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What’s Been Happening in Behavior Education Network:
BEN now has its own Facebook group. We’ve discussed conditioned emotional responses and can they be put “on cue”, a dog “guarding” the child in the family (or not), what to do when differences between you and local shelters crop up, and more issues presented as behavior problems that may not be, and MUCH more!
This month’s Biscuit series, in honor of Jimmy Buffett appearing at Red Rocks (Dr. Hetts is a long-time Parrothead!) is “Parrothead Songlines To Improve Your Behavior and Training Practice”. Webinar and CAABChat Topics TBA.
In September, our CAABChat topic was “A Complex and Dangerous Case of Horse Aggression“. Our Biscuit series was “What Would the Dog Say: A Cost-Benefit Approach to Training Decisions“. Our BEN Pro Webinar series was two owner education topics “Five Myths About Dominance in Dogs” and “Facts About Punishment”. This launched our Owner Education Section of BEN. Our scientific article analysis was actually a webinar called ” Can Brain Activity Predict Dogs’ Preferences for Praise or Food?: The REAL Scoop Behind the Headlines”.
This month we continue with last month’s topic “Identifying and Measuring Emotions in Animals Part II.” This month we take up where we left off discussing new ways to measure emotions in animals and what it means for pet professionals. It will be on Wednesday, August 3rd at 1:00 PM Mountain Time.
This month’s BEN Webinar is “Identifying and Measuring Emotions in Animals Part I,” is completed, but come and learn about some exciting new research about emotions and their causes in our video and audio replays.
The Biscuit series takes a closer look at four popular sayings about dogs. How true are they?
The Science Article we’ve reviewed for you asks the question Can Placebos Help With Separation Anxiety?
The CAABChat for this month is “A Preview of Public Day at the Animal Behavior Society”. Come learn about the free public lectures at this premier scientific conference.
This month we take on a controversial subject, but one we feel professionals should not shy away from discussing in an objective way, and bringing the available science to bear on the discussion. We call it A Shocking Topic.
We’re combining the science articles for May and June to bring you reviews of two new articles that deal with helping horses cope with frightening situations. This research may have applications to helping other species deal with fears.
The BEN Biscuit Series is Choices and Complexities with Counter Conditioning. We talk about the often overlooked factors that influence our choices of the best behavior modification techniques.
This month’s CAABChat is relevant to May’s Dog Bite Prevention Week, because we will be discussing “Three Current Issues Surrounding Canine Body Language.” They include people hugging dogs, dogs licking people’s faces and displacement behavior and distress.
We continue last month’s “Affiliation, Atttachment and Bonding: Do Our Pets Really Like Us? Part II.” This month we review some recent research on the factors influencing affiliation and attachment as well as look at the effects of attachments on behavior and welfare of both people and pets.
This month’s Biscuit series gives you “Five Things To Watch For When You Hear ‘Science Says…’ ” We give you some tips to help you evaluate all the scientific claims you hear and read about on a daily basis.
The Biscuit Series for the month is “Head Collars and Harnesses Re-Imagined”. This topic grew out of Suzanne and Ms. Nancy Williams’ recent weekend workshop on “Re-Imagined Aggression Treatment”.
The BEN webinar this month is “Affiliation, Attachment and Bonding: Do Our Pets Really Like Us?” We frequently hear about the Human-Animal Bond, and new research on attachment and bonding in animals is coming out every day. Learn about the basic research in this area and the new applications of the knowledge to pet behavior.
This month’s CAABChat is definitely unique. We welcome Dr. Emma Grigg who spent several years teaching at Ross University’s veterinary school on the beautiful island of St. Kitts. The topic will be “Are Caribbean Island Dogs Different From North American Dogs?” Dr. Grigg will be joined by one of her co-authors of her recent paper on this topic, Dr. Belle Nibblett.
The reviewed science article for this month is related to our webinars on affiliation and attachment in animals. It is a frequently cited paper on the formation of attachments by shelter dogs to strangers.
The CAABChat “More Options for Food Guarding Dogs in Shelters.” They will present pilot data from a new study of outcomes for shelters that adopt out food guarding dogs.
The Pro Member Webinar for the month is the second session of last month’s “Important Ethological Concepts for Pet Professionals II.”
The Biscuit Series for the month takes on Post Traumatic Stress in Animals. What is it, How would we know it if we saw it, Is it a helpful idea, and How to help animals with long-lasting fears.
This month’s Pro Member Webinar is “Essential Concepts in Canine Ethology”
The CAAB Chat is “Nothing Stays the Same – Or Does It?” with guest Chatter Ms. Kathy Sdao, M.S., ACAAB of Bright Spot Dog Training
This month’s Biscuit is “Four Things You Probably Don’t Know About Stress in Animals”
And that’s just a small sampling of what happens in the Behavior Education Network!
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