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BIOGRAPHY - Dr Roger Mugford

Dr Mugford obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and Psychology in 1968, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Hull in 1973, where he studied aggression in animals. Subsequently, he studied at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA and began research on the behavior of dogs and cats, again with a particular interest in their social and aggressive behavior.

After 9 years' full time research with Mars Inc. who manufacture pet foods, Roger began an applied referral practice (at The Animal Behaviour Centre, Surrey, UK) to service the needs of veterinary surgeons and their clients having problems with their pets. In the 32 years of this practice, more than 80,000 pets have been seen, in the UK, France and elsewhere.

Dr Mugford is widely known in the veterinary profession and beyond for his work in animal behavioral therapy and is a frequent contributor to International Symposia, books, radio and TV programs about dogs and cats. In particular, he is generally regarded as an authority on aggression in dogs. On several occasions each year, Roger teaches applied animal behavior at veterinary schools such as the 5 British Veterinary Schools, at Hannover, Oslo, Shanghai and Barcelona Vet.Schools.

Dr Mugford has written three books, "Dr. Mugford's Casebook" (Hutchinson 1991) ; "Dog Training the Mugford Way" (Hutchinson 1992) and in 2013 his latest book,” The Perfect Dog” was published by Hamlyn in both N. America and UK.

In addition to his interests in behavior therapy, Roger has invented and commercialised a number of accessories designed to restrain or in other ways improve the behavior of dogs. He is best known for invention of the HALTI headcollar, which was the first of its kind in a new product category. There have been other inventions after the HALTI, such as the CLIX range of training products and more recently important safety accessories for dealing with aggressive dogs : the Pet Corrector sound aerosol and the treat-friendly Baskerville Ultra muzzle.

The Company of Animals was formed in the UK in 1979, but is now represented in over 40 countries. Key markets for their unique training products are across all of Europe ,in Canada, Australia and Japan. In the United States, the company distributed the HALTI via Coastal Pet for almost 20 years, but in 2010 formed a wholly owned LLC subsidiary in Bridgeport Conn. It has seen dramatic growth of all brands in the USA and Roger takes great pleasure in spreading a more gentle and British approach to training dogs in America, where the widespread use of shock collars, choke chains and macho methods still distinguishes the two cultures.    

As founder of "The Company of Animals", Roger has near constant contact with owners, trainers, veterinarians and others whose concern is the welfare or reform of problem pets. Both the Animal Behaviour Centre and the Company of Animals are based upon a farm where a wide variety of domestic species are maintained, some for the purpose of animal-assisted psycho-therapy with disabled and learning-impaired visitors.

Dr Mugford is proud to maintain a link with his Devonshire farming heritage and personally takes care of a herd of 70 Pedigree South Devon cattle, 100 sheep, horses, Llamas and more: Ruxbury Farm is a busy and varied place to find work and pleasure amongst animals.

Roger is a Patron to the charity Dogs for the Disabled and a trustee to the charities Medical Detection Dogs and the Pet Care Trust. This work continues his lifelong interest in the Human Animal Bond and the psychological benefits which follow from the company of animals: thus the inspiration for naming the Company of Animals Ltd! Scientific study of the man-animal relationship remains a key interest of Dr Mugford, together with application of new knowledge to the benefit of all but especially for vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

In the last 25 years, Roger has given evidence as an expert in many British Courts and some overseas on matters concerning animal behavior and animal welfare. More cases have involved dogs than any other species, on topics varying from dogs in murder trials, civil damages from injuries by animals, cruelty prosecutions and many cases brought under legislation intended to control dangerous dogs.

Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

TPR NEWS
Sat Oct 18, 2014
Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
Jillyn Sidlo - The New Barker & Celestial Custom Dog Services / Co Host
Amanda Page - Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guest:
Dr. Susan Kelleher , host of Dr. K's Exotic ER on NAT GEO WILD will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/18/14 at 5 PM EST to discuss her show and upcoming episodes
Dr, Robert Mugford, founder of The Company of Animals and inventor of the Pet Correcto, UK's leading pet psychologist will join Jon and Talkin' Pets on 10/18/14 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away his product

Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

Fury

Columbia Pictures, QED International and LStar Capital present a 134 minute, R rated, Action, War, Drama, directed and written by David Ayer with a theater release date of October 17, 2014.

Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

Men, Women & Children

Paramount Pictures and Right of Way Films present an R rated, 119 minute, Comedy, Drama, directed by Jason Reitman, written by Reitman and Chad Kultgen with a theater release date of October 17, 2014.

Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

The Best of Me

DiNovi Pictures, Relativity Media, Surefire Entertainment Capital and Nicholas Sparks Productions present a 117 minute Romance, Drama, directed by Michael Hoffman, screenplay by J. Mills Goodloe, Will Fetters. Michael Hoffman and novel by Nicholas Sparks with a theater release date of October 17, 2014.

 

Oakland, CA…On October 25 & 26, Oakland Zoo and Bay Area Science Festival team up for Boo at the Zoo. The Halloween and science themed weekend features a spooky scavenger hunt for kids, costume parade, up-close animal encounters, freaky interactive stations, face painting, and a Wildlife Theater presentation focused on creepy crawly animals. Family friendly activities will take place throughout the Zoo, including a treat table where families can create Halloween goodies for the Zoo’s animals. "Oakland Zoo's Boo at the Zoo is a great way for families to celebrate Halloween in a safe, fun enriching environment,” said Erin Harrison, Senior Manager of Marketing & Events. “From candy consumption to watching animals enjoy pumpkin treats to learning about science in a whole new way, this event has it all - there's something for everyone to enjoy" 

Boo at the Zoo is a day-time opportunity for families to bring out their noble Ninja Turtles, tiny Tinker Bells, precious Princesses, and spectacular Superheroes to an outdoor adventure filled with spooktackular fun. Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is the official chocolate sponsor of Boo at the Zoo – offering sweet samples for the treat bags, which will be located in Oakland Zoo’s Adventure Landing. Boo at the Zoo is open from 10:00am – 3:00pm, with the costume parade taking place at 11:00am & 1:00pm. Admission prices are $11.75 for children/seniors and $15.75 for adults. Parking is $8.00 per car. Boo at the Zoo activities are included with general admission.

Boo at the Zoo’s Daily Details:

  • Spooky Scavenger Hunt: search for clues in the scavenger hunt and receive treat bags.
  • Children in costumes (ages 2-14) receive a free ride ticket.
  • Costume parade at 11:00am and 1:00pm with the Zoo’s mascot, Roosevelt.
  • Wildlife Theater Animal Encounters at 11:30am and 12:15pm.
  • Science stations will feature “Zoombie” animals, monster myths, and sensory skills – touch the foods zoo animals like to eat.
  • Craft Halloween creations for Zoo animals.
  • Meet the Oakland Fire Department.
  • Get batty with festive face painting.

Corporate Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo:

  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
  • Bay Area Science Festival
  • KOFY TV
  • KPIX5/KBCW
  • Primal Pet Foods

“Treat” Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo:

  • Annie’s
  • Gimbal’s Fine Candies
  • American Licorice
  • Jelly Belly
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • GoGo Squeeze
  • LARABAR
  • Plum Organics (Jammy Sammy)
  • Safeway
  • Sysco

Local Organizations Attending Boo at the Zoo:

  • Oakland Fire Department
  • Oakland Police Department
  • Bay Area Puma Project
  • Felidae Conservation Fund
  • Primal Pet Foods
  • KOFY TV
  • Nylon Zoo

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO

The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.

ABOUT BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL

Oakland Zoo will host a booth at Bay Area Science Festival’s Discovery Day event at AT&T Park on Saturday November 1. The Bay Area Science Festival has collaborated with several esteemed leaders in the corporate and academic worlds to present these and many more events.  Featured sponsors include the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, First Tech Federal Credit Union, the Clorox Company, ThermoFisher Scientific, Autodesk, Bayer and Agilent Technologies. For more information on the festival as a whole and for details on specific events, please visit the BASF website at http://www.bayareascience.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @bayareascience and like us on Facebook: facebook.com/bayareascience.

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NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IS THERE A NEW DOCTOR IN THE NAT GEO WILD HOUSE? DR. K’S EXOTIC ANIMAL ER JOINS THE WILD FAMILY

New Series Follows the Diverse Challenges Veterinarian Dr. Susan Kelleher Faces at One of South Florida’s Busiest Avian and Exotic Animal Clinics,

Where Patients Range from Guinea Pigs to Primates

Everything but dogs and cats. If it will fit through the door, I’ll treat it!” — Dr. K

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER Premieres Saturday, October 4, at 10 PM ET/PT

on Nat Geo WILD

(Washington, D.C. – July 8, 2014) In Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 series The Incredible Dr. Pol, viewers peer behind the recovery room curtain to see how veterinarian Jan Pol cares for farm animals and domestic pets in rural Michigan. Further north, they ride along in Dr. Michelle Oakley’s mobile medical clinic to see how she treats sick and injured animals across thousands of square miles of Canadian wilderness in Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet. Now, in the new series Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, premiering Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Nat Geo WILD presents its latest venture in documenting the bizarre, unpredictable and rare medical cases treated at the Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital in South Florida.

Dr. Susan Kelleher, better known as “Dr. K,” owns and operates one of the busiest exotic animal care practices in Florida. “Everything but dogs and cats. If it will fit through the door, I’ll treat it!” is Dr. K’s motto.

With over 18 years of veterinary experience, she has seen it all — rabbits, reptiles, rodents, birds of all shapes and sizes, foxes, ferrets, fish, marsupials and even primates! In this new Nat Geo WILD series, we’ll see her treat a variety of unusual animals, from an egg-bound tortoise to a kinkajou with a breathing problem to an ambiguous bush baby that needs neutering … or spaying. No two days and no two cases are ever the same at the clinic, but one thing is certain: There’s always a whole lot of action coming through the doors!

Flanked by intern Dr. Lauren Thielen and associate Dr. Santiago Diaz, Dr. K and the team tackle the issues of having exotic pets as patients. The worldwide trade in exotic animals is a multibillion-dollar-a-year business with millions of wild animals kept in private possession. Dr. K and her team are committed to educating clients about the facts of the exotic animal trade, and the best way to keep their pets healthy. “I got into this business with the intent to help animals in need. By the time they get to me it is sometimes a matter of life or death, and not right or wrong. My main priority is to ensure animals stay healthy and get the proper care,” said Dr. K.

Animals enter the exotic pet trade from a variety of sources. Some are taken from their native habitat; some are from zoos or menageries; some are sold at auctions or in pet shops; others come from backyard breeders. Additionally, the Internet has dramatically increased the ease with which people can find and purchase wild animals for their private possession.

It’s a constant challenge to diagnose, treat and save these animals that are often in desperate condition when they arrive at the hospital. The surgical team at Dr. K’s office jumps into action when a bunny crashes in the recovery room, performing emergency CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in the hopes of reviving the fluffy pet. They race to the ER when a ferret needs surgery STAT. And they make the tough decisions when there is nothing more that can be done to treat or save a dying animal. The job can be emotionally draining and grueling but also rewarding for these animal loving docs.

Like most offices, “water cooler” talk is prevalent, but at this clinic the topic is less about the weather and more about which animal has the worst urine scent: fox, cougar, alligator, unneutered male ferret or skunk that hasn’t been de-scented? Each episode of Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER shines a light on the personalities and personal lives of this dedicated group of animal care providers. Through good times and bad, this tight-knit group supports each other, advising on medical cases and offering moments of comic relief when needed. 

About Dr. K:

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Susan Kelleher, D.V.M., received her bachelor’s degree with a dual chemistry/biology major from Alfred University in 1990 and later completed a veterinary degree at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1995, she moved to Florida to focus on avian and exotic pet medicine. She spent her first three and a half years working in small animal practices before starting her own animal practice —Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital. In the television series Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER Nat Geo WILD cameras follow the day-to-day challenges Dr. K faces at the clinic, documenting the exotic animals she treats and the unusual medical cases she resolves.

Premiere episodes include:

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, Bunny Nose Job

Premieres Saturday, October 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

One of the most interesting aspects of exotic animal care is the range of different species on the exam table, many of them small with intricate physiology. Today, Dr. K tackles a series of tricky surgeries including a bunny nose job with a precarious power tool entry. Dr. K must carefully calculate measurements to avoid boring a hole into the bunny’s mouth or brain. The doctor also sees a bird with a broken leg that requires a series of tiny pins to stabilize the bone. Birds are notoriously difficult to keep stable under anesthesia, making the surgery even more difficult. Finally, Dr. K removes an overgrown tooth from a prairie dog, and new doctor Lauren Thielen attempts her first rat neuter.

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, Bad Case of Rotten Eggs

Premieres Saturday, October 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER takes on a variety of exotic animal cases, including a hedgehog, a corn snake, and an egg bound sulcata tortoise with more than a dozen eggs stuck inside her. Dr. K must quickly perform an intricate surgery to remove more than a dozen eggs from the tortoise. An owner expects to hear the worst when she brings in her corn snake with some discolored scales. Finally, Dr. K has a galago as a patient for the first time! Also known as a bush baby, this one comes in for neutering, but other things become apparent once the surgery begins.

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, Into The Fox Hole

Premieres Saturday, October 18, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Exotic animals are different from dogs and cats in many ways including the fact that they often don’t show signs of sickness until they are in grave danger. Dr. K never knows what she’s going to get! She’ll treat Cece, a veiled chameleon who is clearly egg-bound. The only way the eggs are coming out is through surgical intervention. But a veiled chameleon is a very small patient, making the procedure difficult. Dr. K begins surgery, but quickly runs into trouble and asks Dr. Thielen to scrub in. The doctor also sees long-time patient Fletcher, a red lored Amazon, who has a mass in the sinus cavity. She takes Fletcher to surgery for an endoscopy, but quickly realizes that he is too weak to handle the anesthesia. Dr. K also treats a Fennec Fox that seems to have clogged anal glands. Finally, Dr. Thielen must deliver the bad news to the owner of two guinea pigs that they need to go on a diet.

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER is produced by Spectrum Productions for Nat Geo WILD. Spectrum Productions executive producer is Guy Nickerson and show runner is Lisa Tanzer. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin; senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering; and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

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NAT GEO WILD

For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature’s ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society. Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with Nat Geo WILD currently available in over 58 million U.S. homes. Globally, Nat Geo WILD is available in more than 144 million homes in 140 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

TPR News
Saturday, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2014.
There are 81 days left in the year.

BETTER PET, INC.’S DOG LAND APP CONNECTS DOG COMMUNITY WITH MORE >> THAN ONE MILLION USER SESSIONS WORLDWIDE >> >> LOS ANGELES, CA (August 14, 2014) – Dog Land [7], a mobile >> platform currently available on iOS, has cultivated a passionate >> community of dog lovers with over one million user sessions to date. >> The app is a social networking tool for dog parents to discover >> dog-friendly locations, ask and answer questions about pet care, and >> share dog-centric photos. >> The app is seeing heavy engagement from its users, who open the app >> an average of four times a week. Nearly 50 percent of all users who >> have accessed the app still remain active members after a month. >> >> Dog Land [7] brings together features from popular apps like Waze >> and Instagram to create an immersive experience for users and their >> dogs. By conveniently crowdsourcing dog-friendly locations around >> the world, Dog Land helps guide users in deciding where to bring >> their dogs. Algorithms determine the most relevant nearby locations >> such as hotels, restaurants, hiking trails, dog parks, pet stores, >> animal shelters, veterinarians, and more. Users can “mark their >> territory” at a location, rate its pet-friendliness, and add tips >> based on their experience. >> “With Dog Land [8], we set out to create an app that connects dog >> lovers with their community by showing dog friendly places and dog >> friendly people. We see ourselves as a fun navigation tool, with >> information driven by our community,” says President & Creative >> Director Gareth Wilson. >> Upon creating a Dog Land profile, users can share photos of their >> dog, as well as “dig,” or like, photos from other dog owners >> worldwide. Users can easily edit photos in-app by adding filters and >> text, and then post their photos on additional social media >> platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. >> <image004.jpg> >> CEO Jonathan Kolker adds, “We’re creating an ecosystem to foster >> healthier and happier lives for dogs and people, and we’re >> constantly researching new features to help us achieve this goal.” >> >> >> Dog Land [7] users, or “Doglandians,” connect on a local and >> global level. The app’s messaging features allows for one-on-one >> communication between dog lovers. Users can expand their pet network >> by chatting with their favorite dog owners to exchange advice, setup >> puppy play dates and find trusted friends to help with dog care. >> Dog Land is free and available worldwide exclusively through the >> iTunes App Store [9] in the Social Networking category. Visit >> http://www.doglandapp.com/ [7] for more information, including >> details on features and screenshots of the app. >>

Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

Dracula Untold

Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Michael De Luca Productions present a PG-13, 92 minute, Action, Drama, Fantasy, directed by Gary Shore, written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless with a theater release date of October 10, 2014.

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