90 minute online webinar with a Q&A session live with the
author. Moderated by Dr. Monique Udell.
Studies suggest that behavior problems
are one of the most important reasons why people abuse, abandon, disown or
euthanize companion dogs. Improved knowledge of the distribution and causes of
behavior problems in the pet dog population could therefore contribute greatly
to the welfare of dogs worldwide. Unfortunately, because most dogs live Inside
people's homes, they are difficult and sometimes impossible to observe for the
extended periods of time needed to properly evaluate their behavior or
temperament. It is therefore necessary to develop different kinds of measurement
techniques for this purpose.
The Canine Behavioral Assessment & Research
Questionnaire (C-BARQ; http://www.cbarq.org) is one such technique that relies
on measurement by proxy. Instead of observing and measuring the animal's
behavior directly, the C-BARQ collects indirect behavioral information provided
by the dog's owner, guardian or handler.
This presentation will outline how and
why the C-BARQ was originally developed and validated, and will describe some of
the intriguing ways it is currently being used to improve our understanding of
canine behavior and behavior problems.