From the Dog Division
Behaviour consulting is a relatively new field in the world of animal behaviour. Behaviour consultants help animals in a very holistic way, taking into account the environment within which they live and learn, the people and other animals they interact with and the needs of their caretakers. If you are interested in the field of behaviour consulting, there are a number of skills and interests you will need to foster, as well as a drive to continue your education beyond the basics of training animals.
From the Horse Division
Robin is an IAABC Certified Horse Behavior Consultant and an ABS Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Animals have always been the defining element of Robin’s life and work. She holds a BS in Biology and Psychology and a PhD in Animal Behavior, and for 20 years as a Professor at the University of Puget Sound she taught courses in animal learning, behavior, and communication, behavioral genetics, and research methods.
From the Cat Division
Who would still ask if cats grieve? That emotion, however a cat’s experience is seen through our poor human lens, is one where accusations of anthropomorphizing can be just wrong.
Clients plead, “I just want to know what my cat is going through. What can I do?” Good question. We still don’t know much.
From the Parrot Division
When teaching behavior and training, getting students to give up control over the animal they are working with is one of the more difficult concepts for new trainers to embrace. Unfortunately when one says “training” to most people the mental image that comes to mind is a person having control over their training subject, indeed the majority of the general public thinks in terms of “commands” and not “cues.”