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π—˜π˜…π—°π—Άπ˜π—Άπ—»π—΄ π—»π—²π˜„π˜€! It’s just been announced that I’m a finalist in the 2021 Best Business Women Awards for the following two categories: ANIMAL SERVICES and BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE.   Founded in 2015 by multi-award winning entrepreneur Debbie Gilbert, the Best Business Women Awards are now considered to be one of the UK’s most prestigious awards […]

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A new study investigating the impact of interactions with cats has found that allowing cats to make their own decisions as to interact or not and adopting a ‘hands-off’ approach reduces aggression. The research conducted by Nottingham Trent University in conjunction with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, conducted a series of trials involving 100 cats […]

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WINNER: Animal Behaviourist of the Year 2021 – Home Counties

Great news The LUXLife Pet Product & Services Awards 2021 winners have been announced, and I am delighted to receive the title ‘Animal Behaviourist of the Year 2021 – Home Counties‘.  Thank you for all your continued support, it means such a lot. You can read more about this by clicking onto the LUXLife Summer […]

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WINNER: The Pet Parent Pledge – initiative

Great news Back in April ’21, a group initiative called the #petparentpledge was announced between The Modern Dog Trainer, the IAABC Foundation, the CCPDT, and the APDT to highlight just how much our TWO-legged clients matter.  This worldwide initiative encouraged trainers & behaviourists to demonstrate their commitment by recording a 20 second video with what […]

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New Certification – Protocol to Overcome Fear of Dogs in Kids

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GOOD NEWS! Good news from founder of KAD Kids Around Dogs Debby Lucken.  Following my final assessment, Hanne is certified to implement the Protocol to Overcome the Fear of Dogs in Kids. What does this mean?  This new certification means Hanne is qualified to work professionally with children who are scared of dogs and need […]

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WINNER: Dog Trainer of the Year – 2021 to 2022

π—¦π—’π— π—˜ π—šπ—₯π—˜π—”π—§ π—‘π—˜π—ͺ𝗦 I was nominated in the category Dog Trainer of the Year – Oxfordshire in the Prestige Awards earlier this year…and have won!   The judging panel base their decisions upon areas such as service excellence, quality of the service provided, innovative practices, value, ethical or sustainable methods of working, as well as […]

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Living with behavioural problems – owners’ experiences

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Over the years I’ve seen the emotional and financial impact on owners who live with a pet that exhibits undesirable behaviours. Whilst there is plenty of data relating to the welfare of pets with problems, there is little on the effect such problems may have on human-half of the relationship.  However, a recent paper by […]

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The impact of pre-adolescent dog training on behaviour

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A new study by Dinwoodie et al. (2021) has looked the age at which dogs were trained as puppies and whether there were advantages of training puppies before 4 months of age, or between 5 and 6 months.   This is the first time a study has specifically investigated whether early puppy training (<3 months […]

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Maternal stress & puppies

I worked out the other week that since the pandemic started, I’ve trained with well over 300 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 β€˜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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