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Today we kick off the start of a string of interviews of SPARCS presenters - all scientists who will be speaking at the 2014 SPARCS conference June 20-22 in Newport, RI. Visit www.caninescience.info.
Today's interview is with Dr. Monique Udell who studies differences in how dogs respond to human social cues versus wolves.
How do dogs and wolves differ in their ability to socialize with humans?
Speaker interview - Dr. Simon Gadbois
Visit www.caninescience.info to learn more about SPARCS Conference 2014 and how you can listen either in person or via their live streaming.
One of my favorite topics to discuss is dogs' incredible sense of smell! I can't wait to hear what Dr. Gadbois has to say on this matter, given his experience specifically researching this topic, and how it can be applied. Whether it be hypoglycemia, or invasive insects, Dr. Gadbois is doing some great work around this topic!
Find him at http://www.gadbois.org/simon/
And watch this great clip of some his program dogs being trained to detect scent. Notice the positive, encouraging tone!
Today I talk with Michelle Nichols, founder and Director of AHELP Project - Animal Hospice, End of Life and Palliative Care. AHELP is holding a fundraiser this weekend at Norm's in Seattle from 2-5 pm on Saturday.
AHELP provides support for pets and their people before, during and after the animals' end of life process. www.ahelpproject.org
Also, I'll give a SPARCS recap - the wonderful conference was last weekend and it's second year did not disappoint! www.caninescience.info
Guests: Mia Cobb and Julie Hecht, authors of "Do You Believe in Dog? - What happens when two canine scientists become pen pals?" Mia and Julie are the hosts of this years SPARCS conference that is happening this weekend! June 20-22nd. www.caninescience.info
Julie Hecht is a Canine Behavioral Researcher and manages Alexandra Horowitz's Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College. In 2010, she founded Dog Spies where she blogs, lectures and holds programs on the science behind dog and the dog-human relationship.
Mia Cobb is a freelance animal welfare science consultant, researcher and communicator and is in a Ph.D. program researching the effects of social and environmental enrichment on the welfare, stress and performance of kenneled working dogs.
Human Animal Science
Guest, Patricia McConnell, speaker at this years SPARCS Conference in Newport, RI (www.caninescience.info). Today, host Julie Forbes and Patricia McConnell talk about reading your dog's body language, social hierarchy and the real meaning of "dominance" and what role it plays in your relationship with your dog.
Dr. McConnell believes too much meaning is put on the role of dominance in relationships and that the word itself is misunderstood. Also a mistake, she believes, to use dominance as an explanation for why your dog doesn't come when called, or perform other training tasks.
How do dogs think, learn and feel? Part of a series of interviews in preparation for the international SPARCS conference held at the end of June. www.caninescience.info.
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