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Learning Together: The Science of Social Learning in Dogs. Presented by Dr. Kristina Spaulding, PhD, CAAB

  • 08 Nov 2021
  • 1:00 PM
  • 08 Nov 2023
  • 2:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar




Dogs are social animals and they are uniquely adapted to sharing their lives with people. As social animals, they are capable of learning from other dogs as well as from people. This skill is used in the training technique known as "Do As I Do", but this is only one aspect of social learning and behavior. This webinar will discuss the different types of social learning, summarize the research on social learning in dogs, and explore how to apply this information to training and living with dogs.

Learning Objectives

  • Define social learning and distinguish between the different types of social learning
  • Discuss the evidence for social learning in dogs
  • List the factors that influence social learning in dogs
  • Apply what we know of social learning to working and living with dogs

About The Presenter

Dr. Kristina Spaulding

Dr. Spaulding has a PhD in biopsychology - the study of the biological basis of behavior - and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society. She specializes in stress and behavior, social cognition and emotion, positive welfare and the prevention and treatment of behavior problems in dogs. In addition to her academic background, she has been in the dog training and behavior profession for 19 years. She currently splits her time between private behavior work and teaching other dog trainers and behavior consultants online and through seminars and conferences.

In addition, Dr. Spaulding is a long-standing member of the APDT Education Committee. She is also a member of the Fear Free Advisory Group and an authorized Speaker for Fear Free. She also chairs a task force for Meeting of the Minds, a coalition of top dog professionals across the country charged with improving the quality of life for our dogs and is a member of the IAABC Foundation Board. You can find out more about her on her website. (http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/)

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