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The Cognitive Revolution and Everyday Dog Training: The Case of “Look at That”

If you love dogs and haven’t yet heard about the canine “cognitive revolution,” you’ve been living in a bubble. Sara Shettleworth broadly defines cognition as “an array of mechanisms by which animals acquire, process, store, and...

By Laura Donaldson, PhD, CDBC, KPA-CTP

Counter-Conditioning a Parrot: Kokoda’s Video Diary

Kokoda is a 16 month old female Eclectus Parrot. She was purchased from an Eclectus Specialist breeder in New South Wales and flew to me in Western Australia at around...

By Lee Stone, CPDT-KA

Communicating with Clients: “Why do People Pay me for my Advice and Then Tell me I’m Wrong?”

A veterinary behaviorist friend of mine once asked me, “Why do people pay me for my advice and then either ignore it or tell me I'm wrong?” I don't think...

By Jessica Hekman, MS, DVM

IAABC News for Spring 2017

Stand by for #IAABC2018! More than 200 people attended our 2017 conference in Los Angeles last month, and we were overwhelmed by the energy and friendship that developed between people...

By IAABC Editing Team

Toward Greater Awareness of Welfare in Animal Assisted Interventions: The Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ Model

The broad field of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) has grown in popularity and publicity in the past decade. One hears more and more reports in the media about the value of...

By Risë VanFleet, PhD

Training Bite Inhibition in the Dark

The idea that, through certain socialization protocols, we can train a dog as a youngster to inhibit its bite as an adult is the foundation for many aspects of living...

By Kama Brown, CPDT-KA

Simple Solutions for Common Behavior Issues in Shelters

Since 1990 I have been volunteering in or working with a variety of shelters and rescue groups, until 2013 when I accepted a full-time position at Best Friends Animal Society...

By Emily Strong, CPBC

Identity Crisis (It’s a Good Thing to Have One): Discovering the Heart of Your Behavior Business for Sustainable Success

In our first article in this series, we tackled some of our collective industry assumptions about financial obstacles. We talked about the important reasons why we need to start to...

By Kim Brophey, CDBC

K9 Nose Work® in Shelters

The winter months are cold and damp in Kansas. During this time, a lot of our dogs do not get out for enough exercise. At the Lawrence Humane Society, we...

By Amy Ogleby

Evaluating Research

Every behavior consultant knows not to rely on a client’s description of a pet’s behavior—you have to see that behavior yourself. Trained eyes see differently. This is just as true...

By Patience Fisher

Pawsimony: Pitch Please

This video pops up every so often on social media as new groups find it and, um, chime in. The claim is, this is a demonstration that dogs have “perfect...

By Tiro Miller, PhD

Enrichment Involving Human Interaction Saves Lives

As I walked through the intake room of a large county animal shelter in Dayton, Ohio, evaluating dogs to enroll in the Behavior Modification and Enrichment Program (BMP), I stopped...

By Regina Willen

Cat Social Lives: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

Although cats are stereotypically thought to be aloof and unsocial, domestic cats display great flexibility in their social behavior. Cats have the ability to live solitarily, to live in extremely...

By Kristyn Vitale Shreve, MEn

Why Is My Dog This Way, Does It Matter If We Know, and What Can We Do?

As we all know, clients almost always want to know why their dogs are having problems. Many hasten to blame themselves (often citing certain TV shows and their failure to...

By Greta Kaplan

Shelter Canine Behavior Evaluations: Why The Animal Rescue League of Boston Uses MATCH-UP II

Over the past 15 to 20 years, behavior evaluations have become the standard of care in shelters for identifying dangerous and potentially aggressive dogs that may not do well in...

By Dot Baisly, MS, CPDT-KA

Helping an Overachieving Horse Relax

One of the benefits of training with positive reinforcement is eagerness in training. Getting an experienced animal to come to you or stay with you is not usually a problem....

By Jane Jackson, KPA-CTP

Birds Need to Fly

One of the benefits of training with positive reinforcement is eagerness in training. Getting an experienced animal to come to you or stay with you is not usually a problem....

By Greg Glendell

Equine Video Ethogram

Understanding body language is one of the core skills anyone living with animals needs in order to make the best decisions about their care. If you can see that what...

By Lauren Fraser CHBC

Spotlight on Research: Parrot Enrichment

This issue, we caught up with Joanna Berger, who recently graduated with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine. As part of her Master’s project,...

By Joanna Berger


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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...