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Reaching Out to the Behaviour Community

    IPFD and hope to provide a platform for international collaboration - on many topics related to dog health, well-being and welfare - and we are reaching out to various groups to participate.


    As presented another article in this section: Selection of Behavioural Characteristics Prof.'s Peter Friedrich and Erling Strandberg gave thought provoking plenary presentations and then a group of about 20 individuals from numerous countries met to discuss the needs for international collaboration on behaviour at the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) in Dortmund, Germany.

  was launched at the 2nd IDHW and a major focus of the weekend was to determine how this new platform of the IPFD could support international collaboration. As a follow up to that meeting, we are presenting a poster at the Canine Behaviour and Genetics conference in London 26-28 June 2015. In addition to outlining the Mission and Goals of the IPFD, including the IDHWs we hope to stimulate interest from those interested in behaviour to join in efforts to enhance international collaborative efforts.


    We are in the process of inviting experts to join us on and to share or direct us to pertinent material. We are setting up a Forum to stimulate discussion on these important topics and to plan a way forward. If we can show a collective international will for international collaboration, hopefully we can find financial support.


    So many are doing great work. It is not always easy to find this material - especially for breeders and breeding advisors at breed and kennel clubs. offers a platform that is ready to help bring together stakeholders from many areas of the dog world.


    Please see the attached draft of the poster attached to this article. See especially the Action Items. 




    BBonnett Poster A0 Behaviour.pdf



Edited by Brenda Bonnett

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