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Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

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The Emotions of Reactivity

The Emotions of Reactivity

Reactivity refers to canine behavior whereby a dog is over aroused by something in the environment. For some dogs it may be the sight of another dog. For others, it may be a child riding a bike or a jogger passing by the window. Or any number of things.

The behavior response includes ...

Resource Guarding vs. Rule Setting: Training and Management

Resource Guarding vs. Rule Setting: Training and Management

How do we know if we’re dealing with resource guarding or rule setting? For me, the answer lies in a constellation of observable behaviors which, taken together, tell the tale. I think of this as The Zones.

Ownership Zone: This is the actual physical space in which ...

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Learning from Mother Nature

Learning from Mother Nature

By Lara Joseph

Sadly, behavior issues are skyrocketing in the realm of exotic animal care. Most of what I see is due to ongoing, stressful conditions and, often, the signs of stress are not recognized in the companion animal ...

Canine Aggression: The Public Perception

Canine Aggression: The Public Perception

By Hannah Blumenfeld

I have spent a lot of time watching how people interact with dogs they don't know. A handsome boxer was tied up outside a shop, and a woman went right up to him, got in his face, like ...

Putting the Social  in Socialization

Putting the Social in Socialization

By Anna Bradley

The goal of puppy socialization is to “convince the amygdala, that part of the puppy’s brain that reacts emotionally to his world that, in general, the best/most appropriate emotional ...

What Does “Happy” Look Like?

What Does “Happy” Look Like?

By Lara Joseph

I think it’s fair to say that most animals in our care have their choices restricted to some degree. For example, we have to limit options for their safety. Our companion cats and dogs are ...

A Better Dog-Human Understanding

A Better Dog-Human Understanding

By Susan Nilson

We may assume that a free-ranging dog lives unhappily without a human family. In some instances, this may be the case. But we also need to remember that free-ranging dogs have a lot of freedom ...

Bunny Myths Busted

Bunny Myths Busted

By Emily Cassell 

Rabbits require much more care than has been described [in this article]. Their physical needs are large for their size. Their dietary needs are expensive and labor-intensive. Rabbits are ...

Identifying Enrichment

Identifying Enrichment

By Lara Joseph

In order to change a behavior, we must replace it with another behavior... In my role as an exotic animal trainer, several of the undesirable behaviors I encounter are lunging, screaming, ...

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