Episode 15 – Dr. Allison Scagel on Cognition and Training

Dr. Allison Scagel is the owner and founder of Scholars with Collars Training and Behavior LLC. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and conservation biology and minors in both psychology and animal behavior. She then interned with Dr. Spaulding for three years. She also served as a dog kennel attendant for the Humane Society of Rome and upstate New York for two years during this period.

In 2022, she completed her PhD in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Buffalo. There, she studied canine cognition and behavior work, which we’ll be discussing today. Her first published paper “Do that again. Memory for self-performed actions in dogs” published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology won the 2022 Robert W. Rice Memorial Award for early excellence in research. 

In this episode, we talk about cognition, memory, and training in dogs. It’s a fascinating discussion.  Catch it here!


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