Laura V


Laura V of Dognitive Therapy is Australia's most loved animal behaviourist - bringing a wealth of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the animals in our lives. She’s studied everything from Zoology to Genetics and Archaeology, to the National Dog Trainers Federation Cert III in Canine Behaviour and Training. Having completed her postgraduate qualification in Education and now completing her postgraduate Psychology degree, it’s all of this study that has allowed Laura to successfully help countless owners and their dogs around the world... 

Based in Melbourne, she is an expert in the behaviour modification of aggressive dogs in particular. Laura’s passion for animals is evident and her love for them deep. Her unique focus, personality and experience has also seen her involved in numerous media activities, whether it be writing for Dogs Life magazine, commenting on pet behaviour on Channel 9’s Today Extra or Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens or Saturday Disney. She hosts a weekly pet behaviour segment on Fairfax Media’s news talk radio 3AW, a dog behaviour segment on Magic1377 and a live radio pet segment on Australia Overnight. Her book ‘Things Your Dog Wants You To Know’ was published by Penguin Books. She is an ambassador and presenter for The Dog Lovers Show in Melbourne and Sydney and has a strong and growing social media presence.
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Anxiety in Cats

Anxiety in Cats

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Anxiety in dogs is pretty easy to spot, but what about anxiety in cats? According to animal behaviourst, Laura V, "Whilst we believe cats are less likely to suffer from anxiety than dogs, there is increasing evidence that cats benefit from owners who take preventative measures for anxiety. Because cats are less expressive, we may be missing critical signs of their emotional state." With this in mind we caught up with Laura to hear the signs we should watch out for and her top tips to help our felines overcome their anxiety. 
Category:Pet Care
Should Your Pets Sleep On Your Bed?

Should Your Pets Sleep On Your Bed?

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There's no doubt that pets are good for us. Current research confirms everything we have ever believed, including how pets decrease our blood pressure, increase our happy brain chemicals, improve our social skills and even in many cases; help us to live longer. But what about the question that sparks great debate across pet owners: should your pet sleep on your bed? In her latest article for HIF, animal behaviour expert, Laura V, delves into the research behind this topic and provides her opinion and top tips to ensure a great night’s sleep for both you and your pet. 
Category:Pet Care
Greek Tortilla Pinwheels

Greek Tortilla Pinwheels

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An easy little party appetizer that takes hardly any effort to make but looks pretty cute! Just chop Greek salad bits, scatter them over a feta and yogurt spread on a tortilla, roll up the tortilla, and chop into rounds. Delicious!
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How to Make Your Old Pet Feel Young Again

How to Make Your Old Pet Feel Young Again

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What can we do to give our beloved pets the happiest, healthiest and longest life possible? According to animal behaviourist expert, Laura V, "Actually, it’s pretty simple. Everything our pets do to help us live longer, we can offer right back to them." In her latest article for HIF, Laura shares her top tips for helping your older pet feel young again.

Category:Pet Care
Why Does My Dog Do That?

Why Does My Dog Do That?

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You’re supposed to know everything about your best friend, aren’t you? What they love, what they hate, what makes them laugh and what makes them cry. But, what if your best mate just so happens to be a dog? In her latest article for HIF, animal behaviourist expert, Laura V explains some of the unexplained to help you get into the mind of your furry beloved.
Category:Pet Care
Pet Safety Tips for Christmas

Pet Safety Tips for Christmas

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The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents love to include their fur-kids in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays though, it's important to ensure you keep your pet happy, healthy and safe. With this in mind HIF blogger and pet care expert, Laura V shares her top pet safety tips for Christmas.  
Category:Pet Care
Keeping your Pet safe in Summer

Keeping your Pet safe in Summer

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Summer can mean lots of fun outside with our pets. But with this summer being predicted to be one of the hottest with soaring temperatures, we need to take the appropriate steps to protect our beloved animals. Whether you take them for a walk down the street, a ride in the car, or just out in the yard to play, the heat can be extremely hard on them. With this in mind, we caught up with animal behaviourist, Laura V, to hear her top tips on how we can ensure our best furry or feathered friends can enjoy summertime as much as the rest of us, without encountering the risks of overheating.
Category:Pet Care
Why Does My Cat Do That? – Common Questions and Answers on Cat Behaviour

Why Does My Cat Do That? – Common Questions and Answers on Cat Behaviour

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Have you ever asked yourself "Why does my cat do that?". Well, cats have strange hobbies. Some like to hide in boxes, some like to scratch your couch, and some like to bring you presents from outside. If you’ve wondered why cats have these quirky behaviours, wonder no more! We’ve asked our animal behaviourist expert, Laura V to explain these unusual behaviours, and give you an insight into the world of your cat. 
Category:Pet Care
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