Pets

People show greater attachment towards pets than partners

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Despite the plethora of species sharing the planet with humans, only a privileged few occupy the position of pets. Pet-keeping is one of the closest forms of human-animal interaction in Western society; dogs being the most popular in the UK (PFMA, 2017).  In recent decades data suggest the human-dog relationship involves characteristics similar to those […]

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How to tackle jumping up

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One of the most common problems dog owners ask me about at Puppy & Dog School is “How do I stop my dog from jumping up?”  Firstly, jumping forms part of ‘normal’ dog behaviour, typically, produced as part of dog’s greeting ritual.  To understand how to tackle jumping, you need to be aware of the […]

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Domestic violence and its links with pets

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In 2016, The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) released figures that showed an estimated 1.8 million adults aged 16 to 59 were a victim of domestic abuse.  In many cases, women were more likely to report having experienced domestic abuse than men.  In 2016, it was estimated that 11m (40% of) UK households have […]

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Are dogs selfish?

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Man and dog have been together for thousands of years, forging a relationship that most would consider is mutually beneficial.  Hollywood created one of the most enduring images of Fido and the incredible bond we share with the incarnation of Lassie.  He was a Collie with the heart of a lion and the navigational skills […]

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Factors to consider when choosing a dog

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Many people choose a dog based on experiences from their past.  They may have fond memories of a dog once owned by their family when they were children.  Others may surf the internet and fall in love with one online.  However, the surest way to select the right family dog for you is to consider […]

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Did my pets know I was ill before I did?

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from dog owners that suggest their pets have sniffed out or alerted in some way their human friend to an illness or disease.  Indeed, in recent years there has been a rise in the number of dogs being trained to alert when an owner is likely to have an […]

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A Christmas thank you…

As 2019 draws to a close, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your continued support this year.  From referring us to family and friends to liking and sharing our news – we appreciate all that you have done.  As a result, it’s been an awesome year for us.  Thanks to […]

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Animal signalling: mice sing duets to woo one another

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Move over Michael Bublé, there’s a new crooner in town… In 1871, Darwin noted sexual selection gave rise to the production of signals that included song, colouration or dances as a means of attracting mates; these were predominantly produced by males to attract females.  Such behaviour patterns often provide information about the health or condition of […]

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60 Seconds Interview – Living Magazine Summer ’15

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Read the ’60 Seconds Interview with Hanne Grice’, featured in the latest Living magazine (Summer 2015, Rosewood Publishing). Click onto the image to access this interview.  

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Dog helps detect stress levels in students

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Most parents will testify to the pressure our children come under whether at school, college or University. This may be borne out of bullying, unrequited love or exam time. Sadly, this pressure can become all too much for some students leading depression, drink, drugs and in some extreme cases – suicide or shootings. So, one […]

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