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Risk Analysis of Behavior Problems: Environmental Factors 3

Dr. Melissa Bain provides a quick overview of environmental factors that can influence an owner’s risk assessment of their pet’s problem behavior, in this excerpt from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series.

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AVSAB Webinar: Top 10 Behavioral Tips You Can Introduce Today

Incorporation of behavior into veterinary practice is part of the standard of care, but it can be challenging to know where to begin. This webinar gives learners a taste of things that veterinary practitioners and their staff can begin to incorporate into their everyday practice.

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Why do Cats Love Boxes?

In this lighthearted video from Business Insider, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Dr. Stephen Zawistowski explains why most cats crave cavorting in a cardboard box!

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Survey Participation Request

Hello, I’m a PhD student studying at the University of Sydney in the faculty of Veterinary Science. My current project involves using compiled footage as part of an online questionnaire that features questions on experience, dog emotional state and emotional processing. We are seeking volunteers to complete

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Selections from Dr. Sophia Yin

In ongoing recognition of Dr. Sophia Yin, I am presenting here the most recent article posted to her website. In this post, Dr. Valerie Jonckheer–Sheehy discusses how to implement positive reinforcement and desensitization to trim a cat’s nails in an exam room setting. This provides just one

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Risk Analysis of Behavior Problems: Animal Factors, 2

Dr. Melissa Bain continues her discussion of risk factors for behavior problems in this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series.

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Don’t Spook your Pet this Halloween!

As cooler breezes send auburn leaves fluttering to the ground and kids adorn pumpkins with toothy Jack-o-Lantern grins, many of our pets are gearing up for one of their least favorite holidays. Now, any dog worth his salt could tell you that 4th of July is clearly

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Negative Reinforcement and Body Handling Routines

For many new learners, negative reinforcement is one of the more confusing introductory concepts in the field of behavior analysis and applied animal behavior. Yet it’s a process at work in all of our behavior and one that is essentially involved in so much pet behavior as

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Risk Analysis of Behavior Problems: Overview Part 1

In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series, Dr. Melissa Bain introduces a series she will be sharing on assessing risk in pet behavior problems.

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“Science Friday!”: A Revised Taxonomy of Assistance Animals

Dr. Megan Maxwell summarizes a recent paper in The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, in which authors present a taxonomy of assistance animals to clarify a currently murky area of label confusion and misuse. Parenti, L.P., Foreman, A., Meade, J. & Wirth, O. (2013). A revised

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