Yet another year has passed and Animalytics is almost 4 years old. I'd like to take time to reflect on the past year and share our accomplishments over the past year. Animalytics has grown tremendously since I set it up in 2013. 2016 has been a year of hard work and challenges but a very successful year and I’m very pleased about that.

Dutch Veterinary Behaviour Group
First of all I was thrilled when I successfully got the Dutch Veterinary Behaviour Group (NWVG) affiliated under the Companion Animal Group (GGG) of the Royal Dutch Veterinary Association (KNMvD). This was a major achievement and together with the full support of the GGG we’re putting veterinary behavioural medicine (the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health disorders in animals) on the map in the Netherlands. I'm very grateful to the other committee members Renate Pijnappel and Esther van Schuur who have worked tirelessly trough the year and who share my passion for veterinary behaviorual medicine and animal welfare. The NWVG has been very well received here in the Netherlands. It was a dream of mine since I first arrived in the Netherlands in 2009 to set up a national organisation for the Dutch Vets. I hear all the time from vets that they want and need more information and education on behavioural medicine. The NWVG is for the vet in first line practice. For more on the NWVG, please see here.


2nd of June 2016

Millions of dogs all over the world are terrified by the sound of fireworks. In fact, the town of Collecchio, Italy, recently introduced legislation requiring the use of silent fireworks to reduce the stress caused to pets.

But even if everyone in the world used silent fireworks, there are plenty of other loud noises that cause anxious, fearful, and phobic responses in dogs. In a study conducted in the United Kingdom and published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science in 2013, 49% of dog owners indicated that their dog responded fearfully to a loud noise, including thunder, gunshots, and cars backfiring. All too often dogs affected by this condition also suffer from other anxiety disorders, particularly separation anxiety.



Valerie Jonckheer-Sheehy MVB MRCVS MSc LAS CertWEL Dip. ECAWBM (BM)
Behaviour veterinarian
Veterinary Referral Centre de Wagenrenk, Wageningen, The Netherlands

14 June 2015

This Blog is also available in Dutch

“The more, the better”?
“The more often you train your dog, the faster he will learn”. Apparently this mantra may not be the correct. Additionally, “the longer the training session the better” may also be a misnomer. People training dogs for obedience, service, police or military will often train a dog for at least one or more hours a day. Research shows that this may actually be detrimental to the dog’s learning process and retard the speed of learning instead of increasing it. In fact, dogs may actually learn better if they are not trained everyday for long periods!


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