Review: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott

James Herriot is a master storyteller. Today I’m reviewing the 20th anniversary edition of his book All Creatures Great and Small, which is subtitled “the warm and joyful memoirs of an animal doctor”. In this first memoir of several, Herriot shares how he became a veterinarian assistant and all the adventures this occupation entails. His stories are funny, gritty, riveting, eye-opening, and a host of other positive adjectives. I’ve enjoyed reading Herriot’s memoir this week, as much I did when I first discovered it as a young person. When I initially read All Creatures Great and Small, the animal stories … Continue reading Review: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott

Review: Bird and Squirrel on the Run by James Burks

Today I’m reprinting the first in a series of animal book reviews selected from my former blog Allison’s Book Bag. The initial reviews will focus on backyard animals, just to add a little variety. I’ll start with one published in 2013, but seven years later remains enjoyable to read. Allison’s Book Bag ran from 2010 to 2018. During that time, I reviewed a lot of animal books, most of which I have yet to feature here. I also still occasionally receive books to review, and so at some point will post new reviews. As I noted in a recent article, … Continue reading Review: Bird and Squirrel on the Run by James Burks

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

Compassion Fatigue

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and recently completed their course entitled Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consisted 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. Throughout the fall, I’ve been sharing highlights here from my studies. In the twelfth and final week of my Principles and Practices course, Jessica Dolce spoke on the topic of compassion fatigue. She defined it, explained why it’s so common in the … Continue reading Compassion Fatigue

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

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

Interview with Pets in Omaha

The following interview is one of Lincoln Pet Culture’s most overlooked posts. Lee Legenhausen had an idea for an Omaha-centered pet website but didn’t know how to make it come alive. He started by contacting a friend who has been in the marketing business for 40 years. They brainstormed and then assembled a team. This team talked about goals, strategies, hopes, and gradually a clear vision began to emerge. Since mid-2013, the team of Lee Legenhausan, long-time friend Steve Lorenz, and copywriter Eric Forrest have worked together to make Pets in Omaha what it is today. Pets in Omaha is … Continue reading Interview with Pets in Omaha

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