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Core emotional states and their role in behaviour

presented by
by Karin Pienaar (Landsberg)

Our emotional feelings reflect our ability to subjectively experience certain states of the nervous system" Professor Jaak Panksepp.  Simply put, emotions govern behaviour!

As professionals working in the animal behaviour field, an understanding of Panksepp's work is absolutely imperative. Not only to help the animals we are charged with, but to also understand and help their humans.  Panksepp identified seven core emotional systems which play a crucial role in mammalian behaviour. These systems are CARE, SEEKING, PLAY, LUST, PANIC, FEAR and RAGE.  This modern approach to emotions (and how taking seriously the emotions of other animals) will improve the lives of millions. In this discussion we will be exploring each system to see how it affects behaviour: not only our own, but also that of our companion animals.

Part 2 consists of an overview of the positive & negative states & the common behaviour profiles associated with these.    The presentation will also include a brief overview of COAPE's ground-breaking EMRA & ESTA approaches when addressing emotional problems in companion animals. 


Thursday 19 July 2018

Bookings close on Friday 13th July 2018

VENUE:    Cabanga Conference Centre
252A Montrose Avenue, Randburg
TIME:    18h30 Registration.  Talk is from 19h00 to 21h00 with a short interval.
COST:    R125 for ABC members
R175 for non-members

Bernice Boshoff-Viljoen - (07 4291 5502) Tea, coffee and snacks will be served.

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

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Karin Pienaar (Landsberg)

Karin has been working in the field of animal behaviour and behaviour therapy in South Africa since 1997. She studied Animal Behaviour in the UK, and completed her Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour through the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE). She is a qualified international Practitioner member of the CAPBT, as well as a fully Accredited Animal Behaviour Consultant.

She worked as a Behaviour Practitioner in Cape Town for 9 years, and  moved to Johannesburg in 2007 where she and her business partners established the highly successful COAPE SA along with its sister business – ThinkingPets. After 20 years of consulting, Karin’s main focus now is presenting the COAPE Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and tutoring students.  In her spare moments though she still enjoys helping clients with their pet behaviour problems. Karin is one of only two Practitioners licensed internationally to offer COAPE’s prestigious courses ( ). In addition to frequently appearing on Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talk, Jacaranda FM and in the media (50/50, Dieremaniere and SABC 3/2), she was also part of the “Animal Talk” radio team, and she writes for Animal Talk, Cat’s Life and several overseas magazines. Karin is contracted to Eukanuba as their Behaviour Specialist, presenting seminars across South Africa and helping clients with any behavioural problems they are experiencing with their pets.

She runs the COAPE SA Behavioural Enrichment Program in partnership with the Johannesburg Zoo, where COAPE’s trademarked EMRA and ESTA Principles are applied to increase behavioural health for all the species at the zoo, while doing clicker training to facilitate in animal care.  For more information visit





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