No animal can understand human communication better than the domestic dog. Dogs carefully observe and listen to us, because they depend on humans and rely on their cues. Dogs try really hard to understand our behavior and respond accordingly. In turn, handlers should be able to understand canine communication and behave consequently. Correct communication increases environmental predictability and decreases the stress of working dogs, therefore improving their welfare and enhancing their focus and performance.
Presentation by: Carlos Siracusa DVM, MS, PhD
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About Carlos Siracusa Dr. Siracusa is a board certified veterinary behaviorist, with a Master in Animal Assisted Therapy and a PhD in Animal Health and Welfare. He is the director of the Animal Behavior service at the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical activity is centered on the diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems of dogs and cats, and on elaborating strategies to improve the welfare of dogs experiencing high levels of stress, e.g. sheltered dogs and working dogs. Dr. Siracusa’s research is focused on canine stress and welfare evaluation through behavioral and biochemical analysis, conducted by direct observation and measurement of behaviors; evaluation of canine aggression using direct (tests) and indirect (questionnaires) tools; analysis of behavioral and environmental factors influencing the prognosis of behavior problems.
This video qualifies for 1 trainer CEUs and 0.5 behavior consultant CEUs