Hi, and thanks for stopping by.

I’m a professional animal behaviourist and trainer, and a first time blogger.

I love animals and I am passionate about raising awareness and welfare standards.

I am particularly interested in sharing knowledge about how to work without compromising emotional welfare.

Working from the perspective of the emotional mind is essential to understanding behaviour. Positive reinforcement methods and free will teaching underpin this approach. Not only is this in the best interests of the animal, you will get far better results in every aspect of the animals behaviour when you adopt this philosophy.

When I received two Thoroughbred horses, as a birthday present from my husband, I was given lots of advice on using punishment and aversive methods. ‘Keep them in their place’, ‘tell them who’s boss’, ‘assert your authority so they don’t walk all over you’.

This didn’t go down well at all. Apart from being completely incompatible with my ethics, why on earth would I treat a horse any differently to other animals I work with? Old dominance theories have long since been disproved, but positive reinforcement for the horse is generally overlooked, and not very well publicised. Proven scientific research confirms that positive reinforcement methods are more effective, produce safer behaviour, more reliable results, and are the best conditions to learn in. Using the same principles and methods that I use with pets, I’m achieving wonderfully successful results with horses.

This inspired me to write this blog and share my knowledge.

I’ll be posting articles, ‘how to’ guides, tips, an insight into my work with horses, dogs, cats, along with various thoughts and musings as I go.

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    1. Hi Maria, you can google about Linda Kohanov.. she’s the author of ‘the power of the herd’ book.. a couple of years ago I came across an interview with her on the true nature radio podcast 🙂 Have a great day!

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  1. Kathie,
    I wanted to know all about you so here I am.
    Hello.
    It’s amazing how much you learn if you just start at the beginning.
    I am glad you are into the “loving -them first”approach as I call it.
    I am not an expert by any means. Most of what I learned about horses and other animals I learn on our small farm.
    Our horses, 2 of them were old when we gt them and they lived another 10 years or so. They were “nags” and I loved them.
    They’d never had a lot of TLC. They hadn’t been mistreated, just not “loved”.
    It’s amazing what a little love can do.
    I look forward to reading what you have written.

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