I am Dr. Tammie King, animal behaviour expert working at the Waltham Petcare Science Institute (https://www.waltham.com/). I’m here to talk to you about dog behaviour. Ask Me Anything!
Hi Reddit, Dr. Tammie King here and I am here today to talk about dog behaviour!
I have a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Zoology/Ethology and a PhD in dog behaviour/anthrozoology. I have been researching pet behaviour and human-animal interactions for over 20yrs.
I have previously worked in the veterinary industry and as an animal behaviour consultant, supporting pet owners and industry professionals. I am passionate about everything related to dog science, how we can better understand the human-pet relationship and improve pet welfare.
I have published scientific, peer-reviewed papers on the traits of an ideal pet dog in Australia and how dog breeders can select for beauty and behaviour. I have given numerous conference presentations on dog behaviour research and conducted many workshops to help people better understand pet behaviour.
Pet acquisitions surged in the beginning of the pandemic last year and it seems now that many are sadly struggling, which could lead to abandonment of pets. Research shows that one of the most common reasons for pet relinquishment is due to behavioural issues – but many of these can be prevented and managed with the right advice and support.
Has your pet started exhibiting any new behaviours during the pandemic lockdowns that they didn’t before? I’m here to help. Ask me anything about dog behaviour!
EDIT: Thanks so much for all of your great questions! I have to hop off now but make sure to follow me on Twitter until our next session!
EDIT 2: Wow, I have come back to so many more great questions. I will take the time over the next few days to answer the most popular/top questions. So if there is a topic you really want me to address then make it known.