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

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?

Guest Post: Helping Children Grieve a Pet’s Death

How you do talk to a child about pet loss? I’m privileged today to share a guest post by Betty Carmack on this topic. She is both a pet counselor and the author of the book Grieving the Death of a Pet, which means she is well-qualified to talk about how to best support young people who lose their furry companion. Helping Children Grieve a Pet’s Death By Betty J. Carmack, R.N., Ed.D. In a recent conversation with a friend, she recounted her experience, as a seven-year old, of her cat, Tippy, dying because of an automobile accident. Her description was … Continue reading Guest Post: Helping Children Grieve a Pet’s Death

Review: Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack

Years ago, I bought Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack because the topic interested me. When I lost my cat of eight years, I picked it up again to once again find comfort in it. The first few weeks after Lucy’s death, the personal stories of owners who had also suffered loss filled me with such uncontrollable grief that I had to put the book back on my shelf. Eventually though, I was finally able to read Grieving the Death of a Pet in its entirety. In the chapter about love, Carmack addresses the bond that develops between owner … Continue reading Review: Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack

How Much Time Does Pet Care Take?

No matter what pet you are getting, you should consider how much of your time it will require. In this article, I’ll cover the numerous ways a pet owner can expect to spend time on a pet. I’ll also share stories from pet owners of some of the more rewarding and the more challenging ways can pets fill our lives. A ROUTINE SCHEDULE How much of your time will a dog require? At a minimum, you’ll need to take your dog out to potty every few hours, and you should feed him at least twice per day and change his … Continue reading How Much Time Does Pet Care Take?

The Real Cost of Pet Ownership

The cost of pet ownership is something everyone needs to carefully consider. In this article, I’ll cover the minimal cost of owning a pet, share stories of unexpected expenses, and suggest some cost-saving measures. THE MINIMAL COST OF PET OWNERSHIP Let’s start with the cost of owning a pet. What follows are two tables. The first lists the initial costs of bringing a dog or cat into one’s family, while the second lists the annual costs of keeping a dog or cat. For the purchase of a dog or cat, I listed the lowest local adoption price I found. If … Continue reading The Real Cost of Pet Ownership