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!
What can fear/reactivity at 6 months tell us about future behavior? Analyzing over 35 years of temperament data from 6 to 12 months.
Temperament testing is a controversial topic. They are often criticized for not accurately predicting future behavior. However, having an effective temperament test (or tests) would be extremely helpful for placing dogs in homes and working programs that are a good fit for the individual. Not all temperament tests are the same and we are getting more and more research now aimed at testing their predictive value. This paper examines the ability of a questionnaire and later behavioral test to predict behavior in dogs. The results tell us how effective this particular test is, how consistent the dog’s behavior is across development and how useful the test is in predicting success in a service dog program. Although this paper is focused on service dogs, the results are applicable to a variety of populations and contexts. We discuss the results and their implications in this month’s webinar.
Dollion, N., Paulus, A., Champagne, N., St-Pierre, N., St-Pierre, É. et al. 2019. Fear/Reactivity in working dogs: An analysis of 37 years of behavioural data from the Mira Foundation’s future service dogs, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 221, 104864, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2019.104864
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!
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What if I want to cancel my subscription?
You can cancel monthly subscriptions at any time.
You can cancel yearly subscriptions so they will not renew the following year, but there is no refund for current year.
Are CEUs available?
Yes, CEUs are available from CCPDT and IAABC.
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
February 2020 – The demographics and comorbidity of behavior problems in dogs.
It’s hard to get a good grasp on the big picture of behavior problems when we are working with a small proportion of the population. This month’s research article takes an in-depth look at behavior problems in dogs. Populations change over time – this paper provides the most up-to-date information we have on this topic!
We will cover a lot of ground in this webinar. Including: Which behavior issues are most prevalent? What role does the dog’s sex, spay/neuter status, age, and origin play? What factors might be driving behavior issues in dogs? Which behavior issues tend to co-occur? Use this information to serve your client’s better by focusing on what’s most important for them and their dogs. These research findings will allow you to design training and behavior programs that are proactive about prevention and early intervention and as effective as possible!
Paper – Dinwoodie et al. 2019. Demographics and comorbidity of behavior problems in dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 32, 62-71.
March 2020 – You’re Stressing Me Out: The relationship between long-term stress in owners and their dog’s behavior.
Chronic stress has a number of serious negative impacts on behavioral and physical health. Understanding the factors that contribute to stress in dogs is essential to maximizing their quality of life. This paper examines this issue from the perspective of the owner’s stress level and personality. How much does owner behavior really impact stress levels in dogs? Are owners with certain personality characteristics more likely to stress their dogs? Are performance dogs impacted differently than pet dogs?
Paper – Sundman, A., Van Poucke, E., Svensson Holm, A., Faresjö, Å, et al. 2019. Long-term stress levels are synchronized in dogs and their owners. Scientific Reports, 9, | https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-43851-x
April 2020 – Can dogs have ADHD? A look at recent work on impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention in dogs.
As professionals, we often attribute hyperactive and impulsive behavior to age and lack of exercise, training, and/or enrichment. But is it possible that something else is going on in some dogs? Owners often joke that their dogs have ADHD. Could this be true? What do we actually know about inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity in dogs? How can you use this information to more effectively address these behaviors in dogs?
Paper – Bunford, N., Csibra, B., Peták, C., Ferdinandy, B. et al. 2019. Associations Among Behavioral Inhibition and Owner Rated Attention, Hyperactivity/Impulsivity, and Personality in the Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 133(2), 233-243. doi: 10.1037/com0000151.