Stay Home and Foster, An Initiative of GreaterGood.Org

COVID-19 began to spread around the same time that pet shelters and rescues entered puppy and kitten season. Shelter staff were worried that the higher number of pet surrenders during the pandemic, combined with fewer adopters visiting, would lead to … Continue reading Stay Home and Foster, An Initiative of GreaterGood.Org

Volunteer Has Passion in LAA Pet Food Bank

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors wishes to pay tribute to Heather Bauer for her 10+ years of volunteer service with the non-profit. Bauer started her time with LAA by helping with its pet food bank at St. Matthews Episcopal Church. She then switched to being one of LAA’s phone volunteers, which led to her to processing its pet food bank applications. At the time that she gave up her LAA duties to return to school, Bauer was both volunteering with her husband at the pet food bank and helping to deliver newsletters. “I first became involved with LAA when they were holding … Continue reading Volunteer Has Passion in LAA Pet Food Bank

How To Modify A Pet’s Behavior, Part Two

Dr. Sophia Yin says animal training requires well-defined criteria and clear communication, the right motivators, and excellent timing along with the correct rate of reinforcement. In this second of a two-part article on behavior principles based on the text and the lectures from my Low-Stress Handling certification course, I’ll define and give examples of each principle. I’ll start with well-defined criteria. Let’s say we want to clean our pet’s teeth. It’s unlikely that our pet will let us put a toothbrush in their mouth the first time they’re exposed to one, let alone clean all their teeth in one sitting. … Continue reading How To Modify A Pet’s Behavior, Part Two

How To Modify A Pet’s Behavior, Part One

When it comes to modifying animal behavior, one can turn to behavior specific guides for answers, but the best solution lies in understanding principles behind behavior modification. In both the text and the lectures for her Low-Stress Handling certification course, Dr. Yin discusses four of them: habituation, flooding, desensitization, and counter-conditioning. In this part one of two series, I’ll define and give examples of each principle. I’ll also explain why Yin (and other experts) advises against flooding, and instead recommends a combination of desensitization and counter-conditioning. Habituation is a repeated exposure to a stimulus with no negative effects. When my … Continue reading How To Modify A Pet’s Behavior, Part One