Over the years my family and I have shared our house with quite a few pets (dogs, cats, budgies, cockatiels, tortoises, hamsters, gerbils, canaries, fish, a pigeon and a rat).
Animal-training in our household didn’t really exist in any mindful way. I remember one day we three siblings took our dog for a walk and let her off the lead under the false assumption that she would spend her time playing with us. Nope, she decided she’d rather run home to my dad through the streets, across the main roads and stopping for no one on her way. We didn’t have the best relationship; we hadn’t taught her any recall skills and she barely acknowledged her own name – Julie (really?).
Our cats were similarly “badly behaved”.
We let a budgie fly out of the window, a horde of hamster pups escape into the floor boards, and a rescued pigeon fly away before it was fully fit.
Yes we loved them all but was it enough? Could we have have made their lives happier and our lives easier? Sure we could! All it would have taken was a little more knowledge and better management.
I put all that behind me when I got my own animals as an adult. I raised two adorable loving cats and adopted two amazing Greyhounds. I trained them through the Kennel Club Citizen Scheme to Gold standard.
I rescued a Sprollie with “issues” who is now a much calmer beast and is starting to enjoy rally with me.
Alongside I occasionally foster for the RSPCA.
If you would like to foster a cat or dog through our local RSPCA branch then please contact our rehoming coordinator.