Dog Training & Behavior

When Behavior Modification Isn’t the Answer

Greta Kaplan, CPDT, CDBC When we talk to clients about what we’ll do at our initial consultation, we explain that we’ll take some history about the situation, discuss management that needs to be put in place to ease tensions and help the training work better, and then talk about and actually start training your dog… [Read More]

Love between man and a dog

Why Dogs Bite

Christine Hibbard, CTC, CPDT Not to put too fine a point on it, but dogs bite because they’re dogs. It’s what dogs are biologically programmed to do. Every dog has the potential to bite, no matter how well socialized or friendly. I thought it might be useful to explore the different reasons why a dog… [Read More]


Wild Dogs, Feral Dogs and Pariahs

Jim Ha, PhD, CAAB I recently gave a presentation on applied animal behavior to a wonderful animal advocacy group on the Micronesian island of Guam.  I was on the island on behalf of my wife’s (Dr. Renee Ha, UW Psychology/Animal Behavior) research on the endangered Mariana Crow, and I offered to meet with the local… [Read More]

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Cat Behavior & Training


Cat Litter Box Problem Solved: Texture Aversion

Katherine Ayres, PhD Eva came to us at 3 months after being a “stray at large” in Lynnwood, WA.  She was sweet, extremely social, fun to play with and of course had a healthy obsession of watching birds out the window making that amusing chatter noise.  Her litter box habits for the most part were… [Read More]


Kitten Socialization

Jim Ha, PhD, CAAB Cats, like all mammals, are social creatures.  While cats are far less social than dogs, to think of cats as asocial is wrong.  The degree of social behavior and the ability of an individual to adapt to a changing social environment varies with species (certainly cats are less social than dogs),… [Read More]

Work It Kitty!

Work It Kitty!

Katherine Ayres, PhD The work-to-eat movement has grown steadily in zoos and is really starting to take hold for companion animal owners as well.  For those who are not familiar with work-to-eat, the theory behind it is that cats and dogs evolved as predators and predator/scavengers respectively and should not eat food in a bowl… [Read More]

Cat Veterinarian

Tips For Getting Your Cat To The Veterinarian

Miles Bensky, BA, CTC When I read the September edition of the Animal Behavior Associates newsletter, I found a statistic that was quite alarming. It was estimated that 36% of the 81 million cats in the United States did not see a vet in 2006. Why are so many cats not receiving regular healthcare? Regular… [Read More]

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Pet Health

Rehab Therapy

Rehabilitation Therapy for Dogs

Christine Hibbard, CTC, CPDT-KA Many of the medical treatments that have been available to human patients are more commonly becoming available for our pets. In fact, some research being done at veterinary schools like Purdue and research centers in veterinary oncology are furthering human research and treatments. When I got curious about water therapy and… [Read More]

Cat Tolerates Being Handled

Do You Dread Going to the Veterinarian?

Christine Hibbard, CPDT-KA and Anna Baxter, LVT Do you dread trips to the veterinarian with your dog or cat? Do you wonder if the veterinarians and vet techs dread your visit as much as you do? The veterinary staff needs to be able to perform thorough examinations, provide treatments and perform procedures. How can they… [Read More]

Veterinary Behavior Lectures

Western Veterinary Conference 2011

Guest Blogger: Anna Baxter, BA, LVT Recently I attended the Western Veterinary Conference, one of the largest gatherings of veterinary practitioners in the world, for some continuing education. My focus was Behavior, where I went to all 20 hours of scientific programming by some of the best in the industry. Some of the speakers (DVMs)… [Read More]

Girl and Her Dog

Don’t Touch Me There!

Louisa Beal, DVM Mario, a West Highland White Terrier had snapped at a two year old girl.  If Mario couldn’t be trusted around children, his owners would have to get rid of him. The knee jerk response to this would be to try to modify the behavior of the dog.  Mario’s behavior is definitely unacceptable. … [Read More]

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