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Dr. Valeri Farmer-Dougan


Director, Canine Behavior and Cognition Laboratory

Illinois State University

  • ​PhD in Experimental Psychology: Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Specialty: Animal Behavior, emphasis in Canine Behavior
  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP)
  • Associate Certified Canine Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (ACCBC)
  • Puppy Start Right certified trainer
  • CGC Evaluator
  • Member, Association for Pet Dog Trainers and Animal Behavior Society

   Why don't  dogs don't live as long as people? 
People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life. 
-- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?

Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'​ ​

Office Hours:  Fall 2018

     Tuesday 11 Am to 11:50 AM

Thursday 12 noon to 1:30 PM 

                    or by appointment​

Office: DeGarmo460
Canine Behavior and Cognition Laboratory:
Pet Central Helps Animal Rescue and Shelter
360 Wiley Drive, Normal, IL 61761
Graduate Student:  
 Sarah Lozano-Zeibart and Cody Atkinson

  Office hours: TBA

Current Course and Laboratory Info 


  P33​​​​1.03-01: Advanced Laboratory in 

Operant  Behavior

 Tues 12-1:20 IN FSA 115; 

  Tues/Thurs labs at 4, 5 and 6pm at PCH

  P360.01 Learning:​

T/Th 2:00-3:25 DEG 406



 Canine Behavior and Cognition Laboratory​



  Academic vitae

    My Canine Research Assistants 

Born 7/29/2014 he is now my sesrvice dog.
Please don't pet him if he is working, but if his vest is off...he is just a bundle of love! He will keep you entertained, and eat your lunch if you are not careful!​
20151030_121537 (2).jpg Pip The Pouting Poodle
Born 5/9/2103, Pip is our resident Therapy Dog. 
Excellent at greatings and being in a snit! She may look innocent, but don't believe her!​

  Moe: 8 year old Deaf/low vision Australian Shepherd
He may not see or hear well, but he always makes sure the doors
and gates are closed!

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7 year old Deaf/blind
Australian Shepherd. 
Rocks at scent work....including finding treats you have  left around the lab

My faithful companions now on the Rainbow Bridge​
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In Memoriam:
9.5 year old Deaf Australian Shepherd

December 29, 2009 to June 20, 2019

Miss Zoomba Changed my life, my research, my career. Forever am I grateful for her. I miss her dealy.

In memoriam: 

Seamus  (CGC titled)

 My "old man" Golden Retriever and faithful test dog. He was my KPA dog, my savior, he was my everything. 

March 23, 2005 to June 24, 2015.
 He was the bestest

friend ever!
In memoriam: Miss Lilly Puppy  

Faithful friend and sweetheart


​ dog paw print clip art - bright blue paw print A Dog Lover's Motto dog paw print clip art - bright blue paw print

So live like a dog:

Live simply; Love generously; Care deeply; Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like: 

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face 

to be pure ecstasy.

Take naps, Stretch before rising and run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your 

back on the grass..

On hot days, drink lots of water 

and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around 

and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. 

Be loyal and never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently. 



Want to help? Here are two rescues that I currently work with....... 

they love donations and/or volunteers. 

-And think of the karma you will build up with the dogs!

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