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Pet psychologist to treat Anne's angry pooch

January 4, 2004
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Princess Anne has employed a pet psychologist in the hope of saving her beloved bull terrier from being put down.

There have been calls for Florence to be destroyed after she killed one of the Queen's corgis and attacked a royal servant. The Princess Royal is hoping to save the animal, however, by employing the services of Dr Roger Mugford.

The renowned animal behaviour expert was also drafted in to treat Florence's daughter, Dottie, after she attacked two children in 2002. "There is probably some underlying medical factor," he said. "We are not talking about an inherently aggressive or dangerous dog. I am sure it is just a dog who is feeling a bit out of sorts about something – perhaps pain or old age – and is feeling cranky."

Roger has also been employed by the Queen herself, who became concerned about fighting among her corgis. After meeting Her Majesty's pets, he issued her with a loud personal alarm to help break up any further fights.

The behaviourist says there is a "high probability" he can help Florence overcome her problems. "I am quietly confident but I can't be certain," he said.

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Princess Anne takes her pet for a walk in the Sandringham Estate

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