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Why Animals Need Trainers Who Adhere to the Least Intrusive Principle: Improving Animal

A typical debate about negative reinforcement is something like a train wreck — you don’t want to stare but you can’t look away. Some trainers argue negative reinforcement has a place in animal training; others say...

By Susan G. Friedman, Ph. D.

Working With Cats After the Camp Fire

Under the current pandemic crisis, I am reminded that the best resilience is built through humor. Although I lost my full-time employment to social distancing ordinances, I am hoping these...

By Rachel Zarnt

Documentation Made Easy!

I am sure you did not become an animal behavior consultant to spend hours writing behavior plans and other reports.  However, for most of us, it is part of what...

By Beth Friedman

Cat Reintroductions via Online Consultations

I did more virtual cat behavior consultations in March, April, and May of 2020 than I had done in my previous four years of consulting. I feel that I’ve really...

By Patience Fisher ACCBC

Being a BAME Woman in the Gundog Training Community

I have been working with dogs and their owners for five years now, and recently started my own business. Honey is the first dog I have raised from a puppy,...

By Cecilia Erhabor

Socially Conscious Sheltering: Moving From Aspiration to Operation

In the first installment of this article series on socially conscious sheltering (SCS) for the IAABC Journal, we explored the basics of this relatively recent concept. In this article, we...

By Dot Baisly MS, CPDT-KA, and Mara Velez MA, CDPT-KA

Pandemic Poultry Purchasing

Poultry purchasing during the pandemic has brought attention to the need for animal behaviour consultants to have a basic level of understanding of chicken behaviour. Many new chicken owners would...

By Maisie Wake

The Politics of Identity in Hunting Dogs

Arguments about the difference between hunting and pet dogs are used to justify the legal and moral standing of the dogs....

By Teresa Tyler, MA

A Different and Artistic Angle on the Intellect of Dogs

However well you navigate the endless rabbit hole of social media, you’ll no doubt notice that pet photography in all its forms has blossomed there. Pet selfies, pet portraits, funny...

By Maya Friedberg, VSA-CDT

The Importance of Collaboration and Mentoring in Dog Training

Two years ago, I opened a dog walking and pet sitting business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was shocked at how few people wanted to network, discuss business ideas, share techniques...

By Dawn Jacques

Five Ways to Protect Your Behavior Consulting Business

Are you thinking of opening your own business as a behavior consultant? Maybe you already have, or you are working as an independent contractor? Being your own boss has a...

By Christina Schenk-Hargrove, Esq., CPDT-KA

Separation-Related Problems in Cats

Cats often suffer from the perception that they are the easier option, the “set it and forget it” pet that requires less attention and is less impacted by our absence....

By Denise Johnson, DVM

Using Dog Training Tools for Myself During a Pandemic

t’s 10 p.m. on a Sunday night. I’m out on our block in Brooklyn with my dog, Eddie, for a final pee before bed. The fireworks started a few moments...

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

Creating a Better Law to Protect People From Potentially Dangerous Dogs

In 1993, all dogs with a pit bull-like appearance were banned overnight in the Netherlands by a law called the “pitbullwet.” In 2009, the law was repealed, and since then...

By Wendy Las van Bennekom

Target Training for Horses: Hit or Miss?

As trainers, we strive to be better practitioners of clicker training while also communicating its benefits to a wider audience. We know that training in the real world outside of...

By Trudi Dempsey CHBC

Research Report: Dog-Dog Aggression in the Household

Canine housemate aggression is a serious behavior problem in many dog households. Accurate reporting of the incidence of housemate aggression is challenging. Few owners report fights between housemates to the...

By Sally Foote, DVM

Separation-Related Problems: Anxiety Is Not the Only Cause

Separation anxiety (SA) is one of the most well-studied behavioral disorders in dogs, and yet there is still no consensus of terminology

By Sharon Carroll CDBC, CHBC

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