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Ethically and effectively working cases as a canine behavior professional requires us to perform both
initial and ongoing comprehensive analysis of all contributing elements to a dog’s behaviour.


The second part of this webinar will take a deep dive into the ten genetic working groups of dogs, exploring their original historical purpose and the resulting selective forces on behaviour for specialised perceptions and responses in various conditions. We examine how many of the erroneously labelled ‘behaviour problems’ commonly observed in pet dogs are the natural consequence of the friction created by modern conditions – the preservation of genetic keys (niches) that no longer fit the environmental locks (habitats) in which they find themselves. Through a greater understanding of the behaviours for which the various working groups were designed, we appreciate how readily these artificially selected patterns manifest problematically in the average pet dog lifestyle, and how paramount certain adjustments to our expectations and common practices of stewardship need to be in our profession and culture. 

Kim Brophey | Ethological Contributions to Dog Behaviour Part 2

  • Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, FDM, is an applied ethologist and owner of The Dog Door Behavior Center in Asheville, NC. Kim’s commitment to Family Dog Mediation® has been recognized
    internationally, awarded the APDT Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Dog Trainer of WNC seven years in a row. She is a member of the International Society for Applied Ethology and the
    Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a certified member and past board member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. 

    Kim Brophey’s Dog L.E.G.S.® model of comprehensive canine science has been endorsed by prominent canine scientists such as Raymond
    Coppinger and embraced by reputable dog trainers worldwide. From her applied ethology content in Michael Shikashio’s Aggression in Dogs Master Course to her highly anticipated, market-disrupting
    Applied Ethology & Family Dog Mediation® Course, Kim’s work is a celebrated contribution to the field.

    Her groundbreaking book, MEET YOUR DOG, TED talk, and Beyond The Operant (BTO) collaborative have made profound waves and become favorites among both dog professionals and the public. Kim
    continues to build bridges and invite others to contribute to a new conversation about dogs - one that challenges us to redefine how we perceive, talk about, and treat our canine companions as a society.

  • 19th November 2023

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