March 2021

Maternal stress & puppies

I worked out the other week that since the pandemic started, I’ve trained with well over 200 puppies with this figure rising daily. Maternal stress Whilst there’s always been a steady stream of puppies across a typical year, never before has the demand for four-legged companionship been so high.    However, an increasing number of […]

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Self-awareness in animals

The most common test of self-awareness is the ‘mirror test’ developed by Gallup in 1970, originally using chimpanzees.    The mirror test works on the principle of placing a mark (e.g. sticker or painted dot) on the subject somewhere they typically do not see, such as their forehead, then they are given access to a […]

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Cat stress, health & behaviour

Data suggests even stoic cats can have elevated levels of adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine, and other stress hormones, and that chronically stressed cats often feign sleep.  So until the cat exhibits obvious signs that attracts the owner’s attention, such as going off their food or reduced movement, the cat may be internalising his or her anxiety. […]

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Watching baby animals is good for you!

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It would take a hardened heart or perhaps an aversion to pets to not feel some sort of warm feeling when a photo of a puppy or kitten pops up on social media.  In fact, one food manufacturer recently found 73% of us would rather see a cute photo of a young pet than someone’s […]

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