[February 19, 2014; Philadelphia, PA] – We may think we understand why dogs do what they do, but canine behavior may be attributed to reasons very different than our suppositions. Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavior Medicine at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom, will discuss canine cognitive skills during a special seminar hosted by Penn Vet on March 8, 2014. The event will focus on the sensory capacities and cognitive skills of dogs and how they help dogs construct their physical and social worlds.

Professor Daniel MillsThe seminar will take place on Saturday, March 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Penn Vet’s Working Dog Center at 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Building 6179. Admission is $50. For more information or to register, visit: https://capable-canine.com/classes/professor-daniel-mills/. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

Professor Mills will look at the world of the dog from a scientific perspective to present a sometimes surprising picture of canine capabilities. The event will be split into two sessions. In the first, Professor Mills will discuss how dogs construct their physical world and how the results can differ from ours. For example, it is widely known that dogs are color blind, but what are the implications of this fact? A fuller understanding of the world of the dog may yield a better exploitation of their real capacities.

The second session will look at the social world of dogs. Understanding how dogs process and apply information about other individuals (human and animal alike) can lead to more effective communication with dogs in ways that minimize the risk of conflicts. Professor Mills will also explore the potential for novel training methods.

Professor Mills is a leading expert in dog and cat behavior and cognition. He will also be speaking at the 114th Penn Annual Conference from March 5-7, 2014, in Philadelphia. The event offers continuing education credit for small- and large-animal veterinarians and technicians from across the country. Professor Mills will address stress and pheromonatherapy in cats and dogs, as well as dog cognition. For more information, visit: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/pac2014.

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals, treating 33,000 patients each year – 4,100 in the hospital and 29,000 at farms through the Field Service. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.