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Sue Sternberg
Dr.Tim Lewis

The Glue that Binds the 
Human-Canine Partnership:
Behavior, Environment & Sociability!

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

Includes Attendee's Video Submissions!

6 CEU's Total


Behavior, Environment & Sociability control our partnerships with dogs - -a relationship unique in civilization. We’ll seek to enhance your understanding of these factors, to improve your own and your clients’ time and activities with canine partners.


Beyond presenter video’s, we’ll incorporate attendee’s own behind-closed-doors looks at everyday experience involving these elements, as we evaluate the interconnectedness of  Dogs,  Humans & the Environment. You can be an active participant (submit your own videos) as well as attendee. 

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 Session One:  



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:  



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:  



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. He is also the author of the acclaimed new book from Dogwise Publishing: The Biology of Dogs and an exciting Puppyworks Webinar with the same title.

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 WEBINAR FEE (includes access to recording for 1 year) 


All 3 Sessions $75.00

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


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