Episode 3: Integrating a pet into your home
In episode 3 of The Petcast Gemma Atkinson is joined by Ryan Neile, Head of the Blue Cross Behaviour service, and actress, yoga instructor, and personal trainer Gemma Merna; to talk about how to adapt when introducing a new pet into your home.
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Gemma Merna shares her personal experience of integrating third pup, Paige, into her family with her two other dogs, alongside her advice for anyone else considering extending their furry family.
Gemma also explains how she has ended up owning two St Bernard’s (as well as West Highland Terrier, Phoebe) – despite previously having had a fear of big dogs.
Ryan shares his expert insight on what all pet owners should know and understand before welcoming a new pet into their home, and offers his best tips and tricks for how the process can be made as smooth as possible –also ensuring that people don’t put too much pressure on themselves.
“We need to relax and not make the process too intense. If we have too high expectations of a pet coming into our home, and automatically understanding the routine, then it can be very stressful for everyone”
Ryan chats to the two Gemma’s about how to nurture the owner/pet relationship, the importance of treating all pets as individuals as well as how to best understand the unique, subtle language that pets will try and communicate to us with.
Find out more about topics discussed in this episode:
- Toilet training your puppy
- How to crate train your puppy
- First time cat owner
- Introducing cats
Meet Ryan Neile
Ryan Neile is Blue Cross’s Head of Behaviour and runs a team of behaviourists across the country helping pet owners needing support, or assisting the animals in Blue Cross care.
Ryan began volunteering for Blue Cross at 13 years old, finding a passion for helping pets and worked his way up through the charity for 29 years.
Ryan shares his life with two Blue Cross rescue dogs, Tok, a Border Collie and Kit, a Dutch Herder.