Riggins & Wallace – A Tale of Two Pitties

by Erika Lessa

A behavior case study with video: Implementing a co-operative training strategy to help two pit bulls, Riggins and Wallace, leave their history of aggression behind, and live together in harmony.

Cat Division

Parrot Division

The Internet, Exercise, and Parrots

by Robin Horemans

On the Internet, you may come across all manner of fun, interesting, and sometimes zany things that parrots can do. In the vastness of the Internet, we must bring with us a questioning eye and a grain of salt. Which things are good ideas? Which are bad ideas? What about grey areas? Where is the nugget of goodness? Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference....

Shelter Division

Dog Division

The Cognitive Revolution and Everyday Dog Training: Cognitively Modified Counterconditioning™

by Laura Donaldson

Like many dog training professionals, I have frequently used counterconditioning as a behavior modification technique. It is important to note, however, that all behavior in human as well as non-human animals is cognitively mediated, i.e., filtered through the information processing mechanisms of perception, learning, memory, and decision making. In my previous essay, I examined how the emergent knowledge about these cognitive mechanisms might change how one implements the protocol known as Look at That....

The Business of Behavior

Career Paths

Journal Editorial Staff

Animal behavior consultants come from all walks of life. One of the most common questions IAABC gets is about how to get started working with pets and their people. The truth is, there’s no set career path, and no single qualification that prepares you for this uniquely challenging, endlessly fascinating work.  In this series, we’ll be talking to each of our IAABC division chairs about how they made their love of animals into their profession.....

Horse Division

Introducing a New Horse to a Group

by Jane Jackson

Earlier this summer I purchased a new horse. Before bringing him to our farm, I gave a lot of thought to how I would introduce him to the five equines already living on our farm....

Working Animals Division

A Perfect Human-Animal Bond Storm

by Myrna Milani, DVM

Although many items appear on my list of enjoyable activities, reading mysteries remains a lifelong favorite. This ongoing exploration of the who, what, where, when, how, and why of hundreds of plots and thousands of characters has taught and reinforces skills that also serve me well in my work....

Small Animals

Behavior Consulting for Reptiles

My work as a behaviour consultant for reptiles began with a love of weird and wonderful creatures. I got my first lizard, an iguana called Dexter, when I was 16 years old, and I knew right away that I wanted to learn as much as I could about herpetology....