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Being a great pet owner is to better understand their mind and our own.  One topic hotly debated by owners for centuries is whether our four-legged friends experience emotions. During the 17th century, Descartes (1596-1650) suggested humans were creatures of reason, linked to the mind of God whereas animals were incapable of consciousness and nothing […]

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One of the most common problems owners speak to me about is their dog’s habit of eating poop.  Known as coprophagy, this behaviour can be extremely upsetting as even the most tolerant owners find this habit disgusting, making their otherwise affectionate dog repulsive.  Consequently, poop-eating can impact the owner-dog bond. Although there are various theories […]

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Lucy’s Law – proposed ban on puppy and kitten farming

A positive step forward in promoting greater health and welfare for puppies and kittens has been made.  DEFRA announced a consultation on the ‘banning of commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens in England’.  If this becomes law, it will ban pet stores, dealers and other outlets from selling puppies and kittens at less than […]

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Sizing up the competition via scent

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Urine marking is the canine equivalent of a graffiti artist leaving a tag to mark their territory.  Not only does scent marking serve to cover up scents left by neighbourhood canines, it also provides precious information to others: from when that individual passed by, the animal’s state of health and emotional state to age, gender and […]

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Calming effects of music during animal surgeries

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Over the years, various studies (Wells et al., 2002; Kogan et al., 2012) have illustrated the positive benefits music therapy has on dogs.  Not only can auditory stimulation mask ambient noise that may otherwise trigger vocalisations but classical music, and even the audio-book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia read by […]

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Galen massage with Emma Tanaka

Emma Tanaka has been part of the Hanne Grice Dog Training & Behaviour team for over two years.  A firm favourite with clients, Emma instructs at our Puppy & Dog School and assists with our behavioural work.  Now, Emma has added a ‘new string’ to her bow of many talents – Galen massage. For the […]

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Could Fido cause the next influenza pandemic?

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According to researchers at the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York, our four-legged friends could play host to a variety of viruses.  And, this could possibly lead to a flu pandemic in humans. The new study published in mBio highlighted how viruses can jump from one […]

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Baby and dog alert! Tring Living Magazine feature

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Check out the latest issue of Tring Living Magazine and read about Hanne’s latest research into whether having a baby alters the owner-dog relationship. The subject of a child’s possible impact on the human-dog dyad has always interested Hanne, having worked with expectant parents looking to prepare their dog ahead of their baby’s arrival and […]

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Using ‘baby-talk’ gains attention and supports the human-dog bond

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Data suggest dog owners tend to anthropomorphise their four-legged friends more than cat owners (Dotson et al., 2010).  Indeed, in recent years research has explored dog owners use of ‘baby-talk’ and how they are more likely to cradle their pet much like you would hold an infant (Serpell, 1996), highlighting similarities between the dog-owner relationship […]

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Dog noise sensitivity and links with pain

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There are numerous factors that can influence a dog’s behaviour, however, a new study has found a relationship between fear of noises and underlying pain.  This suggests that dogs showing signs of stress when faced with loud or sudden noises should be routinely assessed for pain by veterinarians – especially in older dogs. Lopes Fagundes […]

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