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2 seminars - Emotions in dogs (EMRA) and the effects of Pain and Nutrition on Behaviour


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  • Thursday 15th March - EMRA

  • Friday 16th March - The effects of Pain and Nutrition on Behaviour

  • 10am to 5pm

  • Bedfordshire

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2 seminars - Emotions in dogs (EMRA) and the effects of Pain and Nutrition on Behaviour

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Robert Falconer Taylor will be presenting the following seminars:

Thursday 15th March 2018 - The Science of Canine Emotionality and it's practical application for owners and canine professionals (including EMRA: Emotion, Mood and Reinforcement Assessment)

Friday 16th March 2018 - The roles of pain and nutrition in (mis)behaviour, the missing links in canine emotionality 

 

Thursday 15th March 2018

The Science of Canine Emotionality and its practical application for owners and canine professionals (including EMRA: Emotion, Mood and Reinforcement Assessment)

Over the last 2 decades there have been huge steps forward in our understanding of emotional states in other animals. We now know what emotional states we humans share with other animals and we also know the ones that are probably unique to us. We know where they are generated in the brain, how they work and what happens when they go wrong. This knowledge is hugely important for anyone working with dogs, or concerned about animal welfare, including dog owners, trainers, behaviourists and veterinary professionals. The reason for this is a very simple one – all behaviour, including behavioural change through reinforcement, punishment etc., is governed by changes in emotional states. Feelings are an essential element of how pets, and humans for that matter, learn anything!

The long-held belief that behavioural change is purely a consequence of simple classical and operant conditioning is fundamentally wrong. So, it makes good sense to start with feelings when dealing with behaviour problems in pets, such as aggression, over-grooming, nervousness, etc.

This approach was developed by the behaviourists at the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) and has been adopted as the standard by many successful behaviour therapists all over the world.

Typically this 'emotional approach' is carried out in three stages:-

  1. An emotional assessment: This is an assessment of what emotions the pet is experiencing whilst engaged in the problem behaviour.
  2. A mood state assessment: This is an assessment of how the pet feels generally from one day to the next.
  3. A reinforcement assessment: This is an holistic appraisal of the entire situation aimed at identifying the factors responsible for maintaining the problem behaviour. These factors commonly persist, despite rigorous and varied attempts to eliminate them by owners, trainers and behaviourists.

This one-day seminar is about the scientific principles underpinning all of these ideas. The knowledge you will gain will change how you see dogs forever. This is a bold statement, but it is true because there is still so much misinformation about dogs circulating around the internet, in magazines and elsewhere.

Agenda 

1. The beginning: the evolution of emotions, where do they come from and what are they for?

2. The cognitive dog: understanding the core emotional states.

3. When things go wrong: understanding fear, stress, anxiety, phobias and mood disorders.

4. The every-day practical application of emotions in dogs: the COAPE EMRA system explained.

5. The training approach – changing behaviour by changing emotional states through training.

6. The pharmacological approach – changing behaviour by changing emotional states through pharmacology.

 

 

Friday 16th March 2018

The roles of pain and nutrition in (mis)behaviour, the missing links in canine emotionality 

1. Pain (AM)

What few people realise is that we all live in the shadow of a terrible mistake made 400 years ago, and this continues to have serious negative consequences for the welfare of our dogs today. The mistake was a pact forged between Rene Descartes and the church that separated BODY from MIND in order to avoid Descartes imprisonment, or worse, for daring to study human anatomy. The foundation of medicine, and later, veterinary medicine, as a separate science from psychology is based on this pact. The big problem here is that PAIN has remained very much in the domain of MEDICINE.

This arrangement is deeply flawed, out of date and plain wrong. Pain is a very important component of both the MEDICAL DOMAIN and the BEHAVIOURAL/EMOTIONAL DOMAIN. This is the argument Robert will present to you in this session of the seminar 

His aim in this part is to provide you with the information and tools you will need to identify pain in dogs and to manage it more effectively, either as a canine professional, or as an interested dog owner.

What will be covered:

  1. Anatomy and physiology of pain.
  2. Why chronic pain is NOT acute pain that has lasted a long time.
  3. The impact of abnormal pain on the welfare of dogs.
  4. Pain and the emotional systems – the missing link explained.
  5. Effects of pain on behaviour.
  6. The where, how and when of analgesic drugs.
  7. Tools to help you recognise, quantify and manage pain in dogs.

2. Nutrition (PM)

Canine nutrition is one of those emotive subjects that nearly every dog owner, and many of those working with dogs professionally, have an opinion on. As a companion animal behaviourist, veterinarian and someone who teaches veterinary clinical nutrition, Robert's aim in this part of the seminar is to show you a joined-up approach to thinking about nutrition in dogs in a more holistic way.

What will be covered:

  1. Start with energy and understanding nutrition calculations is easy.
  2. Key concepts in energy metabolism, what makes dogs different.
  3. From everyday training to competition, getting the best from dogs through diet, it’s often the little things that matter.
  4. Raw, carbohydrate diets and the amylase argument? Does it really matter?
  5. Separating the facts from the fiction. Getting the best from tryptophan and other supplements, and how they really work.
  6. The gut-brain connection. Understanding the link between diet and (mis)behaviour, and common misconceptions.


Where and When?

Thursday 15th March - The Science of Canine Emotionality and its practical application for owners and canine professionals (including EMRA: Emotion, Mood and Reinforcement Assessment)

Friday 16th March - The roles of pain and nutrition in (mis)behaviour, the missing links in canine emotionality

 

Haynes Village Hall, Northwood End Road, Haynes, Beds, MK45 3QB.

9:30 registration for 10am start, 5pm finish.

An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available at £7 per person, payable on the day. We need to book in advance so please let us know at least 2 weeks before the event.

Please Note: No Dogs are to be left in vehicles at this venue, even if the vehicle is modified. This is a lecture rather than a practical workshop so only assistance dogs will be allowed in the venue. 


Accommodation suggestions  

The Old Piggery - www.theoldpiggerybandb.co.uk - this is the nearest, it's about 10 minutes drive and has been recommended to us

The Old Forge in Streately - www.133theoldforge.co.uk

Dog friendly

Holiday Inn Express Bedford (allows pets but the fee for them is quite high)

The Barns Hotel - www.barnshotelbedford.co.uk

The Old Forge (self catering) in Clophill - www.simplicitywebsites.co.uk/oldforge/Home/

The Elms Guest House - no website but can be found on other booking sites - 24 De Parys Ave, Bedford MK40 2TW

Dog Friendly Camping

Turnpike Farm - www.turnpikefarm.com

 

 

Dr Robert Falconer-Taylor BVetMed DipCABT MRCVS

Robert Falconer-Taylor

Robert is a partner of the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE), the first organisation in the UK to develop government-regulated courses to degree level specifically in companion animal behaviour and training. COAPE also developed the renowned EMRA system used by behaviourists and trainers all over the world, now summarised in their book – EMRA Intelligence: The revolutionary new approach to treating behaviour problems in dogs.

Robert teaches and consults around the world along with writing for the veterinary and other professional press. He is also author of the informative COAPE Blog, published on their website, which has been taken up and endorsed by many training and behaviour organisations all over the world.

Robert is an international consultant to the pet industry and is engaged in the on-going development and risk assessment of pet ‘toys’ targeted specifically at promoting the welfare of pets and their relationship with owners. He has been actively involved in the development of the ‘The Puppy Plan’, first launched in February 2012 and updated in 2014, a collaboration between Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club. He is also a member of the International Cat Care Behavioural Advisory Panel.

Robert’s primary academic interests include companion animal cognitive science and emotionality, nutrition and its effects on behaviour, and applied neurophysiology, pharmacology and therapeutics in companion animal behaviour therapy. He promotes the idea wherever and whenever he can that “The key to better animal welfare is through education”.

 

  

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Can I come to just one day?
A. Yes, you can book either or both days, they are separate events with a discount if purchased together.

Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. This is a seminar not a practical workshop. Only registered assistance dogs will be permitted inside the venue.  

Q. I have a specific question, can I contact you?
A. Yes, send an e-mail to info@dog-and-bone.co.uk or phone us on 01763 256917. Leave a message on the answerphone, if necessary, and someone will get back to you.

Q:  Are there discounts for groups, students or rescue organisations?
A. Discounts are available for Charity workers and volunteers, students and Naturally Happy Dogs members. Contact us for the code to use at the checkout. Charity worker/volunteer or student evidence will be required either in advance or on the door.

Q:  If I can’t come, can someone else come in my place?
A: Yes, that’s perfectly fine, we’d just need their name and contact details.

Q:  Will I receive a certificate of attendance?
A: Yes, all attendees receive a certificate of attendance which can be used as evidence of CPD.

Q: Will I receive a printed ticket?
A: No, but you will receive confirmation of your place via e-mail and further information nearer the time of the event.

Q:  Is lunch included?
A. Complementary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available at £7 per person, payable on the day. We need to book in advance so please let us know at least 2 weeks before the event. 

Q:  What is the refund policy?
A. For information about refunds and other terms, please visit our Terms and Conditions page

Q:  Will the event be recorded / will photos be taken?
A. Photos and videos are often taken by Dog & bone at their events, either for social media, advertising or for DVDs of the events. If you do not want to appear on any photos, please let us know at the beginning of each day. 

Other information

See what people have said about past Dog & Bone seminars here

For more information about our speakers and authors go to here

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