Dog Behaviour Advice

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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Pet grief – it hurts

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Pet-keeping is one of the closest forms of human-animal interaction in Western society.  Although owner-pet relationships may stem from genetically based inclinations that attract humans to other living beings, other reasons for pet ownership include providing stability (Brickel, 1986), reciprocal love, affection (Bradshaw, 2017) and a sense of self (Belk, 1988).  In other words, research […]

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Christmas – A pet owner’s survival guide

Although Christmas may be quite different for many of us this year due to the global pandemic, the countdown to Christmas has begun.  Our homes may fill with Christmas trees, baubles, gift wrap and food.  And for some, it may mean welcoming for the first time this year close friends or family into our homes; […]

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VIDEO: 10th anniversary of Playing With Your Dog

This year has without a doubt been a strange and troubling one for many.  However, for me it also brings some fond memories.  That’s because 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of my book ‘Playing With Your Dog: Have a Smarter, Fitter, Healthier Dog.’ To celebrate, I have popped a little video below […]

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PODCAST: Hanne’s interview on babies and dog-owner relationships

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I was delighted to recently speak with friend & trainer Oli Juste from Channel 4’s Puppy School.  Oli has a podcast series called A Dog’s Best Friend.  This interview was all about my research on whether having a baby alters the dog-owner relationship.  I also share advice for expectant and new parents. The podcast is […]

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The Big Picture – tackling unwanted behaviour positively & successfully

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This week my summer puppies course kicked off and the usual issues were raised, such as tackling play biting and jumping up.  Something I like my clients to think about is how the undesirable behaviour is being reinforced? Obviously as behaviour consultants it is our job to identify these things but it can really help […]

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Older dogs – ageing and promoting longevity

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Humans, dogs, cats, rodents, and horses all share similar ageing processes, with arthritis, loss of hearing or sight and organs becoming less efficient.  Ageing can also affect our pets mentally as the structure of the nerve cells in the brain start to break down and connections from one cell to another may start to break, […]

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Puppy Socialisation Bingo – During COVID-19

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Every owner wants a happy, sociable and contented dog.  To help your puppy gain confidence around new environments, sounds, people, animals and objects, we need to make these experiences as positive as can be.  By using fun and food, you can help introduce new experiences and repeated experiences to your puppy during COVID-19 using this […]

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Create a sensory pet garden (inside or out)

Ever heard of a sensory garden?  It’s a self-contained garden that is designed to stimulate the senses not just with lovely looking and nice smelling plants and flowers but also by having items that can be interacted with, such as fuzzy plants to touch or giant instruments like a xylophone, strung up that people can […]

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