Newport, RI - June 20-22, 2014

Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science
2014 International Conference

I See What You’re Saying: Translating Conflict-related Visual Signals
Friday, June 20
, 2:00 - 3:00pm Eastern

A picture is worth a thousand words, and dogs “paint” pictures for us all the time through their movements and expressions. This interactive presentation will focus on video recordings that can fine-tune our ability to evaluate what we are seeing and hearing. We'll watch and listen as dogs interact with one another in situations related to conflict or agonistic behavior. No matter how skilled we are at “reading” dogs, we all can improve our ability to translate from dog to human. We can also take this opportunity to question our beliefs and assumptions about what specific actions actually mean—how much of them are based on good, solid science, and how much is based on a good guess? We’ll talk about this and more, while watching and listening to dogs communicate in their native language, while we “second language learners” try to keep up.


Coyotes, Koalas and Kangaroos: What the behavior of other animals can teach you about your dog
Sunday, June 22, 3:30 - 4:30pm Eastern

It goes without saying that one needs to study dog behavior to understand it. But studying dog behavior without being able to compare it with the behavior of other animals has its limits. This presentation will discuss dog behavior only in relation to the behavior of other non-human animals, looking at broad themes like social systems, predation and reproduction as a way of understanding canine behavior at a deeper level. For example, what can the social structure of other social animals tell us about the controversy in dog training about dominance and its relation to training perspectives? Which behaviors of dogs are rare compared to other animals, and which ones are common? Understanding how the ethology of the domestic dog compares with that of other animals will enhance and deepen your understanding of who your dog really is, and how best to relate to her.

Credit: CEUs are available only to those who attend the conference in-person

Location: Attend in-person or watch from the comfort of your own home!
Jane Pickens Theater

49 Touro Street
Newport, RI  02840

For more information, questions, and registration, please visit the SPARCS website!


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