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Next Dairy Discussion Group Meeting

“What can you get from our routine fertility visits?”

Led by Joana Silva with guest speakers Mike Kerby, BVSc DBR MRCVS and Genus.

Wednesday 6th December.


To be held at Tredinnick Farm, Liskeard, PL14 4PJ by kind permission of the Barrett family.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

Next Beef Discussion Group Meeting

“How to tighten your calving interval and the importance of bull fertility”

Led by Natalie Maletz with guest speaker Kate Ingram from Zoetis.

Tuesday 12th December, 11am – 2pm.

At Turchington Farm, Lifton, PL16 0DG by kind permission of the Kneebone family.

Lunch will be provided.

Please call us on 01566 772371 or email to let us know if you can join us.

Next Flock Discussion Group meeting

“Preparing for lambing and diseases of young lambs”

sponsored by MSD Animal Health

Led by Tim Bebbington and Bekky Hobbs

Tuesday 28th November


To be held at our Pennygillam surgery, Launceston, PL15 7ED

Supper & refreshments provided

Helping your dog on fireworks night by Emma Brown

When faced with something they fear many dogs will try to hide. You can help your dog by providing them with a safe refuge.


  • Prepare the safe area well before you expect to need it so that your dog has time to get used to using it.
  • Unless your dog already has a bad association with crates you can use one to form your refuge.
  • Choose the location carefully. If your dog is frightened of loud noises try to choose a quiet place. Do not put the crate in an area your dog has made a negative association with.
  • Cover the crate with blankets to further help insulate it from sounds and flashes from lightening or fireworks.
  • Put in blankets for your dog to dig and burrow in if they wish.
  • You might want to add an item of your clothing so that they have your familiar scent in their crate.
  • Encourage your dog to use this new safe area. Hide tasty food treats inside for them to find and try feeding them in the crate
  • Having a television or music system in the room allows you to put on background noise to mask loud noises such as fireworks.
  • Installing a pheromone adapter nearby to release dog-appeasing pheromones may help.
  • Once you have created the safe area it must be accessible at all times.



This advice has been provided by Emma Brown BVSc, PG Dip Applied Animal Behaviour & Welfare, MRCVS, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour. 

Emma and Bella

Emma and Bella

Emma has written an article for the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors which you may find useful and can be found on their website:

 If you would like any further advice on helping your pet cope with their fears please contact the practice on 01566 772211.