All the Worst Puppy Problems: Housetraining Hang-Ups

All the Worst Puppy Problems: Housetraining Hang-Ups

Many of my puppy clients were unprepared for how maddening it is to have a little animal peeing and pooping all over their floors. Housetraining can be one of the biggest frustrations for dog guardians, and incomplete housetraining is a frequent cause of shelter...
Play: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Play: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Good play Play is good exercise for the body and mind, and also creates social bonds. But how can you tell if the cats are playing or fighting? Let’s start with an easy case. The cats have many pauses between swats, chases, and pounces. During these pauses they have...
Claire: A Case Story

Claire: A Case Story

History Claire came to us nearly two years ago. She was a 4-year-old medium-sized, short-haired, tri-colored dog of unknown breed origin. She came in a batch of dogs that were from a severe hoarding case. There were many dogs living in a single feces-filled room and...
An Interview with Dr. Lauren Finka

An Interview with Dr. Lauren Finka

Dr. Lauren Finka is a postdoctoral researcher in animal welfare at the University of Nottingham Trent in the U.K. Her specialization is in feline behavior, particularly in sheltered cats. Dr. Finka recently co-authored a research paper entitled “Providing Humans With...
A Guide to Socializing Older (Fractious) Kittens

A Guide to Socializing Older (Fractious) Kittens

It is generally understood that a kitten’s socialization period is between 2 and 8 weeks of age. In overcrowded shelter environments with limited resources, that socialization period can act as a decision-maker. If the kitten is within that time frame, send them to...
A tribute to Dr. Pat Anderson

A tribute to Dr. Pat Anderson

Dr. Patricia Anderson, CPBC, was a much-loved and respected member of IAABC, who sadly passed away on July 26th this year. To honor Pat’s contributions to IAABC’s Parrot Division and especially to The IAABC Journal, we are republishing her articles,...
The Dead Dogs on My Phone

The Dead Dogs on My Phone

The notification pops up on my phone that I am nearly out of storage, so I begin the process of cleaning up the biggest memory-eater on my phone: photos. As I scroll through, deleting the various screenshots, memes, and duplicates, I see her. She is sleeping deeply on...
Case Study: Tommy, Fear of Clippers

Case Study: Tommy, Fear of Clippers

Client: Annie, an experienced horse owner Horse’s name: Tommy Sex: Gelding Age: 21    Time with current owner: 12 years Height: 15.1hh Accommodation: Zero grass barefoot track livery (large mixed herd) Exercise: Hacking, hand walking and occasional clicker training...
Building Resilience Through Rapport with Recovery Markers

Building Resilience Through Rapport with Recovery Markers

Resilience, as applied to discussions of animal temperament, refers to an animal’s ability to recover and move on from a stressful or startling event. Many factors affect resilience, including the degree to which an event is stressful or threatening (nearly dropping a...
Case Study: Human Directed Aggression in a Horse

Case Study: Human Directed Aggression in a Horse

Client: Experienced female horse owner in her 40s Horse’s name: Baron Breed: Welsh Section D Sex: Gelding Age: 5 BIOP: 2 years Height: 15hh Other horses owned by client: One 10-year-old gelding, 16.1hh, and one aged pony gelding, 13hh Accommodation: DIY at livery...
Chicken Enrichment

Chicken Enrichment

The benefits of enrichment for chickens Providing enrichment to our dogs and cats is becoming a common practice for most pet owners. However, all animals can benefit from enrichment, including our feathered friends! Backyard chickens are becoming increasingly popular...
Deaf dogs: A Unique Communication

Deaf dogs: A Unique Communication

How can deaf dogs understand humans? We all know that the process of domesticating dogs has made them develop a unique ability to read our gestures and body postures, to the point of making decisions and performing behaviors according to what we expect from them. A...