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Why Animals Need Trainers Who Adhere to the Least Intrusive Principle: Improving Animal Welfare and Honing Trainers’ Skills

A typical debate about negative reinforcement is something like a train wreck — you don’t want to stare but you can’t look away. Some trainers argue negative reinforcement has a place in animal training; others say it does not. With some recent interest in the animal training community in the basic research on negative reinforcement, it’s a good time to check our understanding of why...

    Cat Division

    Separation-Related Problems in Cats

    Cats often suffer from the perception that they are the easier option, the “set it and forget it” pet that requires less attention and is less impacted by our absence. In reality, they are complex individuals who are capable of forming deep social attachments and are susceptible to the potential consequences of forming close bonds, including experiencing separation related problems (SRP)....

    Parrot Division

    Pandemic Poultry Purchasing

    Poultry purchasing during the pandemic has brought attention to the need for animal behaviour consultants to have a basic level of understanding of chicken behaviour. Many new chicken owners would benefit from reputable behavioural expertise and resources during this time! People may now have plenty of time to spend with their new chickens in the garden, but as they head back to work, will the standard of care drop for their chickens? Another danger during this surge in chicken-keeping is new owners being completely unprepared with regards to the knowledge required....

    Shelter Division

    Socially Conscious Sheltering: Moving From Aspiration to Operation

    In the first installment of this article series on socially conscious sheltering (SCS) for the IAABC Journal, we explored the basics of this relatively recent concept. In this article, we will explore how to operationalize the core concepts that we previously outlined....

      Horse Division

      Target Training for Horses: Hit or Miss?

      As trainers, we strive to be better practitioners of clicker training while also communicating its benefits to a wider audience. We know that training in the real world outside of a science laboratory brings its own difficulties, and we are always developing creative solutions to the unique challenges our clients and their animals face....

        Working Animal Division


        Five Ways to Protect Your Behavior Consulting Business

        Are you thinking of opening your own business as a behavior consultant? Maybe you already have, or you are working as an independent contractor? Being your own boss has a lot of advantages, but there is heavy responsibility as well. Owning your own business is risky, but there are some things you can do to manage the risk....

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