This is the 5th edition of the Dog symposium in Norway. An event initiated and organised by Turid Rugaas, with many international speakers.
Kristi have been running her home based grooming business for many years in Wiltshire, UK. She was always
Veterinarian at the animal clinic Artemis in Denmark.
European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law
Member of European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine
Dr. Martin S. Fischer is a professor at the Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology with Phyletic museum at the Friedrich- Schiller University in Jena, Germany. Both he and, Dr Karin E.
Stephanie journey into world of canine behaviour and training began when she adopted Alfie in 2010, an ex-racing greyhound. He came to her when he was six, having spent his entire life in kennels.
The aim of this study was to scientifically assess if the behaviors called ‘calming signals’ have a communicative and a de-escalating function with respect to the aggressive display in the other dog. The study consisted in rigorous, quantitative observations using sequence analysis within interactions.
The findings of this study support the hypothesis that the analysed behaviors may play a specific role in canine communication, namely reducing the aggressive display. Further research is needed to better understand the meaning, relevance and impact of each signal on dog aggressive encounters.
with morphological changes down to the cellular muscle fibre level. Dogs are still wolves as far as their locomotion is concerned. Being a long distance runner it is not a question of saving energy but of not investing into energy. Our study over ten years aims to understand very different aspects of dogs in motion, and not just their locomotion. A better understanding of the functional anatomy of
dogs, of joints and most receently of fascia leads or better is perhaps the prerequisite of contributing to our dog’s health.
The talk will explain the functional anatomy using films, X-ray movies and a unique set of animations.
The benefits of regular grooming and the implications for welfare, safety and health
Changes to the routine, methods and to the environment that we can suggest to groomers and to guardians to reduce the stress and trauma the dog experiences.
Layouts and set ups, how to create and maintain a safe and inviting space for dogs and humans
Representing and including all sensory elements.
Experiences and case studies
Studies have illustrated a host of benefits to companies and employees of having dogs in the workplace- everything from reduced stress amongst staff, to increased job satisfaction and employee retention, to the health-boosting effects that come from having pets around.
However, not every workplace that allows dogs is set up in a way that works. If the setup is right, and the dogs are happy and relaxed, the chances of them displaying problematic behaviours are greatly reduced.
During this talk, Steph will discuss:
- some of the practicalities involved with bringing dogs to work;
- considerations for businesses considering becoming dog-friendly;
- ways to reduce stressful experiences for the dog and how to set them up for success;
- real-life stories of office dogs as well as their challenges and successes.