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Discover Dogs at the Ulster Museum and Belfast Botanic Gardens

Environment & Nature History & Society Science Communication
Discover Dogs at the Ulster Museum and Belfast Botanic Gardens
Event Description

Are you a dog lover? Do you want to learn more about the cutting edge research taking place in the canine world? If so, this day is not to be missed. Join NI Science Festival and a selection of researchers and trainers from across Ireland to explore a range of topics across canine behaviour, dog history, healthcare and what it takes to become a dog detective.


Located outdoors in the grounds in front of the Ulster Museum.

10.30am - 11.00am - Dr Caroline Finlay - Dogs that Sniff out Data

11.30am - 12.00noon - PSNI - Specialist Search, Drug Scanning and Victim Recovery Dogs

2.30pm - 3.00pm - Thinking Like a Dog : The Importance of Play with Michael McCartney (Glen-Craig Canine Training)


Ulster Museum Lecture Theatre

12.30pm - 1.30pm Through a Vet's Eyes with Sean Wensley - Booking Essential.

Dr Sean Wensley is an award-winning vet and lifelong naturalist, advocating animal wellbeing around the world. Fusing keen scientific insight with tender meditations on the natural world, Through a Vet's Eyes reveals the injustices which animals experience every day and raises an important question: how can we choose a better life for animals? (Book sales and signing will follow)


Learning Classroom - Ulster Museum

Admission is free but registration is essential. All events are approximately 30 minutes (20 mins talk and 10 minute Q&A)

Dogs that Sniff Out Data! - Conservation Detection Dogs - Dr Caroline Finlay

Dr. Caroline Finlay will guide us through how dogs are using their noses to collect information on a range of species including, bats, birds, squirrels and rare plants, and how they are helping conservation projects around the globe.

Happy Dog Rules - Julie Haggerty from Dogs Trust Northern Ireland

Julie Haggerty is an Education and Community Officer for Dogs Trust Northern Ireland. In this talk Julie will be joined by Paula Mulgrew and will inform dog owners how they can use role play, repetition and action to teach 5 safety rules about our own behaviour to ensure the dogs in our lives are relaxed and happy.

Dog Training Without The Dogs - The Science Behind It - Dr Tara Cooper

What works better - the carrot or the stick? Tara explores the science of dog training, has a look at the behaviour in dog training and shows a surprise recording of rabbit training.

  • Location: Learning Zone, Ulster Museum

  • Time: 12.00pm - 12.30pm

  • Admission: Free but registration is essential.

  • Suitability: 8yrs +

  • Booking / Registration Link

More than Just Puppy Love - The Science of the Human-Canine Bond - Katharine Creagh MSc

Katharine Creagh explains the incredible science behind the Human-Canine bond, with some insights into how you can strengthen the bond with your own dog!

Enrichment for Kennelled Dogs - Dr Deborah Wells (Animal Behaviour Centre, School of Psychology, QUB) in collaboration with Dr Tara Cooper

Contextualising representations of dogs in the Irish archaeological record: Iconography, Ritual and Myth

Please note that no dogs apart from assistance Dogs will be permitted in the Ulster Museum. Dogs are however welcome in the Botanic Gardens as long as they are kept on a lead.

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