Anastasia Stellato, PhD
Anastasia completed her MSc and PhD in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Guelph, ON, Canada. Her research focused on validating mild-moderate fear behaviours in companion dogs in response to everyday stimuli, and mitigating veterinary-related fear in dogs during routine veterinary appointments. She has experience working as a behaviourist in various humane societies, working alongside pet owners and potential adopters to manage behavioural issues. She routinely presents animal behaviour research and discusses responsible pet ownership at local and international conferences. Currently, she is completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph evaluating ways to improve indoor cat welfare and the influence of outdoor access on cat behaviour. She is also working towards becoming a Certified Applied Animal Behaviourist.
Kristina O'Hanley, MSc
Kristina completed her MSc and is currently finishing her PhD in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Guelph, ON, Canada. Her research focuses on how to help owners identify cat fear and aggression, and identify ways to reduce these behaviours in the home. Kristina has presented her ongoing PhD research and cat behaviour knowledge at local and international conferences. She has held numerous roles at local humane societies from animal care to developing a community spay/neuter program. Currently, she is working as a feline behaviour consultant at a local humane society, helping owners reduce their feline companions behavioural concerns in their homes. Kristina is also working towards becoming a Certified Applied Animal Behaviourist.
We believe the greatest outcomes are achieved through prioritizing the human-animal bond. Through using animal behaviour science, we advocate for the owner and the pet. We aim to educate companion animal owners on how to strengthen the bond with their pet by increasing and improving quality time. By working together, we can support all pet owners in increasing the mental and physical health of their pet.
It is our mission to provide educational resources and advice to companion animal owners on how to improve their pet's welfare. We focus on working alongside pet owners in strengthening the emotional connection with their companion animal by making practical adjustments in their interactions and in their home environment.
Using evidence-based literature, we advise on pet behaviour management and responsible pet ownership for both cats and dogs. The blog will discuss new research, articles in the press, as well as a variety of behavioural issues alongside applicable tips for owners to use.
Anastasia has two cats, Harry and Willow, and one golden retriever, Saydie, that continue to motivate her.
Kristina has three cats, Dusty, Rupert and Pumpkin, who she dedicates her work to every day.