Issue 21 | November 2021 — Feature

Pushing ALL My Buttons: Dogs Using Communication Buttons

Lately there have been a lot of videos all over the internet of dogs using buttons to ask for things. The dogs ask to go out, go to the park, for dinner, all manner of things. At first it was one or two dogs, and now there’s a whole industry of buttons you can buy to...

By Elizabeth H. "Kizz" Robinson, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Issue 20 | September 2021 — Feature

Issue 19 | May 2021 — Feature

Shelter Behavior and Medical Teams Find Success Through Synergy

Julio’s first vaccination at Friends For Life Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, was exhausting for everyone involved. The 60-pound dog had repeatedly wriggled out of traditional holds and was ultimately wrapped in a blanket and forcefully restrained before the vaccine...

By Melissa Taylor, Lori Seelhoff, DVM, Jennifer Pallanich, CPDT-KA

Issue 18 | February 2021 — Feature

Lessons from my Dogs: Reflections on Animal Rights and Dog Training

Discussions of animal rights are generally confined to activist communities, academic books, and journals, and we rarely see these conversations taken up by behaviourists and trainers, but these conversations are important. Although thinking about animal rights and...

By Dr. Andrea V. Breen

Issue 17 | November 2020 — Feature

Issue 16 | July 2020 — Feature

Zoos: Time Saving Through Training

There’s a conundrum when it comes to the training and behavior management of animals in zoos: Training may be considered important for the management of animals but is often viewed as a luxury.  It’s not uncommon to hear keepers make statements such as, “I’ll train if...

By Eduardo J. Fernandez and Peter Giljam

Issue 15 | April 2020 — Feature

Issue 14 | January 2020 — Feature

What Dog Behavior Doesn’t Teach You About Sheep

Anna and I were standing at the back of a queue of woolly bottoms. Anna is my German shepherd dog, and the woolly bottoms belong to my 200 Poll Dorset sheep. We all work together on a small farm in Dorset, U.K., where we study traditional herding techniques,...

By Pat Tagg, M.Sc, CABC

Issue 13 | October 2019 — Feature

Issue 12 | August 2019 — Feature

Overcoming Fear in a Traumatized Horse: Magnum’s story

Magnum—a paint Clydesdale/Stockhorse cross gelding—came to live with us at the end of 2004. We had recently moved to a large property, and my plan was to get two horses to go on quiet trail rides through the forest. I’d had a lifelong love of horses, but my...

By Heather Binns

Issue 11 | April 2019 — Feature

IAABC’s Position on Dominance  

Dominance is a concept we frequently encounter in discussions of companion animal behavior. Many pet owners believe that the most important thing they can do to ensure their animal behaves appropriately is to establish themselves as “dominant,” “the alpha mare,” or...

By The IAABC Editing Team

Issue 10 | February 2019 — Feature

Spay and Neuter Surgery’s Effects on Dog Health

Twenty-odd years ago when I first started practicing veterinary medicine, if a client asked when they should spay or neuter their dog, my response was “6 or 7 months of age,” and then we would move on to the next question. Today, when a client asks when they should...

By David Lane, DVM

Issue 9 | October 2018 — Feature

Issue 8 | July 2018 — Feature

Choice, Control, and Training for Ectotherms

Research into the ethological needs and cognitive abilities of companion animals like dogs has increased exponentially in recent years, leading to a greater understanding of what they need to have good welfare and how we can meet those needs. There is still a great...

By Carrie Kish

Issue 7 | April 2018 — Feature

How Accurate are Those Dog DNA Tests? Insights and Challenges in Decoding DNA

1. Stanford University School of Medicine; 2. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard For a purebred dog and, on occasion, even a first-generation hybrid, breed-inference services often just confirm what the dog owner already knows. Sometimes a pedigree is available,...

By Linda Boettger, PhD and Diane P. Genereux, PhD

Issue 6 | February 2018 — Feature

Riggins and Wallace – A Tale of Two Pitties

Background My intake form is pretty basic. I use it primarily for triage. Is the dog being an unruly adolescent in an adult-only home, or do we have a just-turned-adult snapping at toddlers? This intake rose to the top, not because there was imminent danger, but...

By Erika Lessa, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Issue 5 | October 2017 — Feature

Issue 4 | July 2017 — Feature

Issue 3 | April 2017 — Feature

Multisensory Enrichment for Shelter Dogs

I have worked in the animal industry for over 18 years. I currently work at the Arizona Humane Society, where my original title was canine welfare specialist. My role is to provide mental and physical stimulation to the dogs in our care. We get a lot of medically...

By Mik Moeller

Issue 2 | February 2017 — Feature

Issue 1 | October 2016 — Feature

Relapse of Conditioned Fear in Horses: The Four R’s

My 18-year-old thoroughbred is a warrior in most respects. He barely flicks an ear at a motorcycle speeding past as we cross the road; he nods politely and winks at a large coyote standing at the trail’s edge (in truth, the wink may just be a tic in his bum right...

By Robin Foster

Issue 22 | June 2016 — Feature

A Physiotherapy Program for Bears at Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre

Introduction Bear bile has been used in traditional Asian medicine for thousands of years. The practice of farming bears for their bile is prevalent in numerous countries across Asia, including Vietnam.1, 2 Most commonly, Asiatic black bears, Ursus thibetanus...

By Kate Shipton (BVetMed MRCVS) and Sarah van Herpt (BSc, MSc, CVN)