Your family is more than just your spouse and kids. By now, your dog is a valued member as well. When you make big plans for the family, you have to think about your dog, too. That’s why buying a new home means helping the family dog get through. It’s not like they understand what’s going on, so they will need some help from you.

Believe it or not, the first way you can help is by making sure your dog is even welcome in your new family home. 

 

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Questions To Ask Before Buying

There are many kinds of dogs, but some communities ban a few outright. That’s why you need to check the local requirements before you buy anything. For example:

Does the city or county prohibit certain breeds of dog?

If you’re moving into a house or condo, is there a housing association that can limit what kinds of dogs show up?

Does the new home have the right space for your dog? Active dogs require more space, whereas older dogs can do well with less. 

 

After getting these important questions answered, you need to focus on the home itself. We recommend checking out the floor plan to see if your dog can thrive in the new house. Here are some specific things to look for:

Is your new backyard fenced in, and are there any holes your dog can squeeze through?

Do you have an older dog that will be bothered climbing a lot of stairs?

Are there any health hazards for your dog, such as toxic plants or exposed wiring?

 

In addition to the floor plan, you also have to consider the neighborhood. How far away is the veterinarian in case of medical emergencies? Is the neighborhood good for dog walking, and are there any parks in the area? In other words, make sure there are amenities for your dog before moving in. 

 

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Leaving Your Old Home

Speaking of which, the moving process can be stressful for everyone in your family. But for your dog, things are typically worse because they don’t know why things are going into boxes and disappearing. To a dog, their whole home is going away piece by piece.

To help reduce the stress for everyone, here are a few tips:

Make sure your dog is crate trained. When it comes to literally moving to the new place, this can do wonders.

Pack a little at a time over weeks, if not a month or more. Slowly introducing changes helps your dog (and your whole family) adjust more easily

Leave your dog’s belongings unpacked until the last minute.

In the week before your move, take your dog on plenty of walks. Exercise helps reduce stress and tire out your dog.

On moving day, you'll want to keep your dog in a crate as much as possible. Getting a dog sitter to take the dog away for a few hours is another great idea.

 

Adjusting To Your New Home

Now that you’re moved in, your dog needs some help settling in. Again, they don’t get this is their new home, at least not yet. Redfin has great advice for helping your pet acclimate:

Keep with your established routine (walks, feeding, etc.). This lends some predictability to an otherwise chaotic time.

Play with your dog a lot during your first day in the new home.

Look around for health hazards like loose cords or holes in a fence.

Fido Friendly also recommends giving your dog a few extra bathroom trips. Your dog will want to know where it’s acceptable to go to the bathroom, so give them time to establish where is permitted.

 

Make This Home The Right One

As your family gets used to the idea of moving, you can help your dog do that as well. Make sure your new home is good for your dog, then pack slowly and spend extra time together once in the new home. This way, everyone in your family can enjoy the move that much more.

 

Cindy is the creator of OurDogFriends.org, a website advocating for the love and ownership of dogs. She believes that dogs truly are our best friends and wants to see less dogs in shelters and more in loving homes

 

Does your dog love to jump on everyone they meet? This can be extremely annoying and can also be dangerous as the dog may knock the person over or injure them accidentally. A dog jumping up can be particularly frightening for young children and older people.

There are a number of methods you can use to teach your dog not to jump up; they don’t need to be aversive or use physical tools. The hardest part (as with most behaviour work) is the consistency and dedication it takes of you and your family to work with your dog.

“Keep four on the floor”

This is what we want, your dog to keep all four paws superglued to the floor until you tell them to jump up (if you want to). In order to do this we will teach your dog a contradictory behaviour. For example, if your dog learns they have to sit for attention, then they can’t jump up as it’s not physically possible for them to do both at the same time. Or, you could teach our dog to go to their mat/bed when people come through your front door. Whatever behaviour you decide on you must keep it the same. It’s easier on your dog if the rules don’t change.

 

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Using Sit as the alternative behaviour

If you use Sit as your alternative behaviour then it is a good idea to get a treat bag to carry round with you and then do the basics of training the Sit command in all the places where your dog likes to jump up at you. For example, the hallway, outside your bedroom door, in the garden, in the kitchen. We use these places to change the behaviour there first so that the dog has a strong association of sitting and staying calm and this becomes their default behaviour. i.e., four on the floor for attention.

What to do if your dog jumps up

It your dog jumps up then look away and ignore them. You can fold your arms (so you don’t accidentally touch them) and don’t speak. Remember, even telling your dog no, stop, etc., is still giving attention attention. Wait until they have sat down calmly and kept all four paws on the floor for a few seconds before rewarding. You may find it useful to do this with a clicker as you can mark the instant they put four paws on the ground and sit for you which will help your dog learn faster what you are expecting. They may jump up like a looney to get your attention but it’s important that you completely ignore them until they sit.

Ignoring jumping up is difficult, but absolutely essential to help extinguish the behaviour. Your dog doesn’t understand that you pushing them off and saying ‘no’ is something they shouldn’t want. They still got your attention.  As far as they are concerned, jumping worked.

All on board

For training to work, the whole family and friends have to be on board. This is the hardest part. Every person that comes into contact with your dog has to follow these rules, even strangers you meet out and about. Otherwise, the behaviour ends up being on a variable reinforcement schedule. In other words, your dog gets rewarded when he jumps on people sometimes and sometimes he doesn’t. This will actually make the behaviour stronger.

 

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So, what do you do when someone says  “that’s okay, I don’t mind if your dog jumps on me”?

You will have to manage the situation so your dog does not get the chance to practice the unwanted behaviour and even worse, be rewarded for it.  Here are some ways to manage your dog’s environment while they are learning good manners, or in a situation where you think the people will not respect your rules.

At home, block their instant access to people. Use baby gates, close doors or put your dog in a crate when people are coming over so they cannot rush to the door and jump them as soon as you open it. This gives you time to explain the new rules, get everyone settled and give your dog a chance to calm down before greetings can be exchanged.

Outside. Keep your dog on a fixed lead. If you know your friends can’t handle following the rules, maybe your dog does not get to greet them while they are in training. If your dog must say hi, you can keep a leash on your dog and step on it, so they can’t physically jump up on them.  This also works great on walks when a complete strangers walks up too fast for you to explain the rules or get your dog to sit.


Speak up. It’s important you tell people they cannot pet your dog, or that they need to wait until he is being appropriate before saying hi. You don’t have to say it rudely, but don’t back down, either.  You wouldn’t let a stranger approach your child in any way they want—treat your dog with the same care. You could use the Yellow Dog awareness campaign to help (http://www.yellowdoguk.co.uk) just pop a yellow ribbon on your leash or a yellow bandana on your dog to indicate to others that your dog needs some space whilst they are in training.

And finally, if you want your dog to be able to jump up sometimes, but not others, you should put it on cue. This will teach your dog stimulus control so they only do the behaviour when asked. Dolly knows that when I say ‘paws up’ it’s okay to jump up and get attention.

 

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Sarah is an animal behaviourist who specialises in canine and equine behaviour using positive reinforcement methods.

She writes regularly for magazines and blogs including celebrity trainer Victoria Stilwell.

 

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Trimming your dogs nails is an important part of their grooming routine.

Left unchecked, overgrown nails can be painful for a dog; it can result in splitting or breaking of the nail, and cause an irregular gait that can lead to skeletal damage.

A lot of people ask us how often they should cut their dogs nails. As a general rule, if your dogs nails are touching the ground when standing and you can hear their nails ‘clicking’ on the floor when they walk it is time for a trim. Dogs who are regularly walked on hard surfaces can naturally wear their nails down so they may not require as frequent trimming as those walked on soft surfaces.

However for dogs that have dew claws, as these do not touch the ground they have to be regularly trimmed to avoid the nail curling around and potentially growing into the dew pad.

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Nail structure

Before cutting your dogs nails it is important to understand the structure of the nails so as not to cause your dog pain when trimming.

A dogs nail consists of the quick and nail shell. The quick is a live blood supply in a dogs nail, as the nail grows so does the quick. If nails are not cut on a regular basis the quick will continue to grow with the nail, which if left too long, results in problems when trimming. If the quick is cut when nails are trimmed this will cause the quick to bleed. If your dog has long quick’s, clipping a little off the nails every week or so will cause the quick to recede with the nail.

Doing this on a regular basis will allow you clip the nails shorter over time resulting in better overall nail and paw health.

 

Cutting the nails

When cutting your dogs nails always clip from the side taking a little off at a time to ensure you are not cutting into the quick. Cutting from the side rather than from the top avoids squeezing down on the dogs nail which can be painful. The quick is identified by seeing a pink spot (on white nails) and a black spot (on black nails) at the centre of the clipped nail.When you see this spot you should stop cutting.

If you accidently cut the quick try not to panic; there will be a sudden rush of blood so it is important to help stop the blood flow. This can be done by using a coagulating powder or corn starch powder pressed against the bleeding nail and holding it there for approximately 3-4 minutes. This should stop the nail from bleeding. Don’t wipe the powder away from the tip of the nail as this aids the coagulation process.

Once the bleeding stops try to keep your dog off its feet for at least 30 minutes to avoid the quick for starting to bleed again. If you cut deep into the quick and find that the blood does not stop after 20 minutes then contact your vet immediately to determine why clotting is not happening. If your dogs toe becomes swollen or irritated after cutting the quick you should also consult your vet.

Try to file your dogs nails after trimming to remove some of the sharpness, this avoids you getting scratched if your dog jumps up on you post nail clipping. If you are uncomfortable cutting your dogs nails your groomer can provide this service, you should visit them once a month or as your dog requires.

 

 

Losing a beloved pet is one of the hardest things any dog owner has to face. The grief is often made harder by non-dog owner’s lack of understanding of the depth of the bond and the significance of the loss.

 

But what of the dog or dogs left behind? Do they grieve?  Do they need particular help or treatment?


These are hard questions to answer in a short space as every dog is different and every dog to dog relationship is different. This is probably the most important factor to bear in mind. The following advice should be tailored to your particular pet, your particular circumstances.

If you need additional help seek advice from your vet, a behaviourist or pet bereavement service.

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Firstly people often ask whether they should let their remaining pets see or sniff their dead companion. My answer is yes , especially if this is easy to arrange, for example if your pet has been put to sleep at home or you are taking it home to bury in the garden.

Some pets will be curious and come and sniff the body, some will avoid it, and some will show no interest at all. Do not force your dog to view its deceased friend. Dogs process the information in a different way from us. Smell is very important to them and once animals die their scent changes very quickly (remember the fleas jump off as soon as the animal is dead). Your dog will know.

Secondly, do not project your own feelings of grief onto your pet or expect them to behave in any particular way. Dogs and people are very close in some respects but in others still very different and this is where most misunderstandings spring from. Try and imagine what it is that your dog has lost and what it needs.



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Here are some of the things your dog may be experiencing

 

Loneliness

Your dog has lost a friend and a comforter. He has no one to play with or cuddle up to. Dogs that live together generally sleep together, lay side by side together, eat together, and go on walks together guard the house together. Your dog will be feeling very lonely.

You can try and alleviate that loneliness by giving extra cuddles, extra play time, an extra blanket or hot water bottle at bed time. Any sort of extra positive attention will make your dog feel better.


Loss of routine

Dogs do best when they live by a regular, predictable routine. The simple fact that your dog’s housemate has died means that their routine has changed. Everything they used to do together they now do alone.

Try and stick to the same routine as much as possible, at least initially, so that your dog does not have to cope with additional changes. Same walk times, same meal times, same food, same routine with the postman etc. etc.


Change of status

Dogs see themselves as part of a pack. When a pack member dies the status of the dog changes. This will obviously vary with the number of dogs that you have.
Your remaining dog may feel less confident, simply because of the fact that it has lost its ‘wingman’. The park, the postman, visitors may be may all be more of a challenge for a dog having to face them with no back up.

By contrast if the dog that died kept the other dog in its place you may find that your remaining dog has been relieved in some way. Although missing a furry friend to cuddle up to it no longer has someone telling it what to do all the time. In this case the dog is likely to cope well.
If you have several dogs there may be some tension about the new hierarchy within the pack so do not be surprised if there are scuffles or fights between your dogs.

If the new order is not sorted out quickly consult a behaviourist.

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Anxiety

Most dogs will experience some anxiety after the loss of a companion due to all of the reasons above. In addition they will pick up on their owner’s change in mood and behaviour. Dogs that are anxious are less active, engage less, may go off their food and may become more moody or snappy.

Dogs become uncertain when their environment changes and is unpredictable to them and this is exactly what happens when another dog in the house dies.

Provide reassurance, extra time (not extra treats). Repeating or introducing some positive/reward based basic training is often useful in these situations.If gets you and your dog to engage more, it creates a positive atmosphere and it will build your dog’s self-confidence.

If you have any concerns about training join a class or find a behaviourist for some one-to-one advice.

In essence your dog will work through its grief more quickly if you maintain its regular routine, making any changes slowly, and give it extra time and positive attention.

If your dog seems very withdrawn or unwell then you should consult your vet.

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Caring for your dog is something that you do automatically but as the summer months come to an end, are you aware of the risks that you dog faces during the autumn months?

These risks could cause problems for your dog’s health and this highlights the importance of looking after your dog in the correct way. There are many dangers out there during the autumn months and understanding them will ensure that your dog remains safe.

Fleas can be a problem all year round but during the autumn months when people begin to heat up their homes, fleas can continue to cause problems for your dog. The way to deal with this potential problem is to treat the whole house with a flea treatment (like the Acclaim Household Flea Spray), that way you can be sure that the home is flea-free. A vet will be able to recommend a product that works and will continue to work for as long as possible.

Some fleas are difficult to find especially the likes of harvest mites. When checking your pet for fleas during the autumn months, check the areas that are commonly targeted such as the abdomen, ears and paws.

 

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Homeowners have a number of problems to deal with such as insects and rodents and this means that they use pesticides. These products are extremely toxic and dangerous to your pet should they ingest it and it can lead to severe illness or even death.

When it comes to using these products, make sure you use them in places that are not accessible to your dog and also do your best to keep an eye on them should they be affected by these products.

Children are notorious for leaving their toys and other play items around the home. This can range from small toys that can be ingested to the likes of paint and even glue, all of which can cause problems for your dog and its health. Make sure that the children put away all toys because your dog could experience stomach problems should they swallow one of these items.

Dogs love to spend time sniffing the ground and this does mean that they could come across mushrooms and other hazardous products. If you believe that your dog has swallowed a mushroom and you are unsure whether it is poisonous or not, then do not leave it to chance. Give your vet a call.

One of the other outdoor problems that dogs can experience is the effects of ingesting conkers. If a dog has swallowed a conker they are likely to experience abdominal discomfort, vomiting and drooling as well as other symptoms. Poisoning is rare but it is possible so try to avoid them.

 

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Topping up your car levels during the autumn months in preparation for the winter is common practice for car owners but antifreeze is toxic to dogs and they are often lured in by its sweet taste. Stop your dog from drinking water from puddles in areas where cars are parked.

In the same way as humans, dogs can have trouble with their joints and this means that the cold weather can cause them problems. Consider purchasing them a coat and try not to spend too much time outside with them when the weather is especially cold.

Leading UK astrologer Russell Grant tells us what the stars have in store for our pets this month...

 

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The UK Astrologer, Britain's most loved Astrologer with your pet's horoscopes for August 2017

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Aries1ARIES March 21st - April 20th

Friendly overtures come from many directions. People find you beautiful and interesting. You wear it well and soak up the adulation of any admirer. Someone who finds you delightful presents you with something to wear that they consider adorable. Even if you don't like it, go along with it. It's temporary.

 

 

 


 

taurusTAURUS April 21st - May 21st

How can anyone improve their mind while busily working on household tasks? With educational tapes playing in the background you and your two legged pal are able to absorb much as you go about taking care of routine chores. Learning a foreign language is one thing that can be done this way. It would be a suitable joint project if you and your companion teamed up now to further yourselves! Isn't it worth putting as much effort into this as you do into the upkeep of your home?

 

 


 

gemini1GEMINI May 22nd - June 21st

Staying out of trouble is easier said than done, especially for someone as curious as you are. How you love to poke your nose into dark corners, even at the risk of coming out with your nose clogged with cobwebs, or even worse, with a few active creators of those silky threads! Not to worry, though, this adventure of yours may be a signal to your human companion that a serious household cleaning and scrubbing is called for!

 

 


 

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Unfortunately this month's visitors aren't giving out any special treats, so you'll likely think their snack choices are lacklustre. It's clear to your regular housemates you're less than enthusiastic about what's being put before you, but at the very least they'll expect you to be polite. This isn't easy, but you if you remember what a Libra friend once did in a similar situation, you'll have a good example to follow. Distraction is also a clever ploy; divert attention away from food and onto your acrobatic abilities.

 


 

leoLEO July 24th - August 23rd

Friends are the priority for the foreseeable future, making new ones and being attentive to those you already have! That first quest calls for a certain amount of imagination and planning, so once you observe everyone's schedule work to put yourself in the best place to capture the moment. Your fiery nature attracts the kind of response you hope for and you'll soon find yourself being fussed over and enjoying treats that tickle your taste buds.

 

 


 

libraVIRGO August 24th - September 23rd

You're always eager to help with whatever tasks your human companions have for you, but when the workload slows down, you're mood may plummet accordingly. With people absent from home for longer intervals than usual, you're left to your own devices and could get into mischief just because you're looking for something to do. There's no need to push yourself when the situation calls for rest; ease off and occupy yourself with your toys.

  

 


 

libra1LIBRA September 24th - October 23rd

It's hard not to take it personally if you're put out of a gathering of human visitors, but it's not meant to hurt you. Possibly one or more of the guests has sensitivities that make it difficult for them to be in the presence of a furry creature such as yourself. Accept your dismissal knowing it's for the greater good and comfort of someone; before you know it you'll have full run of the house once again.

 

 

 


 

scorpio1SCORPIO October 24th - November 22nd

How pleased you are when a cycle concludes on a productive note; you must be in pet Shangri-la currently. Collect any of your toys that are strewn about, make yourself available to help those near and dear. When you get the opportunity to go on an excursion with your companion, go for the purpose of being there to help tote small packages or just as a watchful chaperone. Your people need you, and who but you gets and gives so much happiness?

 

  

 


 

sagSAGITTARIUS November 23rd - December 21st

What does a helpful pet do when an opening or crack or in the floor or wall occurs. This situation has the potential to upset your people because if it worsens wind or water may invade your living space. Once you alert them, those who are best equipped will scurry around in an effort to plug up the offending area. You'll likely find this whole episode quite interesting, but it's best if you stay out of the way while the repair work is being conducted.

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capricornCAPRICORN December 22nd - January 20th

Your social schedule is so full now, you'll wish there were more hours in the day so you could fit in even more fun! As much as you enjoy all the loving interactions you've experienced, you do need to stop to refresh yourself now and then. Though you don't realise it at the time, your energy does get spent, even in pleasant activities; a little time out gives you the chance to reflect on and savour each lovely exchange as you prepare for the next one.

 


 

aquaAQUARIUS January 21st - February 19th

Your bad behaviour could drive a wedge between you and your owner. It's not that you want to create trouble; it's just that you can't think of any other way to draw attention to your problems. Fortunately, your human friend will get the message soon, when the two of you are able to spend quality time together. The best way for your companion to make you feel valued is to focus on your needs

 

 


 

piscesPISCES February 20th - March 20th

Your companions are in the mood to redecorate. Normally this might make for an interesting adventure, but instead it puts you on edge. The shifting of furniture and general shake up is upsetting. Whining or making a fuss won't help, as they're determined, so it's best to sit back and mellow out until they're finished. Remind yourself it's only temporary.

 

 

 


 

Come back next month for more Pet Horoscopes from Russell Grant 

 

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Jamie from Wolf Peak debunks some of the myths around coconut oil

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I caught up with Andrea Gamby-Boulger – the founder of Wetnose Animal Aid , non-profit organisation staffed entirely through dedicated volunteers.

 

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Andrea, and her late husband Gavin Gamby-Boulger sold their kennels in 2000 to set up Wetnose Animal with the aim of helping other Rescue Centres who needed so much support.

Now, 17 years on, Wetnose Animal Aid are true to their Mission Statement -

Our mission is to make a positive difference by helping vulnerable animals and reduce their suffering through raising funds to support those who provide for their care and welfare in rescue.”

 

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Wetnose Day, created by the Wetnose Animal Aid Team, creates the paw’fect opportunity to raise funds for struggling Rescue Centres to help pay off vets bills and to purchase essential equipment and daily necessities.

It is extremely common for Rescue Centres to notice a decline in donations but an increase in animals being left with them when owners are not able to keep them for various reasons.

This then results in a serious lack of funding causing strain on so many Rescue Centres across the UK. 

 

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In recent years, Wetnose have received an amazing amount of support from celebrities including Amanda Holden, Tom Hardy, Paul O’Grady, Joanna Lumley and many others.

From all of the support received, a large number of Rescue Centres received funding to purchase essential equipment and necessities as well as veterinary treatment for those animals in desperate need.

 

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With your help and support this Wetnose Day 2017 (29th September – 1ST October) we can encourage all pet-friendly places, schools and workplaces all across the UK to ‘Pose With A Nose’ to raise raise loads of cash for this amazing cause.

With your help, animals in need can receive the care that they deserve.

 

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Leading UK astrologer Russell Grant tells us what the stars have in store for our pets this month...

 

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The UK Astrologer, Britain's most loved Astrologer with your pet's horoscopes for August 2017

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Aries1ARIES March 21st - April 20th

Friendly overtures come from many directions. People find you beautiful and interesting. You wear it well and soak up the adulation of any admirer. Someone who finds you delightful presents you with something to wear that they consider adorable. Even if you don't like it, go along with it. It's temporary.

 

 


 

taurusTAURUS April 21st - May 21st

How can anyone improve their mind while busily working on household tasks? With educational tapes playing in the background you and your two legged pal are able to absorb much as you go about taking care of routine chores. Learning a foreign language is one thing that can be done this way. It would be a suitable joint project if you and your companion teamed up now to further yourselves! Isn't it worth putting as much effort into this as you do into the upkeep of your home?

 

 


 

gemini1GEMINI May 22nd - June 21st

Staying out of trouble is easier said than done, especially for someone as curious as you are. How you love to poke your nose into dark corners, even at the risk of coming out with your nose clogged with cobwebs, or even worse, with a few active creators of those silky threads! Not to worry, though, this adventure of yours may be a signal to your human companion that a serious household cleaning and scrubbing is called for!

 

 


 

iStock 510692930CANCER June 22nd - July 23rd

Unfortunately this month's visitors aren't giving out any special treats, so you'll likely think their snack choices are lacklustre. It's clear to your regular housemates you're less than enthusiastic about what's being put before you, but at the very least they'll expect you to be polite. This isn't easy, but you if you remember what a Libra friend once did in a similar situation, you'll have a good example to follow. Distraction is also a clever ploy; divert attention away from food and onto your acrobatic abilities.

 

 


 

leoLEO July 24th - August 23rd

Friends are the priority for the foreseeable future, making new ones and being attentive to those you already have! That first quest calls for a certain amount of imagination and planning, so once you observe everyone's schedule work to put yourself in the best place to capture the moment. Your fiery nature attracts the kind of response you hope for and you'll soon find yourself being fussed over and enjoying treats that tickle your taste buds.

 

 


 

libraVIRGO August 24th - September 23rd

You're always eager to help with whatever tasks your human companions have for you, but when the workload slows down, you're mood may plummet accordingly. With people absent from home for longer intervals than usual, you're left to your own devices and could get into mischief just because you're looking for something to do. There's no need to push yourself when the situation calls for rest; ease off and occupy yourself with your toys.

  

 


 

libra1LIBRA September 24th - October 23rd

It's hard not to take it personally if you're put out of a gathering of human visitors, but it's not meant to hurt you. Possibly one or more of the guests has sensitivities that make it difficult for them to be in the presence of a furry creature such as yourself. Accept your dismissal knowing it's for the greater good and comfort of someone; before you know it you'll have full run of the house once again.

 

 

 


 

scorpio1SCORPIO October 24th - November 22nd

How pleased you are when a cycle concludes on a productive note; you must be in pet Shangri-la currently. Collect any of your toys that are strewn about, make yourself available to help those near and dear. When you get the opportunity to go on an excursion with your companion, go for the purpose of being there to help tote small packages or just as a watchful chaperone. Your people need you, and who but you gets and gives so much happiness?

 

  

 


 

sagSAGITTARIUS November 23rd - December 21st

What does a helpful pet do when an opening or crack or in the floor or wall occurs. This situation has the potential to upset your people because if it worsens wind or water may invade your living space. Once you alert them, those who are best equipped will scurry around in an effort to plug up the offending area. You'll likely find this whole episode quite interesting, but it's best if you stay out of the way while the repair work is being conducted.

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capricornCAPRICORN December 22nd - January 20th

Your social schedule is so full now, you'll wish there were more hours in the day so you could fit in even more fun! As much as you enjoy all the loving interactions you've experienced, you do need to stop to refresh yourself now and then. Though you don't realise it at the time, your energy does get spent, even in pleasant activities; a little time out gives you the chance to reflect on and savour each lovely exchange as you prepare for the next one.

 


 

aquaAQUARIUS January 21st - February 19th

Your bad behaviour could drive a wedge between you and your owner. It's not that you want to create trouble; it's just that you can't think of any other way to draw attention to your problems. Fortunately, your human friend will get the message soon, when the two of you are able to spend quality time together. The best way for your companion to make you feel valued is to focus on your needs

 

 


 

piscesPISCES February 20th - March 20th

Your companions are in the mood to redecorate. Normally this might make for an interesting adventure, but instead it puts you on edge. The shifting of furniture and general shake up is upsetting. Whining or making a fuss won't help, as they're determined, so it's best to sit back and mellow out until they're finished. Remind yourself it's only temporary.

 

 

 


 

Come back next month for more Pet Horoscopes from Russell Grant 

 

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