Posts in category "International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants"

Dog Doesn't Like Boyfriend, Cat Attacks, and Flea Fiesta: Your Pet Questions

Dog Doesn't Like Boyfriend, Cat Attacks, and Flea Fiesta: Your Pet Questions
LAS VEGAS, NV — This week, experts attending the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, NV, Feb.15-19, have answered your queries: Q: My Chihuahua growls constantly at my boyfriend, even snapping at times. My boyfriend does give him treats, or tries to, but the dog is scared. My dog seems to respond this way to... Read more »

Mistaken Communication: What Are Animals Really Telling Us

Mistaken Communication: What Are Animals Really Telling Us
Is animal behavior sometimes misinterpreted? Arguably, the leading misinterpreters are so-called animal communicators. People are somehow desperate to know what their pet is thinking, particularly if there’s a behavior problem .Inexplicably,  instead seeing a veterinarian or a science-based expert in animal behavior, such as a veterinary behaviorist or certified animal behavior consultant, some prefer the... Read more »

Stopping Cats that Spray: Answering Reader Question

Stopping Cats that Spray: Answering Reader Question
Q: In a past column, you mentioned a product that can deter cats from spraying. What is it? — G.H., via cyberspace A: Feliway is a copy of a comforting pheromone found on cats’ cheek pads. As a cat rubs your leg or a table leg, the pet deposits that pheromone. The spray version of... Read more »
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Cat Having Accidents? Assumptions May Not Be Correct

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Inappropriate elimination in cats is the most common behavior problem in pets, and an all too frequent explanation for giving up cats….But as certified cat behavior consultant Jacqueline Munera explains, the assumption that the problem is behavior based might not be correct.

Cats with Accidents Outside the Box: Answering Readers

Cats with Accidents Outside the Box: Answering Readers
Q: Cujo stopped using his litter box last week. He’s now using kitchen counters and inside the cabinets to do his business. I’ve always had cats and never encountered this problem before. Please help or I’ll be forced to find Cujo a new home. — M.I., Cyberspace A: First and foremost, see your veterinarian. I... Read more »

Parrot Lovers Mourn, Liz Wilson Passes Away

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Liz Wilson was a pioneer in parrot behavior. While she had mixed feelings (at best) about larger parrot species (like Amazons or African grey’s, for example) kept as pets. Still,  she also felt they deserved the best quality of life possible as pets, and worked to educate others to make that happen.. When I received... Read more »
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Betty White, 'We've Come a Long Way In the Animal World'

Betty White, 'We've Come a Long Way In the Animal World'
Betty White scoffs at the notion of being the most trusted person in America. “That’s so silly,” she says. She laughs when being compared to the late news anchor Walter Cronkite, who once held that same throne for many years. “I’m just an old broad who’s been around the block. People can’t get rid of... Read more »

Litter Box Issue with Chuck Norris and Spike: Reader Question

Litter Box Issue with Chuck Norris and Spike: Reader Question
Q: Chuck Norris has been urinating inappropriately. He and our other male cat have lived together since they were littermates. Chuck Norris tends to go on our dog’s little couches. We tried buying new couches, and now we pick the couches when the dogs aren’t using them. I must say, Chuck Norris is an easily... Read more »

Oh Behave: Behavior Consultants Meeting

Oh Behave: Behavior Consultants Meeting
WARWICK, RI — Need help with a dog who barks incessantly when you’re not home, a cat who targets the wall instead of the litter box, a parrot who screams obscenities, or a horse who’s pretty much eating up his stable? A behavior consultant from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants may be able... Read more »
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Experts from Behavior Conference Answer Your Dog and Cat Questions

Experts from Behavior Conference Answer Your Dog and Cat Questions
WARWICK, RI — These reader questions were answered at the conference of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) held here April 20-22. IAABC members are consultants in dog, cat, parrot and horse behavior who are available to help owners whose animals have behavior problems. Q: My 8-month-old Golden Doodle has gotten bigger than... Read more »