10 AM - 12:15 PM 



When you actually study the world's billion dogs, only about 150,000 are "owned" pets primarily in the more "developed" countries. When you study the behavioral ecology, it becomes apparent that the other 850,000,000 dogs that look like "pavement specials" are outside human reproductive control. They live in and around the world's cities, villages, and their associated garbage dumps - they're often called "village dogs". 

They have interesting social lives and unusual reproductive lives compared to wolves, coyotes, jackals and dingoes. They are a very different animal than the wild types ... perhaps more different from wolves than wolves are from coyotes, jackals and dingoes. 

Ray has explored the lives of "un-owned" village dogs world-wide in all their interesting complexities, and developed insights into how those lives may provide insight into the lives and behaviors of our family pets and on the evolution of dogs. 


 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM 



A global perspective particularly pertaining to: Rabies, Bite Prevention, Over Population, Mass Vaccination, Humane Handling:

  1. Handling & understanding behavior in animals to control zoonotic diseases

  2. Planning and managing a rabies vaccination campaign (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Swaziland, Malawi, Congo, Lesotho, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Dakar, Ethiopia and Cameroon) 

Relationships between humans and dogs in Africa: free roaming dogs, how far they move, learnt behaviors and survival strategies, basic instincts that cause conflict. Understanding basic behavior to reduce dog bites and rabies simultaneously. 

Whats been done, what should be done, how can every one be a part of a solution if one is needed ( for disease and bite prevention). 


 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM  



Open discussion and Q and A relating to disease control: Techniques from trap, neuter & return, to mass vaccination and possible euthanasia. 

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Village Dogs of the World



Dr. Ray Coppinger

Daniel Stewart



Animals for Adoption




January 14th, 2017



Accord, NY 









Ray joined the founding faculty at Hampshire College in 1969, where he is professor of biology. He teaches and does research on animal behavior, especially the behavior of canines. 

Ray's first professional studies of dogs occurred on the runners of a dog sled. During a twelve-year mushing career, he progressed from a five-dog to a sixteen-dog team, won many races on the northeast (USA) circuits, and developed a new strain of fast, responsive sled dogs. 


In 1976, Ray and his wife Lorna founded the Livestock Guarding Dog Project at Hampshire College. This long-term investigation into the behavior of a new kind of dog for farmers and ranchers has resulted in greater understanding about early developmental behavior of dogs. 


Recently, Ray has turned his attention to assistance dogs, utilizing his first-hand knowledge of harnesses for dogs, and the mechanics and physiology of pulling. His book, co-authored with Lorna Coppinger, DOGS: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution revolutionized the concept of how dogs actually evolved as a canid species distinct from wolves and other canids. Their more recent book: What is a DOG presents an eye-opening analysis of the evolution and adaptations of un-owned "village dogs" around the world and what they reveal about the species as a whole.




Daniel has an extensive career in animal welfare and an advanced diploma in companion animal behavior. He joined the KZN Rabies Elimination Project in 2009 - 2015 to run the welfare, research and training component of the project.  His expertise has been utilized by several organizations globally, (WHO, OIE, FAO, Pasture, WAP, GARC) with the emphasis being on dog population management, rabies elimination programs and animal handling training. He runs a successful private company which focuses on all aspects of animal management and is passionate about dogs and their relationships with people.  

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4628 Route 209

Accord, NY 12404

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New York State Thruway (I 87) to Exit 19 Kingston (91 miles north of New York City or 51 miles south of Albany, NY). 
After toll, stay to the farthest right at the round-about, and follow signs for Route 28 to Route 209. After about 1/4 mile on Route 28 go through one light and almost immediately thereafter take Route 209 South in the direction of Ellenville. Stay on Route 209 South for exactly 13 miles, and just past Elm Rock Bed and Breakfast, you will come to Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption on the right. Workshop will be held in the large training building closest to the road.

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Single Rate:  $75 per person

Group Rates: $55 per person for groups of 3 or more. For group discount registration & information call 917-699.6440


All deposits fully refunded, at any time, in case a person needs to cancel a reservation for any reason. There is never a cancellation fee. 

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Due to space limitations, we will not be permitterd to have dogs in the meeting room (other than service dogs, of course.)


CONDUCT: During the lectures, please turn off all cell phone and pager audio alerts. Please take all private conversations outside while the speakers are presenting.

BABIES: The presence of a baby is likely to be distracting to other participants, so we ask that you refrain from bringing any babies or very young children into the lecture hall.

VIDEOTAPING: No videotaping or audiotaping is permitted. A selection of videotapes and books will be available for sale.


SHOPPING: A selection of books and videos will be available for sale.

PARKING: There should be ample parking at the seminar location.


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