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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Cat stress, health & behaviour

Data suggests even stoic cats can have elevated levels of adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine, and other stress hormones, and that chronically stressed cats often feign sleep.  So until the cat exhibits obvious signs that attracts the owner’s attention, such as going off their food or reduced movement, the cat may be internalising his or her anxiety. […]

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Watching baby animals is good for you!

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It would take a hardened heart or perhaps an aversion to pets to not feel some sort of warm feeling when a photo of a puppy or kitten pops up on social media.  In fact, one food manufacturer recently found 73% of us would rather see a cute photo of a young pet than someone’s […]

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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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TIMES Radio interview – Hanne Grice talking separation anxiety post-lockdown

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With pet ownership on the rise, the global pandemic leading to dramatic changes in our pet’s routines and now owners soon to be returning to work, Hanne spoke with Mariella Frostrup at TIMES Radio about the risk of separation-related problems. Click onto the broadcast below.

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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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