The roles of pain and nutrition in (mis)behaviour, the missing links in canine emotionality

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About the course

1. Pain (AM)
What few people realise is that we all live in the shadow of a terrible mistake made 400 years ago, and this continues to have serious negative consequences for the welfare of our dogs today. The mistake was a pact forged between Rene Descartes and the church that separated BODY from MIND in order to avoid Descartes imprisonment, or worse, for daring to study human anatomy. The foundation of medicine, and later, veterinary medicine, as a separate science from psychology is based on this pact. The big problem here is that PAIN has remained very much in the domain of MEDICINE.
This arrangement is deeply flawed, out of date and plain wrong. Pain is a very important component of both the MEDICAL DOMAIN and the BEHAVIOURAL/EMOTIONAL DOMAIN. This is the argument Robert will present to you in this session of the seminar 
His aim in this part is to provide you with the information and tools you will need to identify pain in dogs and to manage it more effectively, either as a canine professional, or as an interested dog owner.
What will be covered:
Anatomy and physiology of pain.
Why chronic pain is NOT acute pain that has lasted a long time.
The impact of abnormal pain on the welfare of dogs.
Pain and the emotional systems – the missing link explained.
Effects of pain on behaviour.
The where, how and when of analgesic drugs.
Tools to help you recognise, quantify and manage pain in dogs.
2. Nutrition (PM)
Canine nutrition is one of those emotive subjects that nearly every dog owner, and many of those working with dogs professionally, have an opinion on. As a companion animal behaviourist, veterinarian and someone who teaches veterinary clinical nutrition, Robert's aim in this part of the seminar is to show you a joined-up approach to thinking about nutrition in dogs in a more holistic way.
What will be covered:
Start with energy and understanding nutrition calculations is easy.
Key concepts in energy metabolism, what makes dogs different.
From everyday training to competition, getting the best from dogs through diet, it’s often the little things that matter.
Raw, carbohydrate diets and the amylase argument? Does it really matter?
Separating the facts from the fiction. Getting the best from tryptophan and other supplements, and how they really work.
The gut-brain connection. Understanding the link between diet and (mis)behaviour, and common misconceptions.

Where and When?

Thursday 15th March - The Science of Canine Emotionality and its practical application for owners and canine professionals (including EMRA: Emotion, Mood and Reinforcement Assessment)

Friday 16th March - The roles of pain and nutrition in (mis)behaviour, the missing links in canine emotionality

Haynes Village Hall, Northwood End Road, Haynes, Beds, MK45 3QB.

9:30 registration for 10am start, 5pm finish.

An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available at £7 per person, payable on the day. We need to book in advance so please let us know at least 2 weeks before the event.


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