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A new study by Heberlein et al. (2017) suggests dogs have the ability to deceive. Honesty in animal signals is an important aspect of communication whether that is information about a prey’s unprofitability, a mate’s fitness or both, the message they transmit may determine the evolution of intricate relationships amongst species.  Thus signals can be […]

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When a puppy was found buried with a human skeleton in 1978 at a site called Ain Mallaha in Israel, it was estimated to be around 8,000 to 10,000 years old. The image (see left) shows the skeleton – thought to be a village elder – resting his hand protectively on top of the puppy’s […]

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Don’t be a Jim – NRMs in training

Just as the sound of fingernails running down a blackboard sends tingles down my spine and raises the hair on the back of my head, the words “no” or “ah-ah” during training have a similar effect. Often used to inform the dog it’s got something wrong, in the training world these are referred to as […]

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Dogs and toddlers – similarities in cooperative communication

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A new study by the University of Arizona has further highlighted the similarities in cooperative communication skills between dogs and toddlers. The researchers studied 552 dogs including; pet, assistance and bomb-detection dogs of varying breeds.  Firstly, the team assessed the dogs’ social cognition through a number of game-related tests, hiding treats and toys, then communicated […]

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Podcast: Fixed versus Growth Mindset

With 2017 just around the corner, many of us will be thinking about adopting some New Year’s resolutions.  That’s why I’ve put together this podcast about adopting a growth mind set.  Studies have shown that the brain is ‘elastic’, meaning if you have always been bad at maths you can change this if you get […]

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Under the Spotlight: Emma Tanaka

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Emma (left in photo) joined our team back in the summer, thrown into the deep end with a six hour lecture on fighting dogs – we’re kind like that.   A former Photography researcher with Pinewood now working in aerospace, we asked Emma to go ‘under the spot light’, so you can get to know […]

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Dogs know what you’re saying and how you say it

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Scientists have discovered what many owners have long suspected: dogs understand some of what we’re saying. The study, conducted by the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, involved 13 dogs trained to lie motionless in an MRI scanner.  The researchers were looking for brain regions that differentiated between meaningful and meaningless words, or between praising and […]

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Webcast: Moving house – tips for dog owners

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A pet’s survival guide… Moving house can be an incredibly exciting yet stressful time for us humans, and it can affect our pets too.  Dogs like status quo and they are intuitive creatures; a combination of their environment changing and picking up on our frazzled emotions may lead to some unwanted dog behaviours. Watch our […]

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Webcast: Choosing the right pet care for your dog

I’m often asked by owners what factors they should consider when choosing their pet carer – whether that’s because work means their dog has to be left alone for periods of time during the day, or they are going on holiday.  Having run a successful pet care and behaviour business for over ten years, you […]

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Are dogs selfish?

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Man and dog have been together for thousands of years, forging a relationship that most would consider is mutually beneficial.  Hollywood created one of the most enduring images of Fido and the incredible bond we share with the incarnation of Lassie.  He was a Collie with the heart of a lion and the navigational skills […]

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