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Puppies sought for University of Lincoln pheromone study
Puppies will be required to wear a collar until they are six months old, with a new collar sent monthly to the owner's home.

Trial to examine effect of pheromone collars on behaviour

The University of Lincoln and Ceva Animal Health are searching for puppy owners to take part in a study into puppy behaviour and the effect of a pheromone collar on puppy development.

The double-blind, placebo-controlled study aims to examine whether the pheromone collar can help to curb the development of certain behaviours in puppies which could be problematic.

The study is open to puppies less than 12 weeks of age. Puppies will be required to wear a collar until they are six months old, with a new collar sent monthly to the owner’s home. Owners will be asked to fill in a simple check sheet on their puppy’s behaviour every month.

Participants who complete all of their questionnaires will receive a canine health and welfare goodies pack from Ceva Animal Health and will be entered into a draw to win an iPad.

A marketing pack is available to raise awareness of the study, including a waiting room poster, owner leaflets and a social media post. The University of Lincoln is providing veterinary professionals with a £10 voucher for every successful sign up to the trial.

For more information on the study, please email the University of Lincoln at puppydevelopment@lincoln.ac.uk.

Image (c) Ceva Animal Health.

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Kennel Club appoints new chief executive

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 The Kennel Club has announced the appointment of Mark Beazley, who was previously Cats Protection's director of operations, as chief executive. Mark replaces Rosemary Smart, who stepped down from the role in April after 18 years.

Mark has held several senior strategic and executive roles, including executive director at Dogs Trust Ireland and chair of the Companion Animal Working Group at Eurogroup for Animals. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Eu Cat and Dog Alliance.

Mark will take up his new role in October. 

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