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Webinar:A Dog’s View of the World


This is a lecture from the APDT conference in 2017.  Most dog enthusiasts know that canines must see the world differently from people, but lack more specifics. Because humans rely so heavily on vision, we tend to impose that lens on dogs. However, canine vision differs from humans, and their reliance on vision is less than ours. In this overview presentation, we will look at the biology of dog vision as well as hearing and smell. All of these senses really take place in the brain, so we will also explore what is known about canine brains and cognition. Each part will include links back to wolf biology and the context in which these senses developed over time, and the impacts these differences from us have on how a dog views our world.

Tim Lewis, Ph.D., approaches canine research through the lens of an evolutionary ecologist. He is an award-winning professor of biology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His research ranges across many species, including wolves, deer, squirrels, turtles and dogs. He has presented findings of his research in journals, at conferences, and as an invited speaker for more than 20 years.


Due to the nature of webinars they are non-refundable once purchased, and are good for 90 days from the date of purchase.