Counter-Surfing and Cats: A Behavior Plan

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and taking a course called Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consists of teaching videos by animal experts, instructional handouts, a weekly online mentoring session with the teacher and all students, weekly quizzes, and a major assignment. Each week I’ll share highlights here from my studies. For my Principles and Practices course, I had to develop a Functional Assessment Intervention Design. According to Susan Friedman, a psychology professor who pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to companion animals, … Continue reading Counter-Surfing and Cats: A Behavior Plan

Using Applied Behavior Analysis to Change Pet Behavior

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and taking a course called Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consists of teaching videos by animal experts, instructional handouts, a weekly online mentoring session with the teacher and all students, weekly quizzes, and a major assignment. Each week I’ll share highlights here from my studies. Applied Behavioral Analysis is a topic that arose multiple times during my course, and was the focus of two modules. PP Karlson covered it in detail in week two as did Susan Freidman in … Continue reading Using Applied Behavior Analysis to Change Pet Behavior

Tag Teach: A New Way of Working with Pet Owners

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and taking a course called Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consists of teaching videos by animal experts, instructional handouts, a weekly online mentoring session with the teacher and all students, weekly quizzes, and a major assignment. Each week I’ll share highlights here from my studies. Week seven of my course focused on how to train the client rather than the pet and covered two topics. Therea McKeon introduced TAG (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance), which I’ll cover in more depth … Continue reading Tag Teach: A New Way of Working with Pet Owners

The Science Behind Animal Behavior

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and taking a course called Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consists of teaching videos by animal experts, instructional handouts, a weekly online mentoring session with the teacher and all students, weekly quizzes, and a major assignment. Each week I’ll share highlights here from my studies. When I applied to IAABC for a scholarship, I wrote in my winning essay that one of my reasons for wanting to take their Principles and Practice course was to be exposed to the … Continue reading The Science Behind Animal Behavior

LIMA: The Most Humane Way to Help Animals

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants and taking a course called Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consists of teaching videos by animal experts, instructional handouts, a weekly online mentoring session with the teacher and all students, weekly quizzes, and a major assignment. Each week I’ll share highlights here from my studies. Jumping ahead to week five, the focus was on LIMA, which is an acronym for Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive Interventions. The inspiration for LIMA came from Susan Friedman who in 2008 published an article entitled … Continue reading LIMA: The Most Humane Way to Help Animals