Author: qbgiw

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.

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Time Management Skills for Teaching Group Dog Training Classes

By Adria Karlsson

Running a group dog training class is an inherently different challenge than working individually with owners and their dogs. The behaviors you teach may of course be very different, but there are also the management questions. What sequence of behaviors will you teach? How will you manage the space? What will you do with dogs that are leash reactive (for social or aggressive reasons)?

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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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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…

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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.

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