We are delighted to announce a new series of monthly webinars for 2021. Most webinars are free to SCAS members, for non-members there will be a small charge to help SCAS cover the cost of running these.
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.
InKennel Training Method: Dog staff behavioural change as a means of promoting welfare in shelter/kenneled dogs – Thursday 8 July 2021, 7-8pm
By Evangelos Diamantakos, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD cand
This webinar will be delivered by Evangelos Diamantakos (Vangelis), an ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC).
The presentation is part of Vangelis’ project titled: Challenging the Present Creating the Future. This webinar presents Vangelis’ InKennel training method and deals with dog – staff interaction in the shelter/kennel environment.. This interaction even though appearing to be “ok” hides aspects needing a much more thorough consideration.
The presentation begins by defining briefly dog – human interaction and mentions some key factors that influence it. It then discusses the patterns of dog – staff interaction and focus on when and where that occurs, what it encompasses and what the restrictions are. According to Vangelis’ observations it seems that patterns of dog – staff interaction during every day routines have certain effects on dog behaviour that not only negatively affect their welfare but also inevitably have some undesired consequences on future adopters. Undoubtedly, there are many areas that need work and improvement as far as the behavioural patterns of shelter/kenneled dog are concerned. Therefore, a realistic approach would call for a targeted change of these behavioural patterns. At this point it is briefly outlined the procedure with same relevant videos of his work and offered some useful tips to begin with. Afterwards, it is mentioned, in summary, the expected results of the previously explained method and procedure for optimising dog – staff interaction. Last, but not least, it is stressed the importance of statistics and how they can help us to extract information about dogs’ welfare and also evaluate the efficiency of every plan, strategy or method applied.
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.
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
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.
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.