The relationship between the brain and behaviour:

Presented by Dr. Fair Vassoler

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This webinar dives into the neurobiological underpinnings of behavior. It discusses how the brain can control behavior and how learning new behaviors can change the brain. It also discusses how these concepts can be applied to canine behavior.

  • Overview of the anatomy of the brain
  • Basics of neural communication (synapses, neurotransmitters, and receptors)
  • Emphasis on learning and memory and mechanisms of neural plasticity
  • Discussion on how the brain controls behaviors
  • Discussion on how behaviors can change the brain
  • How can understanding of the brain help with dog’s behaviors?

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About the Presenter Dr. Fair Vassoler is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She also has a secondary appointment in the Neuroscience Department in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She received a Master’s in Pharmacology and Biomedical Neuroscience from Boston University School of Medicine and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed additional post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania and Tufts University. Dr. Vassoler teaches veterinary neurobiology and pharmacology in the veterinary and graduate curriculum at the Cummings School. She has an active research program with a primary focus on addiction and substance use disorders. Current research projects include transgenerational epigenetic effects and mechanisms of transfer of parental opioid exposure, epigenetic modifications in response to opioids, and the development of novel therapeutic modalities to treat refractory relapsing addiction. She utilizes state of the art molecular and cellular techniques in combination with animal models to address these questions. Additionally, her interests include both education and community outreach. In that capacity, she is involved in the Boston Area Neuroscience Group (BANG), which provides community education and outreach opportunities as well as volunteer work in underserved communities as a classroom neuroscience guest to promote STEM.

Phantom Pregnancy: the silent killer…

Phantom Pregnancy: the silent killer… Webinar

 

Presented by Dr Sara Davies MRCVS

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There has been much research in the last few years highlighting the importance of the age at which we neuter dogs, but the timing of that in relation to the oestrus cycle of the bitch has received far less attention. Unfortunately, if spayed at the wrong point in their cycle bitches can enter a state of ‘persistent phantom pregnancy’ and, unlike a ‘normal’ phantom pregnancy, this one does not go away on its own and can lead to intractable and unpredictable anxiety or aggression. In this webinar, Sara will explain the current state of knowledge of how both ‘normal’ and ‘persistent’ phantom pregnancies arise, the behaviour changes they can cause, their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. You’ll also find out why she considers phantom pregnancy ‘the silent killer…’

 

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Sara is a UK registered veterinary surgeon who spent nine years in small animal practice before switching to pet behaviour and training where she has worked for the last nineteen years. In addition to her degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, she is an honour graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers, has a City & Guilds qualification in teaching adult learners, and is a Fear Free Certified Professional. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, and an Animal Behaviour & Training Council registered veterinary behaviourist and clinical animal behaviourist. She is a committed reward-based trainer with a keen interest in both the welfare of the pet and the comfort of the client.

You Wanna Fight?! Dog to Dog Aggression

Presented by Michael Shikashio CDBC

 

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You Wanna Fight?! Dog to Dog Aggression”

With Michael Shikashio CDBC

Aggression expert Michael Shikashio will present behavior change plans for working with intra-household dog to dog aggression when the cause is competition over resources!

From the setups for safety when working these cases, to the training strategies that are most effective, this presentation will cover it all, including a detailed case study of two dogs who fought over resources that included their owners.

Watch as two dogs who had a history of injurious fighting learn to live harmoniously together again! Kinzi and Letty will be the stars of the show, and the presentation will highlight the effective behavior change strategies their owners used for success!

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Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the founder of AggressiveDog.com and focuses on teaching other professionals from around the world on how to successfully work aggression cases. He is a five-term president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Michael is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Fox News, The List TV, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World. He also hosts the popular podcast show “The Bitey End of the Dog” where he chats with the foremost experts on dog aggression.

He is a featured keynote speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of educational opportunities on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course and the annual Aggression in Dogs Conference.

Start Buttons – giving the animal a voice in the conversation

Presented by Karolina Westlund

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Animals may give implicit or explicit consent to the things we want to do to them, such as handling for veterinary interventions. The concept of Start Buttons grew out of modern animal trainers’ attempts to give animals a louder voice in those types of conversations. In this seminar, Karolina will discuss the following:

  • How control increases animal welfare
  • Other beneficial effects of control
  • Increasing animals’ control over formal training sessions
  • Implicit consent
  • Start buttons – explicit consent
  • How to train start buttons
  • Why clickers are typically not used when teaching start buttons
  • Common mistakes when teaching start buttons
  • What to do in emergencies when the start button behaviour isn’t yet solid

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Karolina Westlund helps pet guardians and people working professionally with animals to get happier, reasonably well-behaved animals that thrive in the care of humans. She teaches animal behaviour management through blog posts, the odd free short online course, as well as more extensive online courses. She is an associate professor of Ethology at Stockholm University and sometimes publishes scientific articles related to enrichment, learning, and wellbeing.

Harness your Hunter through Predation Substitute Training

Presented by Simone Mueller

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Harness your Hunter through Predation Substitute Training

Conventional training protocols stifle the dog’s natural predatory behaviours through punishing or constantly forcing them to return. These restrictive protocols work against the dog’s nature and against what they want most: to go for a hunt!

Predation is an inner need that makes our dogs happy. Suppressing those natural urges is like putting a lid on a boiling pot. Eventually, that pressure needs to escape, and without a proper outlet, it’s probably going to get messy.

Predation Substitute Training (PST) is a motivation-based and need-oriented training program, designed to stop uncontrolled predatory chasing and to provide safe outlets for our dog’s natural drive.

Instead of making discipline the nagging factor that spoils the fun, this training system will help dogs and their guardians to grow as a team and go hunting together!

In this presentation we are going to discuss:

  • What is predation?
  • Why do our dogs love to hunt?
  • Why is predatory behaviour so hard to interrupt?
  • How to structure walks to set our dogs up for success
  • Tools to help the dog to control their urge to chase in a healthy way.
  • Games to express predatory energy in a safe, controlled environment

 

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Simone Mueller, MA is a certified dog trainer and dog behaviour consultant (ATN.AG) from Germany.

She specialises in force-free anti-predation training and is the author of the two books of the Predation Substitute Training series “Hunting Together” and “Rocket Recall”.

Simone is proud to be an Associate Trainer at the Scotland-based Lothlorien Dog Training Club (AT-LDTC) and a member of both the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE).

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Learned Helplessness and Control

Presented by Kristina N. Spaulding

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This webinar will explore;
​​​​​​​What is learned helplessness?
What causes learned helplessness?
How long does learned helplessness last?
How does learned helplessness impact behavior?
How does learned helplessness impact the brain?
What impact does control have?
How does control impact the brain?

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Dr. Spaulding has been in the dog training and behavior profession since 1999.   She has a PhD in biopsychology—the study of the biological basis of behavior—and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society.  She is particularly interested in stress, neurobiology, cognition, emotion, and wellbeing and how to apply these concepts to the prevention and early intervention of behavior problems in dogs.  In addition to working with behavior clients, Dr. Spaulding teaches a variety of online courses and webinars on the science of behavior through her website, www.smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com.

In 2019, Dr. Spaulding received the Association of Professional Dog Trainer’s (APDT’s) Member of the Year Award. She serves on the APDT Education Committee, the IAABC Foundation Board, the Fear Free Advisory group, and the Quality of Care task force facilitated by Fear Free. Before opening Smart Dog, Dr. Spaulding earned her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In college, she worked for the local humane society for several years. She also served as an assistant trainer  at Dog’s Best Friend which was owned at that time by Dr. Patricia McConnell.

Beyond socialisation! A newer approach towards earliest intervention.

Presented by Karen Wild

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There is evidence that behavioural advice when given to puppy owners, results in fewer problem behaviours such as mouthing of people, inappropriate toileting, mounting and more importantly from a wider social perspective, aggressive behaviours towards unfamiliar dogs and people.

– Is it enough to just tell an owner to socialise’ their puppy?
– Can we deliver a better set of tools to accompany this?
– Who can intervene with other learning, and how?
-What key advice needs to be given to prevent later behavioural problems?
– Specific training that assists with this puppy early learning, specifically with emotional learning.
-Why this is important for any puppy?
– How this approach fits into the pet care community especially with owners, and as early as possible
-Can we standardise practice advice, ideally in consultation with experienced trainers and behaviour professionals?

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Karen Wild, Dip App Psych, CCAB is an ASAB-Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist with over 20 years experience. She runs a full time behaviour practice Pawprint Pets’ near Peterborough, UK, working with family dogs and cats on Veterinary referral. Karen specialises in puppy development and resource-guarding issues.

Karen is a member of the Fellow of Animal Behaviour Clinicians (FABC), a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Animal Training Instructor (ABTC-ATI). She is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).

She has authored five books ‘What your Dog Wants, ’21 Days to the Perfect Dog’ and ‘Being a Dog’ (Hamlyn) and co-authored two with TV Vet Emma Milne. Her goal is to communicate welfare and training issues to the wider dog-owning public. Karen was resident behaviour and training feature writer for Dogs Today magazine for over ten years and writes for national and international pet consumer and trade publications on all aspects of better pet ownership.

What Makes Dogs Itch? An Owner’s Manual

Presented By

Nick Thompson

BSc (Hons) Path Sci., BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS

 

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How many thousand things make our dogs itch?
Actually, you can boil down most dogs to only three things:

– Parasites, Allergies/Sensitivities and Infection

Nick will take us through his summarised guide to itch. With this information you can make new and informed decisions, with your vet, on
·         Parasite Control
·         Worming
·         Identifying and Treating Allergies and Sensitivities
·        Understanding skin infections from a simple perspective

The seminar is designed to bring the absolute beginner to a point where they can orientate themselves in a sea of dermatology. It will help the more experienced owner in decision making and minimising pharmaceutical use.

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Nick Thompson is a vet. He has been fighting for responsible, species-appropriate raw food feeding for pets for over 25 years. His tireless drive for healthy pets from birth to graceful old age brought him to raw feeding in the mid-1990s.

Nick is Founding President of the international Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (www.rfvs.info) and has co-authored a pioneering worldwide survey of 79 vets and their experiences feeding raw food. He has co-organised international raw food conferences for the RFVS since 2012.

In 1999, Nick established his specialist practice, Holisticvet (www.holisticvet.co.uk). Now based in Corsham, near Bath, he offers homeopathy, natural nutrition and herbal medicine and a lot of good old-fashioned common sense for dogs and horses.

His pet topics are gastroenterology and the microbiome and the misuse of pharmaceuticals in medicine. He loves researching all aspects of human and animal nutrition. Nick is a regular contributor to YouTube discussions on raw feeding and blogs to forward the raw feeding cause.

Nick also shares his passion for raw feeding with a nutritional consultancy service to the premier raw pet food companies in the UK and Europe. He has lectured and consulted in Raw Food, Nutrition and Medicine throughout the UK, Eire, Northern Ireland, Finland, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

What is Mantrailing and can it help modify behaviour?

Presented by Lisa Gorenflo

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About this webinar

This presentation is geared to introduce Mantrailing as a dog sport. It will talk about our methods to teach it, the hypothetical science behind it and how the sport can influence a dog´s behaviour even off the trail.

As with other dog sports, the reward system plays an important role to get a more driven canine partner for the task.

But what is it that makes Mantrailing such a popular dog sport around the world? Can any dog participate?

Lisa will be answering any questions, that you might have about Mantrailing, after the presentation.

Learning objectives:

  • What is Mantrailing?
  • Tasks of a Mantrailer
  • How do we teach Mantrailing?
  • What is the dog looking for on the trail?
  • Introduction to the science of scent
  • Can any dog do Mantrailing?
  • How can Mantrailing influence a dog´s behaviour?
  • The reward system
  • The scent article

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Lisa Gorenflo gained her certification as a Mantrailing Instructor for Mantrailing International over the past 5 years and is the only instructor to hold this qualification in the UK. She qualified her own dog under the British Mantrailing Academy and was also awarded the Skills for Justice certificate.

Mantrailing UK is the only Mantrailing training centre in the UK certified by Mantrailing International.

Lisa has a background in the IGP and THS sport. She has worked with dogs all over the world, including rescue centres in Germany and the US, rehabilitating and training dogs for a better life.

Her training is based on the Kocher Method, but she tailors all of her training to work for each individual dog handler team. Her goal is for each team to find their way together.

Lisa has brought the Mantrailing sport over to the UK 5 years ago.

Mantrailing UK has 55 certified instructors in the UK as well as Guernsey and they will also expand their instructor network to Canada and Poland in 2021.

Rescuing Dogs From Other Countries

Presented by

Hannah Molloy

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Journey with Hannah as we deep dive into the complex area of adopting rescue dogs from abroad.

During this webinar we will explore

– The rescuers heart: the desires and drives behind adopting rescue dogs from abroad
– The impact of importing rescues on the dogs, the owners and the community around them
– The adaptations required to train and rehabilitate different types of dog trauma
– The Future: adaptations and alternatives to protect dogs and owners from the ‘trauma market’

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​​​​​​​Hannah Molloy BSc hons is an award winning international speaker, author and media savvy expert in dog and Animal Behaviour. Expert trainer on Channel 4’s Puppy School, Managing Director of Pawfect Dogsense CIC and founder of The Dog Education Project. She graduated with a degree in Animal Behaviour in 2008 and had her dissertation published in the Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science, going on to work with Dogs Trust as a behavioural advisor before setting up her first education company and not for profit Pawfect Dogsense.

She’s personally trained over 10,000 dogs and owners in 10 years using reward based training and now works with businesses and professionals to shape education at national level. She is passionate about solving big cultural problems with simple science and designs user-friendly educational courses tailor made to suit each individual learner from animals to professionals to multi national companies and corporations.

Probiotics for Behavioural Health

Presented By

Dr Jess Hekman

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Probiotics are starting to be recommended by veterinarians to help manage behavioral issues in dogs, either as support in addition to behavioral medication or just on their own. Are they actually effective? How could adding bacteria to the GI system affect the brain? How long term must they be given? What changes might you expect, and what diagnoses are they helpful for? Are there side effects? What’s the best brand to buy, or can you make your own? Join Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, a research scientist who specializes in the biology of behavior, for a deep dive into the crazy new findings coming out about probiotics and behavior in dogs.

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Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master’s degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the “Russian tame foxes”) which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a postdoctoral associate, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin’s Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior. She also frequently teaches online classes and webinars about canine genetics and behavior. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and two dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or on Facebook at facebook.com/dogzombieblog.

Do I need two hats?

What a vet and behaviourist would like you to know about neutering dogs

 

Presented by Amber Batson

 

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“Do I need two hats? What a vet and behaviourist would like you to know about neutering dogs”

In this webinar Amber talks about:

*What are the medical benefits to neutering male and female dogs

*What are the medical negatives to neutering male and female dogs

*What are the behavioural effects of neutering male and female dogs

*Does size, breed or age at neutering make any difference?

*What options are there for different ways of neutering and does this matter?

*How can we prepare the dog, and owner, so that the neutering procedure carries less behavioural risk?

*A dog recently neutered now shows signs of undesired behavioural change, what can we do?.

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Dr Amber Batson is a vet and behaviourist who works in the UK having graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1999.  She undertook individual qualifications in dog, cat and horse behaviour for several years after graduating and has been teaching and working as a vet behaviourist since 2004.

Amber strongly believes that the latest science about behaviour should be accessible to all who live and care for animals so presents in a way to bridge the gap between science and the practical world.

Amber works as a vet, behaviourist and legal expert witness in the UK, teaching animal behaviour world wide and is a member of the ABTC.