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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...

By Eduardo J. Fernandez and Peter Giljam

Training to Keep Cats Safe in Cars

Veterinarians must do the impossible to preserve the physical and emotional health of their patients. Advising owners on how to transport their pets in a vehicle is essential, since it...

By Dr. Silvia Vai

Case Study: “Remy” – Aversion to Towels

Behavior complaints: Human-directed aggression while being toweled off. Client reports that Remy runs at the sight of the towel. When her owner has held Remy by the collar to towel...

By Lauren Rubin

Reinforce This!

Video examples of delivering reinforcement to different species, from dogs to genets, porcupines to lorikeets

By Tiro Miller, PhD and the IAABC Editing Team

Boo! Training a Bear 2019

Readers were introduced to Boo, a male grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horriblis), in the Winter 2018 and Winter 2019 issues of the IAABC Journal. Born in 2002, Boo weighs around...

By Cindy Peacock, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP

Experiencing Natural Encounters, Inc. as a Professional Animal Trainer

I applied to the Natural Encounters Inc. (NEI) professional animal training course in April. I spent the rest of the year eagerly anticipating the course. I figured January was a...

By Robin Horemans KPA-CTP

Experiences from CICA 2020

With great enthusiasm, I traveled to Mexico City to participate in CICA 2020. I arrived two days earlier to meet my IAABC Mexico colleagues and to finally get to know...

By Uli Grodeke

Socially Conscious Sheltering

The concept of socially conscious sheltering (SCS) as an approach to sheltering was developed in Colorado by shelter leaders Apryl Steele, DVM, Jan McHugh-Smith, Lisa Pederson, and Judy Calhoun. Three...

By Dot Baisly and Mara Velez

Coping with Quarantine at a Shelter

Every shelter likely experiences some sort of disease uptick during certain times of year. At MCACC East, we are no different. In May 2019, staff and volunteers noticed an increase...

By Kim Schulze, MS

Petting and Stroking Parrots

Many of our clients have been told not to pet their parrots. Don’t touch your bird here, don’t touch your bird there…but of course they (and we!) still want to,...

By Shauna Roberts, CPBC

Chronic Pain, the Brain, and Behavior

Pain, simply defined, is an aversive sensory experience. In general, it can be broadly categorized as either nociceptive or neuropathic. Nociceptive pain is caused by a noxious stimulus, associated with...

By Nicole Ribeiro

Should Play Be Part of a Puppy Kindergarten Class?

Early puppy socialization classes can have the most beneficial effect on the future success of a dog’s life. Good classes teach owners how to better understand their puppy, while introducing...

By Shelley Doan

Tossing Food in Service Dog Training

There is a huge variety in service dog tasks, and there are some core skills every service dog should possess. For example, they should all be able to be in...

By Matthias Lenz

Working with Penny, a Fearful Horse

I have been working with dogs and their humans for over 20 years. In the last two to three years I have been practicing the use of training with applied...

By Sylvia Koczerzuk, CDBC

When Academic Life Meets Dog Life

Having a desire for balance between life and work is something that most people can easily relate to. Being in academics can be challenging in and of itself. Add in...

By Erin Jones, MSc., CPDT-KA, CDBC

Beyond the Gate

Have you done cat reintroductions for clients, where everything was going fine until they removed the gate? Perhaps a cat chased the other one once the gate was removed. Or...

By Patience Fisher, ACCBC

Kids and Shelter Dogs Teach Each Other

As a professional working in animal behavior and training, I have always enjoyed the partnership of human and non-human animal, and what a better way to embrace that than to...

By Maria Eguren

The Welfare of Pet Hedgehogs

Although hedgehogs have been domesticated for a significant period of time (dating back to B.C. times), they remain for the most part the solitary, relatively unsocial creatures that they are...

By Luisa Depta

Behind the Scenes with Chaser, the “World’s Smartest Dog”

In a world where human beings claim to be the superior thinking creature, some of us are convinced that dogs, our lifetime partners, possess cognitive capabilities far more sophisticated than...

By Pierinna Isis Tenchio


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Issue 21

Issue 21 | August 2021


Enrichment for New Cat Behavior Consultants, A Horse Afraid of Clippers, How you can Advocate for Exotic Pets, Clicker Training Research, Shelter Programs to Prevent Pandemic Puppy Returns, and more...

Issue 20

Issue 20 | May 2021


Old Farm Dogs, Recovery Markers, Horse and Cat Case Studies in Aggression, Trauma-Informed Behavior Consulting, Working With Deaf Dogs, Chicken Enrichment, and more...

Issue 19

Issue 19 | February 2021


The Canine Scent Detection Behavior Chain, A Joyful World for Dogs, What Can "Streeties" Teach Us, Working with Horses and Children, Puppy Pandemic, COVID Sniffing Dogs, and more...

Issue 18

Issue 18 | November 2020


Lessons From My Dogs, Networking for Parrot Behavior Consultants, Working with Dogs and Children, The "Cortisol Vacation", Online Dog Training Classes, Fraidy Cat Program, and more...

Issue 17

Issue 17 | August 2020


Cats After the Camp Fire, Documentation Made Easy, Chickens & Roosters as Pets, Pandemic Poultry Purchasing, Identity in Hunting Dogs, Separation-Related Problems in Cats, and more...