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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 Kim1467 • 8d 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 • 13d 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 • 17d 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
Posted by Kate1728 • 19d 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.
Posted by Alex504 • 29d 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 • 5w 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 • 5w 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.
Posted by KelseyandJacob • 5w ago • Report
Dear Dr. Harry,

I have a one year old English staffy. We have never been able to get him to walk on the lead. With a toddler, the park is a daily thing so it would be wonderful to bring him with us. He shakes and just lays there no matter what we do. Please help.
Posted by Winston10 • 6w ago • Report
Dear Dr Harry

My parents have a 4 year old spoodle that has never had a chance to live it's life as a dog. It is never allowed outside without being on a leash - forced to go to the toilet on a swag of newspaper on the verandah - and my parents - due to my mother's fears of the dog eating something outdoors that it shouldn't - now can barely leave the house and if they do the dog has to come with them and sometimes suffer being locked in a car in sunshine. I realise this is a human behavioural issue rather than a dog issue but I am hoping that with your expertise that you may be able to correct this.

Please contact me when you are able to. My fiancé and I can't even organise our families to get together to discuss the forthcoming wedding because the dog controls all of my parents movements.


A very desperate son - Winston.
Posted by Hayden55 • 6w ago • Report
Dear dr Harry,
I have a 1 year old short hair domestic cat that has behaviour problems. I have tried everything to try and calm her, from treats playing down to getting feliway. Though she still doesn't want to be pat, my partner gets attacked when trying to touch her, She gets more aggressive at random times.
She has also been trying to get outside constantly crying at the door and sometimes trying to bolt outside.
Please help dr harry