Dog Behaviour Advice

Some hacks to burn your dog’s energy during lockdown

While many of us are in lockdown, this presents a challenge for owners of energetic young dogs and certain breeds that typically require more exercise than others.  Research suggests that reduced physical and mental stimulation is associated with increased dog anxiety (Menor-Campos et al., 2011), and this can lead to undesirable behaviours such excessive vocalisation, […]

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Playing with your dog: some scent game ideas

Ten years ago my little book was published, designed as a quick-read for owners to understand the importance of play and to help them get started on some easy games and tricks to teach their dog.   Presently we are in a surreal time; around 20% of the world’s population is in lockdown due to […]

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Socialising your puppy to people during COVID-19

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When we bring a puppy into our home, we want our dog to settle in quickly, be comfortable in their new environment and grow up to be a well-rounded, confident dog.  Typically puppies enter their new homes from about eight weeks of age.  Most puppy books will tell the new dog owner of the importance […]

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Staying healthy & supporting your training during COVID–19

18th March 2020 – Message from Hanne Grice These are unsettling and extraordinary times as the situation with COVID–19 remains extremely dynamic.  Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 5pm briefing today, as an educator we are halting our current Puppy & Dog School classes.  We aim to offer our students booked onto our forthcoming courses alternative […]

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Generalisation of behaviours – “But he’ll do it at home!”

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This week I was having a chat with a client who was trying to understand why her dog was struggling to perform some well practiced behaviours in and around her home environment but not in class – and this prompted my post on the importance of generalising the behaviours we want our pets to do.  […]

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Itchy skin is linked to behavioural problems in dogs

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There are many factors that can influence a dog’s behaviour and underlying medical reasons are just one. Now, a new study has shown that itch severity in dogs with Apotic Dermatitis (cAD) is associated with behaviours typically considered undesirable, for example: mounting, chewing, hyperactivity, eating faeces, begging for and stealing food, attention-seeking, excitability, excessive grooming […]

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Ten tips to avoid spooking your pets this Halloween

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Halloween will soon be here.  While Halloween may be great fun for many, it can be a time of real worry for our four-legged friends.  Having the door knocked or bell rung throughout the evening then people dressed in strange looking outfits shouting “Trick or Treat” could spook even the most placid of pets and […]

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60 Seconds with Ann Baslington-Davies – expert canine witness

Ann Baslington-Davis is a Canine Behaviour Analyst, specialising as an expert witness for Court cases involving dog bites and fights.  An expert witness would be called into assist where a dog has bitten (or alleged to have bitten) a person whilst out in a public place or on private property, or if a dog has […]

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Dogs can be good for your social life

A recent poll of 2,000 dog owners by Janevic et al. (2019) supports previous findings that pets can promote social contact between other owners (Knight and Edwards, 2008). The researchers found pet parents met, on average, four new people thanks to their four-legged friend either through dog walking or puppy training classes. Most owners also […]

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Dogs are eating 54,000 extra calories annually

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Over-indulgence can lead to weight-gain in humans and it is the same for pets.  Whilst many owners carefully manage their dog’s diet, a new survey indicates the average owner is feeding their dog an extra 54,000 calories a year, in addition to their daily meals. The research, conducted by food manufacturer Royal Canin, investigated how […]

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