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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!

November 2017

The CAABChat for the month is Walking the Terminology Tightrope with guests Dr. Ellen Lindell and Dr. Megan Maxwell.

The Biscuit Topic for the month is Four Under Utilized Sources of Income.

The webinar topic for the month is Leash Encounters of What Kind?: Reactivity, Aggression, or Something Else?  

October 2017


Our webinar for the month is “Creating and Managing Safe Relations Between Dogs and Children” on Tuesday, October 17th at 3 PM Mountain Daylight Time. Find out the latest thinking about this important topic. The reviewed science article this month asks the question “Can Body Posture Predict a Dog’s Learned Performance?”  The BEN Biscuit series this month is a bit different – we are doing Audio Biscuits!  The topic is Four Sacred Cows in Dog Training and Why They Shouldn’t Be.  The CAABChat is “Intriguing Papers from the Canine Science Conference 2017“.

September 2017


The Pro Members webinar for the month is Part II of “The Scientific Guide to Reducing Fear in Pets’ Lives and Enhancing Their Quality of Life”  The Biscuit Series is “Four Ways Trainers Can Help Pets Be Happy.”  This month’s reviewed science article addresses the question “How Do Dogs Respond to the Visual, Auditory, and Olfactory Cues of Cats?”

August 2017


This month’s Biscuit series is “Musings from Two Animal Behaviorists”. Although the Biscuits don’t really seem to have a common theme, what ties them together is the practical nature of each of the subjects.  The BEN Pro Member webinar is “The Scientific Guide to Reducing Fear in Pets’ Lives and Enhancing Their Quality of Life”  The Science Article for Review and Analysis asks the question “Can Pressure Vests Reduce Fear in Noise Phobic Dogs?” It goes along with this month’s Pro Member webinar.

July 2017

This month’s BEN Webinar is Part II of Calming Signals and Communication in Dogs.”  CAABChat is month is “Professional Standards for Dog Trainers: The 2001 Project and What It Means Today”. We have FOUR outstanding guests who were Section Chairs for that project. AND you’ll get access to the document which is now out of print. Click on the title to watch the replays and download the document.  This month’s Biscuit topic is  An Agenda For Consulting Appointments:  Be Realistic, Efficient, and Avoid Overwhelm”   The Science Article for review examines the question – Do Dogs Show Subtle Signs of Fear in Mildly Fearful Situations? The answer isn’t as obvious as you might think.

June 2017

Our CAABChat for June is Exploring Citizen Science with Ms. Julie Hecht and Drs. Caren Cooper and Jessica Hekman. Learn how non-scientists are contributing to our understanding of animal behavior and other sciences. The BEN Webinar for the month is “Calming Signals and Communication in Dogs.” We explore this popular concept and it’s implications for a better understanding of dog behavior. The Biscuit series for the month is “De-Arousing Dogs” where we examine the role of arousal in pet behavior problems and ways to address it. The science article we review asks the question – Do dogs reveal their emotional state by wagging their tails to one side or the other? Click here to read the description and download the review and analysis.

May 2017

The Biscuit series for the month is “Cues Owners Need But Seldom Teach”, with contributions from several BEN members. It’s the counterpart to last month’s series on unnecessary or confusing cues. The CAABChat welcomes Drs. Emma Grigg and Tammy Donaldson for “The Science Behind a Happy Dog: Canine Training, Thinking and Behavior”. The BEN Webinar is “Using Your Behavior Knowledge and Social Media to Promote Your Business”. The science article for review looks at the direction of tail wagging by dogs and whether or not the dogs watching the tail wagging are influenced by it.

April 2017

Drs. Alexandra Protopopova, Nathan Hall and Jessica Hekman join us for a CAAB Chat about their current project correlating behavior, physiologic measurements of stress, and respiratory disease in shelter dogs. The BEN Members Webinar for the month is a continuation of last month’s Who’s Paying Attention? What Attention Is and Why It’s Important. The Science Article Review for the month is Do Serotonin Levels Indicate Sociability in Shelter Dogs? The Biscuit Series for the month is Four Confusing or Unnecessary Cues And What To Teach Instead.

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?”




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