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    • Friday, December 15, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Monday, August 27, 2018
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    Canine Stereotypic Behavior: Research on Causes and Treatment

    Presented by Dr. Nathan Hall

    CEUs: PPAB 2, CCPDT 2

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    Presentation Description:

    Stereotypic behavior is repetitive and invariant behavior which is many times described as having no apparent function. Examples might be rocking, pacing, or swaying. Dogs are known to show stereotypic behavior in a variety of topographies such as licking, blanket sucking, and tail chasing. The etiology of these behaviors appears quite complex with likely multiple genetic and environmental factors contributing. Identifying these factors for the prevention and treatment of problematic stereotypic behavior is challenging. This presentation will focus on new findings from Dr. Alexandra Protopopova, assistant professor in companion animal science at Texas Tech University, and Dr. Hall’s labs on the association between behavioral persistence and stereotypic behavior. The presenter will discuss what behavioral persistence is, how it can be measured, and current hypotheses on how it is related to stereotypic behavior. He will also discuss his current research on adapting the use of functional analysis (a method used in human populations for decades) to evaluate the potential contribution of environmental factors to canine stereotypic behavior, and how it can be used to develop targeted treatments specific to the environmental factors maintaining the behavior.

     

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define stereotypic behavior and provide examples of stereotypic behavior in dogs.
    • Describe at least one hypothesis on how behavioral persistence relates to stereotypic behavior.
    • Describe evidence that suggests genetic and environmental factors contribute to stereotypic behavior.
    • Describe at least one functional analysis procedure that can be used to identify whether an environmental factor contributes to stereotypic behavior.
    •  Describe at least one way an environmental variable that maintains stereotypic behavior can be manipulated to reduce the behavior.


    Presenter: Dr. Nathan Hall 


    Dr. Nathaniel Hall is an assistant professor of companion animal science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and the director of the canine olfaction research and education laboratory in the department of animal science. Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, specializing in the study of behavior analysis and canine olfaction. As a postdoctoral researcher, he continued his studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona investigating the optimization of training to enhance canine’s detection of homemade explosives. Now at Texas Tech, his work continues to explore canine olfactory perception and how experience influences odor perception. His lab also investigates predictors and correlates of problem behavior, behavioral predictors of working aptitude, and canine health. Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters. 


    • Thursday, January 04, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Friday, September 14, 2018
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    Title: Canine Sense and Scent Ability. An Overview of Research on  Canine Odor Detection

    Presented by Dr. Nathan Hall

    CEUs: PPAB 2, CCPDT 2

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    Presentation Description:

    The canine’s sense of smell is 100,000 times better than a human’s. Or is it 1,000, or perhaps just 100 times better? A dog can detect the addition of a single drop of an odor to an Olympic size swimming pool; but, so could you. Discussions in the popular media surrounding dogs’ olfactory abilities are often more myth than science. This presentation will focus on the last 100 years of empirical research concerning canine olfactory abilities, and discuss what the scientific literature has determined to be the dog’s capabilities, and how dogs use their nose. The presenter will also provide a high-level overview of the mechanisms of olfaction, discuss what smells are, and how our sensory system generally detects them. He will also show how the dog’s sensory system differs for ours, and will attempt to address the harder question: What do the differences mean? The presentation will touch on the effects of training on olfactory perception, detection abilities, and how it can even change the way dogs perceive complex odor mixtures. As with any consideration of a research topic, be prepared to leave with as many questions as were answered.


     

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define an odor as a physical stimulus.
    • Describe how an odor is detected and transcribed as a signal to the brain.
    • Describe morphological features that distinguish the canine olfactory pathway from a human’s.
    • Identify how dogs can be tested to probe their sensitivity and describe some of the complexities associated with it.
    • Describe where a dog’s olfactory sensitivity lies in comparison to other mammals.
    • Describe how experience and learning influence olfactory perception.
    • Implement classical conditioning procedures associated with faster acquisition and olfactory sensitivity.
    • Describe how dogs perceive odor mixtures and articulate the implications for training dogs to find variable odor mixtures. 


      Presenter: Dr. Nathan Hall 


      Dr. Nathaniel Hall is an assistant professor of companion animal science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and the director of the canine olfaction research and education laboratory in the department of animal science. Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, specializing in the study of behavior analysis and canine olfaction. As a postdoctoral researcher, he continued his studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona investigating the optimization of training to enhance canine’s detection of homemade explosives. Now at Texas Tech, his work continues to explore canine olfactory perception and how experience influences odor perception. His lab also investigates predictors and correlates of problem behavior, behavioral predictors of working aptitude, and canine health. Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters. 





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