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Tuesday, May 24 • 09:00 - 10:00
Social behaviour of dogs and cats: from basic principles to practical applications

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Some of the main behavioural problems in dogs and cats, including aggression and separation anxiety, are related to social behaviour. Therefore, understanding the basic principles of social behaviour is essential to prevent and treat such problems. Social behaviour within a given species will vary depending on environmental features such as food abundance and distribution, for example. This is the case with free-living domestic cats, which may either form colonies or show a solitary, territorial social organization. There are several factors that explain why cats are more tolerant to conspecifics in certain conditions and understanding these factors is important to reduce the risk of inter-cat aggression. In the case of dogs, one aspect of their social behaviour that has received a great deal of attention is the importance, if any, of dominance and hierarchy. Research shows that the importance of dominance-based relationships in dogs has been overemphasized and the practical implications of current thinking on the importance of dominance relationships in dogs will be discussed in the lecture. Affiliative relationships and appropriate social attachment appear to be of paramount importance to reduce stress and the likelihood of dogs developing separation anxiety

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Dr Xavier Manteca

Xavier Manteca Vilanova received his BVSc degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. He also has a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Currently, he is professor at the... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 ACST
Hall N Adelaide Convention Centre