We are delighted to announce a new series of monthly webinars for 2021. There will be a small charge for most webinars to help SCAS cover the cost of running these (discounts will apply to SCAS members), however the first webinar that took place on 6 May 2021 was offered free of charge. The recording of this will be available shortly.
Details of forthcoming webinars can be found below, and don’t worry – if you miss one we will be recording them so you can sign up to watch them at a later date.
The role of companion animals in healthy, active, human aging – Thursday 3 June 2021, 6-7pm
By Dr Sandra McCune V.N., B.A.(Mod), Ph.D.
Life expectancy is increasing in many parts of the world and with that comes new and unprecedented challenges. Consequently, it is vital that healthy, active aging for humans is supported in our society. There is an increasing body of evidence for the beneficial impact of companion animals on physical health and mobility, and on socio-emotional and cognitive health. This webinar explores the role of companion animals in healthy, active aging for older adults.
The aim of this webinar is to raise awareness of the health benefits and challenges of living with companion animals as we age. The webinar will provide basic knowledge and help all those who are interested in the role of companion animals in human healthy, active aging to:
- Understand the societal context for supporting healthy, active aging in humans
- Recognise the benefits companion animals may bring to the socio-emotional, cognitive and physical health, and mobility of older adults
- Recognise the challenges of living with companion animals as owners age
- Understand the alternatives to companion animal ownership when responsible pet ownership becomes no longer possible
Please note a small charge is made for this webinar to help support our work. £10 per delegate (£5 for SCAS Members) plus booking fee. Details on how to become a member of SCAS can be found here.
Dog-Assisted Interventions: Recognising signs of stress in body language – Thursday 6 May 2021
By Evangelos Diamantakos, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD cand, an ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC, UK).
The beneficial effects of dogs on humans across the lifespan is very well documented by present literature. The introduction of Dog Assisted Intervention (DAI) Programmes in educational, care, health and other therapeutic settings is gaining ground both in the UK and internationally. The training and participation of dogs in these programmes is very demanding. It needs special preparation and should be designed by a team of professionals who will promote both dog welfare and human health and safety.
Unfortunately, not all programmes operating in this field are following guidelines issued by organisations like SCAS. Others lack the contribution of accredited dog behaviourists in their design teams.
The aim of this webinar is to raise awareness of and promote dog welfare during training and participation in DAIs. The webinar will provide basic knowledge and help all those who are interested in DAIs, dog behaviour and training to:
- Recognise DAI terminology and identify training needs.
- Explain the function and factors that trigger stress behaviour.
- Describe the signs of stress in dog body language.
- Understand the general guidelines to avoid stress in DAIs.
As this webinar was offered free of charge, if you missed it you can watch the recording below.