An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and Behavior
A Message from "Dog Trainers to the Rescue", a newly forming 501(c)3 :
Due to the current travel restrictions and limitations on public gatherings related to the COVID-19 virus, we have made the decision to cancel our May 23 and 24 lecture series with Dr. Kathy Murphy that was to be held at the San Diego Humane Society. All tickets will be refunded in full and you should expect to receive a separate email from Eventbrite. We are planning to reschedule this event either later this year or in May/June 2021 and will be notifying everyone when we are able to finalize dates.
We realize this situation is having a major impact on everyone's life, business, and social interactions and that we are all searching for ways to make our new normal. In the spirit of sharing, we are including links below to Dr. Kathy Murphy's Neurobyte series, where she interviews three canine brain scientists and researchers. Each of these runs for about an hour and was presented as a Facebook Live link on the "Barking Brains" Facebook page. Please enjoy and feel free to share within your community and we hope you enjoy the opportunity to learn a bit more about how the canine brain works as well as being introduced to Dr. Murphy and some of the fabulous scientists active in this field of study today.
1. Neurobyte One - Dr. Murphy chats with Dr. Muhammad Spoctor of the Canine Brain Project about how domestication may have had an effect on dog brain anatomy.
2. Neurobyte Two - A fascinating conversation with Professor Erin Hecht of Harvard University that explores breed differences in dog brain anatomy and what they may tell us about breed purpose adaptations.
3. Neurobyte Three - A lively and engaging discussion with Dr. Paula Croxson of Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute exploring the neurobiology of memory.
We look forward to everyone getting safely through this global medical situation and will be certain to keep you up to date on efforts to reschedule Dr. Murphy's lecture series "An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and Behavior".
We will also keep you updated on how Dog Trainers to the Rescue is able to expand and develop as a non-profit with the mission of providing low-cost and no-cost access to behavioral health education and information for rescue groups, shelters, and Humane Society staff, volunteers, and foster families. We are dedicated to the belief that sharing our collective knowledge of science-based canine behavioral information, techniques, and practices will have a positive impact on the lives of animals in our care.
Again best wishes for health and safety during these trying times and enjoy the above links from Barking Brains.
Dog Trainers to the Rescue
Kim Yuskiewicz, CPDT-KA CBATI
Although this lecture is intended for human attendees, we understand if you need or would prefer to bring your dog. If you would like to bring your dog, please be certain that your dog will be comfortable in a lecture hall with limited breaks, lots of people, and the potential of other dogs either inside the lecture or outside. Please notify us if you plan on bringing a dog so we can arrange the best location for you.
An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and Behavior
Kathy Murphy BVetMed, DPhil, CVA, CLAS, MRCVS
Understanding what’s happening in the dog’s brain can impact how you train and interact with them. This two-day workshop will provide an introductory overview of neuroscientific principles and how they apply to various aspects of training and behavior.
On Day 1 we will begin with applied functional anatomy and physiology, and the various ways that they are modified during neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the process by which brain structure and function changes in response to our surroundings and interactions. Delving into the complexity of neuroplasticity provides a gateway into understanding where the laws of behavior come from, and what mechanisms are at play when working with dogs at different stages of development. We will take a look at fundamental neuro-physiological mechanisms such as attention, arousal, reward and fear conditioning, directly applying the science to practical examples or cases.
On Day 2 we will look at how our choice of training method can influence brain structure, function and ultimately well-being; before moving on to understanding some of the neurological mechanisms of trauma and ways we might apply that knowledge when working with traumatized dogs.
Literature and cases used to illustrate principles will be multi-species, everything from worms through to primates. And take-home messages will be designed to support you being able to easily communicate what you learn to other enthusiasts and clients without the jargon.
Dr Kathy Murphy is a neuroscientist and veterinarian. She qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1999 and went into mixed general practice, before completing two post graduate veterinary qualifications, a PhD in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Oxford, an Assistant Professorship in Neuroscience and Anesthesiology at the Icahn School of Medicine NYC, plus a residency in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. She is now the Director of the Comparative Biology Centre at Newcastle University UK, where her clinical and research work are focused on welfare related neuroscience, anesthesia and analgesia. She is a founding member of EthicsFirst, a collective that campaigns for structured ethical debate and decision making within the veterinary profession. She has a long-standing interest in dog behavior and training, was trustee and veterinary advisor for the Rottweiler Welfare Association for 15 years and has fostered and rehabilitated many dogs. She founded Barking Brains (a neuroscience outreach project) in July 2019 in order to merge her professional expertise with her passion for dogs. She currently has three of her own dogs - two chihuahua mixes (Dennis and Minnie), and a rottweiler mix (Nancy) who she does scent work with.
Early Bird pricing available until April 23, 2020
Individual Registration : $195 for the 2-day seminar
Group Discounts: $175 for groups of at least 4 people. When registering, participants must include the organization for which they are affiliated for the discount to be valid. Please type this information in the NAME field, in parentheses. For example: John Smith (Dog Club of America).
Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers: $155 for the 2-day seminar. When registering, participants must include the shelter/rescue for which they are affiliated for the discount to be valid. Please type this information in the NAME field, in parentheses. For example: John Smith (Humane Society) and complete requested information in ticket confirmation.
Regular Prices in effect on April 23, 2020
Individual Registration: $220
Group Discount Registration: $199
Rescue/Shelter Affiliate Discount Registration: $175
Would you like to better understand the neuroscience of behavior and learn to weed through the jargon?
Please join us for a weekend of education with Dr. Kathy Murphy of Barking Brains. This lecture series is presented by Dog Trainers to the Rescue, a non-profit providing low-cost and no-cost behavioral education to rescue and shelter staff and volunteers.
Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 9am to 5pm
Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 9am to 5pm
Tickets are also available for a separate 3 hour Lecture Series that will be presented on Friday, May 22 from 12 noon till 3pm. FREE Tickets to the Friday session are available for all Rescue and Shelter affiliated staff, volunteers, or fosters. Please follow this
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