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The Human Animal Bond Academy, an international effort between the Human Animal Bond Association in the United States, The Society of Companion Animals and Our Special Friends in the United Kingdom was created to establish a space for lifetime learning and exchange of ideas on these topics and far more. It will develop into a most unique vehicle where individuals from all walks of life can acquire knowledge from an ever widening spectrum of available information provided by key opinion leaders both within the animal care community and without.
Our current contributors are responsible for over 20 books, countless publications and represent 10 different academic institutions from all over the world.
Pet Ownership in Homeless Populations
What are your thoughts when you see a homeless person with a pet? Hear some amazing stories from Leslie Irvine herself, the author of My Dog Always Eats First, a series of interviews and reflections on the reality of life for many homeless Americans and their pets. It’s a fascinating look into a hidden population within a larger hidden population and the commitment these people have to their pets may surprise you.
Leslie Irvine, PhD University of Colorado Boulder
What Makes Dogs Special
So why are dogs so special to so many of us? Is it smarts, is it sensory ability, is it problem solving? What if the answer was there and obvious all along? What if dog’s ability to LOVE is what makes them different from other creatures? Could there be science and data behind this? Spend some time with one of the world’s best known canine cognition specialists who lays out a most interesting thesis on the subject.
Clive Wynne, PhD Director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at the Arizona State University, Director of Research at Wolf Park Battle Ground IN
Neglect, Abuse, and the Human Animal Bond
A review of some of the issues around not only animal abuse but how it relates to other types of domestic abuse. What do I do if I suspect abuse of or by a client when in the veterinary clinic? Maya Gupta, a clinical psychologist, and senior director of research at the ASPCA walks you through the relevance of all of this to you, the links to various forms of domestic violence, and specific recommendations about what you can do to help.
Maya Gupta, PhD Clinical Psychologist University of Florida, Canisius College, Buffalo NY.
Thinking Outside of the Box
Steve Dale, CABC and world renown lecturer and radio host goes through some of the latest thinking about why cats do what they do, particularly with regards to the litter box. Steve talks about the importance of medical screening, driving reasons why cats spray and has some great suggestions on how to speak to and help others learn about this common and exceedingly frustrating problem.
You Can’t Treat Cats If You Don’t See Them
While super useful for veterinary professionals, this module will also be very helpful for people who spend their lives with cats and need to take them to the veterinarian occasionally. Complete with videos, Steve Dale speaks in detail about the challenges faced by everyone in taking a cat to the vets as well as some of the many options available to improve the experience.
Steve Dale, CABC
Considering Consent in Companion Animals
PhD candidates, professional trainers and anthrozoologists, Erin Jones and Emily Tronetti, from New Zealand and the United States respectively, offer a great review of consent in cats and dogs. Do you know what it looks like when a cat says “no”, or when a dog says, “I really don’t want to play right now”? Or “please do that again! I like that!” The signs can be subtle. Packed with video analysis, Erin and Emily take you through some specific approaches and even give a bonus e-handout to refer to after the talk.
Erin Jones, MS, IAABC, CCPDT, PhD Candidate
Courthouse Facility Dogs: Trauma Informed Care for Victims of Crime
Brenda Kocher, licensed Physical Therapist, member of the Tampa Guardian Ad Litem program in Tampa and handler (and Mom) to the very first Courthouse facility dog in Florida, Tibet walks us through some details of the program, what it took to get to be able to do what she does and even some of the neurophysiology behind why these ultra-highly trained dogs do such good. Many stories of how she and Tibet found each other and even some about the impact that have had in other people’s lives.
Brenda Kocher, Physical Therapist