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Job Posting: Associate Animal Care Specialist (Elephants)

I wanted to share an AZA job posting for those of you who might know someone interested in behavioral work with elephants. Requirements include “college degree in Behavior Analysis, Psychology, Communications or related field preferred.” Primary responsibility: “Comprehensive elephant behavior management, utilizing creative, positive reinforcement in a

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Preventing Food Guarding

Many animals have a natural tendency to guard access to valuable resources, such as food, mates, and territory. Dogs are no exception, and when companion canines begin growling over the food bowl, this resource guarding can present quite a challenge for owners. Food guarding in dogs can

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Video Set Review: Jane Killion’s “Puppy Culture”

Review of Jane Killion’s “Puppy Culture”: The Powerful First 12 Weeks That Can Shape Your Puppy’s Future Video Set January 19, 2015 Sometimes life brings delightful surprises and I can’t wait to share one that recently arrived, beautifully packed in my mail. The five DVD set, “Puppy

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My Pet Hates the Vet!

In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Wailani Sung discusses ways to decrease pets’ fearful behavior exhibited in the veterinary clinic.

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Recent Issue of Behavioural Processes devoted to canine behavior research

Those interested in some current directions in canine behavior and cognition research should check out the most recent issue of Behavioural Processes, Volume 110, which is devoted entirely to the subject: The Editorial in this issue, written by Dr. Monique Udell, is copied below. It has

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Nothing in Life is Free

Dog owners cherish their canine companions for many reasons and interact with them using a variety of styles and training strategies. In turn, some dogs are relatively easy to train, while others present their owners with greater training challenges and frustrating behavioral habits. In either case, one

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A Different Perspective on the Human-Animal Bond

In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series, Dr. Carlo Siracusa discusses how humans can use empathy and an understanding of species-specific communication to build healthy relationships with our dogs and cats and avoid common cross-species communicative pitfalls.

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Dogs Don’t Bite out of the Blue

In this blog post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Ilana Reisner reviews some basic sources of provocation and warning signs of a bite in dogs.

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Book Summary – Dogs: Domestication and the Development of a Social Bond by Darcy F. Morey (2010).

Book Summary: Dogs: Domestication and the Development of a Social Bond by Darcy F. Morey, 2010. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY. Dr. Darcy Morey is an anthropologist specializing in archaeology. He has focused his research in part on the study of dog remains (particularly dog burials)

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Using Positive Reinforcement with Your Newly Adopted Dog

Applied animal behaviorists and veterinary behaviorists can serve an important role in providing information and services to local animal shelters and rescue organizations. One way to do this is by providing informational handouts that shelters can distribute with their adoption packets to new owners. Informational forms like

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