Hannah is our head behavioural specialist and the managing director of Pawfect Dogsense. With a BSc Honors degree in Animal Behaviour she has been studying and working with dogs for over 15 years. She has worked as a training and behavioural advisor for Dogs Trust and also appeared on BBC Radio WM as their resident dog geek, dishing out advice on air about all manner of doggy problems. Hannah won the award for best presentation at the first International Animal Training Conference for her talk ‘Dog body language: Myths and Mirroring’ in 2013 and has gone on to design many other education streams and workshops ever since. She’s a registered temperament assessor for the charity Pets As Therapy and also co-ordinates fundraising activities and talks about the charity Medical Detection Dogs in her spare time. Her areas of special interest are dog body language, cultural attitudes to dog ownership, & the human and canine bond.
‘Dogs are amazing. I could have worked with any species but after graduating I came across the research published by Medical Detection Dogs that proved dogs can reliably detect cancer with their noses.. before any human test could show it was present!! This research only happened because hundreds of people were claiming their dog had detected their own cancer without being trained to do it. That was it for me.. the stark realisation that dogs have been walking with us for so many thousands of years, their sensitivity allows them to detect human disease!! But it wasn’t just that, for this research to have happened 2 other factors are at play.. 1. The dog felt it could communicate this info to its owner… and 2. The owners were sensitive enough to listen to their dogs!! AMAZING!!
And yet.. what we ‘know’ about dogs culturally is so confused that dog welfare is still a huge problem across the world. Trainers still insist on teaching heavy handed tactics to create or punish normal behaviour and new dog owners are squashed and baffled by all the conflicting advice they hear in our industry.
So we stand up for dogs as a species. We teach owners to read their body language and sift through the cultural knowledge we have about dogs, separating fact from fiction. Dogs have evolved with us, they are willing workers, companions and friends and the time is now to give them the respect and patience they deserve.
Our mission is to open the eyes of every owner.. and teach them to speak dog!’