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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


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


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


Separation anxiety? Different diagnoses

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Summary of the findings of: Santos de Assis et al, 2019: “Developing diagnostic frameworks in veterinary behavioural medicine: disambiguating separation related problems in dogs“       The ‘separation anxiety’ diagnosis gets thrown around quite a lot, but is that justified – or even helpful? There seem to be different forms of separation problems, and   …Continue Reading


Definition, victims and facilitating factors of severe dog on dog aggression (research article summary)

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Schilder, van der Borg, Vinke – 2019 – Intraspecific killing in dogs: Predation behavior or aggression? A study of aggressors, victims, possible causes, and motivations (link to partial view here) – Jnl Vet Beh Vol. 34 Nov-Dec 2019, pp. 52-59  The University of Utrecht’s team of dog behaviour specialists has had another noteworthy article published.   …Continue Reading


Ledoux’ assertion that animals have no emotions. Don’t confuse fact and opinion

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Joseph Ledoux (neuroscientist) has made the headlines of most popular newspapers recently, with the statement that animals have no emotions. This is a huge deal, and you shouldn’t keep spreading the one-liner without context. Another example of science journalism getting it wrong, with a massive impact for animal welfare the world over. 1. Joseph Ledoux   …Continue Reading


Research summary: Carrots versus sticks

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OhMyDog follows evidence-based principles to advise you on your dog’s behaviour. We keep our finger on the pulse of relevant scientific developments so your dog gets effective possible, reflecting the latest insights into dog behaviour.  For information about making a behaviourist appointment; For a list of our services and courses. We have reviewed this study   …Continue Reading


Scientific discovery by one of your dog nerds in The Hague

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As you know, OhMyDogs aren’t just dog trainers, we are dog nerds. Most of us have a scientific degree in an animal- or behaviour-related field. Iva (Dr. Njunjic to give her her full title), for example, is not only a dog walker in Leiden (https://www.facebook.com/petsittingleiden/)  and a behaviour coach in training with us, but she   …Continue Reading