Our Mission

The Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science (SPARCS) is a non-profit organization now maintained by The National Canine Research Council, created to bridge the gap between canine science and dog lovers by providing an international platform where modern animal behavior science can be presented, discussed, and debated by the greatest minds in canine science. SPARCS hosts an international conference where speakers give in-depth presentations pertaining to questions about dog behavior, welfare, and key issues the world faces in the human-canine bond.

We believe that the future of animal welfare is beholden to scientific inquiry as it is through research that new knowledge can inspire new questions. However, out of the billions of dollars that are devoted to research, very little is awarded to animal behavior and canine scientists. With an ever increasing worldwide dog population, there has never been a more important time to investigate the social and ecological aspects of the human-canine bond as we journey into the 21st century. To this end, SPARCS hopes to use public interest in canine science to generate new grants that are profoundly needed for researchers to continue to learn more about our best friend.

About NCRC

National Canine Research Council 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. We advocate innovative and practical canine policy that:

1. Is based on empirically-verified data.

2. Is based on research that embodies the principle that dogs must be considered in relation to humans.

3. Removes barriers to safe and humane pet ownership.

Our vision is to progress in our understanding of our relationship with dogs so that limited resources of time and money are spent on studies that consider the full context in which dogs live, rather than on research that fails to consider dogs in their human controlled environment. We aspire to develop a collective expectation that any canine behavior studies may impact public policy and thus the welfare of dogs and their owners. Canine behavior research should therefore be held to a high standard of sound methodology and should always correctly characterize dogs as individuals living in a man-made environment.