We are delighted to have behaviourist and trainer Kate Mallatratt working with us to create 'Your Dog & You'. There are lots of great blog articles packed full of information and behaviour advice written by Kate including topics such as Recall and Guarding. Kate has also chosen some of her favourite products to include in our exclusive Contemplating Canines Collection to assist you in making informed product choices for your dog.
Kate is an associate member of the UK Register of Canine Behaviourists and member of the Pet Professional Guild, which promotes force free training. Kate holds an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management (with distinction) from Compass Education Ltd and Teachers’ Diploma and Certificate in Puppy Education from Learning About Dogs Ltd. She runs online courses, puppy classes and lifeskill and clicker training workshops. She is an experienced clicker training assessor.
Kate’s particular areas of interest are behaviour modification, problem prevention and enriching the environment for the dog in the family home. Kate also has a keen interest in the health and welfare of dogs from a nutritional perspective, having fed her dogs a raw diet for many years and only feeds quality treats. Kate’s other area of special interest lies in clicker training for errorless learning.
Along with her husband Paul, Kate is guardian to four dogs: Golden Retrievers Mabel and daughter Phoebe, a blue merle Border Collie Merlin, and an English Springer Spaniel Oscar. She enjoys long walks with the dogs and escaping to the beach as often as possible!
To book some of the fantastic training courses that Kate runs online please click here
Kate is based near Sidmouth, Devon. For further information, training advice and behavioural consultations visit www.contemplatingcanines.com
"If you have a dog who is sensitive to his environment, to people or to dogs lead sleeves can inform people quickly that your dog has specific needs."
“Lead sleeves give people visual information about your dog. When wearing a lead sleeve, people tend to give you a wider berth or ask before they interact with your dog. This is gives you time to tell the person how you would like them to stroke your dog (on the chest please when your dog is sitting) – or not a all! - and stops them rewarding behaviours that you don’t want (such as jumping up and pulling towards them)."
"Animal behaviour expert Dr Temple Grandin has a particularly unusual insight into animal behaviour. She is autistic. Autism and sensory overload often go hand in hand and Dr Grandin built herself a ‘squeeze’ machine that helped her feel more secure, since pressure contact helps release of the calming neurotransmitter oxytocin. The canine equivalent is a Thundershirt TM or t-shirt that wrap firmly around the dog. These have been shown to help reduce anxiety, as gentle pressure helps the animals relax."
"For any behaviour problem it is very important you rule out an underlying medical cause with your veterinary surgeon and seek the advice of a suitably qualified professional to establish the root cause of the issue. The products recommended are not a substitute for appropriate advice."
Perfect Fit/Mekuti Dog Harness
"We teach our dogs to pull. As puppies they learn to pull towards interesting scents and people who meet and greet them. Pulling can damage a dog’s neck and for this reason I prefer a good fitting harness that gives better control, is more comfortable for your dog and less likely to cause physical harm.”