Welcome to Canis BLOGus

Canis BLOGus – Dog blogging: making evidence-based fun

A critical thinking blog about all things dogs for owners, researchers and professionals.

I share insights and techniques about the cases I see in my dog behaviour therapy practice (Den Haag), I review dog books, I discuss findings of important research articles, and I discuss controversial issues. Bursting with pop science, scathing rants, vivid analogies and tongue-in-cheek illustrations.

Who am I

IMG_6610My name is Laure-Anne and I am an English-speaking expat in The Netherlands. I run an evidence-based dog behaviour therapy practice (Canis bonus) and dog training school (OhMyDog!) in The Hague. I graduated in Zoology (University of Newcastle), then specialized in applied companion animal behaviour (postgrad dip). When I am not working on rehabilitating dogs with behaviour problems, I relax by examining ideas in the pet and behaviour world critically.

For more about me, visit the homepage.

What the blog is about

This blog shares evidence-based information about dog behaviour in layman’s terms. I am on a mission to spread fact-based and thought-provoking information about dogs. So I relentlessly:

  • bust apocryphal stories, speculation, fallacies and biased tales;
  • promote responsible dog ownership;
  • question received ideas.

I enjoy delving into technical subjects and re-surfacing with an article that every dog owner can use to make intelligent decisions about their dog.

I cover many subjects, from comparative psychology to behaviour modification techniques, training school practices and dog welfare. And then of course, I interview interesting dog pros and tell you about my latest dog book review.

To find the articles

  • Click on a category (panel to the right) such as ‘Dog behaviour’ or
  • Enter your search terms in the search bar (top right)

Write a comment

I love comments, no matter how short, off-the-mark, (or contrary). You can leave a comment on each article by:

  • clicking on the title for the post you want to read, and
  • completing the comments form at the bottom of the article.

Order an article

I can also write for your magazine, blog or website on demand. If you want to order an article on a canine subject of your choice,  contact me and I’ll be happy to discuss your needs.

To find out more about my dog writing services, go to my Dog writer page.

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  1. Ann Smith
    Posted 19 February 2011 at 17:14 | Permalink

    Hello there! I bet you’re a really smart person having all those qualifications above. So my question is, what is the best breed to pet? Thanks heaps! 🙂

    Ann from TrainPetDog.com Dog Housebreaking

    • Posted 19 February 2011 at 20:45 | Permalink

      Hi Ann

      Thanks for the comment and question.

      I think your question is one of personal preference, rather than qualifications. So I guess you’d need to be a little more specific about the criteria.

  2. Posted 29 July 2011 at 19:09 | Permalink

    Hi. Laure-Anne,

    It seems that you and I have have some of the same qualifications for writing about canines.
    I, however, limit myself to the Australian Shepherd. I really love this breed, but it really extends to the unique qualities that seem to be common among all herding dogs.

    Bill from

    • Posted 3 August 2011 at 18:16 | Permalink

      Hi Bill. They’re gorgeous, aren’t they (Aussies)? Always glad to be connected with people with similar interests. Keep in touch!

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