Dogs have evolved with lots of activity and movement. In their distant – and perhaps not so distant – past, they spent most of their
If you want to better understand your dog’s behaviour, you have come to the right place. Whether you want to know why dogs do the things they do, need help finding a solution for your dog’s behavioural problems, or are a professional working with dogs wanting more in depth information so that you can better help your clients, I’ll support you in your journey.
I’m Dr Else, the creator of Amazing Animal Minds and a scientist with over 15 years of experience studying ethology (behaviour), stress physiology, cognition and emotion in animals. I’m also a dog behaviour consultant, and I help dogs to overcome stress, fear and anxiety and feel good, by improving their emotional state and behavioural patterns.
If you’re a dog trainer or behaviourist who wants to increase their knowledge of dog science and behavioural skills so you can better help your clients, I have a solution for you too. Let’s get started!
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I’m here to help you better understand your dog and create a step-by-step plan to solve your dog’s behavioural problems. You’re not in this alone! Changing your dog’s behaviour for the better is a real possibility so that you can simply enjoy being with your dog.
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How long have you been worried about your dog’s behaviour? How long have you been longing for a change? How many times have you tried to solve the problem yourself, but without making any real progress?
If you continue down the same road, do you really expect to see a difference this time?
Are you ready for a different approach? I help you to find out why your dog does what he does, make an individual step-by-step plan for you to follow, and support you during this process.
You will finally experience a happy dog without fear and anxiety, and can get your life back without feeling guilty. And yes, even you can achieve this. I’ll make sure you can!
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“I just listened to your seminar and first of all just want to say how very interesting it was and that I am always so impressed when you present because you do it in such a professional way yet manage to make the listener feel a real personal connection to you as an individual (and not just researcher) and your experiences. It's thoroughly enjoyable and you are one of my role models in this area for sure! "
“I really appreciated the effort to bring evidence based knowledge to a field that is so unregulated and suffers from it. Thank you! I hope there is more information that can be given to the different dog owners and clubs in the area."
“I loved the opportunity to ask questions and found her responses to not only be informative and helpful but also encouraging and passionate. Else explained complex behaviours and emotions in an easy to understand and very pedagogical way.”
"Else explained everything so that it was easy to understand. She also used many examples and was engaged with real life situations. Else is very professional but also warm, personal, and passionate. She gave many examples that made it easier to understand how I could help my dog."
"Thank you very much for explaining separation anxiety in a very understandable manner. Your research is light in the tunnel with all these “so called dog trainers” around who most of all seek the money but don't understand the dog."
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Why I can help you
Hi, I’m Dr. Else Verbeek and I am an animal welfare scientist specializing in behaviour, physiology, anxiety and stress (see my publications).
I also teach animal cognition, affective states (emotions) and animal welfare at Bachelors, MSc and PhD level at the agricultural and veterinary medicine university in Sweden (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, SLU). For the complete list of my current and previous lectures and courses please see here.
I’ve spent more than 15 years studying animals and applying the latest cognitive and behavioural methods to get a deeper understanding of animal emotions. I believe that being a scientist is the most thrilling profession in the world!
My research is focused on bringing about meaningful change to dogs’ (and their owners’) lives. Unfortunately, scientific advances can take years if not decades to reach the people that need it the most. My goal is to bring you the latest scientific knowledge to help you reach a happy and anxiety free life with your dog.
My mission is to create a world where no dog has to suffer from fear or anxiety.
It makes me sad and frustrated that there is so much misinformation about dog behaviour and how we should be treating our best friends. A lot of well-intentioned but inaccurate advice can be found all over the internet. The problem is often caused by misinterpretation of scientific results by people with very little to no formal scientific training. This well intended advice can often perpetuate the anxiety problems in dogs and in some cases (such as when aversive training is recommended) lead to worsening conditions for the dog.
To combat misinformation and “quick-fixes”, my goal is to interpret the latest scientific literature and provide you with practical advice so that no dog has to unnecessarily suffer from anxiety and stress. My intention is that by making this translation for you, you can focus on helping your dog starting today, rather than spending weeks trying to interpret complex scientific and technical language to find the right solution for your dog.
If you’re struggling with your dog’s behaviour, and feel that reading articles and figuring things out for yourself is not enough, you can book a free no obligation 15 min consultion to put together a plan to solve your dog’s behavioural problems.
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