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Tag Archives: behaviour

Can you let house rabbits out in the garden?

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As the days get longer and the nights get lighter, it’s tempting to let your house rabbit into your garden to enjoy some sunshine and outdoor fun.

But is this change of scenery a good idea for your pet?

Petplan takes a looks at whether you should let your house rabbit into your garden during the warmer months…

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Dog body language: what does a wagging tail mean?

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As dog owners, many of us like to think we have a deep understanding of our pet and their emotions.

However, dogs, like us, have a large emotional range that can sometimes be tough to decipher.

To help you understand your pet a little better, Petplan takes a look at the body language of dogs and what various external signals can mean, starting with one of the most commonly misunderstood – the wagging of their tail…

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Rabbit body language: what is your bunny trying to tell you?

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Rabbits have a complex language.

They communicate with each other and with us by using a wide variety of body positions, nibbles, nudges and postures.

Unlike cats and dogs, rabbits do not make proper noises to get our attention. By learning the body language of your bunny, you can figure out what they are up to – most of the time!

Petplan looks at how you can build an understanding of ‘rabbit talk’ by interpreting their hops, kicks and movements…

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Dog separation anxiety: symptoms and what you can do to help

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Dogs, like us, are very social animals. Whether you’re leaving your dog alone for just a few hours or for longer periods it can be a difficult time for the both of you.

However, while you know why this is happening and that it’s only temporary, for your dog, this separation can be confusing and disorientating.

Petplan takes a look at separation anxiety in dogs and what you can do to help your pet be as calm and comfortable as possible when left alone…

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New Year’s Eve pet safety: how to keep your dog, cat or rabbit calm during the fireworks

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While many of us will be all too aware of the unease that bonfire night and the surrounding period can cause our pets, it can be easy to forget that New Year’s Eve can also be a time of stress for our furry friends.

Petplan looks at tips to help keep your pet calm and safe during this New Year’s Eve…

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The 12 tips for Christmas with your pet

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The trees are going up, the presents are being wrapped, the food preparations are beginning, and the excitement is escalating – Christmas is just around the corner!

The festive season provides many exciting opportunities for our furry friends too; decorations to play with, wrapping paper to hide in – the choices are endless!

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Bringing home baby

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How do you help your pets adjust to a brand-new member of the family? Hazel Davis, dog-lover and mum of two, shares some advice from her own experiences about how to live together safely and happily.

When I became pregnant with my first child, people gently suggested that our dogs might object to an unannounced arrival – neither is especially known for calmness.

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Scary season: what spooks your pet?

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Whether it’s things that go bump in the night or things that go bang in the sky, autumn can be a stressful time for pets and their owners. Julian Hall identifies some common causes of fright for our furry friends at this time of year, and how to avoid them.

The autumnal season is that little bit more hectic now with the growing popularity of Halloween and the various activities, from ‘Trick or Treating’ to the early onset of fireworks, which make up what is now effectively ‘Bonfire Fortnight’.

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Does your pet like to pinch?

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Here at Petplan we adore our animals, but some of them steal more than just our hearts. Sophie Mackenzie reveals the reasons behind our furry friends’ thieving tendencies.

Just about anyone who’s had a puppy will know the horror of hunting for a favourite pair of shoes, only to find one of them chewed beyond recognition in the dog’s basket.

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Debate: How should we tackle the problem of dog fouling?

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Although most owners are responsible and clean up after their dogs, a small minority are still failing to do so. So what’s the best way of dealing with foulers? Sophie Mackenzie looks at various tactics that have been used, from shocking and shaming owners, to rewarding those who clean up.

It was on a normal early morning walk when my eye was caught by what I first thought was graffiti on the road in front of me.

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