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What Your Dog Wants You to Know™️ is a 6-week highly interactive online program that will teach you the basics of Dog Cognition and bring you closer to your dog.
During the program you will:
1. Play interactive games that reveal how your dog's mind works and how you can make them happier
2. Hear from scientists who are studying dogs and trying to answer the questions every dog parent has
3. Learn complex concepts in dog science via weekly lessons, guided discussion and group learning
Dogs have the mental capacity of human toddlers! That means your dog has a rich inner life that’s waiting to be explored and understood.
We Learned So Much!
I learned so much about my dog and why she behaves the way that she does. It was a joy to see her react to the different exercises. We both had a great time. I also enjoyed interacting with the instructors and other participants. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and kind and thoughtful about their pets. I highly recommend Petminded. I learned more about my dog and have a better understanding about how she thinks!
BJ and Pepper
What is Dog Cognition?
Dog Cognition is how your dog thinks and perceives the world.
It includes memory, communication, emotion, problem solving and more.
Learning about dog cognition can help you motivate, advocate and support your dog better.
Leading to a healthier and happier dog!
What You Get
Dog Cognition Curriculum
Get introduced to the main concepts in Dog Cognition in an easy to understand, fun, weekly lesson that breaks down the concepts and helps you apply them to your relationship with your dog. Stay on track with an effective, 6 week schedule designed with busy dog parents in mind
Live Dog Cognition Games
Led by our Resident Dog Scientist, each week we get together on Zoom to play games together.
Games are not only a fun bonding tool, they each reveal something about your dog's cognitive profile. At the end of the 6 weeks you’ll not only have exercised your dog’s brain, you’ll better understand their unique personality.
*These sessions will all be recorded for those who can’t make it live. A supplies list will be provided, and most are common household items
If you have follow up questions for our Dog Scientist, you can bring them to an Office Hour. We will be offering 4 opportunities to attend. These sessions will also be recorded, and you can submit questions in advance if you like.
We introduce you to many of the top scientists and researchers in the field to bring you advanced learnings in topics like:
• The genetic basis of Dog Cognition
• How Dog Cognition impacts the Human-Animal bond
• How Dogs learn language
• The latest research on how our dogs see the world
Online Community of Curious Pet Parents
In addition to the live video calls and recorded videos, you'll have access to a private online community where you can connect with other pet parents and experts in a friendly and welcoming space. You’ll get the opportunity to learn from others’ experience, ask questions and get personalized advice for your dog. We’ll also be posting interesting articles and other goodies throughout the program.
You will have access to this community for 3 months, so you can go back and rewatch all the videos and continue to engage with like-minded pet parents.
What You'll Learn
Week 1: Introduction
What is Dog Cognition, and why should we care?
Week 2: Communication
How to Communicate with dogs so they actually understand us
Week 3: Theory Of Mind
How you and your dog can take each other's Perspective
Week 4: Cognitive Development
How does your dog Measure up to a 2 year old?
Week 5: Problem Solving
Learn what strategies your dog uses to figure things out
Week 6: Human Animal Bond
We'll discuss emotions, anthropomorphism and more!
Laisuna Yu, Resident Dog Scientist
Laisuna graduated with a masters in Animal Behavior and Conservation. Her thesis evaluated pet dog and working dog performances in a visual discrimination reversal learning task. She was previously the Manager of The Thinking Dog Center in New York City. During this program, Laisuna will be guiding you in the dog cognition games and helping you interpret your results.
Sonali Nigam, Founder at Petminded
Sonali is a Biomedical Engineer turned Public Health Researcher turned Founder at Petminded. She is also dog mom to Ella a chi-terrier mix adopted in 2018.
After working in science based roles her entire career, Sonali is passionate about bringing scientific insights to pet lovers, so they can ensure the mental and emotional wellbeing of their pets. Sonali will be your host and facilitator for this program.
Gitanjali E. Gnanadesikan, PhD Candidate, NSF GRF, PEO Scholar
Topic: The Genetic Basis for Cognition in Dogs
Speaker Bio: Gitanjali Gnanadesikan is a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona in the School of Anthropology. Her research focuses on cognitive evolution and social behavior, especially in domesticated species. She studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University where she examined differences in methylation (a type of genetic regulation) between dogs and wolves. Before beginning graduate studies, Gitanjali worked as the laboratory coordinator for the Arizona Canine Cognition Center, where she continues her graduate research.
Topic: The Secret Lives of Dogs: how our dogs think and perceive the world
Speaker Bio: Julia Espinosa is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She works with Dr. Daphna Buchsbaum (Brown University) and Dr. Laura Corbit (University of Toronto, investigating cognitive processes in non-humans. Her broad research interests are centered around how dogs think and learn about the physical world. She has explored how dogs reason about physical properties of objects and understand causal relationships of objects and agents. She is currently developing online studies for dogs, and organizing the first multi-lab study of the ManyDogs project.
... and more experts to be announced!
I loved the Dog Cognition Program!
I often don't carve time out to work on my dog's happiness. Meeting weekly really gave me a chance to put aside time to work with Eugene, give him some much needed stimulation and attention, and get to know him better! The group meetings were fun and interactive and I learned a ton from them. After this series, it became a habit to work with Eugene at least once a week, something that has made us both a little happier!
Danielle M. and Eugene
Details and Pricing
January 18 to February 24th
New content is released on Mondays
Live calls are Wednesdays 8pm EST
Office hours on some Sundays or Mondays
Full schedule will be provided upon registration
WHAT YOU GET
• Weekly lessons you can learn from at your leisure
• Weekly zoom sessions to play Dog Cognition Games
• Expert chats with Dog Scientists
• Office Hours
• Online Community
We are offering the inaugural Winter 2021 session at half price!
Regular Price: $899
Winter 2021 session: $445
What Attendees have said about our Dog Cognition Events
"Loved the cognition games and real-time feedback!"
Devon A. (mom to Figgy)
"An informative learning experience but very interactive as well!
I appreciated the attention given to questions throughout the session and the opportunity to play cognition games with guidance from an expert."
Dog Science Camp
Event Details & Agenda
December 6th 2020
- Where: Online
- Time: 1 - 4 pm EST
- What is Dog Cognition
- Understanding Our Dog's Cognitive Abilities (Game)
- Chat with an Expert
- Enhancing Our Dog's Cognitive Skills (Game)
- Regular Pricing: $35
* Ticket Sales end at midnight EST on Friday December 4th, 2020
- Black Friday Price = $10
*70% off the General Admission Price
*Deal ends at midnight EST on Sunday November 29th, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is What Your Dog Wants You To Know about?
This program is a beginner’s guide to learning about our dogs’ perspectives: how they view the world, how they think and what is unique about them. Our goal is to break down complex scientific research into simple concepts that you can apply to your life with your dog.
- What kind of results can I expect?
We expect that you will see an improvement in your understanding and relationship with your pet. That said, the results will be proportional to the time and effort you are able to put into taking this program and applying the learnings with your dog.
- How do I know I can trust what I learn from Petminded?
The Petminded team consists of scientists, pet lovers and animal advocates who are committed to science-based content that promotes the welfare of our pets. We take this commitment very seriously and apply this criteria to any of the experts we invite and all the resources we share with you.
- What happens on the live Zoom calls?
The live calls will be interactive! We will play games covering different aspects of dog cognition, and our Resident Dog Scientist will help us interpret the results. Plus we have a great line up of experts who will speak to you on different topics every other week.
- My dog isn’t always cooperative, can we still learn from the games?
Yes! Even listening to the interpretation of the games can help in understanding how your dog’s mind works. Generally, most dogs will be curious and want to play. Some dogs do not understand what we are trying to do when we play the games, so they may not cooperate right then. You can always play them again later by watching the recordings. We will also share methods to encourage your dog to play whenever possible. That said, we will never encourage you to do something that may make your dog unhappy or insecure.
- Will I need to buy any materials like dog toys to participate?
The only necessary materials are a good internet connection, some common household items like tupperware containers, and dog treats. We will send a comprehensive list a few weeks prior to the beginning of the class but you likely won’t need to purchase anything.
- I have a very young puppy, can we participate?
Yes, you can participate with a young puppy, in fact this might be a great way to bond with them and understand how they view the world. Keep in mind the cognitive profile of a puppy evolves as they mature so you will need to keep playing the games to get a sense of how they are changing. We think that this is part of the fun of having a young pup!
- I have an aging dog, will they get anything out of the games?
Studies show that dogs as young as 7 years of age can be at risk for cognitive decline. Playing these kinds of games can help to measure the rate and type of cognitive decline in our pups. Also dogs who train and play games throughout their lives show a slower rate of cognitive decline as they get older.
- Where is this taking place?
The live sessions take place on Zoom. All other materials, recordings and links will be in a private online community you can access anytime. You will receive login details and a detailed schedule upon signing up. All you need is access to a good internet connection, and your pup!
- Will the live sessions be recorded?
Yes, all sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Community Forum each week. You have access to all the content for 6 months so you can review and go through the modules as many times as you’d like.
- How much time do I need to devote to the program each week?
We have designed this program in a way that even if you can't attend all the live sessions you can follow along in the Community Forum. We recommend a time commitment of 1-3 hours each week which includes live sessions, office hours and weekly readings, but it’s flexible! You can join all the sessions and office hours, or pick and choose based on your interest or schedule.
- What’s your refund policy?
If your plans change after you purchase your ticket, we offer a 100% refund minus processing fees up to 2 weeks before the program begins. After that we will happily transfer your registration to the next cohort
- Have more Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to DM us on Instagram.
The saying goes.. “to know your dog, is to love them” … we hope you’ll join us
for this chance to do both!
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