Advice for your beloved pets

MUZZLE: Dogs will become accustomed.

I THOUGHT that this week I would write about my weekly show on Talk Radio Europe from 10-11am.

My team consist of Nazli, our vet from the Pointer Clinic Estepona, and Celia Haddon, an expert on small animals especially cats. Celia was the pet agony aunt for the UK Telegraph. This week Rona Brown sat in for Celia who is taking a climbing holiday.

Rona Brown is known for her work on movies Fish Tank (2009), Creation (2009) and Gorillas in the Mist (1988).

This week The Boris Bulletin from Barrie Nathan about his cat Boris who is a she!

“Our morning schedule is as follows. Boris waits for me to a ablute in my bathroom, she then comes in and jumps onto her cushion which lives on the corner of the bath (I prefer bathing to showering), she then waits patiently for me to get in the bath, which may be as long as a 30 minute delay.  Only when I get into the bath does she raise herself from her cushion, leans into the tub and starts drinking the hot water. She knows the water level is substantially higher after my entry! After about two minutes she gets off the bath and goes back to bed.”

Nazli mentioned that there are reports of dog poisoning and to be extra careful in dog parks and recommends a muzzle. I know most of you will say ‘my dog does not like a muzzle’, believe me they get used to a muzzle and it will protect your dog from putting his nose into trouble. Give the muzzle a try not once but a few times and of course rewards when taking off. 

Nazli says: “My vet has asked me to bring a urine sample of my dog, how do I do this?” You will need a clean container. For the female dog you can use a ladle, so that you do not have to crouch down when she squats, and pour the urine into the container, (do wash the ladle thoroughly afterwards). The male dog will sniff an area, position himself and lift up his leg to urinate. Place the container in the flow of the urine, fill the container and then wash your hands. If you have problems then why not go to a professional for help at Pointer Clinic dog school. 

Mic Martin, the famous trainer from Dog Borstal at the BBC joined us for the second half of the show. I would mention that those attending Dog Borstal, if they get it wrong they can expect a punishment as Mic says “It’s the owners fault, not the dog.” 

They can get ‘press-ups’ or running round the field, etc.

Mic worked in the Police Special Services as an instructor and certainly knows all about dogs from scent and rescue work. Mic spoke about the relationship one must have with the dog which is of prime importance. Like me he dislikes harnesses and flexi leads and explained a few simple rules “Stop the dog licking you” as germs can be passed.

If you want to hear the show go to:, if you do not have time then you can have a copy each week by emailing: [email protected] 

Why not write to me and send me a picture of your dog or cat and do not forget I like to know their names,  behaviour and what he or she can do!


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