A Staffordshire vet and dog Behaviourist is encouraging pet owners to educate themselves so they can help their animals.
Dr Katie Friel-Russell is holding free Cat First Aid Seminar as part of National Pet Month, which runs from April 1 to May 1.
She runs a dog training service, Positive Pet Training, based in Whiston, and works with head trainer Ian Friel-Russell to hold regular seminars and classes for owners to learn how to bond with their pets and understand their behaviours.
Dr Friel-Russell said: “Animal welfare is at the heart of everything we do at Positive Pet Training and PawSquad, our home visit veterinary practice.
“As a vet I cannot stress enough how important looking after an animal’s physical wellbeing is.
“Dogs are often labelled as “naughty” or “bad” due to their behaviour which escalates the idea that we need to punish dogs.
“Dog training has moved on and scientific research shows we don’t need to use force or fear or a stern voice to have a happy, well behaved dog.
“If this National Pet Month can help teach people that the happiness of their pet is just as important as the health of their pets then we will have made a huge leap in pet welfare.
“Educating owners in key signs to monitor for behavioural problems as well as medical ones means pets can get prompt treatment.”