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“What a difference a dog makes” by Chris Kent, Reviewed by Marie Yates

What A Difference A Dog Makes; The ‘Tail’ of the K9 Project by Chris Kent (Review by Marie Yates of Canine Perspective CIC)


If you love dogs and you know that they have the power to change lives, you need this book in your life. Chris Kent takes the power of the human-animal bond to a whole new level. The beauty of this book is the raw honesty combined with true passion for the development of both the human and the animal. Chris, the founder of The K9 Project, shares stories of the humans and the animals that have made The K9 Project the incredible success it is. It hasn’t all been a bed of roses, and for anyone who works in the field, it is refreshing to know that sometimes, even if it doesn’t work out the way you’d hoped, there are always other success stories to focus on and other people and animals that will benefit. It’s a beautifully written, honest and powerful reflection that draws you in from the first page. It’s accessible, enjoyable to read and will be of interest to dog lovers, professionals who work with animals and people who are looking for a new way to engage with young (and not-so-young) people. Don’t underestimate the deliberate simplicity though; Chris is at the top of her game, she doesn’t just have years of multi-faceted experience, she has made it her mission to keep learning. Chris lives her passion and is a true inspiration to anyone who understands the real potential of the human-animal bond.


All proceeds from the book go to The K9 Project… please visit the website for details on how to order.





By |January 13th, 2015|Human Animal Bond, Recommended reading|0 Comments

Are you a “Cat Person” or a “Dog Person”?

It’s a question I’ve been asked on and off throughout my life. It’s a social question. You know – like, “How’s the weather in your part of the  world?” or “Have you seen the latest Marvel movie?”. How you relate to animals is something most people are curious about, whether that’s because they are cat or dog lovers or whether it is in fact a sly plot to get to meet your own furry friends (Yes, that means it’s a tactic I’ve used in the past… successfully). Our languages and cultures are suffused with animals from the stories we tell to our little ones – metaphors and life lessons in sheeps’, wolves and any other furry, feathered or finned clothing – down to the role that they play in our everyday lives. Knowing which animals people like, helps us get to know other people’s personalities.

You have the sayings – metaphors, idioms or similes – such as “fighting like cats and dogs”, “raining cats and dogs”, “working like a dog”, “strong as an ox” and “flogging a dead horse” for example. Some references are positive and some, not so positive but throughout our language you can find references to animals in one way or another. Animals feature heavily in myths and legends and you only have to take one look at any Disney film and you’re sure to find animals galore!

But what about our own personal preferences? I’ve been asked many a time whether I consider myself a “cat person” or a “dog person” and every single time, without fail, I’ve found myself stumped by that question. In all honesty, I’d be more likely to consider myself a “dolphin person” but then I’m not about […]

By |July 25th, 2014|Animal Assisted Therapy, Human Animal Bond|0 Comments

Birdwatching with Biff – What’s the fascination?

Hi, my name is Alexander and I am a very keen birdwatcher.

I started at the age of 5 and now after several years I have become an encyclopaedia of knowledge, ranging from characteristics of birds to their general colourations. For the past two years I have managed to rack up my bird count to around 210 birds, which for a teenager isn’t to shabby!

Since the start of my birding career they have had a huge impact in my life and have made each walk along the beautiful Cornish coast a whole lot better. My Grandma and Granddad used to take me down a valley called Kenidjack and pointed out simple birds such as the blackbird and robin however, now the matriarch of the group has changed.  I have gone that step further and have learnt the key identification notes and also where to find them!

But why bird watching, what is it about looking at our feathery friends that is so exciting? The simple answer is the unpredictability of it! In other words with a computer game the script can never change but with birds you never know what comes around the corner whether it’s a Robin or a bee-eater, you can never predict it.

Recently it has had a profound effect on every member of the household, with my Mother getting up at 5 in the morning most Saturdays to go ringing and on holiday my sister gets woken up by my alarm! With birding you have to show real commitment to your practice. For example if you want to find the most beautiful bird in the world you don’t wait for the bird to come to you, you go to them. Effort is the true […]

By |June 2nd, 2014|Animal Assisted Therapy, Human Animal Bond|0 Comments

Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling Summer Residential course 2014


It is with great pleasure, we can announce the summer dates for our next Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling course! We’ve already had several enquiries and a few places have already gone! This is going to be a fabulous experience especially as we will be hosting the course at the beautiful Nature & Nurture CIC HQ in the stunning Derbyshire countryside!

Please be aware that places are limited to a maximum of 14. Suggestions and recommendations for accommodation will also be available. (Course fee does not include accommodation)

If you would like to find our more, you can download the course brochure here and the booking form here and email me at [email protected]

You can also download the course flyer by clicking on the image below.


Guilt or Fear? – A Lesson in Empathy

Yesterday on Facebook, I saw yet another video compilation of so-called “Guilty” dogs being “shamed” by their owners – The Many Faces of Guilty Dogs. These dogs had supposedly done something naughty, be it chewed a favourite shoe, chewed a table leg, “killed” a sofa cushion or “stolen” some treats. In all instances, the person taking the video was questioning the suspect in what can only be described as a patronising and suspicious tone and the result was predominantly laughter on the part of the person, sniggering and further provocation.

The dogs in the videos were invariably giving their owner a “look” that were we looking at a person, would be described as guilt, shame, embarrassment or … fear. Yes, fear.

I will put my hands up and admit that I too was guilty of chuckling at some of these videos but I am also aware of the true nature of this “look”. And this is where anthopomorphism can become dangerous. It is the very reason, as dog owners and other animal owners, we should do our utmost to understand what we can of our animals.

Before getting Flossie, who is my first ever dog, I started by going to dog training classes over three years before I finally made the leap. I had initially been going as I was trying to decide which path I wanted my future and my career to take – should it be with people, caring for them, offering help and support or should it be with animals, that I have loved my whole life? I didn’t know much about dogs or animals that was practical or useful so I decided to find out for myself hence volunteering at dog training classes. Those […]

By |February 18th, 2014|Human Animal Bond|0 Comments