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Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

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Developing Connections with Our Horses

Developing Connections with Our Horses

This article discusses the importance of spending time with our horses, getting to know and understand each other, and strengthening the mutual bond, in addition to the time we spend training and working with them     By Kathie ...
Thinking Outside the Shelter

Thinking Outside the Shelter

Behavioral services for companion animals can be so resource intensive that shelter administrators may consider in-house behavior programs to be a luxury rather than a necessity.

When shelter leadership does take a chance on starting up a behavior department, minimal funding is often ...

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Playing It Safe

Playing It Safe

“Predation by domestic cats Felis catus can be a threat to biodiversity conservation, but its mitigation is controversial. Confinement and collar-mounted devices can impede cat hunting success and reduce ...

The Complete Picture

The Complete Picture

A tail held high usually means a high emotional state of arousal or excitement, but that on its own does not tell you whether an animal is in a positive or negative emotional state.

High arousal can be appetitive, meaning the animal ...

Resource Guarding or Rule Setting?

Resource Guarding or Rule Setting?

In my experience, it appears that for dogs, possession is truly 9/10ths of the canine “MINE!” law, i.e. if it’s in your possession, you have the right to retain possession. These seem to be the details of what constitutes “mine” in the dog ...

The Essence of a Dog: A Free Education from a Free Choice Walk

The Essence of a Dog: A Free Education from a Free Choice Walk

One cold day last spring, snow still clinging to the ground and ceding to the warm sun only on the tips of south-facing hillocks, I decided to do something new. I wouldn’t walk my dogs; nor would I walk with my dogs. I would instead be ...

Fear at the Vet: Examining Risk Factors

Fear at the Vet: Examining Risk Factors

BARKS: How important is the behavior of the guardian in the context of attending the vet; was this found to have any influence on the dog’s behavior/emotional state?

Petra Edwards: Behavior ...

Itchy Dog or Stressed Dog?

Itchy Dog or Stressed Dog?

The relationship between stress, behavior and animal health is complex and varied. Chronic, long-term stress interacts in various ways with personality type, behavior and immune health in both people and nonhuman animals. It’s not often ...

Reducing Fear – and the Importance of Choice

Reducing Fear – and the Importance of Choice

Counterconditioning is one of the most important techniques in animal training (arguably top five). Simply put, ‘conditioning’ means ‘learning’ and ‘counter’ means ‘opposite.’ Relearning might be another way of putting it. Practically ...

Dominance: The Horse’s  Perspective

Dominance: The Horse’s Perspective

In reality, dominant behavior in the world of the horse is a way of gaining and maintaining access to valuable resources without breaking the elastic connection between herd members. It is a way of reducing the risk of injury and lowering ...

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