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 Puppy Proof Your Home

How to Puppy Proof Your Home

Laura V
Taking a new puppy home is a very exciting and nerve-wracking time! It’s time start putting some safety boundaries in place, ones that keep your prized possessions free of needle-sharp puppy teeth and ones that keep that precious little canine away from potentially harmful human objects. With this in mind, we caught up with animal behaviourist Laura V from Dognitive Therapy to hear her top tips on puppy proofing your home. 
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Tips For Introducing Your Pet to Your Newborn Baby

Tips For Introducing Your Pet to Your Newborn Baby

Laura V
Have you ever wondered how to prepare your dog for your newborn's arrival? According to animal expert, Laura V, "The best advice I could give anyone is to essentially ensure your pet is an integral part of the baby’s life. Involve them, have fun with them and allow them to have purpose. Providing you are empathic towards your dog and set up an environment that is both safe and positive, there is no doubt your pet and baby will grow together to be the very best of friends."  In her latest article for HIF, Laura provides her top tips on how to provide a loving home to the humans and fur-kids in your family equally. 
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Food Aggression in Dogs and what to do About it

Food Aggression in Dogs and what to do About it

Laura V

Does your dog struggle with food aggression? According to animal behaviourist expert, Laura V  "Domestic dogs who display aggression around food are not necessarily dominant or bullying of other dogs, they may simply find that fighting for a resource is essential for survival. And sometimes, it is. Whilst it may be normal though, it doesn’t mean it isn’t potentially dangerous." In order to prevent or change aggressive food behaviour in dogs, it's important to know exactly what is causing it. In her latest article for HIF, Laura V shares her top tips on how to recognise and deal with food aggression. 

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Gain Pet, Lose Weight

Gain Pet, Lose Weight

Laura V
Did you know that obesity is one of the biggest killers of Australians with up to 40% of adults suffering the relentless battle of the bulge. But it’s not just us who are affected. With people attracted to bad eating habits, it’s not uncommon for us to pass our vices onto our children and even dogs! According to animal behaviourist expert, Laura V, "An estimated 30% of dogs are overweight, leaving them at risk of the same sort of chronic diseases as humans. Dogs are more ‘rotund’ than ever before, becoming not just a health issue but a welfare concern as well." In her latest article for HIF, Laura provides her 8 step approach to losing weight and says that in 8 weeks, you’ll be thanking her, but more importantly you'll be thanking your dog.
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How to Tell if Your Dog is Stressed or Anxious

How to Tell if Your Dog is Stressed or Anxious

Laura V
Did you know that on average, people spend 2 and ½ hours stressing each and every day? According to Animal Behaviourist expert, Laura V, "Life can be tough and at least half of us are reporting to have or have had an experience of overwhelming stress and anxiety. It seems that with this knowledge, humans are the ones who are struck with the highest cases of poor mental health amongst all sentient animals, but then I got to know another species who to this day, I believe suffers far more than we do. These animals are our dogs. Not only are dogs faced with daily stressors such as finding warmth, food, water and companionship, this stress is usually completely uncontrollable as it's the owner who decides on the dog’s daily fate; whether they will eat, explore, be comfortable and engaged in life, and often there is nothing that dog can do about it. Now that’s what I call stress!" In this article, Laura shares her top tips to help you get to know what your dog’s really thinking.
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Want to be your best? Here are five ways your dog will help you to be the best you can be

Want to be your best? Here are five ways your dog will help you to be the best you can be

Laura V

If you could describe your ideal-self, how would it sound? Would you be fitter? Healthier? Wealthier? According to our resident Animal Behaviourist & Psychotherapist, Laura V, "Being your best comes from within. It comes from a sense of self-worth, a positive attitude and an outlook on life that is filled with compassion and resilience. When I think of those around me who are always willing to be their best, despite life’s inevitable drawbacks, I think of my dogs. Dogs have extraordinary resilience and motivation. They are always looking for opportunities to make the most of their lives and seem to bring along a positive outlook wherever they go." So, this got us to thinking about how our dogs can show us the way to self-improvement, simply just by being themselves. Amongst all the life-lessons our dogs can teach us, Laura V has come up with 5 simple ways your dog can lead you on a path towards being your absolute best.

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Feeling anxious? Talk to your pet, they know exactly how to help. 

Feeling anxious? Talk to your pet, they know exactly how to help. 

Laura V
Every now and then, we all experience anxiety. Whether stuck in a traffic jam, preparing for an exam or simply waiting at the doctor's surgery; anxiety is a natural and normal trade-off for survival. Those of us who are hit hard, often find it difficult to mediate unhelpful thoughts, experiencing a range of relentless symptoms that can leave us feeling helpless and hopeless. So who do we turn to in times of distress? Who will listen? Who promises not to judge and will offer overwhelming comfort when we need it the most? According to Laura - "She'd say an animal".
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