SPARCS 2018 International Conference on Dog Behavior

We're back! Join us for the 4th SPARCS International Conference on Dog Behavior presented by The National Canine Research Council!

  • Where New York's Hudson Valley
  • When June 1st - June 3rd

About The 2018 Conference

Canine Behavioral Genetics: Leading scientists reveal what we know, what we don't, and what it means for dogs and the people who love them

The SPARCS Conference is a three-day scientific conference hosted by National Canine Research Council that blends the format of a traditional academic conference with a format that is welcoming, friendly, and engaging for all audiences. 

At SPARCS animal behavior scientists present, discuss, and debate their findings. Six prestigious speakers will give in-depth talks pertaining to this year’s theme of canine behavioral genetics. They’ll talk about how they set up their research designs and what they discovered, and what they think should be investigated next. 

Each of the 3 days concludes with a panel discussion sparked by questions from the audience, both in the room and around the world, including many still open questions where the scientists may or may not agree.

This conference puts the brightest minds and most ground-breaking information into one three day event and makes it accessible to everyone.

No more excuses about the cost of a good education.

Whether you are a researcher, a student, or simply a person who wants to better understand your own animal companions, the SPARCS experience gives you access to rigorous, cutting-edge science that addresses your questions for free.

Technology offers us the opportunity to bring you that knowledge. You can watch and listen to these brilliant scientists via any device that can stream. You can even listen from your car via your phone! 


How can I attend this year's conference? 

This year's conference is only accessible via live stream.

How much does the live stream cost? 

It's 100% free! 

Do I need specific software to watch the live stream? 

No. You can access it right here on our website!

If I can't attend in person, how can I engage with the presenters and ask questions? 

Our conference science hosts will be live tweeting and fielding questions during the conference. Follow @doyoubelieveindog on Twitter and Facebook to stay connected!

I was a SPARCS member — how do I log in to the website? 

SPARCS is no longer a membership organization and so membership features have been disabled.  

I'd like to present at the conference. Do you still accept abstract submissions?

At this time we are not accepting abstracts. 

Who is National Canine Research Council (NCRC)? 

NCRC is a non-profit canine behavior science and policy think tank. Our mission is to underwrite, conduct and disseminate academically rigorous research that studies dogs in the context of human society. Read more about us here