Category: Dog Behaviour

Separation Anxiety- Resources/Posters/Hand-outs/Protocol/Training Courses/Seminars & Articles

Featured Image Courtesy of Pixgood.com The following resources are designed for trainers and owners to understand further about separation problems in dogs. We have created check lists, training schedules, posters and 7 day survival guides. These on-line courses will help lay the foundations to set people up to succeed with their dogs. Each day is a short video explanation, fun interactive training...

Neuroscience Of Licking & Sender-Receiver Mechanisms. Are They Conflict Reducing, Disengagement Markers, Arousal Or Congruence Signals?

Why do animals, particularly canines, lick their lips? Is it a sender-receiver dance, a physiological response to changes in internal environment, a reciprocity sign or a signal of some kind of deceit? We take a look at this phenomenon from a number of (neuroscience, physiology, behaviour, psychological, medical, ethological and philosophical) perspectives. How an animal signals externally to reflect changes to his...

Why Do Dogs Yawn? The Neuroscience Of Empathy & Emotional Contagion

After a recent research project into the neuroscience of behaviour and a talk given at the ISCP, INTER Dogs and Dog Alliance (see recorded webinar) Introduction To the Science Of Behaviour (Beginners) Seminar we became interested in the concept of emotional contagion and what this means to dogs. To find out more about the neural mechanisms of this concept and what the current research is...

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So You Want To Be A Puppy School Instructor?

http://www.simplybehaviour.com/course/puppy-and-beginners-online-dog-training-course/ We are so excited that we can now offer you free posters, hand-outs, schedules and diagrams to help you explain to your clients what is happening with their dog, why we do what we do and how we can prevent problems before they start. We use Clicker and wonderful reward based fun games to help you show your clients how to...

Self Soothing & Cry It Out Are Neurologically Damaging Here Is Why

The mechanisms that occur when ANY animal feels stress or anxiety is conserved across the way the nervous system responds. We are looking at the limbic system and basically under the hat we are all the same (according to Panksepp et al) This is why we use Rat models to draw conclusions about human behaviour. Recent work by Greg Berns showed that...

Attachment, Development and Emotion- A Neurobiological Perspective

Exposure to bad experiences early in life, will affect the way that animals anticipate and process sensory input. Traumatic experiences induce a complex series of (neurological and physiological) alterations in what the animal will perceive as a threat. This will be expressed in how they think, feel, behave and regulate their biologic systems. You will often hear us talk about something called...

Neuroscience & Brain Mechanisms Of Critical Periods In Puppy Development. This Should Be Started Before You Get Him Home.

The most critical period for puppy development is the age six to eight weeks (everything that happens prior to this is to do with setting the foundations of the animal & why it is essential that you have chosen a good breeder). Most puppies leave their litter around 7-12 weeks to go to their new home (in the UK this is sometimes...

Changing Behaviour From A Neurobiological Perspective

After the phenomenal success and interest in the online seminar on the Introduction to the Neuroscience of Behaviour http://www.simplybehaviour.com/course/introduction-to-the-neuroscience-of-behaviour/) I wondered if you might like me to share some of my current thoughts on this fascinating subject. Firstly, I would like to keep this VERY simple and secondly, I would like to help people think about behaviour modification as a construct that...

The Science Behind Punishment, Learning & Reinforcement

Fear Or Pain Inducing Techniques.. The Facts. If a dog shows a behaviour which results in a perceived positive outcome, he or she is more likely to show the behaviour again on subsequent occasions – this is known as reinforcement. If a behaviour results in a perceived negative outcome, the dog is less likely to show the behaviour again – this is...