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Understanding Evidence-Based Dog Training

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Presenter: Linda Case

Overview: As owners and trainers, we are responsible for making many decisions for animals every day. Some decisions are simple, while others are of much greater importance to animals’ emotional and physical well-being. In today’s world, the amount of information that we are exposed to and influenced by is vast and often overwhelming.

In this webinar, students will:

  • Learn to identify and critically evaluate the information that influences training and behavior
  • Examine the role that science should play in the decision-making process
  • Learn how to use critical thinking skills to make evidence-based choices for training practices
  • Hear a review of the scientific method
  • Apply the scientific method directly to studies of canine cognition, behavior, and training
  • Explore a detailed (hypothetical) case study to better understand research study designs, the selection of study groups, use of controls, data measurement and collection, inclusion of statistical tests, compilation of results, and drawing appropriate conclusions.

Following completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the way in which the scientific method is applied to studies of dog behavior and training
  • Be able to identify and assess the essential components of a well-designed research study
  • Have the skills to critically evaluate different types of information sources for reliability, and
  • Discuss the role that evidence-based training and behavior knowledge play into their own training practices.

Class schedule: This a self-study class that will begin on the sign-on date and students are expected to complete the class within six months of the sign-on date.

CEUs 1.75 CEUs for IAABC and KPA; CCPDT CEUs pending
Member Cost $30
Non-Member Cost $45

Online Course Cancellation Policy:

  • Courses cannot be refunded once purchased.

About the Presenter

Linda Case is a science writer, dog trainer, and canine nutritionist who lectures throughout the world about dog nutrition, training, behavior, and health.

Linda’s academic training is as a canine/feline nutritionist and trainer. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University and her M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition at the University of Illinois, and was a lecturer of companion animal science at the University of Illinois for 15 years. She also taught companion animal behavior and training at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Linda’s presentations to pet professionals focus on promoting the use of critical thinking skills and the scientific method when making important decisions for animal’ nutritional well-being, training, and health. Linda currently owns AutumnGold Consulting and Dog Training Center in Mahomet, IL. She is the author of numerous publications and of seven books, including “Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices”, “Beware the Straw Man: The Science Dog Examines Dog Training Fact & Fiction”, and most recently “Only Have Eyes for You: Exploring Canine Research with The Science Dog”. Linda also writes the popular blog “The Science Dog”.

She and her husband Mike currently share their lives with three amazing dogs; Chip, Cooper, and Alice, plus Pete the formerly feral cat. In addition to training dogs and writing, Linda enjoys hiking, swimming, bird watching, yoga and gardening – all of which she happily shares with her dogs.

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