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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!

March 2017

Dr. Patricia McConnell, CAAB will join us for this month’s CAAB Chat The Education of Will: A Window on Comparative Trauma in People and Dogs.  The BEN Members Only Webinar is Who’s Paying Attention? What Attention Is and Why It’s Important Part I. The Biscuit series for the month is Important Science Articles You Should Know About. The Science Review Article for the month is Do Dogs Pay Attention to Baby Talk? As with most things in science it’s a little more complicated than it seems.

February 2017

This month’s webinar is “The Brain and Behavior: Always a Complicated Relationship” with Dr. Mindy Waite.  CAABChat is “How Can Preference Studies Help Us Evaluate Environmental Enrichment?” with Dr. Nicole Dorey.  The Biscuit Series for the month is “Behavioral Wellness and Positive Emotions – Helping Pets Live Better Lives”  The science article for review this month is “Can I get your attention please? The role of attention in dog training.”

January 2017

This month’s webinar was a review of “What Is a Dog” by Ray and Lorna Coppinger.  The scientific review was a written review of the same.  The CAABChat was “Selection and Retention of Therapy Horses” with Dr. Robin Foster”.  The Biscuit series was “Communicating Effectively and Compassionately During Euthanasia and Other Emotional Decisions”.

December 2016

This month’s Biscuit is “Four Golden Rules for Good Family Dog Relationships”.  This month’s BEN Pro Member webinar is “Improve Your Cat Consulting: A Compilation of (Mostly) Cat Behavior Cases”.  CAABChat topic is the popular “Rants and Raves for 2016.”  The Science Article Review is “Do Electronic Containment Fences Harm the Welfare of Cats?”

November 2016

This month’s Biscuit series is “How to Have  Productive Discussion When You Don’t See Eye to Eye“.  The CAABChat is “Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of the Re-Homing of Dogs and Cats in the U.S.” The  monthly webinar is “What Would You Do:  What We Can Learn from Difficult Cases”.  The science article review is of “How Do Dogs Respond to Social Conflicts With People?”

October 2016

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”.   Monthly webinar is “How To Use Two Free Online Tools To Help You Automate Your Business and Save You Time”.  The monthly  CAABChat is “How Useful are ‘Dominance’ and NILIF In Solving Dog Behavior Problems?”  The science article topic is “Do Clickers Facilitate Learning in Dogs?”

September 2016

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”.

August 2016

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.

July 2016

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.

June 2016

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.

May 2016

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.

April 2016

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.

 And that’s just a small sampling of what happens in the Behavior Education Network!