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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Why Does My Dog Do That?

Why Does My Dog Do That?

Laura V
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.
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Pet Safety Tips for Christmas

Pet Safety Tips for Christmas

Laura V
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.  
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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.
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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

Laura V
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. 
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Reasons Why Your Pet is Being Naughty

Reasons Why Your Pet is Being Naughty

Laura V

How can you raise a pet to trust and respect you, without challenging your guidance, pushing your boundaries and occasionally being badly behaved? HIF Pet Care blogger, Laura V told us, "Well, if I must be honest, you can’t. All relationships at some point are faced with interpersonal challenges. Successful relationships however, face these with Consistency, Patience and Respect, or as I like to call it CPR. As a behaviourist, I try to get people to understand that naughtiness is a symptom of underlying issues, which is generally frustration and anxiety. Once we identify the cause of the unwanted quirks, we can help our beloved pets to overcome them." With this in mind, we caught up with Laura to hear how we can implement her CPR approach successfully, to get less naughty and more nice out of our best mates.

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Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Barking!

Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Barking!

Laura V
Barking is one of those behaviours that is a dog’s bread and butter of communication. But how do we show our dogs that we are listening to what they have to say, without encouraging them to bark…too much? And, if our dog does bark here and there, is it fair to ask them to stop completely? In her latest article for HIF, animal behaviourist expert, Laura V, explains the reasons why your dog may be barking and how you can manage this. 
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How to Socialise Your Dog

How to Socialise Your Dog

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How can you help your dogs to become and stay socialised? In her latest article for HIF, animal behaviourst Laura V,  provides her top ten tips to help not just puppy owners looking for the best ways to socialise their new family member, but also those who may have adopted a dog or who have always struggled with their dog's social skills. Click through to the article to learn how to manage the most common issues in social settings. 
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Top Ten Tips For Anxious Dogs

Top Ten Tips For Anxious Dogs

Laura V
Do you have a shy or nervous dog, or a dog who's anxious in new situations? You can help them feel more calm and relaxed with these top ten tips from our animal behaviourist, Laura V. According to Laura, "Anxiety is the most common cause of unwanted behaviours. So, when training your dog to be better behaved, whether that be walking alongside you on lead, reducing their barking or not digging up the backyard, it pays to ask yourself ‘why’ they are doing it in the first place. How is your dog feeling? What sort of temperament does your dog have? Are you pushing their limits? Are you observing the signs of anxiety? If we start to ask ourselves why our dog is suffering and what part we are playing in it, we can start to understand how to resolve issues and move forward." Click through to the article to read how you can help change the way your dog sees the world.
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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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