Dog Behaviour Advice

Night blindness in dogs

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Researchers have – for the first time ever – found a form of congenital night blindness in dogs.  There are a number of different conditions that can cause congenital blindness, including certain diseases and genetic factors.  Yet this latest discovery and subsequent hunt for the genetic mutation responsible for night blindness, may allow for the […]

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Two hearts beat as one

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Talk to most dog owners and they’ll agree that nothing beats that pleasure we get when greeted by our pet after a separation.  You could even argue that this outward display of affection, when we return home, is when owners feel at our most ‘loved’ by Fido.  We know that the special connection between dog […]

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How a break-up can affect your pet

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According to the Office of National Statistics around 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce.  With an estimated 12 million (46% of) households owning pets, it’s likely that a number of these animals will be impacted when a relationship breaks-down.  Of all the species, John Wright, a Professor of Psychology at Mercer […]

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Did my pets know I was ill before I did?

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from dog owners that suggest their pets have sniffed out or alerted in some way their human friend to an illness or disease.  Indeed, in recent years there has been a rise in the number of dogs being trained to alert when an owner is likely to have an […]

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Dogs’ intelligence test may benefit humans

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A new intelligence test has been developed for dogs.  While this isn’t the first of it’s kind that can tell you if your dog is a Canine-Einstein, the results are likely to benefit the studies into human dementia. The study was developed by Rosalind Arden, a research associate at the London School of Economics, in […]

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Mirroring and matching in dogs

Most people know I’m almost obsessive when it comes to how dogs communicate, especially canine body language.  But I’m also hooked on human interactions too; whether that’s understanding how a person recalls an incident by watching their representational systems, or being completely honest – useful when asking the other half how many pints he had […]

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Baby proofing your dog

“Congratulations, you’re having a baby” said the doctor, confirming the results that the little pregnancy stick had revealed just a few days earlier.  It was 28th December 2012.  A wide range of emotions came to the fore as I suddenly I found myself saying aloud ”but what about the dog?” Over the last eleven years […]

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Grief in dogs

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Ask most dog owners and they’ll agree that their pet is a highly valued member of the family. So, when the inevitable happens, the grieving process we go through is often similar to what we’d experience if a human family member or close friend had died. But what about those of us that have multi-pet […]

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Driving home for Christmas – pet safety

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‘Tis the season for endless replays of Yuletide fayre on the radio and Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas is one of them!  No matter if you’re a fan or not, the sentiment of Rea’s song holds true as many of us will be venturing into our vehicles accompanied by our four-legged friends, as we […]

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Ageing in dogs – and me!

As I write this post, my ageing Basset Hound Howard lays by my feet snoring.  At 9 years of age, his muzzle has whitened, his eyebrows have greyed and he is noticeably stiff when he arises from his bed. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the greatest reliable age recorded for a dog was […]

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