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The Role of Habit in Behavior. Presented by Dr. Kristina Spaulding, PhD, CAAB

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 25, 2023
  • 3:00 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


  • PPG member registration
  • A discounted rate for Pet Owner Members
  • Public registration


Free Webinar for PPG Members


What is habit, really? How does it impact behavior and how can we use it to improve outcomes? This webinar will cover the basics of habit and how it influences the behavior of the animals we work with (including people). We'll also discuss how you can use it to train more effectively and to help you communicate important concepts to pet parents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define habit
  • Explain how habits influence behavior
  • Explain how habits are formed and changed
  • Describe how habits are influenced by stress

About The Presenter

Dr. Kristina Spaulding

Dr. Spaulding has a PhD in biopsychology - the study of the biological basis of behavior - and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society. She specializes in stress and behavior, social cognition and emotion, positive welfare and the prevention and treatment of behavior problems in dogs. In addition to her academic background, she has been in the dog training and behavior profession for 19 years. She currently splits her time between private behavior work and teaching other dog trainers and behavior consultants online and through seminars and conferences.

In addition, Dr. Spaulding is a long-standing member of the APDT Education Committee. She is also a member of the Fear Free Advisory Group and an authorized Speaker for Fear Free. She also chairs a task force for Meeting of the Minds, a coalition of top dog professionals across the country charged with improving the quality of life for our dogs and is a member of the IAABC Foundation Board. You can find out more about her on her website. (http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/)

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