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What Went Wrong With The Humane Hierarchy is Still Wrong With The Proposed

Although the title of this editorial is a wink at Tim Steele’s recent blog for the Academy for Dog Trainers, I applaud his discussion of the Humane Hierarchy. I admire anyone who believes there is an...

By Susan G. Friedman, PhD

Through Thick and Thin: Caring For and Training Companion Dogs with Disabilities

The relationship between companion dogs and their humans can be a deep and mutually supportive one.

By Nee Kang, PhD, Jeffrey Lee, PhD, & Nan Arthur, CDBC

Interview with Dr. Alexandra Protopopova

“I was actually planning to be a veterinarian.” And so were declared the earliest professional aspirations of Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, PhD, a scientist whose work is finding a varied and...

By Barbara Davis, CDBC

An Evaluation of Parelli’s Training Methods

Horsemanship is the skill of managing and working with horses that is developed through experience and knowledge (Goodwin et al., 2009). Natural Horsemanship (NH) trainers are those who work closely...

By Alice Campbell

Cat Training Corner: Preparing for Bloodwork

Periodically, bloodwork may be required as part of your cat's annual exam and in times of illness. 

By Lisa Bolin

Glucocorticoids, Stress, and Behavior Consulting

As behavior consultants, we often focus on classical conditioning and the four quadrants of operant learning, but there's so much more to consider.

By Kayla Fratt and Jackie Maffucci

Mental Stress in Service Dogs

Working dogs give their hearts and souls to meeting their disabled handlers’ needs. The relationship between dogs and their handlers is deeply personal, interdependent, and intimate. This article addresses reducing...

By Barbara Handelman M.Ed, CDBC

Insights from Cat Agility

Over the past twelve years, I’ve trained five cats in agility (three of whom are still part of our family), and from them I’ve gained insights into cat behavior.

By Allison Hunter-Frederick

Career Paths: Jessica Fritschi

One of the most common questions IAABC gets is about how to get started working with pets and their people. 

By IAABC Editing Team

Diet and Behavior in Companion Parrots

When we discuss nutrition, we usually focus on its impact on physical health.

By Pamela Clark, CVT

Do Horse Walkers Cause Stress, and Can we Reduce it by Exercising Horses Together?

The isolation of equines has been proven to negatively affect their welfare (Mal et al., 1991 and Hartmann et al., 2011), with horses stabled with no contact showing significantly more...

By Caitlyn Cuthbert

Facilitating Client Compliance Using the Strategy of Comparisons of Dog to Child Behavior

Enlisting compliance and follow-up contact from veterinary behavior clients for behavior modification, with or without medical treatment, has often been tricky.

By Joan M. Engel PhD, CDBC

Weekend Getaways: A Lifesaving Short-Term Foster Care Program

Shelter dogs can vacation too!

By Heather Gibbs, CPDT-KA, SBA

Enrichment and Stress Reduction for Sheltered Dogs and Cats: Targeting the Five Senses

Working in animal sheltering, we are all faced with combating the levels of stress experienced by the animals in our care.

By Jennifer Toof

Perspective: 2018 IAABC Boston Conference Business and Cat Tracks

Here are a few of my thoughts on what I learned and what I intend to implement from the business track on Friday and the cat track on Saturday at...

By Victoria Blais

Designing Our Shelter’s Own Behavior Evaluation for Intakes and Transfers

I work for the Society for the Improvement of Conditions of Stray Animals or SICSA, a private nonprofit shelter and adoption center located in Kettering, Ohio. Our animal population is composed...

By Renée Grant, SBA

Calling All Crows Part 2: Social Learning and Novel Objects

In my last column, I talked about how I trained the crows that visited my garden to come to me on cue, using food to reward them for visiting. Now...

By Camille King, EdD, CDBC, ACAAB


If you have ever shared your home with a feathered friend, you more than likely understand why I added two exclamation points at the end of that word. For us...

By Lisa Desatnik, CPBC, CPDT-KA

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Companion Animal Behavior Consulting: Opposite Yet Complimentary Applications

Working with wild, captive, or domestic animals of any kind, the more skills you can develop in the varying areas of their care the more comprehensive your knowledge will be...

By Rachel Riley

Bring Home the Catwalk: Stylish and Enriching Designs for the Feline-Friendly Home

Whenever I tell people that I cat-sit in a house that has been decked out with features specifically for the four cats who live there, they shudder. The idea of cat furniture instantly summons the image of a home where it snows cat hair and smells like kitty litter. Some people...

By Lillian Ciardelli, MS

Caring for Dogs with Advanced Dementia

Canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) is similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans; it is a “progressive age-related neurodegenerative condition that affects cognitive function”. The disease, both in dogs and in humans,...

By Melissa McMath Hatfield MS, CBCC-KA, CDBC & Sara Bartlett, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM

Spotlight on Research: Dr. Tammie King

Dr. Tammie King works at the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition  in the U.K., the fundamental science centre for Mars Petcare that is engaged in a variety of behavior-related projects,...

By IAABC Editing Team

Impressions from the IAABC Conference Boston 2018

Last April, as part of the team of the new IAABC Español Division, we traveled from Chile to our first annual conference of the IAABC. We are Uli Grodeke, trainer...

By IAABC División Español


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...