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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Monitoring Your Pets Lumps and Bumps

Monitoring Your Pets Lumps and Bumps

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As our pet’s start to get older you may notice a lump or bump on their body, that wasn’t there yesterday – which as a pet parent, can be very scary. However, there are many reasons why a bump develops. With this in mind, we caught up with animal behaviourist Laura V to hear her expert knowledge on the causes of lumps in pets and know when it is time to call your primary care veterinarian.

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Should You Vaccinate Your Dog?

Should You Vaccinate Your Dog?

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Protecting our pooches against potentially devastating diseases is absolutely crucial and the question of whether owners should vaccinate our dogs continues to spark interest. In her latest article for HIF, animal behaviourist Laura V shares her expert knowledge on common vaccines, the possible risks associated and when you should vaccinate your dog.

Can Animals Feel Loneliness

Can Animals Feel Loneliness

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Many people wonder if, when their pet is alone during the day, they ever get lonely. Unfortunately, guilty-pet-owners out there, the answer is yes. Animals are capable of feeling a number of emotions, and loneliness is one of them. With this in mind, animal behaviourist Laura V shares some tips to help alleviate your pet’s distress when they’re left alone.

Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?

Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?

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Most dog owners have seen their dog eat grass, or heard the advice that it’s because they’re unwell, stressed, or perhaps they just like the taste. The good news is that it’s actually a very normal behaviour for our furry friends. In her latest article for HIF, animal behaviourist, Laura V explores the many different reasons why.

Preparing Your Animal for Flying

Preparing Your Animal for Flying

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Flying with your pet can be a stressful experience. Not only because of the rules, regulations and requirements, but also because us pet lovers know that flying can be hard on our fur babies. With this in mind, we caught up with Animal Behaviourist Laura V, who shares her top tips how to ensure the experience is as positive and comfortable as possible for your furry friend.

What’s in Your Pet’s Bowl?

What’s in Your Pet’s Bowl?

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They say you are what you eat. Humans are currently amongst the height of food crazes, from Paleo and Atkins to Detox Teas and Alkaline diets. We are insatiably looking for the next way to get fit and lose weight. But what about our pets? What is in their food bowl these days, and are we doing what’s best by them? In her latest article for HIF, Animal Health and Behaviour Expert, Laura V, shares her top tips on how to keep your pet healthy. 
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