secured by a harness or is in a carrier.

Utes

If you are driving a utility vehicle with a dog in the back, always keep them in a carrier and make sure that carrier is secured. This protects them and makes sure that they don’t fall off. Make sure your dog is sheltered from the weather or any dusty conditions. If you don’t have a carrier then at least make sure your dog has a harness that is attached to the vehicle and that they have some shelter.

Dos and Don’ts

Do:

  • Let your pet out for exercise and bathroom breaks regularly
  • If you have to leave your pet in the car make sure you crack open a window

Don’t:

  • Leave your pet in the car in extremely hot weather
  • Let your dog out without putting a lead on first

What to bring

  • Food and water for long trips
  • Kitty litter for long trips with a cat
  •  Toys to keep them distracted and happy
  • Plastic bags and cleaning supplies for any mess they may make
  • A blanket, pillow or bed to keep them comfortable

Vets on Balwyn is happy to answer any concerns you have about travelling with your pet. To schedule an appointment, give us a call on (03) 9857 8100.

3 Quick And Easy DIY Dog Treats

Pet treats are labelled ‘treats’ for a reason – they taste great for our furry friends! However, giving your pet treats that serve additional purposes is a clever way to tackle a problem while rewarding your pet. Today, we’ve compiled three useful recipes for dog treats you can easily make yourself.  

 

Fresh Breath Dog Biscuits

Improves the smell of your dog’s breath 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ½ cups of oats 
  • ½ cup parsley, finely chopped 
  • ½ cup mint, finely chopped 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil 
  • ¼ cup water 

Instructions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 160˚C and line a cookie tray with baking paper 
  • Pulse the oats in a blender until they reach a consistency similar to that of flour 
  • Whisk together the mint, parsley, egg, water and oil in a large bowl 
  • Add the oat flour to the wet ingredients and stir to combine 
  • Knead the dough and flatten it on a floured surface until it is around 3mm thick 
  • Cut out the cookie dough into desired shapes 
  • Place the cookies on the tray 1-2cm apart and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and crispy 
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely 
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry 

 

Hypoallergenic Dog Biscuits

For dogs that are allergic to most treats 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 tablespoons water 
  • ½ cup almond butter 
  • ½ cup oats 
  • 1 cup rice flour 

Instructions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 175˚C and lightly grease a cookie tray lined with baking paper 
  • Combine all ingredients apart from the water in a bowl and mix well until it is combined 
  • Add a teaspoon of water at a time until the dough is formed 
  • Roll out the dough at around 6mm thickness on a floured surface and cut into cookie shapes as desired 
  • Place cookies on the lined tray and bake for 12 minutes or until slightly browned on the bottoms 
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely 
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry 

 

Diabetic-Friendly Dog Biscuits

For dogs that are diabetic 

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 600g beef liver, chopped 

Instructions:  

  • Preheat the oven to 175˚C and line a 25 x 40cm jellyroll pan with baking paper 
  • Pulse the liver in a food processor until it is finely chopped 
  • Add the eggs and flour in the processor until smooth  
  • Spread the mix evenly in the pan 
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the centre is firm  
  • Cool completely and cut into squares – the biscuits should feel spongey 
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge 

 

Vets on Balwyn is your local veterinary clinic. Our friendly vets are committed to supporting the local community, and we’re happy to help with any questions you might have about your pet. To schedule an appointment, give us a call on (03) 9857 8100. 

This article has been written courtesy of Wide Open Pets and recipes listed on their website.  

Basic Pet First Aid

As pet owners, we often need to be prepared for accidents and illnesses will occur with our beloved furry family members. In an emergency, you will want to make sure your pet has the best chance of survival. Emergency treatment and first aid for pets should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care. But it may save your pet’s life before you can get your pet to a veterinarian. In this blog, we are going over basic first aid you can give your pet before heading to a vet.

 

Burns

 

Depending on the type of burn, symptoms can show immediately or take up to 12-24 hours to appear. The most important thing to do is to apply something cool to take the heat out of the wound. You can do this by:

 

  • Running cool water on the wound for at least ten minutes
  • Or, applying a moist cool pack for at least five minutes

 

It’s important to keep your pet warm whilst you are cooling the burn site – you can wrap them in a blanket while applying first aid, then you should take your pet to a vet for further treatment.

 

Light Wounds

 

Sometimes our pets may experience small or large graze type wounds where only the surface layer of the skin may be affected. In this case, you can perform basic first aid for grazes by:

 

  • Flushing the wound gently with saline or clean water
  • Apply a sterile non-adhesive dressing
  • Seek advice from your vet regarding further treatment

 

Puncture/Fight or Penetrating Wounds

 

If your pet has been in a fight and sustained any injuries, it’s important to see a vet promptly to ensure the wounds can be thoroughly cleaned to reduce the risk of infection. Sometimes puncture wounds may appear to be superficial, however, they are often deeper than they seem and cause deep and serious infections.

 

If your pet has sustained severe attack or penetrating wounds, we recommend transporting your pet to our clinic immediately. Do not attempt to remove any penetrating objects, but try to restrict your pet’s movement if possible. In the meantime, you can:

 

  • Apply pressure to any wounds to control bleeding
  • Keep your pet warm
  • See a vet immediately

 

Take care to avoid being bitten or scratched when handling your pets that may be in pain or shock. We recommend using towels to carefully transport your pet, or a carrier if it is suitable to do so.

 

Convulsions/Seizures

 

Seeing your pet having a fit can be very distressing. The most important thing to do is clear any danger away from your pet. Reassuring your pet with your voice can be helpful. While your pet is having an episode, do not place your fingers into your pet’s mouth or try to restrain them as this can be dangerous. If your pet is unconscious, check your pet is breathing and ensure there is no obstruction by examining inside the mouth. Do not attempt to give food or water while your pet is convulsing. After the episode has stopped, bring your pet to your vet promptly.

 

Choking

 

Choking is an emergency as your pet may experience obstruction of the airway. The first thing to do is to check your pet’s mouth immediately to see whether the tongue is causing the obstruction or to see if you can remove the object that may be causing an obstruction. Use caution as a choking pet is more likely to bite in its panic. Don’t spend a lot of time trying to remove an object if this cannot be easily done. If your pet can still breathe, keep him/her calm and get them to your vet immediately.

 

In some cases, it may be necessary for you to attempt the pet version of the Heimlich Manoeuvre by:

 

  • Raising your pet onto their hind legs
  • Place your pet’s spine against the front of your body, ensure you are supporting your pet’s back at all times
  •    Put your arms around your pet just under the ribs
  • Squeeze the chest firmly in and an upward and forward direction

 

For smaller pets, you may try an alternative method:

 

  • Hold your pet upside down by their back legs
  • Firmly deliver a blow using your hand to the abdomen of the pet in the area of the last ribs

 

If your pet has not responded to your attempts to relieve airway obstruction and loses consciousness, start CPR immediately. You should always call your vet immediately for advice.

 

Resuscitation

 

If your pet is not breathing and you cannot feel a heartbeat, you should try to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It is important to stay calm, as this will give you the best chance to perform CPR effectively.

  • Lay your pet on their right side on a firm surface
  • Check your pet’s throat to ensure nothing is blocking the airway
  • Gently grasp the tongue and pull it forward out of the mouth
  • Close your pet’s mouth (hold it closed with your hand) and breathe with your mouth directly into its nose until their chest rises. Once the chest expands, continue the rescue breathing every 4-5 seconds
  • For medium sized dogs, press down on your pet’s heart about one inch. For larger dogs, you will need to press harder and with more force
  • For small dogs, cats and pockets pets, cradle your hand around the animal’s chest so your thumb is on one side of the chest and your fingers are on the other side. Compress the chest by squeezing between your thumb and fingers
  • You should perform 80-120 compressions per minute for larger pets and 100-150 times per minute for smaller pets
  • Don’t perform rescue breathing and chest compressions at the same time – alternate breathing and compressions or work as a team with another person so one person performs compression for 4-5 seconds and stops long enough to allow the other person to give one breath

 

Being prepared and having knowledge of basic first aid for your pets is a great idea, but always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. If your pet is injured, appears to be suffering from illness, or if you are ever unsure or are in an emergency situation, call Vets on Balwyn on (03) 9857 8100 so we can provide appropriate advice and prepare for your arrival to ensure your pet receives the necessary treatment as soon as possible.

4 Pet Toxins In Your Home

While we may be aware of what can poison us, we can’t always say the same about knowing exactly what will harm our pets – especially since they generally seem willing to give anything a go. Today, we’re assessing some things we might have in our homes that could be bad news for pets.

 

Plants

Some common houseplants that can be deadly to your pets include:

  • Lilies
  • Aloe Vera
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Florida Beauty
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Yucca

 

There are quite a few more plants that are harmful to cats and dogs. It is vital that you conduct your research before bringing a new plant home.

 

While pets generally avoid plants that are toxic to them, there is a chance that they can nibble on these plants anyway out of curiosity (and we all know how that can turn out for cats)! To avoid this, ensure these plants are not accessible to your cats or dogs.

 

Food

We all know that chocolate is bad for your pets. However, did you know that grapes, salt, tomatoes, garlic, onions and avocadoes are also toxic to your pets, with some of these foods even causing death? Xylitol (found in sugar-free gum) is another common and harmful toxin. It is important to check exactly what kinds of human foods can be harmful to your cats and dogs.

 

Human medication

Anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil are a common cause of gastrointestinal ulcers in cats, dogs, birds, and even small mammals like hamsters or ferrets. Again, the best way to prevent this is to ensure that your pet cannot easily access your medication.

 

Other harmful (and common) medications include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Paracetamol
  • Cold medicines
  • Muscle relaxants

 

Rodenticides

Rodenticides – such as rat or mouse bait – are pet toxins because they are designed to attract them. Moreover, the poison can be transferred to your cat if it eats a poisoned rat. For this reason, it is advised that you exercise extreme caution when placing bait. Symptoms such as weakness, coughing and depression tend to appear up to four days after ingestion.

 

What do I do if my pet has ingested any of the above?

It is a good idea to collect any remnants of what your pet may have chewed or vomited (including labels or packaging) in a zip-lock bag. This can help make clear exactly which toxins are involved, and may save the life of your pet.

 

The next thing you should do if you suspect your pet has swallowed any toxins is to contact a vet. Calling a vet as soon as possible is imperative, as some symptoms may take hours or days to show. The Vets on Balwyn veterinary clinic in Balwyn North can assess your pet in a timely manner if you’re concerned for your pet. Call us today on (03) 9857 8100.

Pet Allergies? ‘Snot A Problem

Spring is already upon us, and with so much pollen in the air many of us use of hay fever medication to keep allergies at bay. But what about your pets? For cats and dogs, it’s a little more complicated to minimise the problems that come with environmental allergies. In this week’s article, we’ll be going over pet allergies in greater detail, so that you can help your furry friend enjoy the rest of spring.

 

What are some of the allergy symptoms?

While we may not speak the same language as our pets, they’re generally pretty good at letting us know that something isn’t quite right. For example, pets that are itchy are difficult to ignore. Itchiness is often symptomatic of allergies, so if you notice any excessive hair loss, licking or raw, red spots on your dog it may be a sign of an allergic reaction (and time to take them to the vet). Luckily, it’s rare for cats to suffer from seasonal allergies, although many sneeze due to irritation from pollen. Those cats that do struggle with allergies will show similar symptoms to dogs such as scabs and hair loss.

 

What can I do if my pet has allergies?

One of the best ways to manage your pet’s allergies is to simply limit their exposure to pollen. This can involve a weekly bath with a skin supportive shampoo, or wiping your pet’s paws and belly after they have been outside to remove the pollen. These are great steps to take, but don’t ignore house dust and dust mites found inside the home – these are often the worst culprits! Ensure that you’re cleaning your house regularly by vacuuming carpets and washing linen on a weekly basis. It’s also a good idea to consider paying close attention to the areas of your home where your pets spend most of their time. When it comes to your pet’s favourite toy, you can freeze these plush toys every now and then to kill any dust mites that may be lurking – just make sure to do so while your pet isn’t watching!

 

Many pets that suffer from skin allergies are also extremely sensitive to flea saliva, with one bite can cause them to madly scratch for hours if not days. Using a regular flea preventative can protect your pet (and your household) from these pesky blood suckers. Speak to one of our friendly staff members about the best preventative for your pet.

 

While these tips are helpful, if your pet is suffering from seasonal allergies, truly the best thing you can do is visit your local vet for advice. Veterinarian professionals are in the best position to diagnose the allergies, and provide you with medication that is appropriate to your pet. For expert support and advice on a range of issues including allergies, call Vets on Balwyn today on 9857 8100.

How To Choose The Right Pet For Your Family

Introducing a furry friend into your home can be an incredibly exciting time, but it’s important that you make an informed decision about the right pet for your family. Among other factors, your family size, housing situation and amount of time you’ll be able to dedicate to your pet will impact this choice. In this article, we’ll be going over some questions to consider if you’re thinking about getting a new pet.

 

What type of pet should you get?

Are you a cat or a dog person? Or are you someone who likes both, or neither? These are important questions to ask yourself before choosing a new pet. In general, dogs will require a considerable time investment as they need to be taken for walks, trained properly and prefer not to be left alone for long periods of time. In contrast, cats are much more independent, but will still require lots of love and affection. If you’re time poor and looking for something more low maintenance, a rabbit or guinea pig can be a great place to start as they don’t require a lot of space and are relatively quiet whilst still being incredibly affectionate pets and full of personality.

 

What kind of pet will best suit your lifestyle?

Aside from time commitment, different types of animals have different lifestyle needs and you need to thoroughly research these before you make any final decisions. For example, dog breeds like a kelpies, Labradors and border collies need an outdoor space to run around and exercise. Breeds like these are also highly intelligent and energetic, so they’ll need toys to amuse them and you’ll need to schedule in regular play time to ensure they get the mental stimulation they need. By contrast, dog breeds like Boston terriers, pugs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Shih Tzu are well suited to apartment life or small space living, as they tend to prefer the quiet life indoors and are quite content as long as you take them on daily walks. However, it’s important to remember that many lap dog breeds like Shih Tzu, Maltese and Yorkshire Terriers require daily brushing and regular trips to the groomer so you’ll need to become handy with a brush and deshedding comb.

 

Where should you get your new pet from?

Once you’ve decided what kind of pet to get, you then need to consider where you’ll buy that pet. If you’re sold on one particular breed or another, it’s best to do your research to find an ethical breeder. The best place to source an ethical breeder is through a registered breeding club which exists for both dogs and cats in Victoria.

 

As an alternative, mixed breed dogs or cats are generally much less prone to illnesses or genetic diseases, and can be a great option for many families. The RSPCA and other local rescue shelters are some places where you can find mixed breed pets. In doing so, you’ll most likely be saving that animal’s life, and supporting those organisations to continue their work. But a word of caution- visiting rescue shelters can be an overwhelming experience, especially for children, so make sure you’re prepared before you go.

 

To make the best decision, you must consider factors such as lifestyle, environment, temperament and other social needs. It may sound obvious, when you’re bringing a new pet into your home, it’s a long lasting commitment. If you’re unsure, reach out to an animal welfare organisation or your local vet, as they’ll be able to give you the most relevant and comprehensive information.

 

If you want some professional advice in choosing the right pet for your family, the team at Vets on Balwyn are more than happy to help. With a comprehensive knowledge of all kinds of domestic pets, we are well placed to advise you on the right fur, scale or feather baby to add to your family. Get in touch with us today by calling 03 9857 8100.

 

 

 

How To Introduce A New Puppy to Your Cat

The age-old battle between the animal kingdom’s greatest ‘enemies’ has been exaggerated in pop culture but has never actually been scientifically proven . Nonetheless, introducing a new puppy to your household if you already have a cat can be a sticky diplomatic situation and a stressful time for both pets and owners. In this blog, we’ll be debunking the dog and cat rivalry myth and sharing some tips on the best way to introduce a new puppy into your household.

 

Do cats and dogs hate each other?

While their differing behaviours may lead to some conflict, cats and dogs are actually pretty similar in many ways. Because cats and dogs are carnivores, in the ‘wild’ they would compete for prey, or may feed on each other if there were no other food sources around. Whilst they might be competing predators, dogs don’t actively hunt or chase cats or vice versa. Problems can arise however, when cats and dogs cohabit in the confined territory of your household.

 

What’s the major cause of conflict between cats and dogs?

The answer to this question lies in their ancestry: cats are evolved from the lonesome Arabian wildcat, whilst dogs evolved from the wolf, a highly social animal that generally travels in packs. Cats like to hang back, assess the situation from a distance and treat others with suspicion until they’re comfortable. On the other hand, dogs often interact in a way that is highly dynamic, and will bounce right up to someone new. Cats may interpret this behaviour as a threat, and run away, prompting the dog to chase them, thinking it’s a game. In this situation, neither the cat nor the dog understands the other’s motivation behind the behaviour, which can cause problems.

 

What can I do to ease the transition of a new puppy?

It may not seem fair, but the new puppy essentially has to learn the cat’s language. In the initial introductory period, it’s a good idea to place the puppy and cat in different areas of the house so that they are close enough to smell and hear one another without direct interaction. Make sure you spend time with each pet individually, as this can help both relax and avoid jealousy. Once they’re familiar with the scent and sound of one another and you’ve given them lots of reassuring cuddles, it’s time to set up a face to face meeting. In the beginning, hold the puppy on a leash so that the cat has time to adjust and can retreat if it needs to. Over time, both animals will learn to share the space and your affection, and may even become friends.

 

Luckily, domesticated animals such as cats and dogs are highly adaptable to new situations and environments. As long as you supervise the interactions between your new puppy and cat in the beginning to ensure there’s no animosity between the two, they should be able to peacefully cohabit. If you find yourself struggling to introduce your puppy and cat, Vets On Balwyn is here to help with advice and even behavioural training if necessary. Get in touch with us today by calling (03) 9857 8100.

Paralysis ticks are in Melbourne

Along with all the benefits of living in the most liveable city in the world, not having to worry about the paralysis tick was an added bonus.

Unfortunately, thanks to climate change, they have arrived on our doorstep.

I don’t want to be an alarmist and worry pet owners unnecessarily, the risk is still very low and even lower if you and your pet don’t venture much past our neat nature strips and dog parks.

However, for peace of mind, please follow the tips below and speak to your trusted vet if you have any questions.

Tick tips:

  • Keep your pet’s hair short
  • Ticks hang out in long grass. Keep your pooch out! (snakes hang there too)
  • Check your pet’s coat regularly – ticks need to be attached for 2-3 days before they inject their poison
  • Added tick prevention – 100% necessary for those pet owners travelling with their pet either north (towards the Murray) or east of Melbourne (towards Gippsland)
  1. The Bravecto chew will protect your dog for 4 months from the paralysis tick. It can be used safely in conjunction with most other parasite preventions (Advocate, Sentinel etc.)
  2. Cats – unfortunately, there is only ONE product available. Frontline plus Spray – needs to be applied every 3 weeks.
  3. Other tick preventions – Advantix, Nexgard, Serasto collars – may be recommended.

Preparing your pets for summer

The warmer months provide a great opportunity for us to get out into the sunshine with our pets! With the heat comes a few potential dangers – here are some of the more common things to be mindful of over the summer months:

Heatstroke is a common problem seen in both dogs and cats during summer and is very serious. A few simple tips can go a long way to help prevent it:

Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. Temperatures in a car can rise to dangerous levels and can rapidly reach more than double the outside temperature even on mild days. Tinting, parking in the shade, or leaving the windows open do not help to reduce the inside temperature significantly.

If you find your dog panting heavily, doesn’t obey normal commands, has warm, dry skin and a rapid heart beat, he may be suffering from heatstroke. Other signs include vomiting, anxiety and high fever. Try to cool them off with cool water, cold packs and a cooler environment; and of course see a vet as soon as possible.

Avoid walking or exercising your dog at the park in the middle of the day. Apart from the outside air termperature, another good test for this is to take a few steps on the footath in your bare feet – if it’s too hot for you, it is too hot for them!

Senior pets and arthritic animals sometimes can’t get themselves out of their hot kennel. Kennels should always be kept in a shaded area with plenty of airflow around it.

Keep them cool – keep inside if possible, frozen pet treats, ice blocks, paddling pools are all great ideas on those really hot days.

Is your four-legged friend a Pug, Bull dog, Mastiff, or Chow Chow? Dogs with short muzzles like the breeds just mentioned are even more susceptible to over heating, so as their owners, you need to be even more careful.

Night frights with New Pups

The first few days with a new pup can be a nightmare and particularly trying to get the little hair-ball to sleep through the night.

Getting some sleep

How do you do it? Do you ‘tough love’ the pup and force it to stay in the laundry or outside or do you ‘spoil the pup’ and let it sleep inside, knowing that’s not what you really want?

Let’s look at it from the pup’s perspective. All it has known is its mum, its litter mates and the people who tenderly bred the little wriggler.

As total strangers, you whisk the pup away from the comfort of its litter and throw it into hostile territory – and you expect it to be happy???

Spoil the pup and let it sleep inside!!! Worry not, as you can always get it to sleep outside later.

The first nights

The first priority is to get the pup acquainted with its new home and your new routines but, above all, to make it settled and happy. That’s why you let it sleep inside.

Human company is the important ingredient, so let the pup sleep in your bedroom for the first few nights.

Perhaps you can put the pup in a cage or crate beside your bed. Maybe you can barricade it into a corner of your bedroom or perhaps you can borrow a baby’s play pen to house the pup at night.

The pup will settle more quickly if it eats a meal just before bed and has a comfortable basket or box to sleep in.

Use the ‘Sock-it-to-em’ principle. Mimic its mum’s heartbeat by placing a ticking clock (not easy to get nowadays) in its box and then make it a ‘virtual litter mate’. Get one of your smelly socks. Fill a second sock with a cup of raw rice that you have heated to a safe temperature in the microwave. Place it and several other old socks inside the smelly one and leave this virtual pup with your little buddy to mimic a litter mate. Make sure the rice-sock is not too hot and is seated deep inside the virtual pup.

Alternatively, you can purchase plush toys that have a beating, ticking heart for your pup to snuggle up to.

Conditioning to its night-time abode

Having weathered the first few nights, now we need to move the pooch to its permanent night-time abode. This we do progressively and with a smattering of science to help the process.

Say you want the pup to sleep in your laundry at night. The first task is to make the pup love the laundry. Let’s make the laundry into its ‘Den’.

To do this, associate all the pup’s peak joys in life with the laundry. For instance, feed the pup in the laundry. As you will be feeding it four times a day, that gives the hair-ball plenty of practice to learn to love the laundry.

Better still, feed the pup in unusual ways. Try hiding some food inside a toilet roll core or under an empty plant pot so the pup has to steam-clean his little brain working out how to get to the food.

While it is eating, lock the pup inside the laundry with its food so that the joy of the food is linked with being confined. Once this happy association has started, try putting the pup in the laundry for longer times during the day but don’t expect too much at the start.

If it is noisy, use the ‘Progressive Praise Technique’ to control the noise. At the very first squeak, tap the closed door of the laundry and instruct your pup to be QUIET, but don’t be too gruff.

This should ‘buy’ you five seconds of silence. Praise the pup through the closed door and that should buy you a longer quiet time of, say, 15 seconds. Now reward this longer time with more praise by opening the door and giving the pup a brief cuddle. Close the door once more and if the pup is quiet for a further 15 seconds, then let it out as a reward.

As the pup learns, make the confinement times longer. In no time at all, you should be able to put the pup in the laundry overnight.

Pheromone fun

Next, use the settling science of furry pheromones to help. The Dog Appeasing Pheromone is available from your vet and is a wonderful way of helping a pup to acclimatise to a new home.

The Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) is a synthetic equivalent of the pheromones released from the pup’s mum. These pheromones bond the pup to the mum when the pup is only seven days old and the effect follows into adult life. The DAP is a convenient plug-in diffuser. Place it in a power-point where the pup sleeps and the pup should bond to that area quickly.

Don’t forget to have your pup checked by your vet to ensure he or she is fit and healthy. You can also get the latest advice on worming, vaccination schedules, flea and tick treatments and join a puppy pre-school class as soon as the first vaccination is given. Here you will learn the tools to set your pup up for a happy, harmonious life with your family.