A little over a year ago, Jodi Freeman had a literal dream about building an organization that would help youth and adults in need of developing a relationship with horses. Today this lifelong horse lover is sharing her passion with … Continue reading Dreamcatchers
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
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
The hearts of a small group of ladies in Dawson County are made up of “paw prints.” Prior to January 2014, Rosalie Mayfield of Cozad had been paying vet bills out of her own pocket for the cats that showed … Continue reading Paw Prints in Dawson County
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?
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
Once upon a time, Lizz Whitacre had intended to become a veterinarian. On the way to pursuing that dream, she discovered a passion for entrepreneurship, and decided to use her business skills instead to help animals. Her latest venture is … Continue reading Using Business Skills to Help Animals
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?
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
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
At my Facebook business page Allison Helps Cats, I posted the question: “What do you want to understand about cats?” One person responded that she wanted to know how to care for very old cats. This article will focus on … Continue reading Helping Aging Cats with Behavior Changes
As dogs enter their senior years, their physical and cognitive health often decline, which can lead to behavior changes. To learn more about the exact changes and what pet owners can do to ensure continued quality of life for their … Continue reading Helping Aging Dogs with Behavior Changes