My First Paying Clients And Other Milestones

I ended 2020 by writing that the milestones for my cat consulting business were continuing to accumulate. Before that list becomes too lengthy, I want to share milestones from the past few months, the biggest being my first paying clients. Read on to hear all my exciting news! Develop New Working Relationships Back in my days as a book review blogger, I felt honored when authors, publicists, and/or publishers contacted me about a review. It showed that my name and my work were getting recognized. By the same token, I felt honored when Elizabeth Burr of Preferred Pet Partners emailed … Continue reading My First Paying Clients And Other Milestones

Interview with Feline Behavior Specialist, Dr. Sarah Ellis

While studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behavior Counselling, Sarah Ellis, discovered that she loved learning about cats. At the same time, she realized that there were so many questions about this “wonderful species” and that she … Continue reading Interview with Feline Behavior Specialist, Dr. Sarah Ellis

Interview with Veterinarian Dr. Jody Jones

Dr. Jody Jones had a big interest in medicine but couldn’t imagine herself touching people for an exam. “I thought back as a kid what I enjoyed and being around animals always made me happy,” said Dr. Jones, who is originally from Sargent, Nebraska. She attended UNL, earning her bachelor’s degree in animal science, then graduated from Kansas State where she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine. Dr. Jones began her career as a veterinarian in 2002 at a mixed animal practice in Iowa before moving back to Nebraska in 2005, where she has developed a special interest in animal … Continue reading Interview with Veterinarian Dr. Jody Jones

Milestones in Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part Three

Recap: On May 17, I officially launched Allison Helps Cats. Both prior to and since my launch, there have been many milestones that have happened as part of my dream to become a cat behavior consultant. Some of those included taking courses, volunteering services, promoting my business, applying for a scholarship, seeking legal help, and talking with others in the field. In part three of a three-part series, I’ll share the rest of those milestones, to wrap up 2019 and look forward to 2020. Expand my Networking Circles In the fall, my attempts at networking continued to bear fruit. A … Continue reading Milestones in Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part Three

Reduce Cat Aggression with a Healthy Cat Environment

When I’m consulted about cat aggression, I first turn to the Five Pillars of a Healthy Feline Environment, which were developed by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and International Society of Feline Medicine. The groups wrote in the 2013 issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery that “a cat’s level of comfort with its environment is intrinsically linked to its physical health, emotional wellbeing and behavior.” For this reason, they contend that “addressing environmental needs is essential for the optimum wellbeing of the cat.” The five pillars are: provide a safe place provide multiple and key separated … Continue reading Reduce Cat Aggression with a Healthy Cat Environment

How To Introduce A New Cat

Need to introduce two cats? Follow this step-by-step guide. Except for the first step, for which you should allow 72 hours, there is no set time frame for each step. Watch the body language of each cat and wait until neither cat is reacting in a aggressive manner (hissing, growling, snarling) before moving onto the next step. The instant aggression does occur, revert to the previous successful step. The most important thing is to proceed with caution and take your time. Cats can take up to a year to accept each other. CREATE A SAFE ROOM Create a private space … Continue reading How To Introduce A New Cat

Enriching the Lives of Dogs and Cats

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. Jumping back to the eighth week of my Principles and Practices course, animal welfare science was the focus. The module consisted of a definition of animal welfare science and then an exploration of enrichment … Continue reading Enriching the Lives of Dogs and Cats

Using Classical Conditioning in Train Pets

As part of pursuing certification through the International Association of Behavior Consultants, I 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. I plan to share highlights here each week from my studies. Sometimes to bring about change, an animal behavior consultant needs to focus on changing an animal’s emotional response to a situation rather than to an environmental condition.  In the eleventh week of my Principles … Continue reading Using Classical Conditioning in Train Pets

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