SAT APRIL 27
8:30-9:30 am LECTURE | LH2
Session II: The Science of Human-Canine Teams
Performance and Working Dogs
Jane Russenberger, BS
GUIDING EYES FOR THE BLIND
DIRECTOR OF BREEDING AND GENETICS
Optimizing Genetic Potential for Behavior at Guiding Eyes for the Blind Guide Dogs
Genetics sets the stage, and environment influences the outcome. Jane will share insights and longitudinal measures on the behavior of over 2500 dogs. She will highlight behaviors that respond well to genetic selection, and practical steps to positively impact adult behavior through socialization and puppy raising. An overview of the data collection methods and the Behavior Checklist scoring system will be provided.
Over the past 31 years, Jane has been the Director of Genetics and Breeding at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, New York. Using various scoring systems in collaboration with multiple specialists, Jane has studied and scored aspects of behavior on thousands of potential guide dogs. The knowledge gained has been incorporated into improving the genetic as well as environmental influences on behavior of 170 Labrador and German Shepherd guide dogs annually produced by Guiding Eyes for the Blind.