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Overcoming Fear in a Traumatized Horse: Magnum’s story

by Heather Binns

Magnum—a paint Clydesdale/Stockhorse cross gelding—came to live with us at the end of 2004. We had recently moved to a large property, and my plan was to get two horses to go on quiet trail rides through the forest. I'd had a lifelong love of horses, but my entry into horse ownership was much later in life, spurred by my daughter's enthusiasm.

    Cat Division

    What are we going to do with these cats?! Case studies in difficult-to-home shelter cats: Craisin

    By Cheryl Kolus, DVM, KPA-CTP

    Her big green eyes sucked me in the moment I saw them. They had the potential to be so beautiful, but right now they were filled to the brim with fear. And they wouldn’t change much for a good 10 weeks. Craisin came to our Colorado limited-admission, adoption-guarantee cat shelter from South Dakota. A well-meaning woman had taken in Craisin’s pregnant mother and kept her and the resulting kittens in a backyard shed, safe from her dog, who didn’t like cats.

    Dog Division

    Parrot Division

    A Bird, Her Game, and What They Taught Me About Training

    By Emily Strong, CPDT-KA

    I have an Aru Eclectus hen named Cah’ya (pronounced “cha-HI-uh”) who invented her own game. In this game, she stands on my arm and slowly leans far over to one side. I am then supposed to lean to the opposite side. She waits for me to do so. Then she slowly leans over to the other side, and waits for me to reciprocate. I do, of course. She repeats this, but every once in a while she swoops in and boops me with the curve of her beak. If she boops me on the lips, she makes a kissy noise (and I do, too). If she boops me on the nose she says "boop!" — and of course I “boop!” back. She has since made up other games as well, but this is by far her favorite game, and the one she plays most frequently.

      Horse Division

      Overcoming Fear in a Traumatized Horse: Magnum’s story

      by Heather Binns

      Magnum—a paint Clydesdale/Stockhorse cross gelding—came to live with us at the end of 2004. We had recently moved to a large property, and my plan was to get two horses to go on quiet trail rides through the forest. I'd had a lifelong love of horses, but my entry into horse ownership was much later in life, spurred by my daughter's enthusiasm.

        Working Animals Division

        Therapy Dogs: Preventing Stress and Fatigue, Promoting Welfare

        By Melissa Schiraldi

        In the past four years as executive trainer for the Good Dog Foundation, I have been witness to moments that have left me gratified, awed, deeply moved, and absolutely certain of the substantive healing capacity of therapy dogs in animal-assisted interactions. I have been humbled in the presence of parents being comforted following the recent loss of a child, and seen...

          Business of Behavior

          Marketing your dog behavior consulting business without myths

          By Kayla Fratt

          “You can’t train a lion with force, so why would you do it with a dog?” I see this claim weekly on the Facebook pages of my dog training friends. It’s usually accompanied by a lovely photo or video of a lion, tiger, orca, or elephant calmly engaging in protected-contact husbandry care.

          Reptiles

          Training Snakes to Voluntarily Relocate

          By Lori A. Torrini

          The following is an overview of two methods I have used to train snakes to voluntarily shift from their normal enclosure/living space into a temporary holding area or transport container. These methods have worked successfully for carpet pythons (Morelia spilota) and Bredl’s pythons (Morelia bredli) at the facility where I am a keeper (Behavior Education LLC at Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary) in Colorado. These are hands-off, non-emergency approaches to relocating a snake for enclosure cleaning, water...

            General Topics

            From Skinner Box to Show Biz and Beyond

            By William Van Nostran

            When Marian Kruse entered the University of Minnesota in 1938, her ambition was to major in Latin and minor in Greek. Marian later wrote of “harboring the strange notion of becoming a Latin teacher in Alaska.” Before matriculating and heading to Alaska, however, even Latin majors were required to take a science course.

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