Our PETtalks series is held in the WHS Education Hall at the shelter on Turner Road in Salem. This is a public event with a $5 suggested donation.
About the Topic
The impact of humans on the behavior of domesticated species, such as dogs, cats, and others, is an important and meaningful area of research for scientists, animal caretakers and professionals, trainers, veterinarians, and, of course, pet owners. It is well known that the behavior of humans has significant influence on a pet’s wellbeing and health, but what is less understood is how far this influence spreads. Although research in this area is growing, there is still work to be done to truly understand how much an owner, caretaker, trainer, or any human in general may influence a domestic animal’s ability to learn. This talk will examine the research that has been done on the impact humans appear to have on different aspects of animal cognition, including problem-solving, learning, and training. The talk will also cover how these behaviors may be shaped across an animal’s lifespan.
About Our Speaker
Lauren Brubaker is a PhD student at Oregon State University. She received her B.S. from Utah State University, where she worked in behavior analysis and animal science labs. She then received a M.S. in Animal Science from Oregon State University. Her thesis focused on examining factors that affect the problem-solving abilities of canines. With over 10 years professional experience working with a variety of species, as well as a lifetime spent with a family of animal lovers “down on the farm,” she has extensive experience in animal training, welfare, and animal behavior research.
She currently conducts research at the Oregon State University Human-Animal Interaction lab, where she studies the human-animal bond, animal cognition, learning, and welfare and works primarily with canines, felines, and equines.