Understanding Scientific Research & the Scientific Method

KPA CEU: 1.5
Duration: 1 hr 26 min

For decades, dog training was ruled by tradition and folklore. As trainers and behavior consultants professionalize, it’s important for us to become familiar with the work of scientists who study dogs’ behavior and cognition. But scientific papers can be daunting to read, and they’re not all created equal. In this course, you’ll learn how research and survey papers are structured, and how to judge their methods and findings for yourself. With bonus tips on accessing the full text so you don’t have to rely on incomplete and often misleading news reports!


Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, PMCT-2

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, PMCT-2, is the host of “The Dog Trainer’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Teaching and Caring for Your Pet,” which iTunes named one of the best new podcasts of 2009. Her book, The Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet, was published in 2011. She also writes an every-other-issue column for The Scoop in which she discusses recent research findings. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and was a founding member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She works with clients in Brooklyn and Manhattan.


Refund Policy: The course fee will be refunded, in its entirety, so long as the enrollee requests a refund in writing no later than the 14th day after the course is purchased. Alternatively, the enrollee may request an exchange or credit toward a different course, instead of a refund.