Pets

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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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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Enrichment tip: toilet roll treats

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This is a simple hack that you can get the kids involved in. What you will need:  Toilet roll tube[s]  Some of your dog’s kibble or treats How to make your toilet roll treat: Grab yourself a toilet roll tube and have to hand some of your dog’s daily kibble or treat allowance (dried food […]

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Enrichment tip: crazy kebabs

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This is a simple hack that you can get the kids involved in. What you will need: Some carrots (or whatever your dog is motivated by, such as sausage, cheese, cucumber) A skewer (or scissors if you don’t have one) Garden string How to make your crazy kebab: Cut up some carrots and use your […]

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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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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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Dog Trainer of the Year – Award win

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We recently received news that Hanne Grice was awarded the title Dog Trainer of the Year in the Oxfordshire Prestige Awards. Hanne was nominated for this award a few months ago and the criteria that the judging panel looked at included: the range of business services, customer satisfaction, online reviews, social media presence, community involvement, […]

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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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