A dog’s behavior is a combination of extrinsic influences impacting the dog’s genetics. This presentation explores how the early environment, experiences, socialization, and many other outside influences impact behavior throughout the dog’s life. Understanding how some behavior problems can be exacerbated or avoided is critical information for behavior consultants and trainers. Topics include the development of body language, bonding, pack and play behavior, species-specific discipline and normal behavioral changes throughout the dog’s life, plus puppy selection procedures designed to evaluate temperament and personality predispositions for appropriate placement.
Nature vs. Nurture: The Chicken-Egg Conundrum
10:00 am PT
With over 40 years’ experience, Gail’s background in dogs covers virtually all aspects of the field – breeding, showing, competitive obedience and agility, and training dogs from household pets to problem solving to training specialties such as dogs for the hearing impaired. She bred Mastiffs and Vizslas, handling many dogs of her own breeding to breed championships and obedience titles. She operated a boarding, grooming and training kennel, worked for a professional handler and developed professional skills in grooming as well.
While Gail’s direct involvement with dogs has been the mainstay of her professional life, she has made even more significant contributions to the field as a “teacher of teachers.” Gail developed the first ever university course for dog trainers and instructors, a two-year certificate program, which she taught at the University of New Hampshire.
Named one of the top 5 lecturers in the world on dog behavior and training by England’s “Our Dogs Magazine,” her entertaining and educational seminars spread the word of humane dog training and a greater understanding of dog behavior to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, England and Switzerland. Gail’s commitment to learning and sharing knowledge benefits dog owners, professionals and the dogs themselves.