Listen, Learn, and Discuss

An on-demand webinar for dog trainers, shelter & rescue professionals, veterinarians and technicians, pet industry professionals and all who care for and love dogs. Learn about the latest research examining dogs' physical, mental and emotional needs and the challenges that they face in our living environments. A new framework designed to provide them with the best possible life (and its supporting research) is presented. As with all Science Dog Courses, enjoy the opportunity to chat with the presenter and ask questions.  

About This Webinar

As humans, we ask a lot of our dogs. We require that they fit into our homes and adjust to an environment that is typically designed to meet human needs first. Consequently, dogs face numerous challenges in order to adapt and thrive in our world. As their caretakers, we must learn to recognize and understand the social, physical and emotional needs of dogs, and avoid inclinations to project our own (human) motivations onto them. There is no doubt that we enjoy sharing our lives and our homes with dogs and that most caretakers wish to provide their dogs with the best quality of life possible. For this purpose, the Framework of Dogs’ Needs has been developed and assessed. It provides a practical blueprint of living well with dogs and providing for their needs. Learn about this useful model, the research evidence that supports it, and how both pet professionals and dog parents can use it to help their dogs to thrive!

Webinar Topics

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    • Tips and Guidelines

    • Using the Video Player

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    Webinar: Meeting Dogs' Needs

    • Webinar: Meeting Dogs' Needs

    • Q/A and Discussion

    • Additional Webinar Materials (Paper & Tables)

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    Webinar Completion



Karen Griffin

Dr. Karen Griffin is a research scientist in the field of shelter dogs and dog rehoming. She earned her doctorate in animal sciences at the University of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, England. The scope of her research experience and interest within this field includes how a dog fits into a home environment, what qualifies a successful dog placement, and how to improve the likelihood that a placement will be successful. Her research is based in both Europe and the United States, and she is focused on the practical and real-world applications of its findings. With a background in the social sciences, Dr. Griffin employs an interdisciplinary approach to her research. At Utrecht University in the Netherlands, she is currently investigating dogs’ quality of life pre- and post-adoption, with the goal of ensuring dogs’ good welfare in both cases, as well as improving the efficiency and usefulness of organizations’ rehoming policies and procedures. Dr. Griffin also founded a non-profit organization, The Dog Rehoming Project (, which has the mission of bridging the gap between research and the people who need it, to put science behind dog sheltering and dog rehoming.

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