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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How to Stop your Dog from Jumping Up

How to Stop your Dog from Jumping Up

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Did you know that jumping up is the most common behaviour problem for dogs? According to animal behaviourist, Laura V, “the pushing, the knocking over and just the outright annoyance, jumping up is a behaviour that only gets worse, and generally never disappears unless it is managed consistently.” In her latest article for HIF, Laura shares her expert advice to curb this behaviour.

Category:Pet Care
Dog Allergies. Symptoms, Causes, Treatments and Tips.

Dog Allergies. Symptoms, Causes, Treatments and Tips.

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Do you suspect that your dog is suffering from allergies? According to animal behaviour expert, Laura V, "The modern dog is subject to more allergens than before, but without the adapted immunity, just like us. So, let’s scratch past the surface and find out what exactly you can do for your dog who has allergies." Click through to the article to learn more about allergies in dogs, including the causes, signs, and treatments available!
Category:Pet Care
My Dog Doesn't Like Other Dogs, What Can I Do?

My Dog Doesn't Like Other Dogs, What Can I Do?

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If your dog is unsociable towards other dogs, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they hate dogs, it often means something quite different; something that may surprise you! In her latest article for HIF, animal and behavioural expert, Laura V provides her top tips on how to embark on a journey that helps your dog manage their anxieties and fears and teaches you essential practical and emotional skills to help them succeed.
Category:Pet Care
Boredom Busters for Your Dog

Boredom Busters for Your Dog

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Is your dog bored? According to animal behaviour expert, Laura V, "When a dog lacks purpose and focus in their day, they expend that mental and physical energy into behaviours that we often find irritating. There are usually very few reasons for the wide range of problem behaviours in dogs. Whether a dog digs up the back yard, barks at the neighbour’s cat, eats your couch, or has an accident on your prized rug, it is usually (not exclusively) caused by anxiety and/or frustration. So, I've come up with a list of 'boredom' busters for you and your dog. These are simple and inexpensive ideas that will help to give your dog purpose during their day that can be played either with or without you." Click through to the article to read Laura's top five boredom busters for your dog.  
Category:Pet Care
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!
Category:Recipes
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
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