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As dog training and pet behavior consulting become more science based, information is drawn from a variety of academic disciplines – learning, neurobiology, perception and ethology. While information about learning theory is becoming much more available to pet professionals, the basic concepts of ethology (animal behavior) are often unknown or poorly understood. In this webinar, we’ll explore foundation concepts in ethology and how they apply to understanding pet behavior. Topics we’ll discuss: Entire training protocols are based on the assumption that dogs show imitation learning. But do they really? Do you know the criteria for proving true imitation as compared to other forms of social learning? Have you heard about Morgan’s Canon, also known as parsimony? The concept has significant implications for how we interpret animal behavior. Both pet owners and some professionals alike refer to behaviors as “instinctive”. What does that term really mean and is it helpful to label behaviors as “instinctive”? Dogs are described as being territorial but are they really? How might what we know about territorial behavior be applicable to fighting among dogs in the same family – or not? Separation anxiety is over attributed to “over attachment”. What can ethology tell us about attachment theory, affiliative behaviors, and social bonding that may shed light on whether excessive attachment is a cause of separation anxiety problems – or not. And MORE!
Sponsor:Animal Behavior Associates
Speaker(s):Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Dan Estep, Ph.D., CAAB