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Ana Goncalves Costa

PhD student, University of Adelaide

Ana came back to university because she had too many questions on animal behaviour, and not enough answers. She is particularly passionate about helping dogs and humans live together successfully, through education, understanding, and researching the human/canine experience.

In 2019 Ana published her honours research on sales of dogs on gumtree and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide. Her current research centers on understanding puppy owners and their experiences, as well as researching the recently discovered effect of the “puppy blues”.

Ana has a background working with dogs who suffer from anxiety disorders and is a graduate of the Delta Institute. She currently lives with a special needs little dog, “Nervous Nina”.

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    PhD student, University of Adelaide