The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is partnering with VetVine to present the third in a four-part series of free educational webinars on common canine-health concerns. The live webinar is slated for Saturday, September 19, at 12 p.m. EDT. The topic of this installment is the importance of canine mental stimulation.
The webinar will be led by Karen Overall, MA, VMD, Ph.D., DACVB, senior research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania and editor in chief of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. Overall will provide dog lovers with information on behavioral health care and cognitive stimulation.
Veterinarians, dog trainers, breeders, and fanciers spend a great deal of time teaching people to care for their dogs’ physical needs from coat care, to weight control, to dental health. But most vets receive no training in the one field—veterinary behavioral medicine—that cares for the master circuit board of the being who is your dog.
The veterinary professionals at VetVine say that every year mental-health issues kill more dogs than do the top four physical health causes of death combined. “Neuroscience is the most heavily funded overarching field in human medicine,” VetVine reports, “yet in dogs we somehow miss the importance of mental and brain health, behavioral health care and cognitive stimulation. The myths and misunderstandings about normal behavior, alone, are staggering.”
The 30-minute webinar will touch upon evidence that demonstrates the collaborative relationship between humans and dogs dating back some 30,000 years; canine signaling such as asking for more information, confirming whether information is accurate, and ensuring that they understand human requests; the effect of nutrition, socialization, and punishment on puppies and their problem-solving abilities and cognition; cognitive exercises and the effect they can have on brain aging; and the relationship between working-dog tasks and problem solving.
Register today for the live September 19 webinar. If you can’t make the live event, it will be recorded and available at the CHF website. The first two webinars in the series ("Canine Cancer” and “Joint Health”) can be seen here.
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