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Barbara Woodhouse

  • I believe that animals have been talking to human beings ever since we were all made and put into this world ...

  • When I breathe down my nose to say how do you do to a horse, it can hear that breath at anything up to twenty yards, for horses have the most acute sense of hearing.

  • ... one has to give a great deal of oneself to animals if one is to get the best out of them.

  • 'Talking to animals' isn't a matter of words used, it is a matter of your thoughts, your expression, and above all the tone of your voice. A harsh voice from me can make my cows jump in terror. I shouted at old Queenie once and she got such a shock that she fell down just as if she'd been shot ...

  • There is nothing a pig loves more than a good bath, with a loofah and plenty of soap flakes ... There is something delightfully lovable about a really clean pig, in clean yellow straw.

  • I can train any dog in five minutes. It's training the owners that takes longer.

    • Barbara Woodhouse,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • There is no such thing as a difficult dog, only an inexperienced owner.

  • I do not believe that a dog can be cured by a psychiatrist, but I think some owners could be helped by one.

  • Animals are so much quicker in picking up our thoughts than we are in picking up theirs. I believe they must have a very poor opinion of the human race.

    • Barbara Woodhouse,
    • in Telegraph Sunday Magazine ()
  • I have caught more ills from people sneezing over me and giving me virus infections than from kissing dogs.

    • Barbara Woodhouse,
    • in Telegraph Sunday Magazine ()

Barbara Woodhouse, Irish-born English dog/horse trainer, TV personality

(1910 - 1988)

Full name: Barbara Kathleen Vera Woodhouse.