Meaningful or Misleading?
In this seminar, Kate brings together the results of years of research conducted during her PhD at Monash University.
Kate’s research focused on investigating how shelters assess dog behaviour and whether such assessment protocols are scientifically valid.
- Do they actually tell us what we want to know or can the results be misleading?
- Are some aspects of these assessments more valid than others?
For many dogs, the outcome of these assessments determines their future and survival.
How can you ensure you’re giving dogs’ the best chance when assessing their behaviour?
This seminar will be of interest to those working in shelters and rescue, especially those who conduct temperament tests or behaviour assessments.
Kate is an Animal Behaviourist, educator, freelance pet writer and expert witness.
She recently completed a PhD in canine behaviour at Monash University, investigating the assessment of shelter dog behaviour to determine adoption suitability. Kate has presented her research at national and international conferences and has published four papers on her findings in the scientific literature.
Kate is regularly sought by the media to provide comment on, and provide expert witness in matters of canine, feline and avian behaviour.
Kate completed her BA.BSc with first class honours in Zoology at La Trobe University in 2003. Since 2004 she has consulted pet owners experiencing behavioural difficulties with their pets through her animal behaviour consultancy business, Pets Behaving Badly.
In her work as an expert witness, Kate conducts temperament assessments on pet dogs deemed menacing or dangerous on behalf of local Councils and dog owners. Her reports are frequently used as evidence in legal cases.
Kate is passionate about canine behaviour, welfare and public education. She has previously worked at RSPCA Vic, the Animal Welfare Science Centre and the Australian Anthrozoology Research Foundation and taught at La Trobe University and Box Hill Institute.
Kate is an active member of the Australian Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals (AABP) and the Parrot Society of Australia (PSOA).