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Better Homes and Gardens offers viewers a practical and easy guide to creating great food, a beautiful garden and a warm and friendly home. Join presenter Johanna Griggs and established team of experts – Graham Ross (Horticulturalist), Dr Harry Cooper (Vet), Rob Palmer (DIY), Ed Halmagyi (Fast Food presenter), Jason Hodges (landscaper), Karen Martini (food presenter) and Tara Dennis (interior expert) – and see the homes and gardens come alive. Each episode is packed full of inspirational ideas and achievable decorating, DIY, craft, food and gardening projects. It’s all about better living.

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Posted by Alex525 • 11d ago • Report
Dr Harry im hoping you can please help me.
i have a male desexed Koolie that is nearly 4 years old and he cannot be trusted around other dogs. he has the most beautiful gentle nature when we are at home but as soon as we go to a park and he is off the lead, he chases other dogs and barks and bites at them, it comes across very nasty. I also have a female boxer at home who is around the same age but i had her 1st and i would say at home she is the boss. she is also a very gentle and loving dog no matter where we are. both dogs have been around other dogs their whole life but for some reason the Koolie has always been a bit snappy and i dont know what to do & it is making life very difficult! especially since he loves going to the park and chasing the ball so much but as soon as another dog comes in i put him on the lead. once he has gotten to know another dog for a while over a couple of meetings he is ok, but its always very tense at the start, and if the other dog snaps back it could end very badly.
i would love to hear your advice as i dont want to have to leave him at home when i go places but he makes it very hard to take him with me.
Posted by Dayna31 • 15d ago • Report
DR HARRY, I NEED URGENT HELP!!!!
we have a beautiful 2 yr old Blue Staffy that will NOT eat a thing. although he has hundreds of meatless bones buried in the yard that he eats, he will not eat any meat or even dog food. he has starved himself for 4 weeks now without eating a thing. we've stopped giving him bones but that isn't working. please help.
Posted by Kerrin27 • 28d ago • Report
Hi Dr Harry, we need your help. We have a four year old female cattle dog and a 13 month male cattle dog. The male dog Bear has started to chase his rail and gets extremely violent towards himself. He attacks his still. Josie (the female) lays on the ground and Bear attacks her. He hasn't drawn blood yet but I don't know if he will but we need to stop this. I understand that a Bear is trying to be the dominating male but I am scared he he going to hurt her. So we need your help. Thanks kerrin
Posted by Kim1467 • 5w ago • Report
Hi Dr Harry,

I am having issues with my Labrador's barking constantly while my fiancé and I are at work.

A little while ago I received a complaint in the mailbox from one of my neighbours saying that the dogs are barking while we aren't home. I found this doubtful as they are generally noiseless unless playing.

I decided to set up the GoPro to see whether there was any merit in the letter, it turns out it was true. I have two Labradors and both are found to be barking. I am not sure what they are barking at, it appears they are always at a fence when barking but some times just standing in the middle of the yard.

We borrowed a citronella bark collar and put it on the one who appeared to be the instigator and it worked a charm however, now the other Labrador seems to be barking.

This is only happening when we are away from home. We leave at 6:30am and my finance arrives home around 4:00pm and I get home around 6:30pm. They hardly ever bark when we are home.

Please help, I don't know how to stop them from barking when I am not home to discipline them and the bark collar doesn't seem to stop one of them at all!

I really want to get this under control so that my neighbours aren't being disturbed, so I am not worrying about them and also for their own peace, I hate the idea of them feeling distraught enough to be barking constantly.

I look forward to any help you can give,

Kind regards, Kim.
Posted by Tarleah • 6w ago • Report
Dear Dr Harry

I have a short haird domestic tabby cat named Anya. She is 5 yrs old and desexed. She has been by herself for the past year almost because her sister Angel passed away with cancer and old age. For the past few nights she hasnt been eating her dinner. She has use to eat canned food but now she will only eat fresh meat. Then i found out that she will only eat beef mince. Now she wont eat anything but her dry food. Can you please help as i am worried about her health
Posted by Sarah2990 • 7w ago • Report
Dear Dr Harry ?? we urgently need your help. Before Christmas we homed two beautiful kittens ET and Milo. We already had two small dogs Kermit and Pollyanna. Our kittens have taken over they are constantly attacking our dogs. Kermit whom is 13 with a heart condition is quite stressed out and Pollyanna whom is 7 is petrified that she is too scared to go out the doggie door to use the toilet as the kittens wait either in the doggie door or outside ready to attack. Pollyanna started voiding on my bed so I have to use plastic on my bed when we're not home. We have tried water sprays, clapping loudly and even placing the kittens in the bathroom after they have launched an attack on our poochies. They even hop on higher furniture so the poochies can't see them and then attack. I would just like all our animals to be friends but need help to achieve this. Any suggestions would be so greatly apreciated.
Thank you
Sarahd
Posted by Kate1728 • 7w ago • Report
Dear Dr Harry
My family have recently moved house (October) with our 5 year old male Bengal, Dexter. Since we have moved he has (often) been finding other places to urinate rather than use his litter box. Its been ongoing and am wondering if this will stop in time. Are you aware of why he could be behaving in this way?
I am forever on the look out for places he has used as his wet area and getting tired of mopping up.
Could he have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the move?
Hope you can help.
Kate
Posted by Alex504 • 8w ago • Report
Dear Dr Harry,

I desperately need your helpful advice

I have a 8 month old cocker spaniel which is very naughty. The chews everything he can get his mouth on especially plastic and except his toys. He also digs in the garden, pulled out all my plants, distoroyed my blinds and my carpet.
He has lots of energy and always want to play.

He has been disexed 4 months ago and was told it might help but he is getting worse.

I have come to the point where I don't know what else to do with him :(

Please help
Posted by griffman05 • 9w ago • Report
Dr Harry
You once did a house call on a Pug that was a guts and stood over the other dogs in the family and stole their food can you please tell me the diet you put him on as we have a Foxie cross Jack Russell who is guts his food and is over weight, we have already started feeding him from muffin tin but I would still like to feed him that diet you prescribed for the Pug.
Posted by Mo6 • 9w ago • Report
Dear Dr Harry

I recently bought a VIPDOG FOOD pet roll and just found out that it contains garlic. It even has picture of a garlic on the side. I read that garlic is poisonous to dogs. Is this the case? If it is then this company is definitely in the wrong.