Parrots Need You! The Lacey Act and USDA-APHIS

Parrots Need You! The Lacey Act and USDA-APHIS

Summary: Two new sets of regulations, from different parts of the US Government, are poised to create serious problems for parrot caregivers, avian veterinarians, rescuers, and breeders. This article looks at the legal foundations of the proposed amendments to the...
Who Keeps the Dog? Divorce Advice from a Pet Custody Expert

Who Keeps the Dog? Divorce Advice from a Pet Custody Expert

Anyone who works with family pets is likely to end up with clients in the heartbreaking situation of getting a divorce and needing to decide who keeps the dog. For those of you who have had this experience already, or will in the future, this article is designed to...
Brie Breathes Easy: Training a Cat to Enjoy an Inhaler

Brie Breathes Easy: Training a Cat to Enjoy an Inhaler

When I took Brie to the emergency vet, his respiration rate was over 80 breaths per minute. His two-day stay in the oxygen kennel receiving IV fluids and additional medications brought his respiration rate back into the normal range. The veterinary specialist...
Continuing the Virtual Classroom at SPCA Monterey County

Continuing the Virtual Classroom at SPCA Monterey County

In November 2020, the IAABC Foundation Journal published our article on switching to online dog training classes due to COVID. We wanted to present a follow-up article to show the progress of our program and some of our observations. Client stats Clients have enjoyed...
Case Study: Luna — Reactivity to Other Dogs Part 1

Case Study: Luna — Reactivity to Other Dogs Part 1

Summary: A case of dog-dog reactivity in an energetic older dog, is made more complicated by the client’s specific situation and set of needs, and then turns into human-directed aggression as their living situation becomes more stressful. Working within...
Sex in the Psittacine

Sex in the Psittacine

Summary: The dedication most parrot caregivers have to their avian companion’s wellbeing, combined with their air-conditioned, artificially-lighted indoor lifestyles, means they are in perfect shape to want to reproduce. If they’re not careful, caregivers...
Working with Shy Dogs in a Class Setting

Working with Shy Dogs in a Class Setting

Summary: Not all shy dogs need one-on-one work, and not all caregivers are capable of finding that environment. A class for shy dogs can work, if the environment is properly set up and a skeleton lesson plan is thoughtfully prepared. This article gives some tips and...
Issue 24 Table Of Contents

Issue 24 Table Of Contents

DOG: Who Keeps The Dog? Advice From A Pet Custody Expert by  Karis Bryen, CDBC, Accredited Family Mediator DOG: Case Study: Luna — Reactivity To Other Dogs Part 1 by Jen Gumas CDBC, CCPDT-KA, CBATI DOG: Working With Shy Dogs In A Class Setting  by Alicia L....
Case Study: Jumbo — Extreme Fearfulness in a Cat

Case Study: Jumbo — Extreme Fearfulness in a Cat

Summary: What do you do when your newly-adopted cat refuses to stop hiding under the bed? 4-year-old Jumbo had a rough start in life, and now he was in danger of losing another home. When Certified Cat Behavior Consultant Hongfei Li was called, his caregiver was at...
Enrichment for Snakes (And Other Reptiles)

Enrichment for Snakes (And Other Reptiles)

Summary: An enriched environment for reptiles under captive management isn’t just a tank with some extra objects in it. To really enrich the lives of our reptiles, we need to be creative and introduce some novelty into their lives. This article introduces...