Sue Sternberg
Dr.Tim Lewis

The Biology & Behavior Behind the Human-Canine Partnership!

A live online webinar in three 2 1/2 hour sessions, each session hosted by both speakers.

Saturdays August 7, 14 & 21, 2021

Includes Attendee's Video Submissions!

6 CEU's Total



How the biology and sociability of dogs and humans creates a unique relationship which you can use to improve your time and activities together.

The three components of dogdom Holy Trinity: 

More than a webinar, we’ll provide an interactive, behind-closed-doors experience for attendees to see the interconnectedness of the Dog, the Human & the Environment.


Submit your own videos to be reviewed: 

In advance of each session, you have the option to submit a short video clip of you and your dog that might highlight not just how different all of our dogs are, but how different our environments are, our homes and our ways of exercising our dogs. Your video clip submission can also focus on temperament, sociability and aggression thresholds at home and in outdoor settings. This is a recommended but optional short tasks for willing attendees to record and send to us, to share with you. We hope these voyeuristic video snippets might document every attendee’s own Holy Trinity. Check the video requirements section on the bottom of this page for more info.

Because you asked:

Each segment starts with a presentation of about 90 minutes, followed by a 15 minute “coffee break” and ends with 45 minute Q/A session during which Sue & Trish will respond to questions posed by attendees of the live sessions.

As always, whether you make the live sessions or not, you will be able to access a complete recording of each session for 1 year.

session 1

August 7, 2021

9 AM PST / 10 AM Mountain,

11 AM Central & 12 PM EST

(Or access the recordings anytime after the original webcast, for an entire year.)


Human Sociability, Behavior, Temperament, Attitudes & Perception.

Sue  Stenberg & Dr. Tim Lewis

session 2

August 14, 2021

9 AM PST / 10 AM Mountain,

11 AM Central & 12 PM EST

(Or access the recordings anytime after the original webcast, for an entire year.)


How Genetics, Perceptions and Behaviors Interact with the Environment.

Sue Sternberg & Dr. Tim Lewis

session 3

August 21, 2021

9 AM PST / 10 AM Mountain,

11 AM Central & 12 PM EST

(Or access the recordings anytime after the original webcast, for an entire year.)


Assessing the Canine

Biology, Behavior

& Sociability.

Sue Sternberg & Dr. Tim Lewis


 Session One: Saturday August 7, 2021  

Human Sociability – Behavior, Temperament, Attitudes & Perception.

What do you, as a biological organism, bring to the relationship? How the health and attitudes, including human temperament of the handler (their own sociability) affect their dogs, and how biological differences affect perception: for example: dogs hear many things (high frequency) that we do not; and dogs smell far more than we do, smells that dogs never evolved to, and that distract them or give them information we are not privy to. You see more 3D, and you see colors they do not.

What do you bring to the relationship as the trainer?

Attitudes, biases, and experiences all affect the dog-human relationship: most importantly, confirmation bias; and the brain’s tendency to search for the urgent over the important (crisis survival vs. long term). How human anxiety may inadvertently affect canine behavior. How training timing, reactions and cognition delays, all affect how you and your dog interact. 


There is no other interspecies relationship on Earth like that of the dog and the human.

Nothing rivals the dogs’ co-evolution with humans and our species unparalleled willingness to sacrifice for them. That includes the ability to genetically modify dogs, and to know what we can change and what we cannot, money to fix ailing dogs, to modify diets, and to otherwise manipulate the interactions. We also created a partner that actively manipulates us. It is no coincidence that dog parks are at such an annoying frequency and look so darned cute to us. 

 Session Two: Saturday August 14, 2021  

How Genetics, Perceptions and Behaviors Interact with the Environment

The environment messes with everything! 

Dogs and humans each take in the environment differently, and the environment interacts with expression of our dog’s and our own genetic traits. 


How the environment affects biology:

What kinds of traits are inheritable and how much does environment affect them? In particular, how much of your dog’s personality is fixed, such as sociability or aggression or curiosity or trainability? How much does the environment affect your dog’s hormones that force its behaviors? Do dogs create pheromones that manipulate us?


Home, Sweet Home—from your dog’s viewpoint and yours. 

It is important that your dog has a home, right? But does your dog value or want the same things you want in a home? What would they pick if they had a choice? A place filled with couches? A few boulders with a hole underneath? How do they view their home? How different might your dog be if he or she lived with you in a completely different neighborhood, or moved from a rural environment into the heart of a city or from your city to one on the other side of the globe?

The expanded environment—everything away from home. 

Sure, you and your dog love home. What changes when you leave with your dog, and why you should care. Travel to you and travel to your dog are unlikely to be the same. You know you are off to camp in the mountains. How does your dog know it is not another trip to the vet to get stiches or a cast or…


 Session Three: Saturday August 21, 2021  


Canine Biology, Behavior & Sociability

What limits, capabilities, and opportunities does the dog, as a biological organism, bring to the relationship?

  • Ages and stages of the dog

  • Why breed type matters

  • Why sociability matters.


There are many ways to assess sociability in shelter dogs, but less proven ways of assessing it in owned dogs, since the human-environment so confounds dog behaviors. Sue and Tim hope to get closer to measuring sociability in the owned dog during this webinar series!  And there may soon be genetic tests for sociability as well.

  • Are we prioritizing sociability enough in breeding? How inheritable is sociability? How do we measure it? 

  • How close are we to fully assessing the recent discovery of a dog genomic region matching one in humans who have a syndrome involving hyper-social behavior? Could this lead to more predictability of behavior in the future?

  • Why sociability is the best insurance policy, given biological limits, environmental uncertainties, and humans...well...being human.


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Sue founded the shelter featured in an  HBO documentary: Shelter Dogs (  She has developed national programs, such as Training Wheels® for community shelter outreach and dedicated herself to ensuring the quality of life of animals in their communities, at animal shelters and in safe adoptions. Her 30 years of canine behavior experience, includes as an animal control officer, behavior consultant  at the ASPCA, shelter owner,  successful competitor in dog sports, and a teacher of dog trainers world-wide. 

She is the author of Great Dog Adoptions: A Guide for Shelters (Latham Foundation publication) and Successful Dog Adoption published by Wiley. Her most recent publications (all published by Dogwise) include Out and About With Your Dog, Dog-Dog Interactions,  Assessing Aggression Thresholds in Dogs and  Understanding Sociability (DVD).

Click here for Sue's website.



Dr. Tim Lewis is an Eco-biologist, Professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN and a widely published research scientist. In addition he is a popular lecturer on Canine Cognition at Camp Gone to the Dogs, VT and other venues nationwide. 

Tim has a longtime connection to the fields of human physiology and health, as well as the very different pedagogies involved in teaching activities courses such as NAUI scuba.  He worked closely with Health and Human Performance (HHP) in the development of Biology’s link to Public Health and provided stewardship to the HHP Department during its 2015 decennial review.

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 WEBINAR FEE (includes access to recording for 1 year) 


All 3 Sessions $75.00



All 3 Sessions $85.00

Individual Sessions $35/each

Rates includes OnDemand access to watch anywhere, anytime on almost any device...for 1 year!


  1. Click on the below ticket icon of your choosing.

  2. Optionally enter your CCPDT number for CEU credits.

  3. Optionally indicate whether you intend to submit your own video clip to receive instructions.





  • Content Description:

  • Maximum length

  • Resolution Settings and frame rate

  • Maximum file size (maybe a word about editing, shortening it before uploading)

  • Upload Instructions




  • Our webinar presentations uses the platform and we recommend you download the free the zoom app to your device at here. Alternatively, you can use their web interface through any web browser and clock on "Join A Meeting". Zoom's web interface works best with the Chrome browser which can be downloaded here.

  • We will do our best to provide you with a quality product. However, there are factors of running live webinars beyond our control that can impact the overall quality.

  • The quality of the presentation video is contingent on your computer operating system, your internet connection and the bandwidth available. Even with high speed internet video can occassionally lag or buffer a bit. You should expect degraded video to some degree pending the quality of your device and internet connection.

  • You can use any MAC or PC or laptop (Windows 7 or above), IOS or Android tablet and smart phone.

  • If your computer is older or your internet slow that your smart phone might be a better choice. But keep in mind that our speakers use videos and power point presentations during the session and a larger screen may be of preference.

  • You do not need to have a Zoom account, but you will need the zoom app or use the web interface AND you will need to register for each of the sessions via Zoom.

  • Once you have reserved your session(s), we will send you an email with the registration links.

  • We will send you seminar reminder emails but encourage you to enter each session you register for into your calendar of choice with proper prior notification.

  • Below is information from Zoom about system requirements and a website where you can test your internet speed to see if your system is optimal for the presentation. Puppyworks can not guarantee the quality of the video in the webinars.



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