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Fireworks season – 12 quick tips for owners

The next few weeks can be a worrying time for pet owners as celebrations such as ๐“—๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต๐“ธ๐”€๐“ฎ๐“ฎ๐“ท, ๐““๐“ฒ๐”€๐“ช๐“ต๐“ฒ and ๐“‘๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฏ๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ can bring along the sights & sounds of fireworks, plus other strange, scary ‘stuff’. Here are some quick tips to help your pet cope.  For more advice please visit https://www.doglistener.tv/2010/08/fear-of-noise/

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Winner: Dog Trainer of the Year – Prestige Awards 2021/22 Acceptance

I was delighted to be nominated and win for the second year in a row the title Dog Trainer of the Year from the Oxford Prestige Awards 2021/22. Award winners were invited along to The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa on the 28th September to meet the judges and celebrate their win.  At the event, […]

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Help pets have a spook-free Halloween

Many households may be gearing-up for some fa-boo-lous fun, yet with more pets living with us than ever before, this can be a scary time for them. See my tips on how to help pets have a spook-free ๐“—๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต๐“ธ๐”€๐“ฎ๐“ฎ๐“ท…

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Fireworks season – Tips for owners

The next few weeks can be a worrying time for pet owners as celebrations such as ๐“—๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต๐“ธ๐”€๐“ฎ๐“ฎ๐“ท, ๐““๐“ฒ๐”€๐“ช๐“ต๐“ฒ and ๐“‘๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฏ๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ can bring along the sights & sounds of fireworks, plus other strange, scary ‘stuff’. Here are my tips to help your pet cope.  For more advice visit https://www.doglistener.tv/2010/08/fear-of-noise/V 

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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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WINNER: Dog Trainer of the Year – 2021 to 2022

๐—ฆ๐—ข๐— ๐—˜ ๐—š๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—ง ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช๐—ฆ I was nominated in the category Dog Trainer of the Year โ€“ 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 โ€˜mirror testโ€™ 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 โ€“ 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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