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Canine Science Symposium

2018

SAN FRANCISCO SPCA

April 14 - 15, 2018

The SF SPCA's Canine Science Symposium is a valuable opportunity to hear from experts from around the country on the very latest in canine behavior and welfare science. 


Whether it's learning about clicker efficacy, olfaction, genetics, therapy dogs, or compassion fatigue, you'll find it all at the #CSS2018.

Get informed.

Dog nerds, unite!

If you geek out on learning about how dogs think, learn and communicate, this is the event for you!  Join behavior, training, rescue and welfare professionals from around the world for a weekend of education and inspiration.

SF SPCA's Education & Training Center

243 Alabama Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco, CA

April 14-15, 2018

Questions?

  • Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) - 9.5 units CPDT-KA, 4.5 units CBCC-KA
  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) - 14 units
  • Pet Professional Guild (PPG) - 14 units
  • Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) (pending)


Continuing Education 

Units:

Email us at dogtraining@sfspca.org


Call us at 

(415) 522-3509

Penn Vet Working Dog Center

World Class Speakers

Texas Tech University Human-Animal Interaction Lab

Starting from Scratch: What We've Learned Developing Puppies into Detection Dogs

Biology or Psychology? Guidelines to Improve Welfare of Shelter Animals with the Help of Pharmacology

Arizona Canine Cognition Center

Making Euthanasia Decisions Based on Behavior in the Animal Shelter

Oxytocin, Vassopressin, and Social Behavior in Dogs

Tell Me About Your Mother: How Early Maternal Investment Influences the Behavior & Success of Assistance Dogs

1. Adoption and Enrichment Interventions at the Animal Shelter

2. The Art & Science of the Meet-and-Greet

Arizona State University Canine Science Collaboratory

Dogs Deserve Better

The Concept of Moral Injury Applied to Animal Shelter Workers

City University of New York

More Research Is Needed?

Oregon State University Human-Animal Interaction Laboratory

1. A Better Way to Play: Taking a Constructional Approach to Playgroups

(w/ Dr. Steve Bialek)

2. Assessing Preference & Reinforcer Efficacy

1. Evaluating the Effects of Temporary Fostering on Shelter Dog Welfare

2. Identifying Behavioral Indicators of Welfare 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

University of Massachusetts Karlsson Lab

From Molecules to Behavior: A Study of the Domestication of Dogs

The San Francisco SPCA

Texas Tech University Human-Animal Interaction Lab

Arizona State University Canine Science Collaboratory

Canisius College

Examining the Efficacy of Clickers and Other Reinforcement Methods in Training Naïve Dogs to Perform New Tasks

1. The Nose Knows: Recent Research in K9 Scent Work

2. Repetitive Behaviors in Dogs: Recent Research on Causes and Treatments

Arizona State University Canine Science Collaboratory

Texas Tech University Canine Olfaction Research & Education Lab

Arizona Canine Cognition Center

1. Are You My Friend? Dogs as Social Generalists

2. DAID Training: Dogs as Active Partners in Animal-Assisted Interventions

Agenda

8:45 AM   Check-in, Coffee, Networking


9:30 AM   Day 2 Opening Plenary 


10:50 AM Session 1A : Shelter Enrichment

                   or

                  Session 1B : Sociability


12:35 PM Lunch


1:35 PM   Session 2A : Shelter Welfare 

                   or

                  Session 2B : Assessment


3:35 PM Closing Plenary


4:35 PM  Speaker Panel


5:00 PM  Close of Symposium

Day 1 - Saturday, April 14

Day 2 - Sunday, April 15

8:45 AM   Check-in, Coffee, Networking


9:30 AM   Welcome, Opening Plenary 


10:50 AM Session 1A : Shelter Adoption 

                   or

                  Session 1B : Behavior


12:35 PM Lunch


1:35 PM   Session 2A : Training

                   or

                  Session 2B: Working Dogs


3:35 PM Day 1 Closing Plenary


4:35 PM  Speaker Panel


5:00 PM  Cocktail Hour

Tickets for the Symposium.

One Day: $175

One Day: $125

Early Bird Tickets

Full Weekend: $199

Regular Tickets

Full Weekend: $299

Available March 1 - April 12, 2018

Available through February 28, 2018

Sponsorship Opportunities

Silver Level Sponsor

$500


Complimentary exhibit table at Symposium to sell or distribute materials, promote products and 

talk to guests

Ability to include 1 item of collateral in attendee "swag bags"

Logo on program cover

Linked logo on event webpage

Half-page ad in program

Recognition at event welcome presentation


Bronze Level Sponsor

$250


Logo on program cover

Linked logo on event webpage

Quarter-page ad in program 

Recognition at event welcome presentation


Sponsorship of the Symposium is an excellent opportunity for relevant businesses to reach target markets, industry insiders, and tastemakers. Contribute to the development of animal behavior and welfare professionals by supporting the Canine Science Symposium at the San Francisco SPCA. 



Multiple levels of sponsorship are available:

Gold Level Sponsor

$800


Complimentary exhibit table at Symposium to sell or distribute materials, promote products and talk to guests

1 complimentary ticket to the Symposium (send a client, friend or team member!)

Ability to include 1 item of collateral in attendee "swag bags"

Opportunity to address guests during welcome remarks on Day 1 or 2 (1 minute)

Logo on program cover

Linked logo on event webpage

Half-page ad in program

Travel and Lodging

The 2018 Canine Science Symposium will be held at the San Francisco SPCA's Mission campus, specifically at the Multi-Purpose Room at 243 Alabama Street.


Click here for a google map of the event location


Some free parking may be available along Alabama Street (aka Rescue Row), or paid street parking may be available on the surrounding streets. We also have a limited number of parking spaces in the SF SPCA parking lot at the edge of our campus. If you do chose to park in an SF SPCA lot, please be sure to obtain a Guest Parking Pass from event staff to display in your car.


We strongly encourage the use of public transportation to access this event! 

 The SF SPCA is located a short walk from the 16th Street Mission BART station, or is accessible by 

numerous SF Muni lines.


Click here for BART's trip planner page

Click here for the Muni trip planner page


Ride share services such as Uber, Lyft and Flywheel are also readily available around the city.


Joining us from out of town?


We recommend the Hotel Nikko, Kimpton Hotels, Holiday Inn Civic Center or AirBnB for your lodging needs.

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