How do we know that our training decisions are good ones? I think it is especially important to know this in dog training. Because we are working with animals that can't tell us directly when we are wrong, we have to be especially confident that we are right. I am a scientist and I work on dog behaviour in the real world where most dogs live. So, typically I am the first to … [Read more...]
About Dr. Melissa Starling
Dr Melissa Starling has a BSc(Hons) in Zoology, undertaken at the Australian National University. She studied wild bird behaviour while there and in her final year. She then went into the work force as an ecological consultant for a private company for a few years, then worked for the government briefly on frogs before starting her PhD in dog behaviour, emotion and cognition. She was awarded her PhD in 2013 and still hasn’t published all the results. It was not easy to leave wildlife, her first love, behind, but she was enjoying the social lives of her own dogs more and more, and was tempted away from wildlife by the promise of a study species that didn’t automatically hate and avoid her or keep crazy hours at the busiest time of the human year.