Press & Resources

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Jonas Thulin is a Canine Emotional Health Advisor in Altea, Spain and Director at the Slow Dog Movement.

Namitha PC is a Dog Welfare Activist and Founder of Street Dogs Are Family Too in Bangalore, India and Director at the Slow Dog Movement.

Pennie Clayton runs Crabtree Canine Enrichment in Crowborough, Sussex and Pennie Clayton Horse and Hound School in Kent and the surrounding area. You can reach Pennie at or 07910 720961. Pennie is also a Director at the Slow Dog Movement. Her Facebook group, Enhancing the Life of Your Hound is a wealth of information and creativity and is the sister group to the Slow Dog Movement Facebook group.

Kath Hardington is a behaviour consultant based in Morpeth, Northumberland, owner of Help for Hounds and Director at the Slow Dog Movement.

Santos Salcines Nazabal runs Sanjana & Dogs , helps to run Dogstar, a dog centre in Cantabria, Spain and the Mantrailing Cantabria School. He is a co-founder of ANPECEC and a Director at the Slow Dog Movement.

Laura Dobb is the Founder/Director at the Slow Dog Movement®. She is a dog coach in North Yorkshire and owns Lala Human Dog Coach. She also helps to manage Sensory Gardens for Dogs, a Facebook Community, along with Birgitta Geerlings.

Winkie Spiers‘ wonderful YouTube videos about enrichment, making dog treats and other topics.

Kirsty Grant runs The Dog Nose in Swindon – it’s the U.K.’s 1st dedicated enrichment facility Kirsty also runs dog scent detection classes and other workshops for dog professionals. 

Harriet Alexander is a dog behaviour consultant, broadcaster, and educator and co-wrote Puppies Unleashed with Winkie Spiers, a fabulous course for new puppy guardians. She is the owner of All Dogs Are Good.

ANPECEC is a model dog health and advocacy organisation based in Spain that’s based on ‘MIME’ – Minimal Invasion, Maximum Empathy. Our Directors, Santos and Jonas are founding members.

Turid Rugaas – teacher and author of many books and DVDs and founder of the PDTE. Excellent resources about equipment (harnesses), her books and sections on puppies and calming signals.

Pet Dog Trainers of Europe – Laura, Pennie and Kath are full members of the PDTE. Namitha is an associate member.

Birgitta Geerlings has created an website for worldwide Sensory Gardens or ‘Snuffle Gardens’ as they are known in Germany. It’s called Sensory Gardens 4 Dogs. Birgitta and Laura manage the Facebook community group Sensory Gardens 4 Dogs.

Here is a wonderful PDF available for all to use from Sam’s Hondenservice and Simone Bakker – Mudita Hond en Mens.

Dr Conor Brady has a Doctorate in nutrition, behaviour & gut morphology of mammals and is an International speaker on canine nutrition & natural health and author of Feeding Dogs and much more! Check out his website Dogs First Ireland for loads of free information on dog health and ‘feeding dogs.’

Dr Amber Batson is a vet behaviourist and educator and runs a fabulous Facebook page called Understand Animals. It was set up in 2007 to help animal owners learn more about their pets. Amber taught our wildly successful ‘Cavorting Canines‘ course in 2020 – a webinar discussing Dogs & Exercise.

Freedogz – a wonderful Belgian company who provides resources (PDF’s to print in many languages) about harnesses

The Vet Behaviour Team – vets from Australia who have perfected infographics showing dog behaviour (stress, fiddle, hyperarousal etc)

Julia Robertson and the Galen Therapy Centre – As a physical therapist for dogs, Julia writes a fantastic blog and her site will help you locate a myotherapist in your area.

Dr Jean Dodds’ Pet Health Resource Blog – an excellent source of information about thyroid issues in dogs.

At the Heart of the Walk is a website created by fellow PDTE colleagues, Cristina and Aurélien Budzinski. Their study shows how walking on a long  (or not leash) versus short leash affects our dog’s pulse rate.

Smiling Leash is a community group on Facebook and Instagram that was created to encourage sharing more special moments with your dog – while the leash is smiling. They also have a great website.

Dog Walking Fields – a website that will help you find an enclosed field or indoor enrichment area in your area in the U.K..

Gabriela’s Way – a page on Turid’s site, dedicated to the memory of her granddaughter, Gabriela and the work she did to educate dog owners to use a harness with their dog(s). You can join this movement by handing out harness brochures – see Freedogz  or contact me and by sending Turid photos of you doing this important work!



I recommend and use two harness brands; Haqihana (an Italian company) and Atelier d’Ellis (a company based in the Netherlands) and have heard excellent reviews about a third, Perfect Fit. I have met, on several occasions, both the owners of the first two harness makers and they are both impeccable in their dedication to making high quality and anatomically correct equipment.

Haqihana has a map on their site that helps you locate a retailer. You can order harnesses via The Mutty Professor web-shop or storefront shop in Bristol. You can also email or ring the shop for more information.

Atelier d’Ellis harnesses can be ordered online via the Woofs to Kittys web-shop, or storefront shop in London or via telephone from Anita and Karen, 0203 659 8580 or info[at]woofstokittys[dot]com.


Both Haqihana and Atelier d’Ellis sell matching leashes (3 metres is recommended for everyday use) alongside their harnesses. Roz at The Mutty Professor sells great (varying length) Biothane leashes for wet weather and long length biothane leashes for recall and tracking work. Atelier d’Ellis sells beautiful leather leashes of varying lengths.

Recommended videos and brochures about harnesses:

About harnesses by Turid Rugaas:

Harness brochure by Freedogz:


Turid Rugaas, On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals, Dogwise Publishing

Turid Rugaas, Barking: The Sound of a Language, Dogwise Publishing

Turid Rugaas, My Dog Pulls: What Do I Do?, Dogwise Publishing

Anne Lill Kvam, The Canine Kingdom of Scent: Fun Activities Using Your Dog’s Natural Instincts, Dogwise Publishing

Karen Pryor, Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training, Ringpress Books

Jean Donaldson, The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs, James & Kenneth Publishers

Jean Dodds, The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answers You Need for Your Dog, Dogwise Publishing

Marc Bekoff, The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Animal Empathy – and Why They Matter, New World Library

Bekoff, M. & Pierce, J., Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion The Best Life Possible, New World Library, 2019, Print.

Barry Eaton, Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction? Dogwise Publishing

Nancy Kay, Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen ReasonableThings to Expect From Your Vet, CreateSpace

Rosie Lowry, Understanding the silent communication of dogs, Lowry Industries Ltd

Rose Lowry, The Tale of a Big Dog: A Holistic Guide to Life with Hagrid, Lowry Industries Ltd

Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed, Orion, London, 2004

Nadine Mazzola, Forest Bathing with Your Dog, Blue Cloud Books, July 2019

Dr Conor Brady, Feeding Dogs: The Science Behind Raw Versus Dry Debate , Dogs First Ltd

Michele Minunno, From Predatory Behaviour to Relationship: Looking at Dogs From Different Perspectives, Michele Minunno (6 Nov. 2020)

Dr Franklin D. McMillan, Mental Health and Well-being in Animals, CABI Publishing, November 2019

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