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‘Your Ideal Canine Companion’ presentation Thursday at Lake Tahoe

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center will host Drs. Benjamin and Lynette Hart for "Your Ideal Canine Companion" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.

The Harts will present new information on breed-specific and gender-specific behavioral profiles of dogs most commonly chosen as companions in the mountains, including golden retrievers, labrador retrievers, German shepherds, rottweilers, boxers and chihuahuas, according to a news release.

The doctors also are expected to share information about timing a spay or neuter procedure to reduce the likelihood of joint disorders and some cancers, and where there are major breed or gender differences.

Benjamin Hart, DVM, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where he was Chief of the Behavior Service. He now leads a research project studying the adverse effects of spay/neuter with regards to breed, gender, and age of neutering.

Lynette Hart, PhD, is Professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she teaches and does research on human-animal interactions. She is a collaborator on the spay/neuter project.

Happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m. The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences is located at 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village on the campus of Sierra Nevada College.

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Visit tahoe.ucdavis.edu/events or call 775-881-7566 for information.