Helena Elizabeth Hale

Mrs Helena Elizabeth Hale

BSc(Lanc.), MSc(Exon.)

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Research interests

Since graduating with my MSc in Animal Behaviour from the University of Exeter, I have worked on research projects that focus on canine behaviour and welfare. These include measuring the effects of transportation on the behavioural and physiological wellbeing of dogs, and a preliminary investigation into the efficacy of a nutraceutical supplement on the behavioural responses of dogs towards triggers of pre-existing fear or anxiety. I have also developed educational materials designed to assist dog owners in recognising and appropriately treating behaviour problems motivated by fear and anxiety for the nutraceutical company, Lintbells.

I am currently completing a PhD assessing responses of fearful or anxious dogs on a clinical trial, taking a mixed methods approach to investigating welfare. I aim to use behavioural, cognitive and physiological measures.

My research interests include:

-          Measures of assessing positive animal welfare

-          Animal personality

-          Animal cognition

-          Applied ethology

-          The development and treatment of fearful behaviour in dogs

-          Clinical animal behaviour


I have taught on topics relating to canine and feline behaviour for the Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree, Veterinary Nursing Science degree, and the Companion Animal Welfare and Behaviour Rehabilitation HE course, all at Bristol University Veterinary School

Clinical animal behaviour

I am a pre-certified clinical animal behaviourist, working towards full certification as a CCAB (certified by ASAB). While passionate about all human-animal interactions, I specialise in the relationships between pet dogs and their owners.


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