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Ms Amanda Newell

Research project: How does the social construction of reality influence the training choices made by dog trainers and behaviourists? What impact does this have on canine well-being?

Abstract

Dog training and behaviour work is fraught with conflicting ideology, methods and equipment, producing welfare and well-being implications to dogs.  This project seeks to understand what sociological factors influence dog trainers and behaviourists in their choice to adopt aversive or non aversive training methods and equipment.  How do these choices impact on canine well-being?  What can sociology contribute to improve animal well-being and support educational efforts by welfare organisations?

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: How does the social construction of reality influence the training choices made by dog trainers and behaviourists? What impact does this have on canine well-being?
  • Research supervisor: Professor Kay Peggs
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Sylvia Collins-Mayo

Biography

Animals have always played a hugely important part of my life.  I remember my first Brownie badge as a child was animal care and welfare, my love and concern for animals has carried on from there. For a while I was a dog trainer and equine behaviour consultant but it wasn't really enough. I realised the human side of the relationship is essential to make changes for animals. I've studied the human/animal bond from many different perspectives, yet I've always been left with the sense that animals are still often considered objects to think about, eat or serve us.  My interest lies in how we can take practical steps towards a more balanced relationship with our animal friends, one that serves them better and creates relationships that are truly reciprocal….

Areas of research interest

  • Anthrozoology
  • Animal Welfare and Wellbeing
  • Animal rights and ethics
  • Human/non human animal bond

Qualifications

  • MA Anthrozoology
  • Graduate Diploma Applied Animal Behaviour Management
  • BSc(Hons) unrelated subject
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