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New study on dog-cat relationships in your house: do pheromone diffusers actually work?

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Written by Laure-Anne Visele (BSc, MSc, PG Dip, O&O), canine behaviourist and dog training instructor 5 March 2021 Photo credits at the end of the post OhMyDog stays on top of scientific developments on dog behaviour. Whenever we find an interesting study, we translate for you in layman’s terms. This study on the use of   …Continue Reading


Puppy socialisation versus vaccination

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Written by Laure-Anne Viselé-Jonkman On 16 February 2021 Photo credits at the end of this post At what age should my pup start with puppy classes? Puppy owners often struggle with this question: On the one hand, you read everywhere that you should start as soon as possible with socialisation On the other hand, young   …Continue Reading


Sleep in puppies versus adult dogs (scientific research)

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Written by Laure-Anne Viselé-Jonkman On February 10, 2021 Photo credits at the end of this post OhMyDog stands for evidence-based information about dog training and behaviour. We do our best to keep up to date with significant research. This is how this interesting piece of research made it to my radar. Reference Kinsman, R. et   …Continue Reading


Trauma in dogs: take-home points from Frank McMillan

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Written by Laure-Anne Viselé-Jonkman February 5, 2021 Photo credits at the end of this post I attended a fascinating webinar about Post Traumatic Stress in dogs last night. As a dog behaviourist, it gave me much food for thought. You can find the points that I found particularly worthy, and a little analysis, below. Beware,   …Continue Reading


On-line puppy classes: the little known advantages

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Written by Laure-Anne Viselé-Jonkman (PG Dip, MSc, BSc, O&O KI) On Feb 4, 2021 Illustration credits at the end of the post You’ve been waiting SO long for your puppy to arrive and he’s finally here! You soon find out that that cute fluffy head can get quite naughty and, let’s face it, maddening at   …Continue Reading


Safety and continuity in your dog training classes: it IS possible

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We have adapted our planning to strict corona measures, so that we can continue the lessons with continuity and security even during periods of strict lockdowns. For example, the groups are kept very small (2-4, depending on the lockdown) and late classes are no longer given (to take into account a possible extension of the   …Continue Reading


Puppy classes: where we teach YOU to teach your dog

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Written by Laure-Anne Viselé-Jonkman, Dog Behavior Therapist (MSc, Postgrad. Dip., BSc, KI – O&O), 15 Jan 2021 Illustration credits are listed at the end of the article   Take a look at these e-mails we get from puppy owners interested in joining our puppy class. These are their typical wishes for the puppy class. You   …Continue Reading


The zones of sensitisation

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Blog post by zoologist and dog behaviourist Laure-Anne Viselé, 24 November 2020 The zones of sensitisation are one of the most important concepts you will ever come across about dog behaviour. It tackles so many essentials:  Why your dog’s unwanted behaviour often gets worse if you don’t do anything about it.  Why management (a.k.a. PROACTIVELY   …Continue Reading


Dog treats: It’s not about how big it is. It’s what you do with it that counts

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Blog about the effective use of treats in dog training By zoologist and dog behaviour therapist Laure-Anne Viselé OhMyDog is committed to providing evidence-based advice to help you train your dog. It can be tough to make the scientific consensus sound compelling, but in this case, it has never been easier! What is emerging from   …Continue Reading


‘Tough love’ or ‘tough luck’?

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Written by Laure-Anne Viselé, 13 Nov 2020 Blog about heavy-handed dog training methods I feel so angry. And sad. This week, a client came to our door. He was desperate. The dog had to leave immediately. Why? Because this week, for the first time, their dog has bitten (quite severely, at that). They no longer   …Continue Reading