From Kennels to Couch: Rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming

From Kennels to Couch: Rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming

Behaviour and training strategies for rescue dogs

Presented by Susan McKeon BSc (Hons), MAPDT (01157)

Sunday 16th February 2020  19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)

With a focus on ex-racing greyhounds, this webinar will cover:

An overview of dog rescue in the UK

Life of a rescue dog compared to life of a racing greyhound

The homing needs of sighthounds, particularly ex-racing greyhounds, compared to rescue pet dogs

Welfare

Adapting to life as a companion animal

Common behaviour issues of rehomed rescue dogs

Practical behaviour and training strategies

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About the presenter

Susan is a UK-based, experienced dog trainer and behaviourist who specialises in working with sighthounds, especially ex-racing greyhounds. Currently, she works for Dogs Trust as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist, providing behaviour consultations to adopters of Dogs Trust dogs who require more specialist input for behaviour issues. Previously, she was the Behaviour and Welfare Manager for UK sighthound charity, Forever Hounds Trust, where she was actively involved in developing kennelling and welfare strategy, as well as managing the behaviour and training function. Susan has also worked with other rescue dog and greyhound charities, including the Greyhound Trust. She also ran a successful behaviour and training business for eight years, providing behaviour consults, training classes and workshops. Susan is a member of APDT, UK, PPG, and a registered Animal Training Instructor with ABTC. She has a BSc (Hons) in Canine Behaviour and Training and her dissertation research focused on “Impulsivity in retired racing greyhounds (Canis familiaris): Is racing status an indicator of increased impulsivity?” Susan is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops and has presented at national and international conferences about greyhound behaviour and welfare, post-racing. She shares her home with her husband, Sean, their three dogs, Ava (Greyhound), Sherlock (Saluki), and Dobby (Saluki x Greyhound), and Matilda, their cat.

Epilepsy beyond seizures: what do behaviourists need to know?

Presented by Dr Rowena Packer

 

 

 

 

Sunday 22nd March 2020 19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)

Epilepsy beyond seizures: what do behaviourists need to know?

– Epilepsy is the most common chronic brain disease in dogs, affecting around 70,000 dogs in the UK alone
– Although several daily medications are available to try and reduce seizure frequency in affected dogs, many continue to seizure long term despite being treated with several drugs
– Canine seizure types include generalised seizures where dogs lose consciousness and convulse, and focal seizures where dogs remain conscious, may be subtle and can be mistaken for behavioural abnormalities
– Common side effects of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) include lethargy, extreme hunger and wobbliness which may compromise quality of life
– In addition to seizures, many dogs with epilepsy experience behavioural problems including anxiety, both as a side effect of AEDs and independently as co-morbid disorders
– This webinar will explore cutting edge research on epilepsy, how it is now being considered a general brain disorder including both seizures and behaviour abnormalities, novel therapies to tackle epilepsy holistically including evidence-based nutritional therapies, and how behaviourists can become a vital part of the team managing epilepsy alongside owners and vets

 

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About the presenter

Dr Rowena Packer is an animal behaviour and welfare scientist at the Royal Veterinary College, London, and currently holds a BBSRC Future Leader Research Fellowship. Rowena’s research group explores both mental and physical health in domestic dogs, with a strong focus on epilepsy and abnormal behaviour. Her work uses a variety of methods including behavioural and cognitive testing, endocrine measures, electroencephalography (EEG) and MRI analysis. Rowena holds a first class BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Bristol (2009), and a PhD in Veterinary Science from the Royal Veterinary College (2013). In 2016 she was awarded the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award.

 

 

 

 

 

The Biology of Socialization

Presented by

Dr Jessica Hekman

Sunday 21st June 2020 19.00 – 20.00 (BST)

Webinar Cost is £15.00

The Biology of Socialization:

  • What is the difference between a sensitive and critical period in the brain and how does this relate to dogs?
  • How is the brain’s function different during a sensitive period in terms of wiring?
  • How is the brain’s function different during the sensitive period for socialization in terms of stress responsiveness?
  • What is the timing of this difference in stress responsiveness in dogs?
  • What are the implications of this timing for adult personality?
  • Does the timing of stress responsiveness in early socialization differ across dog breeds?
  • Does the timing of stress responsiveness in early socialization differ across individual dogs?

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About the Presenter

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.

Anxiety: The Whole Story

Presented by

Dr Jessica Hekman

Sunday 13th December 2020 19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)

Webinar Cost £15.00

 

Anxiety: The Whole Story:

  • Genetic influence on behavior is not like an on-off switch – it is more like a chaotic weather system with lots of little pushes
  • There are breed differences in behavior, but how much is genetic?
  • In breeding for the “ideal” personality, we have to make tradeoffs
  • Intelligence may correlate with anxiety.
  • We can breed for tameness and resilience – but currently that’s not our priority
  • Puppies get information from their parents about the environment they should expect to live in (not just from genetics)
  • Mild stress in early life can be positive for developing a resilient adult – but not too much!
  • Anxiety can affect lifespan
  • Anxiety can be affected by chronic pain

 

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About the Presenter

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.