Newsletter – April/May 2017

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.


Recent research about dogs

1. New research into theory of mind in dogs LINK

2. It might be possible to measure cortisol as a sign of chronic stress from hair- issue 56, page 10 at LINK

3. Deception in dogs LINK

4. Dogs share food with others LINK












More events on the website.

nteresting links - a selection of some of the LAA Facebook posts since the last Newsletter

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 horses. LINK

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. LINK

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 suzanne@learningaboutanimals.co.uk 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 speaking skills.

THURSDAY 20th APRIL 2017  
Equine behaviour, principles and practice. Cornwall DETAILS

THURSDAY 25th MAY 2017  
Happy pets (evening talk), Surrey,  DETAILS.

Lessons from counselling: applying key principles of counselling to our work with clients. Manchester. DETAILS.

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 info@hbcanimalwelfare.com and follow us on Facebook, for lots of resources, events  and links on this subject. https://www.facebook.com/HBCAW/

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Dog body language videos

- This online dog body language flashcard set is worth considering - LINK - only 25 USD and all online.

- Does your dog want a hug? (video) LINK

- Does your dog want to be petted? (video) LINK

- General body language - LINK
- Tail wags - LINK  

- Petting video - LINK

- Grumble zones - LINK

- How to kiss a dog! LINK