Getting the right advice! It’s a welfare issue for companion pets!

July 27, 2015


IMO! The following hurts pets because owners don’t get the right education. Here’s a short list why! 1.) Advice from anyone. They do not understand the complications of behavior assessment and protocols. 2.) Protocols are applied incrementally and structurally. This doesn’t happen when owners buy products and apply indiscriminately without guidance from experts. This also […]

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IAABC Position statement on LIMA

January 20, 2015


What Is LIMA? LIMA requires that trainers and behavior consultants use the “least intrusive, minimally aversive technique likely to succeed in achieving a training [or behavior change] objective with minimal risk of producing adverse side effects.” It is also a competence criterion, requiring that trainers and behavior consultants be adequately trained and skilled in order to ensure that the least intrusive and aversive procedure is in fact used. 1 LIMA Is Competence-Based LIMA requires that trainers/behavior consultants work to increase the use of positive reinforcement and lessen the use of punishment in work with companion animals and the humans who care for them. LIMA protocols are designed to be maximally humane to learners of all species. In order to ensure best practices, consultants/trainers should pursue and maintain competence in animal behavior consulting through education, training, or supervised experience, and should not advise on problems outside the recognized boundaries of their competencies and experience.2

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Josef’s stuffed animals

November 9, 2014


Josef’s stuffed animals Another *logger asked people to send in photos of their childhood teddies or other stuffed animals. Well, if I had any teddies or stuff animals, I most certainly lost those years ago. But as an adult, I did start collecting stuffed animals and have quite a collection, bears and bunnies. But this […]

Teaching dogs manners in public

November 6, 2014


“It takes a village” Recently, I suggested it takes ones neighbors, and those we encounter in public to help us raise and teach our dogs good manners. However, this is not an expectation, it means, can we solicit help using a cooperative effort, not intended to impose on anyone. Otherwise, if you’re training dogs in the real world, […]

Why Responsible Dog Owners Scoop Poop, It’s a Health Issue and MOAR!

October 17, 2014


I came across this article Pick Up Your Dog’s Poo. It’s Important for Public Health! and it reminded me, this was covered here: Boarding, Kenneling, Dog Sitting Services: How does one choose the right service and what considerations should be evaluated? The following is an excerpt.   Why is disposing fecal matter so important? If fecal matter is not […]

Why Counseling Must Be Included During Any Dog Behavior Modification Process

October 16, 2014


“Perils of Punishment: Psychologists do not know for sure why get-tough treatments are ineffective and potentially harmful, but the psychological literature holds several clues. First, researchers have long found that punishment-based strategies tend to be less effective than reward-based strategies for lasting behavioral change, in part because they teach people what not to do but […]


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