Welcome to my blog site. I’m a veterinary surgeon, clinical animal behaviourist and welfare scientist. My passion is companion animals – how they relate to us, what influences how they fit into our weird human lives, and why sometimes things go wrong. My research interests lie predominantly around understanding the factors influencing the development of undesired behaviours in dogs, through epidemiological as well as observational studies. I work for the UK’s largest dog charity, Dogs Trust, where I am the Director of Canine Behaviour and Research. I have a PhD in animal behaviour and am recognised as a veterinary specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European Board of Veterinary Specialists, and as a Specialist in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law by the European College.