1. What is SPARCS?
    SPARCS is the Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science. SPARCS began as a way to bring researchers and dog trainers together in order to provide the most up-to-date, scientifically-based methods to dog training. The goal is to improve the lives of dogs and to support the canine-human bond. For more information, please see our About page.
  2. Do I need a membership?
    You do not need a membership! When National Canine Research Council acquired SPARCS, all content was made available online, free of charge.
  3. How much does it cost?
    SPARCS is free! National Canine Research Council sponsors the conference and provides all materials--including the livestream and archived videos--for free to anyone interested.
  4. Who is National Canine Research Council?
    National Canine Research Council is a non-profit canine behavior science and policy think tank whose mission is to underwrite, conduct and disseminate academically rigorous research that studies dogs in the context of human society. National Canine Research Council advocates 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.

    National Canine Research Council's 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. They 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. 

    More information about National Canine Research Council's acquisition of SPARCS can be found on our About page.

  5. How can I watch?
    Watch live right from home by using this link to our livestream. Follow along on Twitter by using the conference hashtag (#SPARCS2020).