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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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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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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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Bones trigger stress response when animals face danger

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When humans and animals are faced with danger, hormones (glucocorticoids) flood the body in preparation for ‘flight or fight’, this is referred to as the acute stress response (ASR).  Consequently, physiological changes occur in the body, for example the heart and breathing rate increases.  The production of glucocorticoids is regulated by the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis […]

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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 reduce risk of Uni students failing their studies

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Numerous studies suggest dogs can improve physiological and psychological health in adults and even enhance cognitive development in infants (Hurley et al., 2010).  Consequently, our four-legged friends are now frequently used in therapy to provide emotional support, whether that’s during Court trials or airline travel.  A new study has now found that being around dogs […]

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Dog attacks – what studies tell us

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This past week we have heard the horrific news of a young boy in Cornwall being killed and a baby boy from Hawick being in critical condition both as a result from dog attacks. Whilst further details are yet to be released relating to these cases and calls are being made to change UK Dog […]

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