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Dog trainer and biologist Ferdie Yau (MA, CPDT-KA) talks about treating difficult behavior cases and interviews the leading experts in the animal training world. The podcast is intended to show pet caretakers how to embrace science, kindness, and compassion to help their pets like dogs, cats, and other companion animals with challenging behavior issues. Listeners will learn how the team at Behavior Vets inspires people to dive deeper into the animal's experience to help them thrive, while al ...
 
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In this episode, Mara Velez talks about the value of behavior modification as stress-reducing enrichment for shelter dogs. We discuss: The use of desensitization and counter-conditioning to help dogs learn how to appropriately interact with conspecifics The lack of positive reinforcement training focused behavior conferences for shelters and the re…
 
In this episode, Behavior Vet's Taylor Kelly introduces us to rabbit care and behavior. We discuss: Rabbit personalities Litterbox training Rabbit social behavior with humans and other pets Body language and safe handling techniques Risks and important safety considerations before you let your rabbit outside Bunstruction and enrichment Taylor's bio…
 
In this episode, Behavior Vet's Janna Dewey discusses: The shift to using a LIMA-based approach to horse training. How positive reinforcement training and safety management go hand-in-hand. The challenge of working with rescue horses who have negative associations with humans. How learned helplessness from the use of force can be detrimental to the…
 
In this episode, our own Behavior Vets cat behavior consultant Mary Molloy joins me to discuss: The most common cat behavior issues she treats How environmental stress affects cats The 5 Pillars of Environmental Needs Guidelines from the AAFP and ISFM Healthy ways to play with your cat How cats respond to punishment and what they really learn How s…
 
In this episode, Allie Bender and Emily Strong join me to dive into: Meeting a dog's needs through enrichment How to use enrichment in behavior modification Why enrichment can help simplify a behavior training plan Meeting the client's needs and giving them motivation to participate The value of scent work for dogs Building resilience through enric…
 
In this episode, Malena and I discuss many aspects of separation anxiety including how to acclimate young puppies and newly adopted dogs to being left alone, why there seems to be an increase in dogs experiencing separation-related problems, how she preps her clients for the challenges of treatment, the value of working with a skilled separation an…
 
In this episode, Jim Crosby (BS, MS, CBCC-KA) discusses his work in veterinary forensics, how dogs can become "weaponized", what can be learned from dog bites, how he works with dogs in severe bite cases (including dogs who have killed humans), and what trainers should be teaching families with children. This interview was recorded on January 3, 20…
 
In this episode, Mara Velez (CPDT-KA) and I discuss how the Shelter Playgroup Alliance was created, developing best practices for safer shelter dog playgroups, how to match more compatible playmates, how to reinforce play breaks, and assessing organizational risk tolerance. This interview was recorded on May 10, 2021. Mara Velez's bio: Mara Velez i…
 
In this episode, I speak with my fellow Behavior Vets behavior consultants, Bobbie Bhambree (CDBC, CPDT-KA) and Lauren Novack (ACDBC, KPA-CTP, FPPE), about adapting to the expected and unexpected challenges of training dogs during the pandemic, how we adapted, supporting guardians experiencing burnout, and some of our best tips for raising a dog in…
 
In this episode, I talk to Dr. Patricia McConnell (PhD, CAAB) about trauma, developing resilience, different types of social support, providing a safe space, increasing agency for the learner, the importance of rest, and what gives her hope for the future of animal welfare. Recorded June 1, 2021. Patricia McConnell's bio: Patricia McConnell, PhD, C…
 
Supporting the human animal bond with Dr. E'Lise Christensen (DVM, DACVB). In our first episode, I talk to Dr. Christensen about understanding fear and anxiety in dogs, signs that a behavior professional is needed, and her passion for helping families and their pets. Recorded April 7, 2021. Dr. Christensen's bio: Dr. E’Lise Christensen DVM is a boa…
 
In this episode, I talk to Michael Shikashio (CDBC) about his evolution into dog training, how he analyzes and treats cases involving dog-dog aggressive behavior, considering the "emotional bank account", and diversity in the dog training industry. Recorded January 27, 2021. Michael's bio: Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the past president of the Inter…
 
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