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Attachment in dogs: the latests Doggo article is out

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Attachment is all the rage in doggie world at the moment. Laure-Anne has just written an article (in Dutch) for Doggo about the scientific aspects of attachment in dogs.    Photo credits: Shelter dog head through grid: Photographer Eric Pleitez from Flickr. CC BY 2.0. No modifications made. In this feature, you can read about, among other things:  What we   …Continue Reading


Help! I have committed the “It’s OK, he doesn’t bite” crime

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Written by Laure-Anne Visele-Jonkman on 26 June 2020 Blog post about the ‘He doesn’t bite’ brigade I was walking with my super sociable dog on the street and he’d just happily greeted 2-3 people. My dog exudes kindness and sociability so much that people ask me all the time if they can pet him. He   …Continue Reading


Should we really be suing dog shelters?

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Blog post by Laure-Anne Visele, dog behaviourist, 18 June 2020 Should we really be suing dog shelters? The bite incident that started it all On Sunday 31 July 2016, a 6-year old girl got viciously attacked by her neighbour’s dog in Amsterdam. The dog’s owner had recently adopted him from the local shelter, and had,   …Continue Reading


Review article: EVERYTHING research has to say about why puppy needs love

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Written by Laure-Anne Visele-Jonkman on 15 June 2020 Based on Dietz et al’s 2018 article on the importance of early life experiences for the development of behavioural disorders in domestic dogs Summary in layman’s terms of a scientific article about the impact of a sub-optimal early environment in pups Introduction Dietz et al’s article is   …Continue Reading


Greeting other dogs when on the lead: good or bad idea?

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Blog post about on-lead greetings, by Laure-Anne Visele (MSc, dog behaviourist), on 3 June 2020 I got this really cute picture from a puppy student of mine, showing how well socialisation to other pups was going with her adorable girl.  My initial instinct as a behaviourist My initial instinct was to check the dogs’ body   …Continue Reading


The new course dates are official

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We have finally managed! After a very unpredictable period, we finally have enough visibility to finalise our summer planning. See below for the dog training lessons this summer (in The Hague):   


Do As I Do: the cutest & most scientifically interesting dog training method

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Written by Laure-Anne Visele, 20 May 2020 (photo credits below) What is “Do As I Do”? “Do As I Do”, a.k.a. DAID, was discovered by ethologist and dog trainer Claudia Fugazza.  With this method, you demonstrate a particular behaviour to your dog and you then ask him to repeat what you did. As long as   …Continue Reading


But surely you have to see the dog’s problem behaviour with your own eyes? 

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Written by Laure-Anne Visele, 19 May 2020. Photo credits at the end of the post.    It’s early in the morning and my coffee hasn’t kicked in. I try to unfog my brains as I wait at my client’s front door. This should go smoothly. I have left safety instructions and I have SMS’ed in   …Continue Reading


Separation anxiety and dogs: 9 tips that sound good but are terrible ideas

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Written by Laure-Anne Visele, 16 May 2020. Based on Doggo article by the same author. Photo credits at the bottom of the post Our clients often try tips from the internet or from the neighbour-who’s-had-dogs-all-his life before they call us, with often disastrous consequences for the poor dog.   These are the top 9 don’ts that we’ve   …Continue Reading


Brain games for dogs: the golden rules

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Written by Laure-Anne Visele, dog behaviourist, on 12 May 2020 Brain games for dogs are all the rage – and rightly so! If you use them well, you can transform your dog from hyperactive devil to the calmest dog. The idea is that brain games make dogs happily tired.   So, how do you use brain   …Continue Reading