What do you get by working with a Research Bites member?


Research Bites is a program for professional dog trainers and behavior consultants who are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest research in dog behavior.

Hello! I’m Dr. Kristina Spaulding, PhD, CAAB, dog behavior science instructor & geek


I love learning about dog behavior and the science that drives it (and makes us better able to change it, too). But what I love most is sharing that learning with my fellow dog trainers, behavior consultants, and behavior consultants.

Research Bites members attend monthly seminars on current research in the dog field. The research is presented by Dr. Kristina Spaulding who has PhD in biopsychology. She selects and translates the academic papers that are most applicable to dog training and behavior.

When you work with a research Bites member you are working with an individual who:

Is on the cutting edge of training and behavior modification. Usually, science is at least five years ahead of common knowledge. This means that professionals who keep up with the current science have access to new information that is unknown to other dog professionals. If you have worked with other trainers who did not have the ability to help your dog, Research Bites members are a great next step.

Cares deeply about helping animals. Research on dog behavior is exploding. It is becoming more and more essential that dog professionals keep up with the current research. This allows members to choose the most humane and effective approach to helping dogs.

Understands how to interpret and apply research. It’s one thing to read a research paper or an article about a research paper. It’s another thing entirely to be able to critically evaluate and appropriately apply the information from the research. Research Bites members are trained to analyze the limitations of research, determine the implications for the dogs they work with, and effectively apply the results.

Has access to fellow highly educated and trained professionals. A key feature of Research Bites membership is the live discussions members engage in each month. Members have the ability to ask other members as well as Dr. Spaulding for advice on specific cases.

Ultimately, Research Bites members have the information and tools they need to help your dog. They take their work seriously and value continuing education and science-based techniques. You’ve come to the right place!

Interested in joining Research Bites yourself?