Relapse of Conditioned Fear in Horses: The Four R’s

by Robin Foster

My 18-year-old thoroughbred is a warrior in most respects. He barely flicks an ear at a motorcycle speeding past as we cross the road; he nods politely and winks at a large coyote standing at the trail’s edge (in truth, the wink may just be a tic in his bum right eye); and he grazes without pause as a giant red cedar is felled in the adjacent field.

Cat Division

Behavior Consulting and Declawed Cats

by Jacqueline Munera

If you work with cats in the United States or Canada, you will face a few conundrums related to partial-toe amputations (declawing).

Dog Division

Case Study: Linda and Joe

by Renee Hall, CDBC

Primary complaint or reason for visit: Touch to rear (just above tail) caused charge, multiple contact open- and closed-mouth bites.

Horse Division

Eliminating Aversives in Training: If Dogs, Then Why Not Horses?

by Catherine Bell

I remember it so well. I was reading my first book on dog behaviour and was impressed. —the trainer was pictured happily walking a collection of dogs off lead, the book was endorsed by an eminent natural horsemanship trainer I then* rated highly, and it contained practical advice about how you could ensure a dog behaved as desired by humans.

Parrot Division

Choices, Not Labels Help Birds Learn

by Lisa Desatnik

Dreyfuss, my pionus, is a bird who—if I'd let her—would spend much of her day sitting next to me or on me, frequently with her head down for rubs. So why was it that this sweet girl would lunge at my arm and even bite it, whenever I’d put my arm in front of her body before asking for a ‘step up’ from her inside cage perch?

Shelter Division

The Perils of Placing Marginal Dogs

by Trish McMillan Loehr

Back in 1998 I had been volunteering with shelter dogs for a couple of years and was firmly convinced that there was a home for every dog out there … somewhere. With training, work, and love, we could fix them all!

Working Animals Division

Service Dogs: Ethics and Education

by Barbara Handelman

Most Americans are familiar with the presence of service animals. From the standard-bearer guide dog for the blind to the much photographed but rare service mini-horse, their stories are more and more visible. Sometimes we tell those stories in order to laud an impressive act of bravery or kindness, and other times to mock or cast doubt on a more suspect public pet.

The Business of Behavior

New Strategies for Improving Veterinary Visits

by Jonathan P. Klein

I have heard a lot of horror stories from both clients and other pet professionals about problems taking pets to the vet. The reactions range from pets shaking and struggling, to clawing and biting to the extent that they have to be harshly restrained or even sedated. Some pet and vet situations are outright hard to handle, and many are medically necessary but difficult procedures. More and more effort is being made now to help pets better handle those difficult situations.

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In developing this website, we hope to create a resource for sharing best practices and insights into managing and preventing behavior problems across all of IAABC's divisions: Dog, Cat, Parrot, Horse, Shelter and Working Animals.

Our authors create video case studies, in-depth articles exploring aspects of species-specific or scientific knowledge, and discuss insights gained from experience in the field.

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