The Genetics of Aggression

with Dr. Jessica Hekman DVM, PhD

What do (and don't) we know about how genetics affects canine aggression and other parts of dog personality? In this webinar, Jessica Hekman will take a deep dive into her own area of research - how genetics affects personality in dogs, with an emphasis on aggression. How much of canine personality is due to genetics and how much to environment? How do researchers track down genes related to personality? Have any such genes yet been found? Can we expect a genetic test for dog aggression any time soon? In this webinar, Jessica will particularly address examples from human literature about the genetic influences of aggression. There will be something for everyone, so come listen and ask questions, whether you are just starting to wrap your head around genetics or whether you're a confirmed science geek! The webinar will be recorded and available one day following the event if you cannot attend live.

What's included?

  • CEUs!

    1.5 CEUs available for CCPDT, IAABC, and KPA

  • Q&A Time with Jessica

    30 minutes of bonus Q&A time with Jessica is included in the recording!

  • Recordings available!

    Lifetime access to the recording!

Your Speaker!


Dr. Jessica Hekman

Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, is a behavioral geneticist. She is one of the founders of the Functional Dog Collaborative (, a non-profit which seeks to change the conversation around dog breeding in the dog loving community. She also teaches behavioral biology at the Virginia Tech online Masters program for Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare, and offers webinars online and consults with breeders about genetic testing and breeding choices. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs.