“The addition of an IAABC consultant to the team makes our practice stronger and stand out. We are able to provide help with the behavioral and training needs along with our medical expertise, and therefore provide the best possible treatment to our patients and clients. Working together, we take care of the pet’s physical, emotional, social and behavioral needs. Everyone wins!” - Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian”
“Having ethical, effective training advice for our clients is an essential part of wellness planning. Our IAABC consultant is an important part of our healthcare team.” - Richard E. Palmquist, DVM
“Becoming a certified feline behavior consultant by the IAABC shows my additional education in behavior and has increased referrals to my behavior consulting practice as part of my general practice.” - Sally J. Foote, DVM CABC-IAABC
“Adding IAABC members to my team helped my practise prosper. For the small animals it meant having the most current, science based information available - for handouts, consultations, and for puppy classes. It took our preventative medicine program to the next level. For our equine patients, it meant having someone to help with the “difficult patients” – the ones that won’t stand or lead, the needle phobic, or the aggressive.” - David Lane, DVM
“I am able to serve my patients better as both a DVM Avian Veterinarian and IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. Patients and owners need that kind of cooperative care, and I feel privileged to be able to offer both through my IAABC certification.” - Drs. Jan Hooimeijer, DVM CPBC-IAABC
“I’ve seen a dog that was extremely difficult to manage at the vet clinic become one of my favorite patients with a great IAABC partner and a dedicated owner.” - Dr. Lynne Boggs
“Having an IAABC certified trainer available to consult with and refer to has greatly increased my enjoyment and success with behavior cases.” - Sandy Wasson, DVM
“My IAABC consultant has helped a number of my clients resolve inappropriate urination problems with their cats. She is able to spend the necessary time to explain what needs to change and why. She provides the client with a detailed report and sends me a copy so we are on the same program with the patients.” - Cathy Jennings, DVM
“I have referred several clients to my IAABC consultant for help with training their pets. She has made a huge difference for these clients. I have a lot of confidence in her ability to evaluate and help these pets and their owners deal with fear and aggression issues. I consider her a part of the team I work with. Knowing she is a qualified professional, someone I trusted with my own pet, has been a benefit for me and my clients.” - Jean O. Frost, VMD

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From the Dog Division

Dog Blog

The Nightmare Before Christmas

As a kid growing up, I had my favorite holidays.  In my opinion, Christmas always had the top spot and Halloween came in a close second!  As we approach Halloween, I am noticing a growing number of pet dog owners are not looking at this time of year with the same sentimental nostalgia that I have.  Actually, some owners refer to Halloween as “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

Here’s the good news:  More and more people are asking for advice to help them understand why their dog exhibits unusual behaviors on Halloween and what they can do to make this evening a safe and less stressful time for everyone.  Let’s begin by taking a look at Halloween from a canines perspective:

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From the Horse Division

Horse Blog

The Horse’s Manifesto: Interlocking Needs,  Part 3 of 3

This last post in the series will cover what I like to refer to as the third of those three ‘F’s’ –freedom. I hope to introduce the idea that these three needs are actually hard to isolate individually, and could instead be looked at as one very important, intertwined need of the horse.

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From the Cat Division

Cat Blog

The Not So Touchy-Feely Feline!

Similarly to some people, some cats just want to be with you but not constantly touched or pet.  I’m sure we all have a friend out there that wants to hug you every time you see them but perhaps you just saw them yesterday and you don’t feel the need to hug them! Cats can be the same way and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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From the Parrot Division

Parrot Blog

A Lesson From Barnaby - The Power of Science in Parrot Behavior Modification

I came through my door this afternoon to that familiar voice that often calls out to me when I walk in. “Mommy here!,” it says. Yes, I admit I am a sucker for cute voices and especially when the voice is attached to my sweet, playful teddy bear of a bird – Barnaby – who came to live with me 13 years ago. But Barnaby’s vocalizations were not always among my favorite sounds.  He is a typical Timneh African Grey after all who finds great fulfillment in repeating what has value to him.  Unfortunately, when he was the new kid in the household, he figured it was pretty cool to mimic the occasional screams he heard from my other two birds. And he liked projecting his voice to ear piercing decibels.

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