Vet Pete Wed­der­burn has the an­swers

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Our dog Maisie is two years old but we have had her for just a few months. When we tried let­ting her off the lead in a field, she shot off. How can we im­prove her re­call?

DW, LAN­CASHIRE

Use de­sir­able treats – chicken, ham or hot dogs – only for re­call train­ing. Teach Maisie to come to you in­side first and hold her col­lar when you are re­ward­ing her. Ev­ery re­call has to be pos­i­tive. Sign up for a class with a good dog trainer: this is the sin­gle most im­por­tant skill a dog can learn.

Can I train my cat to stop purring so loudly? He wakes me at 6am ev­ery day.

JD, EX­ETER

He must be pick­ing up sig­nals (day­light, your chang­ing breath­ing pat­tern etc) that it’s nearly morn­ing – and when he wakes up, he purrs. You could try chang­ing your bed­room en­vi­ron­ment (e.g. black­out blinds), but other­wise the only an­swer is earplugs – or a re­lo­ca­tion for your cat.

I am in my 70s. I have dis­cov­ered that five of my pet tur­tles will be ad­versely af­fected by EU In­va­sive Alien Species reg­u­la­tions. If I die, the only op­tion open to my fam­ily is euthanasia. How can I save them?

JB, CROYDON

While it is al­ready il­le­gal to re­house In­va­sive Non-Na­tive Species pri­vately, you are al­lowed to re­house them to a suit­able sanc­tu­ary un­til July. Af­ter that, sadly, euthanasia is the only al­ter­na­tive to their stay­ing in the same home. For more in­for­ma­tion visit non­na­tivespecies.org.

Res­cue pet: Tia is a gen­tle seven-year-old Stafford­shire bull ter­rier cross. Con­tact Bath Cats and Dogs Home on 01225 787331. To view out­comes of res­cued pets, see pe­teth­evet.com/res­cues.

Send queries to pet­sub­jects@ tele­graph.co.uk or tweet @ Pe­teTh­eVet. All sick an­i­mals should be taken to a vet.

Pet Sub­jects by Peter Wed­der­burn is pub­lished by Au­rum Press (£12.99). To or­der your copy for £10.99 plus p&p call 0844 871.

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