Dr Tiffani Howell
CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC 1. CCPDT pending.
In Australia, the greyhound racing industry has recently been rocked by scandals, including mass greyhound graves, the use of live animals as bait in training, and socially unacceptable euthanasia rates after the racing career ends. The industry is in the process of reforming, and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV), the industry body in the Australian state of Victoria, aims to rehome as many retired racing greyhounds as pets as possible, once the career ends. In some cases, an obstacle in achieving this goal is the expression of predatory behaviour in the greyhound. Therefore, GRV contracted researchers at La Trobe University to review the existing scientific literature about predatory behaviour in dogs, to determine what drives the behaviour and whether it can be stopped.
As part of the review, we surveyed experts around the world with experience in dog behaviour, and we conducted follow-up interviews with 12 of these experts to establish a deeper understanding of some of the issues surrounding predatory behaviour in dogs. This presentation will discuss the findings, including an explanation of the behavioural sequence and how it differs between breeds. In particular, greyhounds have been bred such that there are few behavioural indicators of the intention to give chase, thus making it difficult to prevent the chase behaviour. The neurological underpinnings of predatory behaviour will also be described, as well as the current scientific research aimed at understanding whether it can be effectively stopped long-term. Finally, the opinions of experts, based on the results of the survey and the interviews, will be compared with the existing scientific and neurological evidence. Recommendations for best practice in stopping predatory behaviour in dogs will be provided.
Dr Tiffani Howell is a research fellow in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Australia. She is part of the Anthrozoology Research Group and the DogLab at La Trobe University. She has extensive experience in research on animal welfare, dog-owner relationships, and dog behaviour, including surveys, focus groups, and behavioural studies. Since she completed her PhD at Monash University in 2013. She has published 19 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has written six commissioned government reports and two industry reports.
Recent projects include a review of assistance dog effectiveness for the Australian government, and pet management practices by owners of various animal types (dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, rodents, and ferrets). She has also participated in a review of greyhounds socialisation and training practices for Greyhound Racing New South Wales as part of the Working Dog Alliance. The project she will present in this webinar was funded by Greyhound Racing Victoria.
Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell PCBC-A
CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5.
Join Louise Stapleton-Frappell for this in depth presentation in which she delves into the complexities of linear behaviour chains.
In this webinar we will examine the best methods to build compound linear chains and we will take a look at different strategies that will help you improve your chains. You'll learn how to perform a task analysis and collect data that will facilitate errorless learning. We will look at the interplay between operant and respondent conditioning and you will learn about fun techniques such as the ‘Quick Cue’ game, which can be used to proof both the discreet and the complex behaviours that you teach
The presentation will focus on a fun trick that is also a skill needed by many assistance dogs – How to fetch their guardian a drink - but in learning how to teach this 'trick', you will also learn some different strategies that focus on how to teach an amazing retrieve to hand!
You don't want to miss out on this informative, thought-provoking, fun-filled session.
B.A. Hons. PCBC-A. PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG. DN-CPCT2
Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Behaviour Consultant - Accredited. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited (through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board). Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor. Clicker Competency Assessment Program Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition. Certified Pet Care Technician. Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor.
Louise is a passionate advocate of force-free training. She believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods.
Louise is both a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild. Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe, Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain and Co-Presenter of PPG World Service Radio.
Presented by Kay Attwood
CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC 1.
In this webinar, we will take a look at the art of platform training and how, by magnetising the dog to the platform, we can teach precision for position, as well as expand on focus, impulse control and so much more. Platform training is an exciting new way of learning for the dog because the dog easily understands exactly where it should be standing. Platforms are a great tool to add to all your classes and this presentation is sure to provide any trainer with lots of ideas about how to use platforms in their training programme.
Once you’ve started this training, you won’t look back!
Kay is a Gold Instructor with the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour, as well as being a Kennel Club Assessor for the Good Citizens Dog Scheme and member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors student scheme. She is a founder member of D.O.G Local and a member of The Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners. With a particular interest in cognitive learning, Kay specialises in dog aggression, behaviour problems and rescue dog rehabilitation.
Presented by Sian Ryan
CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC pending. CCPDT 1.
"He’s going to need six weeks crate rest; just keep him quiet while he recovers." These words, that can strike fear and dread into owners’ hearts, often form part of the treatment requirements for dogs undergoing surgery or requiring long term medical care. Vets can usually only give limited advice regarding keeping dogs appropriately mentally and emotionally supported whilst their walks are restricted and owners are left to manage as best they can. This may be stressful for both the guardian and their dog, and can lead to behaviour change and other problems.
This webinar, and the associated book, gives ideas to help owners in this situation to identify the individual needs of their dog. In addition it aims to support owners in preparing their dog for a period of restricted exercise when surgical interventions are planned. Ideas and tips for mental stimulation and emotional support, as well as alternatives to physical exercise and guidance on how to teach specific skills are included.
The webinar includes case studies, review of associated research on the topic and photos and videos to illustrate the points made.