Dog Symposium

Little pug dog cover
March 2, 2019
Oslo, Norway

Dog Symposium

325 EUR

This is the 5th edition of the Dog symposium in Norway. An event initiated and organised by Turid Rugaas, with many international speakers.

dog training
animal behavior
dog grooming
March 2, 2019
09:00 - 17:00
March 3, 2019
09:00 - 17:00

Strømsveien 108
0663 Oslo

Dog trainers

Kirsti Grant

Kristi have been running her home based grooming business for many years in Wiltshire, UK. She was always

Chiara Mariti

European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law

Member of European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine

Dr. Martin Fisher

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 Rousseau

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.

Day 1
Day 2
Visual communication
Visual communication, including both postures and facial expressions, is very important to maintain cohesion within the group, e.g. for conflict resolution and reconciliation. The presence of visual signals that increase the distance between individuals and avoid the risk of an overt aggression has been assumed in many species, including dogs. Turid Rugaas (2006) observed that some behaviors displayed by domestic dogs were able to de-escalate or interrupt an aggressive encounter and labeled them ‘calming signals’.
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.
Dogs in motion
Wolves have evolved as long distance runners
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.
A Knotty Problem - Stress and the groomers
This presentation will cover information about dogs hair growth, the impact that selective breeding has on this and an overview of what is done during a groomers visit.
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.
Enriched Environments
This presentation will cover the value of enriched environments and how they can be used for recreation, for recovery, education, and as part of a program to desensitise to elements that were a source of stress.
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
K9-5: Happier Dogs in the Office
Employers are increasingly looking for effective ways to improve the working environment for staff, and in some cases, to motivate them to spend more time in the office. Millennials, the generation who will increasingly dominate the workforce over the coming years, are committed pet owners. Although they are less likely to be married or living with partners, they are more likely to have pets than any other generation. It’s no surprise then, that bringing dogs to work is growing in popularity, with about 8% of workplaces in the UK and US allow employees to bring their dogs to work.

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.
More talks
coming soon