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Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Professor Emeritus Tufts University Launches NEW Website and NEW Canine Behavior Study SALISBURY, Connecticut, November 6, 2017 After an extraordinary 35-year career at Tufts University and the Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine as a professor, researcher and mentor to hundreds of graduates, Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, DVA, DACVAA, DACVB has retired. Dr. “Nick” Dodman remains a Tufts Professor Emeritus, but with more time to pursue independent canine behavior research as Chief Scientific Officer at the Center for Canine Behavior Studies that he co-founded in 2014. The Center’s NEW and significantly enhanced website is NOW LIVE. Recently, Nick was joined by three canine behavior consultants—Barbara Dwyer and Donna Gleason in CT and Vivian Zottola in MA—who now comprise the Center’s growing professional staff. The CCBS team collaboratively developed the Center’s NEW canine behavior study, which consists of two phases. The first phase is now open for dog owner participation. Any dog owner can participate in the first phase of the on-line survey that will remain open until 1/15/2018. The second phase will be a follow up survey of owners with dogs from the first study that had behavior problems. Expanding Research and Data Analysis Dodman and his CCBS team plans to substantially increase its research efforts and “do more scientifically designed and peer reviewed canine research” with the data analysis support of Qualtrics Stats iQ. Dodman said, “Securing funding to acquire a Stats iQ license will allow us to analyze our own research data thus reducing the Center’s cost for academic statisticians.” Mr. Chris Janelli, the Center’s Executive Director and co-founder believes CCBS has the potential to continue groundbreaking research like their initial Animal Ownership Interaction Study. After 3 years of hard work, the Center’s reward will be seeing their findings integrated into HowIMetMyDog.com, a sophisticated adopter-canine matching program that aims to help save the lives of dogs through better adoption matches. “But we can’t pursue life-saving research without support,” said Janelli. Support for the Animal Ownership Interaction Study came primarily from generous individuals, but just a few grantors that included Maddie’s Fund® and Humane Pennsylvania Foundation. According to Janelli, “More than 30 animal welfare foundations, many with missions to support the human-canine bond, and several right here in Connecticut turned us down stating they didn’t support our kind of research. It was disheartening, but we believed in what we were doing and persisted.” “What more could we ask for?” asks Mr. Janelli. “Perhaps a home for life for all dogs and the support to pursue more studies that will reduce canine euthanasia.” – END – About CCBS Motto: A home for life for all dogs. Mission: To maintain the behavioral wellness of dogs and strengthen the human-companion animal bond to ensure that dogs remain in their owners’ home as trusted and valued companions for life. In pursuit of that mission, the Center for Canine Behavior Studies investigates and studies the most unique inter-species interaction in the animal kingdom. Behavior is the # 1 killer of dogs under the age of 3. Behavior is why people have pets, but unacceptable behavior is the primary reason why people relinquish them. By observing and analyzing the myriad factors that surround the lives of dogs and their owners, we will better understand the problems—and solutions—to reducing avoidable abandonment or return of dogs into the shelter system. The Center also supports owners in resolving dog behavior problems that can lead to relinquishment and all too often ultimately euthanasia. The Center for Canine Behavior Studies is part of The Simon Foundation, Inc. founded by Mark and Linda Greenberg and named for their beloved dog Simon. Every year over 500 Animals who would have otherwise been abandoned, neglected, abused, or euthanized through no fault of their own, find new, loving, forever homes, or live out their lives in peace in the sanctuary of The Simon Foundation, Inc. Chris Janelli, Executive Director 860-485-4066 executivedirector@centerforcaninebehaviorstudies.org www.centerforcaninebehaviorstudies.org The NEW Study can also be accessed at: https://collaborate.tuftsctsi.org/redcap/surveys/?s=7T7CCEJT7J Hyperlinks for the article links Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS: https://www.centerforcaninebehaviorstudies.org/dr-dodman Center for Canine Behavior Studies: https://www.centerforcaninebehaviorstudies.org first phase is now open: https://collaborate.tuftsctsi.org/redcap/surveys/?s=7T7CCEJT7J The Simon Foundation, Inc: http://www.thesimonfoundation.org Dr. James A. Serpell: https://www.centerforcaninebehaviorstudies.org/advisory-board How I Met My Dog.com: https://www.howimetmydog.com three canine behavior consultants: https://www.centerforcaninebehaviorstudies.org/the-team Qualtrics Stats iQ: https://www.qualtrics.com/iq/stats-iq/ Maddie’s Fund®: http://www.maddiesfund.org/index.htm Humane Pennsylvania Foundation: http://humanepa.org/partners/humane-pennsylvania-foundation/

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