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Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

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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 numbers of animals killed, but some owners do not wish ...

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 is interested and anticipating something good, or ...

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Conditioning Confidence

Conditioning Confidence

By Vicki Ronchette

Whether or not you are bringing home a new baby bird, a rehomed adult bird or just want to upgrade your current bird’s cage, it is important to put some thought into your cage set up. There ...

Adapting To Change

Adapting To Change

By Lara Joseph

...changes outside the everyday routine, such as traveling or having visitors, can be a huge source of stress...Cats and dogs aside, think of how we keep other species of animals, either at ...

A Miniature Puppet Master

A Miniature Puppet Master

By Bob McMillan

It took me a while to understand Bentley. He came to us with two others rescued by my daughter, who moved in after a job layoff. We already had two Scottish deerhounds and a wolfhound, so we ...

The Freedom of Choice

The Freedom of Choice

By Lara Joseph

Abnormal repetitive behaviors (ARBs) are behaviors you do not generally see in animals living in the wild. A few examples of such ARBs are pacing, rocking, repetitive swimming patterns, nail ...

The Three C’s of Enrichment

The Three C’s of Enrichment

By Lara Joseph

Shaping challenges in an animal’s environment is something I see caretakers struggle with on a regular basis without even realizing it. Any environment can get stagnant over a period of time if ...

A Language for All Species

A Language for All Species

By Beth Napolitano

I continued to observe my new baby’s behavior during several daily play sessions to make sure she was feeling amenable and having fun. We took turns mock chasing each other, sometimes with ...

Making Room for the Little Guys

Making Room for the Little Guys

By Emily Cassell

Fish, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits, and the like are not known for their high intelligence, and bear the undeserved reputation of “untrainable.” It is ironic that in a world of ...

Of Piglets and Puppies

Of Piglets and Puppies

By Lara Joseph

Pigs give a squeal that can send a dog over threshold. If it does not, this same squeal, paired with their jerky movements and fast running, is a trigger for many dogs to chase. The squeal can ...

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