Forrestfield Veterinary Hospital
313 Hale Road
Wattle Grove, WA, 6107
Phone: 08 9453 1290

High Wycombe Veterinary Hospital
548 Kalamunda Road
High Wycombe, WA, 6057
Phone: 08 9454 6915

Theres been a great response  from clients & puppies alike  since Puppy Classes were recommenced at Forrestfield Vet Hospital about 6 months ago .

The classes have been embraced by our keen “new puppy” clients and most classes are fully booked in advance:  So much so, that sometimes its quite a juggle getting all our interested puppies into a course within the required age window  of 8 to 16 weeks of age.   

The Classes run on Thursday nights for one hour & consist of a 4 week course  with basic training & petcare  information,  but the main benefit  is in socialising puppies early, which has been shown to significantly help with their social development & confidence  later in life. But just as importantly , it’s GREAT FUN  for puppies AND owners, &  theres much  laughter to be had watching pups of different sizes,  breeds, and personalities  relating & playing  together in there own special way . Particularly rewarding is watching those pups who may be more “stand-offish” early  in the classes gradually come out of their shell & join in the play as the weeks go by, further  highlighting the benefits of puppy classes in building social skills. If you’ve got a new pup, why not book in & join in the fun.

For more information on Puppy Classes visit  our website  at  or speak to our one of our Vet Nurses.

Black Puppy

Puppy Classes are so much FUN !!!

Contents of this newsletter

01  Mind your manners

02  Sharpen those claws

03  Training tips

04  Overcoming cat carrier stress

05  Destructive dogs

01 Mind your manners

March is Polite Pets Month so there's never been a better time to get your pet to mind his manners!

Polite Pets Month is an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness among pet owners about pet training and pet behaviour issues.

So if you own a mischievous mutt or a crazy kitty, now's the time to ask for help. 

For specific advice about pet behaviour, we recommend you make an appointment with us to discuss the problem.Many people are surprised that behavioural problems are often caused by an underlying medical condition.

For example, a suddenly aggressive dog may be suffering from arthritic pain. Or a cat that is urinating outside of his litter box may in fact have underlying urinary tract disease. 

We also have lots of tools up our sleeve to help with behavioural issues - such as pheromone diffusers that can help your pet feel more relaxed. 

Phone us today - we can help your pet be on his best behaviour (perhaps not quite as good as Jesse the dog in this video).

02 Sharpen those claws

Cats love a good scratch. Not only is it a good form of exercise but they get to sharpen their claws. Scratching also helps them to leave scent markers or a "calling card."

Unfortunately, some cats choose to sharpen their claws on furniture and think that the back of the sofa is just one giant scratching post. Obviously, their interior decorating is not always desirable!  

What to do if your cat is damaging furniture:

  • Place a scratching post right next to the furniture the cat is currently scratching
  • Praise and offer food rewards whenever your cat scratches her scratching post
  • Try offering a variety of scratching substrates; don’t offer just one carpeted scratching post - think cardboard, logs of wood
  • Deter the cat from scratching furniture by placing double-sided sticky tape on it. Many cats find the stickiness of the tape unpleasant

If you’ve tried all these recommendations and your cat is still “redecorating”, ask us for help. 

03 Training tips

If you have just brought home a new puppy, kitten or rescue pet, training should begin straight away. It is easy for a dog or cat to pick up bad habits quickly, especially when they are settling in. If you let your puppy sleep in your bed initially, this is where he will expect to sleep for the rest of his life and it may not be as fun when he grows to be a hairy, slobbering 20kg adult dog!

Make sure you decide on a few ground rules early and stick to them. Short training sessions (up to five minutes) create routine and stimulate your pet’s brain.

Here are a few things to remember:

  • Be consistent
  • Always reward your pet when he is doing the right thing
  • Dogs in particular learn by positive re-enforcement; use treats, pats and a positive voice as a reward
  • Ignore any undesirable behaviour

As mentioned above, Puppy Classes are an excellent opportunity for your pup to learn some basic manners but, most importantly, socialise with other dogs his own age. Your puppy will gain confidence with different doggy personalities making visits to the park in the future much more enjoyable.

Kittens and cats need lots of stimulation so providing a range of toys is important. Scratching posts and climbing poles are also an excellent source of entertainment. Or you could build your cat the ultimate maze!

04 Overcoming cat carrier stress

Getting your cat into a carrier can be a very stressful event and can put you off taking your cat to the vet.

In your cat's mind, nothing good really follows being shoved into a carrier. Dogs leave the house for pleasurable walks but cats are invariably taken somewhere a lot less exciting (i.e to see us!). 

Cats should be secured in the car, not just for their safety but also yours. 

Some tips for reducing cat carrier stress:

  1. Store the carrier in a part of your house that smells like home (not with moth balls or in the dusty garage). Give your cat the chance to rub her scent on the carrier
  2. Get your cat to associate the carrier with good things. Place food in the carrier or special treats. Close the door for a few minutes while she’s inside. Then use the same process when a trip to the vet is on the cards
  3. Cats are smart (“Hmmm, why does my owner have her car keys in her hand? That’s it, I’m outta here!”) so vary your cues and mix up your routine
  4. Bring a towel that smells like home to cover the carrier when you arrive here. Also - don't put the carrier down near a strange dog - it instantly creates stress
  5.  Ask us about Feliway pheromone spray to help your cat feel more secure and safe while in the carrier

We will happily recommend the best carrier for your cat - ask us for advice.

05 Destructive dogs

Dogs are social creatures and they form strong bonds with people. Having a furry best friend is, without doubt, the greatest thing in the world, but it is not uncommon for your pooch to feel anxious when they are separated from you.

Most dogs will adapt well to daily separation from their owners but unfortunately some dogs will become very distressed and even destructive, a problem known as separation anxiety.

Signs of separation anxiety include:

  • Barking, howling
  • Excessive chewing, digging and pacing
  • Destruction and scratching of barriers - near doors and windows
  • House soiling

In some cases dogs can seriously injure themselves and may severely destroy property. It can also be a very distressing problem for owners.

Tips to help reduce your dog’s anxiety:

  • Take your dog for a walk before you leave the house
  • Don’t make huge fuss when you leave your dog or when you return
  • Start small - leave your dog alone for only five minutes extending to twenty minutes then an hour, then longer
  • Leave your dog with plenty of stimulating toys, chews and mind games
  • Leave the radio or television on for company

Please don't hesitate to speak to us if you think your dog is developing separation problems. There are even some possible medications  available that can be used to try & improve the situation.