Research Bites is the fastest and easiest way to keep up-to-date on research on dog training and behavior!
Staying current with research is critically important to being at the top of your field. It’s also fascinating and exciting to see the latest ideas and discoveries. However, finding, reading, and interpreting current journal articles can be overwhelming and frustrating. Research Bites presents current research in the field of dog training and behavior in a bite-sized, manageable package.
All webinars are taught by Kristina Spaulding, PhD, CAAB. She will find current, relevant, and interesting papers and read and interpret them for you. All you need to do is show up, listen to the lecture and discuss the implications.
Each webinar will take you on a tour of that month’s selected research paper. We will cover everything you need to know in order to interpret and apply the current, cutting edge research.
- What is the key background information you need to know?
- How was the study designed?
- What were the results? The conclusions?
- What do the results mean? How do they help you train dogs and modify behavior?
- What are the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of the paper?
- What questions remain?
From there, I open up discussion with the group and we’ll explore the remaining questions and implications of the work together. In this way, participants will keep up to date on the latest scientific thinking while also honing their skills to critically evaluate and effectively apply research in our field.
CBCC-KA – 1 CEU; IAABC – 1 CEU
How are the courses presented?
- Courses are at 7 pm EST on Tuesday
- Live course with discussion
- About an hour (exact time varies depending on number of questions, etc.)
- Participants will also recieve a recording of the lecture
- Attendance requires internet connection and computer speakers, a microphone is optional but recommended
What topics are covered?
I present a wide range of topics including:
- Training and treatment methods
- Fear, anxiety and aggression
- And more!
Why do dogs become fearful? A closer examination of how social fear develops in dogs.
Which environmental and demographic factors make dogs more likely to develop social fear of other dogs or people? How can we use this information to prevent or lessen social fear in dogs? Fearfulness is a major contributing factor to decreased welfare and increased likelihood of aggression. This large study of almost 6,000 dogs aims to identify factors that influence fearfulness. Use the information in this study to advise adopters and new pet owners and to help with the breeding and raising of your own dogs!
Join us for an interactive discussion of these topics on Tuesday, July 14th at 7 pm EST. Registration is open until 6 pm EST on the day of the webinar. Registrations received after 6 pm on the day of the webinar will be effective the following month.
Puurunen, J., Hakanen, E., Salonen, M.K. et al. Inadequate socialisation, inactivity, and urban living environment are associated with social fearfulness in pet dogs. Sci Rep 10, 3527 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-60546-w
How do I sign up?
Science is best learned in conjunction with other science instead of as a stand-alone product. Therefore, the best way to learn from the webinars is as a subscription. Taking regular webinars will help you form a cohesive set of knowledge in dog training and behavior.
Subscribe monthly or yearly. Yearly is the best deal – save $72 off the monthly cost!
Not sure? Try your first month for only $12 – you can cancel at any time!
Space is limited, so sign up now!
What if I want to cancel my subscription?
You can cancel monthly subscriptions at any time.
You can cancel yearly subscriptions so will not renew the following year, but no refund for current year.
Are CEUs available?
Yes, CEUs are available from CCPDT.
What payment methods can I use?
Payment is available through PayPal and Credit Card.
Topics from Previous Months
January 2020 – Reward value and learning – there is more to the story than you might think!
You think you understand the value of using high value rewards, but there is more to the story! What actually happens when you switch from a higher value reinforcer to a lower value one? Are you hurting your training “power” if you change reinforcers? Does it cause frustration or stress for the dog? What might it tell us about trainability, flexibility, and the dog’s ability to cope? This month’s paper will explore all of these issues. Go beyond basic learning theory and find out how a simple concept like “reward value” relates to multiple aspects of behavior. Join us for an interactive discussion of this topic on January 14th at 7 pm EST. Registration is open until 6 pm EST on January 14th. Registrations received after 6 pm on the day of the webinar will be effective the following month.
Paper – Riemer, S., Thompson, H. and O.H.P. 2018. Burman, Behavioural responses to unexpected changes in reward quality. Scientific Reports, 8, 16652. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-35056-5