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An Intro to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and Behavior. Presented by Dr. Kathy Murphy

  • Saturday, June 13, 2020
  • 9:00 AM (EDT)
  • Sunday, June 14, 2020
  • 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wesley Chapel, FL


  • A discounted registration for members
  • An Intro to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and Behavior Workshop - 2 Full Day Event


Your Two Day Workshop on an Introduction 

to the Neuroscience of Dog Training and Behavior

Presented by Dr. Kathy Murphy

Saturday and Sunday, June 13 - 14, 2020

CEUs: PPAB 16, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

If you would like to pay for this event over 4 months then please email Sharon Nettles who can set it up for you. Register for the event, do not pay the invoice and then email Sharon

Understanding what’s happening in the dog’s brain can impact how you train. This two-day Lecture Series will provide an introductory overview of neuroscientific principles and how they apply to various aspects of training and behavior.

This is a very interactive event and will feature a variety of teaching methods used to provide for different learners

On Day 1 we will begin with applied functional anatomy and physiology, and the various ways that they are modified during neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the process by which brain structure and function changes in response to our surroundings and interactions. Delving into the complexity of neuroplasticity provides a gateway into understanding where the laws of behavior come from, and what mechanisms are at play when working with dogs at different stages of development. We will take a look at fundamental neurophysiological mechanisms such as attention, arousal, reward and fear conditioning, directly applying the science to practical examples or cases.

On Day 2 we will look at how our choice of training method can influence brain structure, function and ultimately wellbeing; before moving on to understanding some of the neurological mechanisms of trauma and ways we might apply that knowledge when working with traumatized dogs.

Literature and cases used to illustrate principles will be multispecies, everything from worms through to primates. Take-home messages will be designed to support you being able to easily communicate what you learn to other enthusiasts and clients without the jargon.

      Your workshop Instructor 

      Dr. Kathy Murphy

      Dr. Kathy Murphy is a neuroscientist and veterinarian. She qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1999 and went into mixed general practice, before completing two post graduate veterinary qualifications, a PhD in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Oxford, an Assistant Professorship in Neuroscience and Anesthesiology at the Icahn School of Medicine NYC, plus a residency in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. She is now the Director of the Comparative Biology Centre at Newcastle University UK, where her clinical and research work are focused on welfare related neuroscience, anesthesia and analgesia. She is a founding member of EthicsFirst, a collective that campaigns for structured ethical debate and decision making within the veterinary profession. She has a long-standing interest in dog behavior and training, was trustee and veterinary advisor for the Rottweiler Welfare Association for 15 years and has fostered and rehabilitated many dogs. She founded Barking Brains (a neuroscience outreach project) in July 2019 in order to merge her professional expertise with her passion for dogs. She currently has three of her own dogs (Dennis, Minnie and Nancy) - two chihuahua mixes, and a rottweiler mix who she does scent work with.

      Who would benefit? Animal behavior consultants, animal trainers, veterinary staff, rescue, sanctuary, and shelter staff, foster families, other animal volunteers, dog groomers, pet daycare owners and team members, boarders/sitters, pet store team members, animal welfare and protection organizations, animal control officers, police K-9 officers, pet owners, family and friends

      Workshop Location

      This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. Click here to see photos

      9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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