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Microchip Pet Feeder

All sorts of new products designed to impact or improve our pets’ behavior are being advertised these days. Here is one with promise that I have seen lately. We welcome readers’ feedback – if you have used this product, share your experience in the comments section! The

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Understanding and Addressing Food Guarding: The Case of Frogger

Frogger was a sleek and energetic German Shepherd puppy. His case exemplifies many food guarding cases I have seen so I will use his story to bring to light some of the causes of, and intervention options for, food guarding in dogs. Frogger was purchased from a

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Fall 2015 Resident Rounds

The behavior residents had a busy summer centered on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Convention held in Boston. Thursday was Resident’s Day which is a resident-only event focused on behavior specific training. This year Dr. Gerry Flannigan and Dr. Debbie Horwitz covered learning theory and current

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Conference Announcement: ASAT

 ORCA presents:  The 9th annual Art and Science of Animal Training Conference February 25-26, 2017 Dallas, Texas Speakers for the February 2017 conference: Dr. Peter Killeen, Ken Ramirez, Emily Larlham, Steve White, Alexandra Kurland, Dr. Paul Andronis, Barbara Heidenreich, Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, and Karen Pryor. This year’s conference

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New Website Welcome

Welcome to the new website for AVSAB! Some of our blog posts have been transferred from the old website so you can get a sense of common content and themes. I encourage any readers of the blog to bring to my attention topics that they would like

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Crazy in the Car!

Coco was a Standard Poodle I worked with several years ago. Spunky yet regal, Coco was a delight to her owners. She had excelled in her basic obedience class and was responsive in the home and community on a variety of commands. She was friendly with strangers

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CAAB Chat Webinar: Preview of Public Day at Animal Behavior Society

This year, the topic for Public Day at the ABS Meeting at the University of Missouri is “Animals Helping in Society.”  For this CAAB Chat, you’ll be treated to a preview of Public Day presentations from some of the speakers. You’ll be hearing from Dr. Robin Foster,

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New Article: How Clicker Training Works

A paper was published this month in Applied Animal Behaviour Science in which authors summarize the origins and various hypotheses about the function and utility of clicker training. Full text of this article, How clicker training works: Comparing Reinforcing, Marking, and Bridging Hypotheses, by Lynna Feng, Tiffani Howell,

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CAAB Chat Webinar: Principles For and Discussion About Cooperative Training

The most recent CAAB Chat with guest Dr. Jessica Lockhart, CAAB, is now available. Whether you are a pet owner confused by all the conflicting training information you’re getting, a novice or intermediate trainer looking for direction when formulating training plans, or an experienced trainer or behavior

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A New Treatment for Dogs Scared by Thunder and Fireworks

In this post from The New York Times, veterinarians and veterinary behaviorists discuss options for addressing dogs’ fear of thunder and fireworks.

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