Disasters of upbringing, are these the pathways to aggression in people and dogs?


Wednesday 30 November 2016


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Comparative Medicine Network


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about this event

Is aggression in dogs is completely genetic? Or does human society play a part? 

The Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) was introduced by the Government in response to incidents of serious injury or death resulting from attacks by aggressive and uncontrolled dogs, especially on children.

This meeting will look at the Dangerous Dog Act and the question of nature vs nurture – is there a difference in the psychology and effects of genetics of dogs and humans, two similarly social animals whose lives have been intertwined for thousands of years? And should experts in both animal sciences and human behavioural sciences compare notes to see if there is a link between the two? 

It will cover topics including the social bonding consequences of being 'man's best friend' in the modern age, when people are at risk and when animals are at risk. It will also highlight the overlap between the protection of children from aggressive animals and animal protection from humans. 

This meeting will be of interest if you in animal care and work with those who come across violent people and aggressive dogs. General Practitioners in human and veterinary practice will also gain insights to expand the evidence used to make everyday decisions, as well as accident and emergency staff, social services and all those working in child and animal abuse protection. 

This meeting is being held in association with the Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section.

Call for abstracts

Scott and Fuller poster presentation 
Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 2 November 2016

Knowledge of Scott and Fuller is fundamental to any successful work in dog behaviour and so this meeting invites delegates to present a poster exploring the ideas of the work of John Scott and John Fuller. Click here for more information on Scott and Fuller

To apply, please submit an abstract (no longer than 300 words) explaining the work that the poster would include. The top abstracts will be selected to present as a poster at the meeting on Wednesday 30 November 2016. 

Please send abstracts to comparative@rsm.ac.uk


9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

Introduction and welcome

9.40 am

The social bonding consequences of being 'man's best friend' in the modern age

Professor Peter Neville, Animal Behaviourist, Centre of Applied Pet Ethology, UK and Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University, USA

10.20 am

Attachment throughout human life

Dr Adrian Vos, Consultant Psychiatrist for the Older Person, 2Gether Mental Health Trust, Formerly of Thumbswood Mother and Baby unit

10.50 am

Question and answer session

11.00 am

Tea and coffee break and poster exhibition: Scott and Fuller on socialisation

11.30 am

Unleashed: My pet weapon

Dr Simon Harding, Criminologist, Middlesex University and Author of Unleashed, the Phenomenon of Status Dogs and Weapon Dogs

12.10 pm

Shades of violence: The vet’s role in tackling abuse in animals and humans

Dr Freda Scott-Park, Chairman, Links Group

12.40 pm

Question and answer session

12.50 pm


1.50 pm

A two year old goes into hospital: A film by James Robertson (1911–1988)

2.40 pm

A child's trauma becomes a young man's violence: Treating patients who have killed

Dr Carine Minne, Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy, Broadmoor Hospital, West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Portman Clinic, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Psychoanalyst, BPAS

3.20 pm

A review of the breed specific legislation in the US and Canada since inception to now

Dr Sagi Denenberg, American Specialist in Veterinary Behaviour, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine

4.00 pm

Question and answer session

4.20 pm

Completion of evaluation forms and close of meeting

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For information on this event, contact Charlotte CordreyTel: 0207 290 3935 Email: comparative@rsm.ac.uk arrow