In recent years, there has been a surge of research into canine behavior and cognition. But what is motivating this research, and how much of it is relevant, meaningful or useful to people living with companion animals? In this talk, attendees will go behind the scenes to understand the motivations behind the latest research into canine behavior and cognition, as well as the various ideologies underlying these scientific questions and areas of study. Dog training professionals will learn how to frame research results and bring a more balanced and comprehensive message to their clients. The ability to understand and frame research is particularly important as the news media often does not present the results of dog behavior and cognition research accurately.
Learning Objectives: 1. Will gain an understanding of the frameworks behind canine behavior and cognition research 2. Will gain experience exploring scientific questions and experimental designs 3. Will be able to read coverage of canine behavior and cognition research with a more critical and informed eye
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