Issue 29 | February 2024

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Issue 29 Table of Contents

Issue 29 of The IAABC Foundation Journal, with articles from across the world of animal training and behavior consulting.

The Final Gift: Ensuring a Peaceful Behavioural Euthanasia

As a shelter behaviour consultant, I’ve become intimately familiar with the difficult task of euthanizing animals that are unsafe to live with humans or that suffer from poor quality of...

By Blaze Fulbrook

Expanding Your Reach: A Guide to Hiring Your First Employee

Finally, you feel like all the investments you’ve made in pursuing certifications, completing courses, attending conferences, reading books, and helping your early clients succeed with their animals is paying off!...

By Andre Yeu, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

The Ethics of Using Dominance-Based Training Within the Equine Leisure Industry: Part 2

The second of a multi-part series examining the ethics of dominance-based training techniques like “Natural Horsemanship.” This part investigates the role of language and appeals to emotion that can cause...

By Alice Campbell, BSc, MSc, CEBC

Building Client Networks and Maximising Your Resources

Community matters. Since the pandemic, the need for belonging, purpose, and community has never been more evident, and we now know that being a part of a community can have...

By Catherine Griffin CDBC

Career Paths and Life Lessons: Know Your Resources And Be Proactive

I recently was a guest lecturer for the Shelter Veterinary Medicine Class at Purdue University and presented on a topic near and dear to my heart: how career paths can...

By Dr. Sheryl Walker, CAAB

Thinking Outside The Box When Training

For the most part, the tide has turned regarding animal training philosophy. It’s understood now that empowering animals rather than disempowering them not only garners better results but creates happier...

By Linda Fisher

Pesky Pudgy Ponies: Equine Obesity and the Behavior Consultant

Obesity poses a significant threat to equine welfare, affecting approximately 40% of horses in the U.S. and U.K. Fortunately, it is one of the most preventable health issues in the...

By Justice Everett Smith, MEd

Creating a College-Based Shelter Cats Training Program

Using a college course to improve the welfare of shelter cats through a specialized foster program. Saint Francis University had previously developed a course during which students fostered a shelter...

By Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg, PhD

A Multidisciplinary and Trauma-Informed Approach to Community-Based Support Programs

In 2023, Toronto Humane Society launched a pop-up pet support program designed specifically to provide wellness, behavior and social services to underserved communities. While community wellness is not new to...

By Lauralee Dorst, RVT, Dillon Dodson, RSW, MSW, Beverley McKee, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Positive Reinforcement Horse Training from a Dog Trainer’s Perspective

Using positive reinforcement to train horses isn’t new, but it doesn’t have the same following as it does in dog training. My mare Shea is now 20 years old and...

By Christina Young, CDBC


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Gentle Yoga for Dog Trainers | A Multi-part Series on Ethics and Horsemanship | Helping Diabetic Cats With Behavior Challenges | IR Thermography and Saddle Fit, and more...

Issue 27

Issue 27 | June 2023


Helping dogs and their people be more active together, how to talk to clients who have unrealistic breed-based expectations, a case of feline excessive vocalization, templates for observing pain in...

Issue 26

Issue 26 | February 2023


Training for Resilience | Clicker Training Through a Cat's End-of-life | Running Successful Adoption Days | Volunteer Retention in Shelters | Horse Training Methodologies, and more...

Issue 25

Issue 25 | October 2022


The Equine Gut Microbiome | Sudden-Onset Aggression in Cats | When to Stay Involved in Medical Cases | Setting SMARTER Goals for your Clients | Detection Dog Literature Review, and...

Issue 24

Issue 24 | June 2022


What the Lacey Act Amendment means for parrot keeping | A novel method for rearing orphaned donkey foals | Dog, cat, shelter, and horse behavior case studies | An in-depth...

Issue 23

Issue 23 | February 2022


Consent Behaviors for Veterinary Procedures | Covid Detection Dog Research update | Equine Advocacy | Eco-friendly Choices for Cats | Neurobiology of Snake Enrichment | Welfare For Captive Fish |...