I have spent the last decade trying to understand how and why our pets behave as they do, as well as how we can improve the lives of our beloved companions. I am particularly interested in how we can predict, prevent and treat problematic behaviours.
Working as a clinician I meet many clients who tell me they’ve used techniques that they’ve seen demonstrated on television and I often see first-hand the results of poor advice! Realising the potential impact such programmes can have on animal welfare, I embarked upon on a number of television projects.
As a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) I help owners to deal with a wide range of problematic behaviours, from dogs that run and hide at the sound of fireworks, to those that show aggressive responses to people or other dogs. My specialist interest is in dogs that become distressed when they are left alone.
I spent most of last Summer developing and filming a new four part tv series, exploring the science behind the special relationships between eight owners and their incredible dogs. Throughout the series, dog and owner teams compete in a range of different physical and mental challenges, designed to unlock the full potential of their partnerships. The contest Read more about Here’s what I did last Summer[…]