You’re hooked! You, your dog, and the chemically mediated reward system – Tim Lewis, PhD – Recorded

Deep inside our dog’s brains is a chemically mediated reward system triggered by positive reinforcements. The drugs that are created by this system rival street versions of opiates--AND are no less addicting. In this session, we will look into the dog’s brain to see how the built-in reward system works, how it builds the bonds we have with our dogs, and how you can use that knowledge towards more successful interactions with your dogs. In addition, we’ll take a look deep inside our own brains at the human version of the chemically mediated reward system that is triggered by positive reinforcements. You’ll gain insight into how your dog learns to train you, and why you are so addicted to dogs and the canine activities you are involved in.

Tim Lewis approaches canine research through the lens of an evolutionary ecologist. With a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tim taught for two decades at Wittenberg University in Ohio where he was an award-winning Professor of Biology. He is now a Professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where his classes include ecology, evolution, mammalian ecology, and forest biology. Dogs have shared the Lewis household for years, and Tim taught a semester class completely built around dog biology for university students and friends of dogs. His research ranges across many species, including wolves, deer, squirrels, turtles and, of course, dogs. He has presented findings of his research in journals, at conferences, and as an invited speaker for more than 30 years. Tim hovers on the edges of the dog agility and canine freestyle worlds with his wife, Ruth, who teaches and competes in those sports. He is working on a series with APDT and his book about canine biology is to be released by Dogwise Publishing this fall.


This webinar will be provided to you on a Google Drive link. After purchase, please allow up to 24 hours to be granted access to the link. You will receive an email, with the link, when your access is activated. Link access will expire ONE WEEK after activation. CEU credits available.

Registrar: Lynsey Heffner

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  • Tim Lewis Webinar
    October 17, 2020 - December 31, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm