Using Marker Training To Train Pets

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants and am 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. The second week of my Principles and Practices course introduced three different topics. I learned about marking training from Gail Fisher, applied behavior analysis from Adria Karlsson and scientific studies from Jessica Hekman. Although … Continue reading Using Marker Training To Train Pets

Using Operant Conditioning to Train Pets

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants and am 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. The first week of my Principles and Practices course focused on common terminology that is important for all animal behavior consultants to know, including that of operant conditioning. This topic was taught Mary Burch … Continue reading Using Operant Conditioning to Train Pets

What is Animal Behavior Consulting?

For the past few months I’ve been working towards my goal of becoming a cat behavior consultant. I’ve had business cards printed, I’ve hosted a cat education table, I’ve been accepted as a client by our local university’s law students, and I’m pursuing certification through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultant. With regards to the latter, I won the Rebecca Park Scholarship which covers the cost of the Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice course from IAABC. I’ve just started this 12-week course, which will go a long way towards fulfilling the requirements for certification. The course has been … Continue reading What is Animal Behavior Consulting?

My Rebecca Park Scholarship Essay

In the spring of 2019, I won the Rebecca Park Scholarship which covers the cost of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants’ Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice course. It’s a $2,700 course, worth 36 credits with IAABC, and will provide me with the science-based foundation I believe is essential to a cat behavior consultant. My winning essay follows. Wow! I can’t believe that you are scamming people just to make some bucks. And when they see all that they would have to do plus pay for volunteering their time, what a discouragement it is to people who really … Continue reading My Rebecca Park Scholarship Essay

How Important is Heartworm Prevention?

All dogs and cats should be on a heartworm prevention. Unfortunately, according to the American Heartworm Society, 75% of veterinarians report positive cases of heartworm in their practices. Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal but preventable disease. According to Dr. Jody Jones-Skibinski of Cotner-Superior Pet Care, heartworm disease can cause organ damage leading to heart failure and death. “Even with treatment,” she noted, “there are long-term consequences including chronic coughing, and a less active and shorter life span.” Heartworm disease is spread through the bite of a mosquito. The AHS website explains: Adult female heartworms living in an infected animal … Continue reading How Important is Heartworm Prevention?

The Vaccinations Your Pets Must Have

Dogs and cats need regular vaccinations. According to Dr. Jody Jones-Skibinski of Cotner-Superior Pet Care, “Vaccines stimulate the immune system, which in turn creates antibodies towards the disease. If an animal comes into contact with the disease, antibodies are able to kill the virus, preventing the illness.” She explained that if vaccinations are not given, pets are at risk for infections when they come into contact with the disease and put other animals at risk for contracting the illness. Core vaccinations target diseases that are the most contagious and severe. The rabies vaccination is core for both dogs and cats. … Continue reading The Vaccinations Your Pets Must Have

Why Pets Should Have Annual Wellness Exams

Every pet should have a wellness exam. This routine physical is aimed at ensuring good health through early disease prevention and early disease detection. A wellness exam can reveal subtle changes in young pets such as weight gain or loss and an early onset of disease especially in older pets. A wellness exam should be conducted once a year; twice for senior pets. Dr. Jody Jones-Skibinski of Cotner-Superior Pet Care said, “Animals may have an abnormality or illness but are often ‘stoic’ and so pet owners don’t notice symptoms. Vets notice a lot of differences that can be corrected.” In … Continue reading Why Pets Should Have Annual Wellness Exams