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An Applied Ethologist Looks at How We Care for Dogs with Dr. Karolina Westlund

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An Applied Ethologist Looks at How We Care for Dogs with Dr. Karolina Westlund


September 9, 2024    
12:00 pm (ET)


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Human society has changed a lot in the last 100 or so years, and as we’ve brought dogs along with us into this brave new world, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that our modern lifestyles supply a habitat that many dog breeds are not particularly well adapted to. As an ethologist and researcher, Karolina has decades’ worth of experience working to provide animal species with optimal living quarters to improve their well-being and help them thrive better in the care of humans. In this presentation, she’s taking a critical look at how we typically care from dogs from the applied ethologist’s perspective.


Learning Objectives

  • What is ethology, and how is it useful? The three most important concerns that really make a difference.
  • Social needs, attachment, and separation – are dogs weaned too early?
  • How to prevent and manage fear
  • Time budgets and foraging: how common feeding practices might do dogs a disservice, and how we can use enrichment to target different parts of the hunting sequence.

Your Presenter – Dr. Karlina Westlund

Prof. Karolina Westlund helps pet parents and animal professionals attain happier animals that thrive in the care of humans. She grew up pining for a kitten and pestered her parents until they finally gave in. The resulting black, green-eyed, half-Siamese cat she got for her seventh birthday became a true friend who lived to be 21 years old but was an easily startled cat who often went into hiding when there were visitors. She had grand ideas about becoming a field biologist, but instead she majored in ethology and developed a passionate interest in animal welfare as seen through a multidisciplinary lens, including behaviour analysis and affective neuroscience. She is now an associate professor of ethology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden where she mainly teaches about how behavior management can be used to improve animal welfare. She also conducts live seminars, free online webinars and masterclasses in addition to more extensive courses, as well as the occasional scientific publication on the topic of enrichment, animal training and well-being



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