Operant conditioning: effectiveness and welfare implications

Australia has one of the highest dog ownership rates in the world, with many dog owners reporting one or more problem behaviours in their dogs.  Although classical conditioning is utilised in dog training, trainers primarily use operant conditioning.  Operant conditioning is the acqui

Working dog interactions with livestock

Working farm dogs have made a profound contribution to the farming of livestock in Australia since the 1800s. While scientific research into the sheep and cattle they work has been extensive, little is known about what makes a successful dog. This project will focus on identifying val

Management practices, welfare and performance

Human attitudes and kennel facility management practices are intimately linked to working dog welfare and performance. This research is working toward better understanding of the links between what people believe, how this relates to how dogs are cared for in kennel facilities, and ho