On Vet talks un­leash ca­nine love

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THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR: Find out if your dog re­ally loves you at your lo­cal li­brary.

ALPINE Shire li­braries will host talks about dog love be­tween Oc­to­ber 21 and Novem­ber 4.

Ve­teri­nary be­havioural spe­cial­ist Sally Nixon will lead an in­for­mal dis­cus­sion at each of the coun­cil’s li­braries about hu­man-an­i­mal bonds.

She says such bonds can some­times be so strong that a per­son con­sid­ers their dog as a child.

The dis­cus­sion will ex­plore what your dog thinks of you and the best means to nur­ture the bond so that it be­comes a two-way re­la­tion­ship.

“Peo­ple be­lieve they have a good re­la­tion­ship with their pet and that is of­ten the case,” Dr Nixon says. “How­ever, oc­ca­sion­ally it can all fall apart.” Dr Nixon will speak about mis­con­cep­tions of dog be­hav­iour and how an un­der­stand­ing of the science of be­hav­iour can im­prove a re­la­tion­ship be­tween ca­nine and hu­man.

She will also talk about dog emo­tions and what is cur­rently known about dogs to help de­liver for them the best qual­ity of life.

The talks will be held at Myrtle­ford Li­brary on Satur­day at 10:30am, and at the same time in Bright Li­brary on Oc­to­ber 28 and Mount Beauty Li­brary on Novem­ber 4.

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