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2013 ANIMAL CARE EXPO

Shaping The Future:
Continuing The Conversation About
Canine Behavior Evaluations
- Dr. Amy Marder,...
1

A BRIEF OVERVIEW
Topics in this Presentation

+ Why Now?
+ 2012 Shaping the Future: A Conversation
About Canine Behavio...
2

WHY NOW?
Importance of the Discussion

+ Changing World
+ Many Assessments
+ Field Is Evolving

Center for Shelter Dogs...
3

CHANGING WORLD
Changing Trends for Shelter Dogs

+ Fewer Dogs are in
shelters
+ More Dogs with
behavioral challenges
+ ...
4

ASSESSING BEHAVIOR
Shelters Assess Dog Behavior in Many Ways

*Online survey of shelter members of an online adoption w...
5

BEHAVIOR EVALUATIONS

PAGE

Custom Evals or Modified Public Ones are Common

56% modified the eval

Test of
Org’s Own
D...
6

THE NEED IS GREAT

PAGE

Little Standardization or Consistency

+ Many Shelters
Evaluating Dogs
+ Many Using Custom
Eva...
7

GOOD TIMING

PAGE

The Time is Right

+ Growing expertise in
companion animal
behavior

+ Great interest in
modifying b...
8

SHAPING THE FUTURE
Groundbreaking Conference

Center for Shelter Dogs
Because Every Dog Is Different.

www.centerforshe...
9

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS
Conference Agenda and Lectures

+ Steve Zawistowski,

Science Advisor at the
ASPCA, “Evaluations In...
10

Speakers and Topics

PAGE

Conference Agenda and Lectures

+ Paola Valsecci, Professor of

Applied Ethology, Researche...
11

THE PAST
History of Canine Behavior Evaluations

Center for Shelter Dogs
Because Every Dog Is Different.

www.centerfo...
12

THE PAST
History of Canine Behavior Evaluations

Center for Shelter Dogs
Because Every Dog Is Different.

www.centerfo...
13

HOW DID IT HAPPEN?

PAGE

Key Milestones

+ 1946 Post WWII
veterinary focus on
companion animals
+ 1970’s Emphasis on
...
14

THE PRESENT
What’s Happening Now

+ Characteristics of a good
quality evaluation
•
•
•
•

Standardization
Reliability
...
15

THE PRESENT
What’s Happening Now

+ Validated Behavior Tests Exist
•

Expectations

•

Implementation

•

Use

Center ...
16

THE FUTURE
Continuing The Conversation

+ Interactive Discussion

Center for Shelter Dogs
Because Every Dog Is Differe...
17

CONTINUE TO TALK
Continuing The Conversation

http://shapingthefuture.pathable.com
Center for Shelter Dogs
Because Eve...
18

CONTACT US

PAGE

Let’s Stay Connected
Because Every Dog Is Different!

Social networks:
Facebook.com/
CenterforShelte...
THANKS FOR
COMING
Don’t Forget to Visit our Booth!

-Dr. Amy Marder, VMD, CAAB
amarder@arlboston.org
-Seana Dowling, MS
sd...
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  1. 1. 2013 ANIMAL CARE EXPO Shaping The Future: Continuing The Conversation About Canine Behavior Evaluations - Dr. Amy Marder, VMD, CAAB - Seana Dowling, MS Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org
  2. 2. 1 A BRIEF OVERVIEW Topics in this Presentation + Why Now? + 2012 Shaping the Future: A Conversation About Canine Behavior Evaluations Conference + Behavior Evaluations • Past • Present • Future – Continuing the Conversation Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  3. 3. 2 WHY NOW? Importance of the Discussion + Changing World + Many Assessments + Field Is Evolving Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  4. 4. 3 CHANGING WORLD Changing Trends for Shelter Dogs + Fewer Dogs are in shelters + More Dogs with behavioral challenges + Greater Need for reliable assessments + More Dogs handled by less structured grassroots networks (rescue, foster, transport) + Internet/Technology have made dog rescue a global effort + Desire to eliminate avoidable euthanasia Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  5. 5. 4 ASSESSING BEHAVIOR Shelters Assess Dog Behavior in Many Ways *Online survey of shelter members of an online adoption web site, Private Orgs, N=1,129 Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  6. 6. 5 BEHAVIOR EVALUATIONS PAGE Custom Evals or Modified Public Ones are Common 56% modified the eval Test of Org’s Own Design Other Online survey of shelter members of an online adoption web site, Private Orgs using Beh Eval N=320 Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org
  7. 7. 6 THE NEED IS GREAT PAGE Little Standardization or Consistency + Many Shelters Evaluating Dogs + Many Using Custom Evals or Modifying Standardized Ones Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. + Little Standardization + Little Consistency + Very Few Validated Evaluations www.centerforshelterdogs.org
  8. 8. 7 GOOD TIMING PAGE The Time is Right + Growing expertise in companion animal behavior + Great interest in modifying behavior before and after placement + Certification of dog trainers + Awareness of the influence of stress on canine behavior and the desire to reduce stress + Increased volume and quality of scientific literature on dog personality and validity of behavior evaluations + Shelters are expected to do evaluations + Desire for a strategy to match individual dogs to adopters Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org
  9. 9. 8 SHAPING THE FUTURE Groundbreaking Conference Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  10. 10. 9 SPEAKERS AND TOPICS Conference Agenda and Lectures + Steve Zawistowski, Science Advisor at the ASPCA, “Evaluations In Historical Perspective” + Joanne van der Borg, Behavioral Biologist at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, “The Road To Validation” + James Serpell Maria A. Moore Professor of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, University of Pennsylvania, “The Role Of Owner Reports In Evaluating Behavioral Tendencies” Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  11. 11. 10 Speakers and Topics PAGE Conference Agenda and Lectures + Paola Valsecci, Professor of Applied Ethology, Researcher, University of Parma, “Reliability And Validation Of Canine Behavior Evaluations” + Pamela Reid, VP of the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team, “Evaluating Special Populations: Fighting Dogs, Puppy Mills, And Hoarding” + Petra Mertens, Director of Animal Behavior and Training, San Diego Humane Society, “Implementing Evaluations In The Modern Shelter” Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. + Rebecca Ledger, Animal Behavior Scientist and clinical Ethologist, Vancouver, British Columbia, “Taking Evaluation Findings To The Real World: A Case Management Approach” + Anouck Haverbeke, Director of VetEthology, Researcher Ethology and human Animal Interactions, Member of Veterinary Associations of Ethology, “European Perspective On Behavior Evaluations” www.centerforshelterdogs.org
  12. 12. 11 THE PAST History of Canine Behavior Evaluations Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  13. 13. 12 THE PAST History of Canine Behavior Evaluations Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  14. 14. 13 HOW DID IT HAPPEN? PAGE Key Milestones + 1946 Post WWII veterinary focus on companion animals + 1970’s Emphasis on spay-neuter to control populations + 1990’s Behavior evaluations in shelters + 1991 Animal Behavior Society Certification for Applied Animal Behaviorists + 1974 Tuber, Hothersall and Voith. Animal Clinical Psychology: A Modest Proposal: American Psychologist + 1980’s Behavior programs appear at animal shelters Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org
  15. 15. 14 THE PRESENT What’s Happening Now + Characteristics of a good quality evaluation • • • • Standardization Reliability Validity Feasibility + Active research data + Opposition to breedspecific legislation + Asilomar Accords/Treatable Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  16. 16. 15 THE PRESENT What’s Happening Now + Validated Behavior Tests Exist • Expectations • Implementation • Use Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  17. 17. 16 THE FUTURE Continuing The Conversation + Interactive Discussion Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  18. 18. 17 CONTINUE TO TALK Continuing The Conversation http://shapingthefuture.pathable.com Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org PAGE
  19. 19. 18 CONTACT US PAGE Let’s Stay Connected Because Every Dog Is Different! Social networks: Facebook.com/ CenterforShelterDogs Twitter.com/ Ctr4ShelterDogs Address: 10 Chandler St, Boston, MA Phone: 617.426.9170 E-mail: csd@arlboston.org Website: www.centerforshelterdogs.org Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. Youtube.com/user/ Ctr4ShelterDogs Shapingthefuture.pathable.com www.centerforshelterdogs.org
  20. 20. THANKS FOR COMING Don’t Forget to Visit our Booth! -Dr. Amy Marder, VMD, CAAB amarder@arlboston.org -Seana Dowling, MS sdowling@arlboston.org Center for Shelter Dogs Because Every Dog Is Different. www.centerforshelterdogs.org
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