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Choice, Control, and Training for Ectotherms

by Carrie Kish

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 meet those needs. There is still a great lack of knowledge and understanding of the needs of the reptiles we keep in our homes ...

    Cat Division

    Pet retention programs in play: A case study

    by Dilara Göksel Parry

    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 months prior.

    Dog Division

    Online Behavior Advice: Help or Harm?

    by Caitlin Coberly

    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 a low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

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    ‘I love the job except for the clients’: A story of changing attitudes

    by Felicity George

    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 so on. However, it was all about horses—nothing on improving my skills with human clients. Which is interesting, as this was the area where I had the biggest problems, but I hadn’t yet even identified that there was anything I could do about it!

      Shelter Division

      Building a Solid Volunteer Base

      by Kimberly Elman

      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.

      Working Animals Division

      Canine Search and Rescue

      by Sue Bulanda

      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 my unit with the K9 SAR logo on their uniforms, they would comment that it was nice that we rescued dogs.

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        Career Paths: Barbara Davis

        When did you decide to pursue behavior as a profession?

        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 lot of mentors and was fascinated by the way they worked with difficult behavior problems. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of trainers whose skills I respected.

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          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 the five-dollar “calming treats” we can pick up from any online retailer to the specialist chiropractic regime that can run into hundreds of dollars, there’s an alternative solution to every problem.

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