Learning About Animals was set up to provide information and promote interest in
the welfare and behaviour of animals. The aim is to bridge the gap between professionals
& scientists working with animals and the public.
If you have any suggestions for future events, if you would like to be considered
to be a speaker, or if you would like to get involved in helping at the events, or
projects please get in touch.
Interesting links - a selection of some of the LAA Facebook posts since the last
1. Old but good article about watching wild rabbits at this time of year. Sitting
in a good spot, possibly with a glass of wine, and rabbit watching is an evening
well spent. LINK
2. "This review examines chemical signalling in cats and its potential applications
for improving cat welfare" Page 9 of the latest issue here. LINK
3. Brilliant blog exploring the (mis)use of the word 'motivation' when it comes to
4. I was recently interviewed for the My Home Planet podcast about the Human Behaviour
Change for Animals project. That won't be out until May but meanwhile check out the
podcast for an episode by my CFAF colleague Lola Webber. LINK
5. Paper exploring stress signals in cats: • Feline facial actions (FFA) associated
with fear include blinking and half-blinking. • FFA associated with frustration are
hissing, nose-licking and tongue showing. •Cats may show a left gaze and head turn
bias in low level fear conditions. • Cats may show a right gaze and head turn bias
during relaxed engagement. LINK
6. Creative little video on generalisation in dogs. LINK
7. Academic understanding of learning theory, physiology etc is no use if you can't
communicate it - that is the message behind this article attached. I think that it
is important for behaviourists and trainers to have a full understanding of all the
relevant fields. There are some people who are amazing trainers without such an understanding
but there are many more who justify really quite ethically questionable approaches
because they haven't got a full understanding of the potential fall-out of such approaches.
Animal Speaker’s Circle
Do you want to improve your presentation skills? Or are you just starting out at
giving talks? We will run sessions (Surrey at first, then we will help others set
groups up in other areas) where we can meet in person, practice giving presentations
and get friendly feedback and also Skype-based sessions where we will 'share screen'
and practice our webinar skills.
There will be a small charge or in person talks and a tiny charge for webinar skills
practice to raise money for groups and charities and encourage us to act on those
good intentions of attending such groups.
If you would like to be involved please do get in touch for these friendly CPD opportunities.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and PM this page for more information or
to join us. We will then add you to the Facebook group that the dates/bookings will
run through; the group will also be used to share resources regarding improving public
THURSDAY 20th APRIL 2017 Equine behaviour, principles and practice. Cornwall DETAILS
THURSDAY 25th MAY 2017 Happy pets (evening talk), Surrey, DETAILS.
SATURDAY JULY 8th 2017 Lessons from counselling: applying key principles of counselling
to our work with clients. Manchester. DETAILS.
SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER 2017 Multi-dog households with Sian Ryan. Surrey, DETAILS.
Human Behaviour Change for Animals
Check out this website - it is changing all the time with updates. Join the mailing
list at email@example.com and follow us on Facebook, for lots of resources,
events and links on this subject. https://www.facebook.com/HBCAW/