Roger Salmon column

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.

If you are close to your dog and he follows you around the home even to the toilet, then you should be aware that, when you leave home, irrespective if it is for five or 10 minutes, your pet will suffer stress known as separation anxiety.

Many dogs will chew, lick themselves and be disruptive or destructive when left alone.

Dogs might urinate, defecate, bark, howl, chew, dig or try to escape – these are symptoms of distress.

When you return home, even after five minutes, the dog acts as if it has been years since it last saw his mum or dad.

I suggest you close doors after you when you go to another room thus giving him the confidence that you are still near him even after you have closed the door. do not allow the dog to sleep on the bed so make his bed beside you for a few days and then gradually move the bed outside the bedroom.

Cats all feeding from a row of food bowls look cute and you will find many of these photos on the web, cute they may be, but they are stressful for cats, even for cats that get on well together.

Cats go hunting on their own and they eat on their own.

They don’t socialise over a meal like us, so keep those food bowls well apart.

Once the decision has been made to get a dog as a new family member there are some things to consider.

Before you bring this dog into your home make sure the family agree on the house rules, do we allow him on the sofa, can he sleep on our bed etc.

It is very confusing for a dog if these things are not made clear from the start.

It is alarming to see people walking their dogs on sea fronts presumably to watch the spectacle of of raging waters.

Many dogs love to swim but we humans, as guardians of our animals, have a duty to assess a situation and make a decision whether to allow a dog to swim or not. To quote Oliver Cromwell “Not what they want but what is good for them.”

Although he referred to humans not dogs.