Lessons on animal behavior

Animal Science Class Learns How Search and Rescue Dogs are Trained

Robin Habeger demonstrates the importance of play with Moses for students in animal science 336 class. Download Larger Image
Talyn, a nine year-old Border Collie, awaits instructions. Download Larger Image

Robin Habeger, development officer with the Iowa State Foundation, demonstrates training methods she uses with her dogs. Moses, a two year-old yellow Lab/Golden Retriever, is one of two search and rescue dogs owned by Habeger. During the training demostration she emphasizes the importance of body language, timing and play as a reward for working dogs. The students are in Anna Johnson's Domestic Animal Behavior and Well-being class. Johnson is an assistant professor in the animal science department.