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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...

By Carrie Kish

Thinking About Adding Swine Training and Behavior To Your Training Business?

Pigs are highly intelligent, easy to train, and so much fun! More people than ever are buying miniature pigs. and more cities are allowing them to live in homes as...

By Tabitha Davies, ACDBC

Is a Busy Parrot Really a Happy Parrot?  

As bird owners, we are quickly taught that toys are super-important for parrots.

By Stephanie Edlund, CPBC

Online Behavior Advice: Help or Harm?

I founded the “Dog Training 101 Community Forum” on Facebook late in 2010. At the time, I was exhausted from working in rescue—having volunteered doing adoptions, transport, and even starting...

By Caitlin Coberly, PhD

Building a Solid Volunteer Base

So many people working at nonprofits are caught in the cycle of focusing on the urgent task in front of them and just trying to get through the day.

By Kimberly Elman, Manager, National Outreach Volunteer Programs, Best Friends Animal Society®

Pet Retention Programs in Play: A Case Study

In July 2017, the Pet Retention Program at Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) got a request for the return of a young tabby cat adopted from the shelter a few...

By Dilara Göksel Parry, CCBC

Calling All Crows: A Dog Behaviorist’s Observations of Corvid Behavior, Part 1

For generations, the American crow (Corvus brachyrhyncos) is a bird with well-established intelligence, especially in problem-solving skills, but it is viewed by many as an agricultural pest causing the destruction...

By Camille King, EdD, RN, ACAAB, CDBC

Manifestations of Allergies in Domestic Animals: What Behavior Consultants Should Know

When you meet a client and their animal for the first time, your evaluation can be made more comprehensive by recognition of outward and behavioral signs of disease.

By Jess Elliott

Interview with Brennen McKenzie, the Skeptvet

Complementary and alternative veterinary medicine is a multimillion-dollar industry that encompasses everything from reiki to nutritional supplements, and offers treatments for a full range of medical and behavioral complaints. From...

By by the IAABC Editing Staff

Literature Review: Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Just like their human caretakers, pet dogs are reaping the benefits of medical advancements and are living longer than ever before (Katina et al., 2016; McGreevy & Bennett, 2010). While...

By Sarah Fraser CDBC, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA

‘I Love the Job Except for the Clients’: A Story of Changing Attitudes

Recently I came across a list of continuing professional development courses I made back in 2011. It wasn’t a bad list—equine nutrition, physiology, improved knowledge of various equestrian disciplines, and...

By Felicity George MPhil, CHBC

When do you Fire a Client?

As a behavior consultant, there will likely come a time when it becomes obvious to you that a client is no longer the right fit to be working with you.

By Adria Karlsson, MAT, EdS, CDBC

Career Paths: Barbara Davis

There were really two times this came up for me. In the early days of my training career (in the 1970 and ’80s, so really prehistoric!), I worked with a...

By IAABC Editing Staff

Canine Search and Rescue

In recent years, canine search and rescue (SAR) has become popular. In the not-too-distant past, most people did not know what it was. For example, when people saw members of...

By Susan Bulanda

Attracting Parrot Behavior Clients Before They Need You

As a certified parrot behavior consultant and certified professional bird trainer setting up a practice, one of my first impressions was that people seem to be more reluctant to spend...

By Debbie Foster, CPBT-KA, CPBC

Disaster Preparedness Skills for Your Feline Behavior Clients

When a client contacts you for help with their cat’s challenging behavior, you have an opportunity to give them tools that they may not even realize they need.

By Kathryn Weil

Feral Kittens

It’s springtime, which means kitten season is upon us. Shelters around the country will soon be inundated with box after box of kittens that need to be bottle fed or...

By Kayla Fratt


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...

Issue 16

Issue 16 | May 2020


Behavior Management in Zoos, Training a Bear, Cat Safety in Cars, Aversion to Towels, CICA 2020, Quarantine Coping at Shelters, When Academic Life Meets Dog Life, and more...