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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 Jessica2438 • 4d ago • Report
PLEASE HELP US DR HARRY!!! We have a beautiful lab x named Bella. We got her from someone who couldn't look after her, we have had her a few months now. She is a great dog and has transitioned really well into our home... How ever she has a few problems with jumping and getting to over excited. She craves constant attention even though we give it to her all the time. I have recently become pregnant with our first baby and it worries me because Bella gets so excited that she jumps / knocks me down ( not on purpose, she is just very strong ) I am worried about hurting myself or the baby if the continues. We need your help ! I hope to hear from you.
Posted by Patricia783 • 5d ago • Report
We have a 2.5 yr male, desexed, Whippet 'Devo'. Devo loves kids, he is very gentle around them. We have two house blaocks, when other people and animals are coming and going from the other house Devo is fine, not a bark from him. When friends drop by when we are not at home they have said that Devo just looks at them. When workers (electricity/ water/ council) are on the property Devo is fine. We are able to have family/ friends over for a bbq without hassles. However Devo will bite (snip) random friends that come over. The friends have been here previously. We do not understand why Devo is bitting some people. Are you able to offer any suggestions?
Posted by Lenore27 • 9d ago • Report
About 6 weeks ago we got a small dog. We were told she is a fear biter. She has accepted me okay but acts scared and standoffish around my husband. She does not like people and dogs walking past our house and barks. I have slowed her down some on this. She goes mental when people come to our house and I worry she will bite. She nipped my adult son on the leg. We would be lucky to get 2 people in a month to our house so I do not know how to fix this problem. Do you believe she will ever change?
Posted by Sarah3185 • 10d ago • Report
Hi Dr Harry,

Our cat is having kitty litter issues. He will use it to wee but does a poo on the floor. We clean it everyday, have changed the type of kitty litter and moved the location but nothing is working. Can you please help?
Posted by Amy1482 • 12d ago • Report
Hi Dr Harry.

I was wondering if you could help with my cat Patches, she has these 'episodes' where she starts to freak out as if something is attacking her back and then she starts to frantically like it and then runs around the house.

Please help.

Posted by Freya38 • 15d ago • Report
Hello, our dog is whimpering, crying, howling and barking whenever we leave the house without him (which isn't that often). We have recorded him acting out like this and it is usually on and off, but enough to upset our neighbours that are always home (and like to leave anonymous notes under our door). We always leave the radio and TV on for him, and we give him chew sticks or chew bones but this doesn't seem to work. He is just over one year old and is a small dog, 3/4 chihuahua 1/4 Maltese. Obviously we hate the thought of him being this distraught when we aren't home, as well as don't want to upset our neighbours any further. Do you have any suggestions that might help us fix this problem please?

Thank you!
Posted by Nichola26 • 19d ago • Report
Hi, my name is Nichola, and I have a problem dog. (this is sounding like an AA meeting so far...)

We have an 18month old staffy boy, who suffers from extreme separation anxiety. Left inside he redecorated the house with the blinds, and shredded a number of other things, left outside he ripped a timber panel off the fence and escaped. Upon return (a few days later), he discovered he was now confined to a large dog run outside when he was left. Yesterday I was at work for an hour before I had a call from a neighbour (who kindly hung on to him until I could get there), as he had ripped a hole in the steel run, before EATING the timber fence from the bottom up until there was a hole big enough for him to wriggle through and escape.

We now no longer know what to do.

He is usually alone for 2-3 hours in the middle of the day. There is also one day a fortnight he is alone from 10-5.

I have looked at a dog crate and dap spray. My concern, is if he can get out of a steel run, I'm pretty sure he will be able to figure out a way to break out of the crate, and rip up the house again. He isn't bored, he has a thousand toys/kongs/bones etc, all the stimulation in the world if he actually calms down enough to look at them. His thundershirt doesnt work, and despite numerous playdates with the staffy next door, hes just not interested - hes into people, not dogs. As soon as they have left him, he stresses to the point that he makes himself physically sick, and injures himself in his escape missions.

When he escapes, he runs straight out onto the road, and up to cars, looking in them for me. I'm afraid if he gets out again, he'll get hit on the road.

Have you got any ideas as to how to fix the problems in his head?
Nichola (and Loki)
Posted by Marianne183 • 20d ago • Report
Hi Dr Harry
My dog Samson is so scared of thunder storms that he rips off our back door to get into the house. Recently this problem has escalated to the point he is now ripping the door off when ever he feels like it. We are worried that this not only causes a security problem for when we are not home but also our two cats might escape and disappear. We are at our wits end and my husband is about to put him up for adoption which is devasting for our children. Please help as you are our last hope.
Posted by Yazzy2 • 23d ago • Report
Hello doctor harry I was hoping you could help
I have a 11th month old kitten she is a tabby cross munchkin
When I got her the lady had been miss treating her she was skin and bone and smelled of pee and was covered in flees and now she is fat as she is 12 months on May and she has been drinking water like it's going out of fashion and eating so much and then out of no were she starts to have a weird choking fit randomly and then seems really sick after it for around 2 hours then comes good again and it's really worrying me i love my cat to bits and I don't want anything to happen to her so if you could help or give any advise I would really be thankful. from Yasmin
Posted by Alex525 • 6w 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.