The role of genetics in domestication
- how did dogs become domesticated?
- how did selection for behavior affect anatomy?
Heritability of behavior
- is it nature? nuture? How can you tell?
- the roles of genetics and environment
Genetics of behavioral traits, for example:
- playfulness, friendliness
- aggression, fear, anxiety
- soft / hard temperament
- guarding, hunting, prey drive
- shyness, compulsive behavior
Genetics of performance traits, for example:
- physiological (e.g, tracking, mine detection)
- instinctive traits (e.g., hunting, herding)
- work ethic (e.g., service dogs)
- working ability (e.g.,sled dog speed, endurance)
- high altitude tolerance
Breeding for behavior and performance
- using science to breed better dogs
What is this course about?
We will learn about the part genetics plays in the behavior and performance in dogs, and how you can use this information in a breeding program.
NOTE: This is a course about genetics, not canine behavior.
How long, how much?
The course is approximately 10 weeks; fee is $125.
How much time will it take?
Generally there will be 3-5 hours of reading and homework exercises each week.
How will we meet?
This course is online, and you will have access to the course materials, the discussion group, and the instructor via the internet. We have students from all over the world, so there are no scheduled times to meet. New material is posted each week, and you work on your own schedule. We will have a private Facebook Group where we can discuss and ask questions, and the course material will be on our teaching website, available 24/7.
What do we need?
Reading materials and exercises will be supplied. There is no text book.