What happens when we forget to love the dog because we are too busy loving the “person?”
An exploration of humans parenting animals and what that means to today’s canine companions. Is it “good” for them, or harmful?
Recent data suggests that many modern humans are applying natural parenting strategies to the animals in their homes, especially dogs. This webinar seeks to explain this phenomenon through the evolutionary and psychological forces on both species. Scientific literature, along with anecdotes about people and their “fur kids,” will be presented. There will also be a discussion about the positive and negative effects of this trend on the physical and mental well-being of the dogs, with information on how pet professionals can help owners meet the needs of their canine “children.” is it healthy for the humans and the dogs to think of dogs as child substitutes will be covered.
Speaker: Shelly Volsche, CPDT-KA, DipCFN
Attendees can expect to learn:
- The most commonly discussed models of dog domestication
- A cross-cultural look at humans “parenting” animals
- The basics of attachment from an evolutionary perspective
- How canine “parenting” may fulfill the needs of the client and dog
- How to use that attachment to improve the human-canine bond
IAABC, CCPDT, NADOI (1.5)
Recorded: May 8, 2014. Available as a recording.
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