Review: Misty of Chincoteague

Imagine growing up on an island where wild ponies roam. For Paul and Maureen Beebe, characters in Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry, it leaves them with an insatiable desire to have one for themselves. They even have a particular pony in mind: the Phantom. Some said she was dark like the pine trees; others said she was the color of copper with splashes of silver. When Paul catches a glimpse of her, however, the feature which most stands out is a strange white marking that begins at her withers and spreads out like the United States of America. Now … Continue reading Review: Misty of Chincoteague

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

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

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?

Poupack and Shiboo

Poupack braced herself against the blowing snow as she made her way towards her apartment building. Her hands and feet had begun to tingle in the biting Nebraska weather. No creature should have been outside in the miserable winter, but shivering next to Poupack’s apartment building was a black cat. Poupack ran upstairs to her apartment for food. She and her husband didn’t own any cats, which meant they didn’t have any cat food on hand. Poupack settled for a piece of sausage. “The cat ate the sausage very fast,” Poupack said, “and I could hear her saying what sounded … Continue reading Poupack and Shiboo

The Pets of Lincoln Downtown Businesses

Three years ago, an article appeared on the Downtown Lincoln Association’s newsletter about the pets of downtown businesses. It was the brainchild of Gabriella Martinez-Garro, marketing coordinator for DLA. “Working for the Downtown Lincoln Association has a lot of perks,” said Martinez-Garro, “especially getting to know the ins and outs of the neighborhood.” Martinez-Garro loves meeting business owners and telling their stories through the association’s newsletter. As a dog owner, Martinez-Garro is always looking for dog-friendly places to take her dogs, and wanted to create a list for other dog owners to easily access. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” … Continue reading The Pets of Lincoln Downtown Businesses