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How you can improve the quality of life of your pet

  • Acquire your pet from a reliable source.
  • Make your pet a part of your family.
  • Award your pet trust, respect and understanding.
  • Offer your pet a safe and comfortable living environment.
  • Care for your pet and check his health regularly.
  • Feed you pet an adapted and good-quality diet.
  • Give your pet the exercise and education he needs.
  • Consider spaying or neutering your pet if necessary.
  • Always keep an ID tag on your pet.



Recommended partners offering pet-related services

Veterinarians, Behaviourists & Trainers:

Dr. Anouck Haverbeeke

Veterinarian professional, specialized in behaviour of companion animals including horses

Maleizen Belgium,

Vet Ethology offers :

  1. Consultations in specialized behavioural medicine and in natural integrative medicine,
  2. Individual and collective training classes for puppies, dogs, horses and other vertebrates,
  3. Courses in animal behaviour, training and natural medicine.

Vet Ethology has been created out of passion for humans and animals. Our goal is to put the human-animal relationship back in the centre of attention and to give it the place it deserves.
In order to restore your pet’s emotional and physical health, we are committed to integrate a treatment method as dictated by the needs of your pet.

Dr. Philip De Troij

Veterinarian professional, domestic animals 

Overijse Belgium,

Welcome to our veterinary surgery in Overijse.

We love to take care of your pets and while doing so we pay a lot of attention to preventive medicine. You can also call us for emergencies and other services like dental cleaning and surgeries.

Dr. Audrey Decock

Veterinarian professional, companion animals and NAC (new companion animals)

Lasne Belgium,

Contact:, tel: +32-473.82.54.90

Dr. Catherine Teugels

Veterinarian professional, companion animals

Langdorp Belgium,

Dr. Teresa Umbellino

Veterinarian professional, specialized in behaviour of companion animals including horses, certified trainer, dog school

Lisbon Portugal,

Dr. Ilse Reiders

Veterinarian professional, specialized in behaviour of companion animals

Beringen Belgium,

Dr. Ingrid van Overbeke

Veterinarian professional, specialized in behaviour of companion animals

Dunrobin, Ontario Canada,

Katrien De Clercq

Certified companion animal behaviourist and trainer, specilaised in puppies 

Lochkristi Belgium,

Liselot Boersma

Certified companion animal behaviourist and trainer, cartoonist

Westbeemster The Netherlands,

Marc Serneels

Trainer and behaviourist for dogs, puppy lessons

Herselt Belgium,

Sofie Callens

Certified trainer for dogs, dog school/puppy lessons, hunting training, t-shirts/sweaters (online shop)

Destelbergen Belgium,

Frederik Desmet

Certified trainer for dogs, dog school/puppy lessons, scent work, boarding kennel, groomer

Deinze Belgium,

Pet Care:

Rehabilitation center for dogs, hydrotherapy, self-wash, shop

La Hulpe Belgium,

Pet Sitters & Walkers:


La Balade Positive, Audrey gsm: 0496/328674 or mail:

  • Dog sitting, Dog walking, Cat sitting, NAC sitting, Vet trips

Pet Food:

Husse Pet Foods, 


Pet Groomers:

Chic’Os by Pauline

La Hulpe Belgium,

Pet Shops:


    Booischot Belgium,


    Practical info & useful facts about pets

    • Useful information on pet health, welfare, id and micro chipping, travelling and much more

    • Fun tips for dog-owners

    • Keeping a pet in Belgium, practical guide in English

    New science-based ways to communicate with dogs

    • Making dogs happy 1 & 2


    • Understanding behaviour and welfare of dogs

    • Understanding behaviour and welfare of cats

    Training & Education

    • Learn from the Dog Trainer's Trainer! Free Books & Dog Training and Behavior Courses

    Environmental enrichment & Play

    • Dogs

    • Cats

    Food & Diet & Ingestion

    • People foods your dog can eat

    • Dangerous foods for dogs

    • Poisonous plants for dogs

    • Dangerous foods for cats

    • Poisonous plants for cats

    • What to do if your pet is poisoned

    • Pet obesity prevention

    • Pet loss & grief support


    All books in the below list can be purchased through Amazon.UK

    'The Perfect Puppy' by Gwen Bailey, a bestselling puppy care guide, has helped hundreds of thousands of owners throughout the world raise a problem-free dog.  From housetraining to playing games, it will show you how to teach your dog good manners and build his confidence with the world around him. There are step-by-step training and socialization plans as well as a guide to understanding and preventing biting, chewing and other problems. If you want your puppy to develop into a happy, well-behaved and friendly adult dog, I would recommend you to consult this book.

    'The Culture Clash' by Jean Donaldson is utterly unique, fascinating to the extreme and literally overflowing with oodles of useful, how-to information. Jean Donaldson's refreshing new perspective on the relationship between people and dogs had redefined the state of the art of dog-friendly dog training."

    -- Dr. Ian Dunbar "Founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers"

    In 'Dog Sense' renowned anthrozoologist

    Dr. John Bradshaw uses the latest scientific research to show how humans can live in harmony with--not just dominion over-- their four-legged friends. From explaining why positive reinforcement is a more effective (and less damaging) way to control dogs' behavior than punishment to demonstrating the importance of weighing a dog's unique personality against stereotypes about its breed, Bradshaw offers extraordinary insight into the question of how we really ought to treat our dogs.

    'Life Skills For Puppies' by Helen Zulch & Daniel Mills is a must have for anyone who is planning on having a puppy.

    'Don't Shoot The Dog' by Karen Pryor introduced the principles of the revolutionary "clicker training" method. Eight methods of ending undesirable habits - from furniture-clawing cats to sloppy room-mates. The ten laws of "shaping" behaviour - for results without strain or pain through "affection training". Tips for house-training the dog, improving your tennis game, or dealing with an impossible teenager.

    'After You Get Your Puppy' by Dr. Ian Dunbar covers the last three developmental deadlines that your puppy needs to meet before he is five months old:

    1. Your puppy should be socialized to a wide variety of people, especially children, men, and strangers, before he is twelve weeks old.

    2. Your puppy must learn to inhibit the force of his bites and develop a "soft mouth" before he is eighteen weeks old.

    3. You must prevent predictable adolescent problems.

    Veterinarian and animal behaviorist

    Dr. Ian Dunbar is the original creator of off-leash puppy classes, which sparked the revolution for positive, reward-based, dog-friendly dog training.

    This book and others are available as free download on Dog Star Daily:

    From The Cat's Point of View' by Gwen Bhonenkamp is filled with sound, knowledgeable, clearly written information for every cat owner. It answers any question the new cat owner could have and gives the experienced cat owner a look at life - from the other side of the scratching post.

    'The Trainable Cat' by John Bradshaw & Sarah Ellis. The idea of a trained cat is a contradiction in terms, isn't it? Naturally solitary, wary, easily threatened by newcomers, they are attached to place rather than people, and much of their 'antisocial' behaviour arises in situations where that attachment is threatened. But, as cat experts Sarah Ellis and John Bradshaw argue, such stress-induced behaviour can be prevented, reduced, even eliminated, by training.

    A comprehensive and engaging step-by-step guide, The Trainable Cat will help you to help your cat negotiate the complexities of everyday life: to enjoy living with humans - including new babies and lively toddlers - and other pets; to answer to their name; settle into a new home; and to overcome the anxiety of a visit to the vet. You can train your cat to do what is in its own best interests - even when its instincts tell it otherwise. 

    'Cat Sense' by John Bradshaw offers humane, penetrating insights about the domestic cat that challenge our most basic assumptions and promise to dramatically improve our pets’ lives—and ours.

    'Understanding Cat Behaviour' by Dr. Gordon Roberts. Cats may be the most enigmatic of all domestic animals – intelligent, inquisitive and a law unto themselves. But this snappy and highly readable book clears up most of the mystery and lets you know just why your cat does the things it does – and also tells you how to deal with feline behaviour problems. You’ll learn how to interpret the wide range of feline vocalisations, from mews and meows to squeaks and shrieks, and you’ll discover just what’s going on with a cat’s body language. This is also an essential practical guide to training a cat, with careful instructions on socializing your pet – whether it’s a new kitten coming to terms with the outside world, or an older animal settling down in a new home. You’ll also get important veterinary insights into the science behind a cat’s dietary needs. Delivered in an engaging and lively style throughout, this book also offers endlessly intriguing insights that will fascinate any cat lover. You’ll learn about the science and statistics behind cats’ seemingly supernatural ability to land on their feet, and face up to the facts of the age-old debate over canine versus feline intelligence. Informed and informative and backed by years of veterinary experience, this book is the perfect introduction to feline behaviour, whether you are a first-timer or an experienced cat owner, and the insights it offers will ensure a more fulfilling and rewarding relationship with your pet.


    Tel: +32-474.690.012

    Languages spoken:

    English, French, Dutch/Flemish, Swedish, Finnish, German & Spanish.


    Appointments can be made by mail, by phone or by filling out the online form at the bottom of the 'Contact' page on this web site. All sessions are conducted on appointment and individual basis (in multi-pet households several pets may be concerned).

    The first session lasts about 2 hours and takes place in the living environment of the animal.

    This session costs 70 eur (incl. VAT) and includes a treatment plan  which will be sent to you by mail within a week of the session. Based on the outcome of the consultation and the proposed treatment plan we decide together how to proceed.

    Consecutive sessions of 60-90 minutes cost 50 eur (incl.VAT). This includes follow up by mail accompanied by handouts and helpful sources. These sessions can be held in your home, in my premises, in a vet's practice or in another suitable location. Skype sessions are also possible in certain cases.

    Practical matters

    I do home visits all over Belgium.

    A standard kilometer compensation of 0,50 eur/km will be applied outside of the Brussels-region.

    I may ask for a vet-check if I suspect a medical condition or pain influencing the behaviour of your pet.

    A disclaimer document may be necessary for certain high-risk cases.


    OTHELLO Bvba

    40 Chemin d'Odrimont

    1380 Lasne


    VAT: BE 0451.583.696

    Bank Account:

    BE75 4014 5351 7151


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