Man’s best friend. Dogs didn’t earn that badge for nothing. Loyal and friendly, the evolution of dogs as a domesticated human companion – some have posited this to have happened some 33,000 years ago – went hand-in-hand with the development of human achievement, starting with the basics of civilization, and onto space travel and beyond. But what is it that makes dogs such a compelling species, the ubiquitous human companion? Have you ever wondered why your dog wags its tail? Or perhaps what’s going on behind the eyes when she slightly cocks her head to a side with a look of befuddled understanding? Veterinarian and Animal Behaviorist Lisa Radosta will look to dispel some of the myths swirling around dogs at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s latest round of the Science on Tap series at O’Shea’s Irish Pub on Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m.
“People are obsessed with their pets,” said Kate Arrizza, SFSCA’s COO, “its only fitting that we would have a Science on Tap event dedicated [to dogs].”
Tapping Radosta as the evening’s expert, the pedigree behind the science is extensive. As a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Radosta became a board certified veterinary behaviorist after a three-year residency in behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her practice, Florida Veterinary Behavior Service, works with dogs, cats and birds helping treat issues with aggression, dementia, separation anxiety, compulsive behavior, and more, through treatment sessions, assessments and behavior modifications.
In true Science on Tap fashion, who’s motto “drink up and get smart” speaks to casual educational environment where guests have fun while learning about everyday curiosities, Radosta will highlight the science behind a variety of dog traits – body language, emotion and intelligence – while relating a few cases/stories from her patients, and fielding questions from the audience. There just so happens to be a cure for that spooked pup that cowers under the bed at the first clap of thunder. Find out how ease the fear, Guinness in hand, in one has to be the most fun doggie care class yet.
- Science on Tap is a free event.
- Dogs are welcome!
- O’Shea’s happy hour ($3 draft beers, $4 bottle beers, $1 off well drinks) will begin at 7 p.m. and run through the discussion.
- For more information, visit sfsciencecenter.org.