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Anna showed us the way

Introducing kittens to the dogs:

We had previously had a cat before, and while our younger dog, Milo, had been good with our cat from a puppy, our collie cross, Podge had issues with the cat. This was a lot to do with Spider  the cat being so timid and running away, which would just trigger Podge’s chase instinct and we had to keep them separated because Spider would get too stressed.

We lost Spider 2 years ago and really missed having a cat around. I did a lot of research into kittens and dogs and I realised that if approached carefully, we could have kittens and dogs living happily. So we bit the bullet and got a pair of kittens.

We followed all the advice from the various organisations online and at first it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Milo was doing well and Podge was initially jut confused at what the tiny fur balls were and what they were doing in the house. But then he started to get anxious and started the whole barking and lunging thing. That is when I decided we needed help and I contacted Kris Glover for help, as she had really helped with some issues we had had with Milo and other dogs. Kris referred me to Anna.

Anna made a home visit and assessed the behaviour of both dogs and she showed us how to start with the introductions. In the short time she was there, we made great progress with Milo and she even made us feel very positive about Podge. She provided us with a full report and a very detailed step by step programme.

We followed the programme and I would send Anna short videos of how we were doing and she was great with feedback. Sometimes, while we thought we were doing great, Anna would highlight subtle things that indicated Podge was still very anxious. This feedback was so valuable because it really helped us to understand from Podge’s point of view.

Anna had reassured us from the start and while she could not give a timeframe for the ultimate goal of kittens and dogs living happily together, she was certain it would not take very long. In the first few weeks I was still not 100% convinced but continued to work at it, following the programme.

Well I can tell you that I am still in shock as in under 6 weeks we have kittens and dogs living together in complete harmony! There is absolutely no way we could have got here without the help of Anna. She was so patient with me and happy to respond to my numerous messages and videos. She was with us every step of the way and we quickly got to where we wanted to be. I still have to pinch myself when we are all sat in the garden, humans, dogs and kittens just chilling. We even get nose to nose greetings between kittens and dogs which is such a precious sight!

So a huge thank you to Anna and Pets in Practice…you helped us achieve the impossible!

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A huge debt of gratitude

08-02-2013 Hits:94753 Testimonials Super User

I first used Pets in Practise just over a year ago, when we needed to obtain high quality 'reward based' puppy training for the new addition to our family - Bo.   Bo is a Northern Inuit cross, whose role in our lives was primarily as a companion to our 5 year old son, Josh.  Josh had been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome 6 months previously, and we had heard that dogs make very good companions for children on the autism spectrum.  Indeed, we discovered that Dogs for the Disabled...

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The ideal pet trainer

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At Sunninghill Veterinary Centre we like to ensure a pet’s general well-being is good.  This means not only diagnosing and treating illness, but making sure a pet fits in well with their human family and enjoys their daily activities. In Kris we have found the ideal pet trainer and behaviourist.  She is sympathetic and understanding of an owner’s needs, whilst having great empathy with the pets. Many of our clients have attended Kris’ training classes or had one to one...

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A competent and caring behaviourist

08-02-2013 Hits:87363 Testimonials Super User

‘We recommend Kris to clients with new puppies as well as rescue dogs as a first stop to get advice on training and socialisation. We find her caring, professional and thorough approach is appreciated by all. We also refer our problem dogs to Kris, and find her thorough and practical approach is very well received. The client reports are always tailored to the individual case – with consideration of both the dog as well as the individual owners. It reflects...

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Compassionate, gentle and very knowledga…

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Ted became part of our family around 18months ago with so many problems I wouldn’t know where to begin. One of the biggest problems was taking him out for walks.  He was utterly out of control. Dogs, people, children, vans, postmen, joggers, cyclists…….you get the picture.  Another was welcoming guests in to the home. Nightmare. I was recommended Kris Glover, by a local vet, as someone who could help me re train Ted and do so with compassion and kindness. Kris arrived...

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We have referred several behaviour cases…

08-02-2013 Hits:89737 Testimonials Super User

As a practice, we have referred several behaviour cases to Kris and have felt completely confident in her capability and professional knowledge. We receive full printed reports on her consultation with the client and also on the recommended treatment for the pet. We referred our first cases to Kris based on other veterinary recommendations but had not met her. However after meeting her we were even more certain we had chosen the right behaviourist! Her enthusiasm, extensive knowledge and total commitment...

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Kris has shown great dedication to her w…

28-01-2013 Hits:88938 Testimonials Super User

Kris has been working with us since September 2005. In appointing Kris as our Behaviour Consultant and Puppy Class Coordinator, we chose her over and above three other well qualified candidates. We needed to trust and be comfortable with her methods, her people skills and above all, her empathy with our patients. It continues to be important that we feel confidence in referring our clients to her.  We are happy to say that Kris has shown great dedication to her...

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Anna showed us the way

28-01-2013 Hits:1609 Testimonials Super User

Introducing kittens to the dogs: We had previously had a cat before, and while our younger dog, Milo, had been good with our cat from a puppy, our collie cross, Podge had issues with the cat. This was a lot to do with Spider  the cat being so timid and running away, which would just trigger Podge’s chase instinct and we had to keep them separated because Spider would get too stressed. We lost Spider 2 years ago and really...

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Enthusiastic, sympathetic and helpful

28-01-2013 Hits:92897 Testimonials Super User

Kris Glover of Pets in Practise has been our approved behavioural therapist for some time now.  Kris is always enthusiastic, sympathetic and helpful.  She believes in compassionate management of behavioural disorders, which suits our own philosophy.  She provides an efficient service for clients and the practice, and achieves excellent results.  Her communication with client and practice is first class, ensuring that we are kept fully in the loop and involved in all aspects of the management when appropriate. Kris runs...

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Nicole Crooks RVN, BSc(Hons), DipCABT, NCert(AnBeh)

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