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Shelter Behavior and Medical Teams Find Success Through Synergy

Shelter Behavior and Medical Teams Find Success Through Synergy

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Julio’s first vaccination at Friends For Life Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, was exhausting for everyone involved. Sitting on the floor, recuperating from the effort, the wellness and behavior managers were motivated to find a better way....

    Dog Division

    What can “streeties” teach us about companion dogs?

    What can “streeties” teach us about companion dogs?

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    Dogs that are uninhibited by regimented human management are the quintessential dog for learning about behavior from a canine perspective. So what can the lives of free-roaming dogs tell us about our own companion dogs, and how can this help us to help our dogs live their best lives?

    Shelter Division

    Selecting Shelter Dogs for Education Programs

    Selecting Shelter Dogs for Education Programs

     

    When the idea of pairing shelter dogs and youth is discussed, dog training professionals generally have one of two reactions: That’s fantastic! – or – That’s risky! For decades, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) has brought amazing young people together with our wonderful shelter dogs, by carefully selecting animals for its Violence Prevention and Humane Education (VPHE) programs....

    Cat Division

    Enrichment at Home and in the Wild: Comparing Enrichment in Black-Footed Cats and Domestic Cats

    Enrichment at Home and in the Wild: Comparing Enrichment in Black-Footed Cats and Domestic Cats

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    Environmental enrichment provides captive animals with stimuli needed to participate in species-typical behavior and increases the amount of time an animal spends in goal-directed behavior. It is often used in zoos to decrease the occurrences of stereotypical behaviors. This article explores responses to enrichment in two closely related species – the black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) and the domestic cat (Felis catus) – through video footage and analysis of each species’ interaction with three enrichment treatments....

      Horse Division

      Working with Horses and Children: Let’s Break Away from Tradition

      Working with Horses and Children: Let’s Break Away from Tradition

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      We’ve all heard of that fabulous lesson pony, the one that can build confidence in children and novice riders. My version of this pony came into my life when I was on the other side of teaching: I was the coach, not the student. Extremely sensitive by nature and affectionate in his interactions with humans, Topaze was essential in helping me as I searched for a better, calmer, more positive approach once I was in the coaching role....

        Working Animal Division

        Weak Links in the Canine Scent Detection Behavior Chain

        Weak Links in the Canine Scent Detection Behavior Chain

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        In this article, I’ll break down the scent detection behavior chain, demonstrating indication training, including videos of what to reward (and not to reward). We know more about olfaction today than we ever did before, and by applying the latest scientific evidence to detection protocols, you can increase your odds of success....

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