dogs

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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