Issue 29 | February 2024 — Business of Behavior

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! You are busier than ever and able to pick and choose...

By Andre Yeu, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

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 be different based on life’s opportunities, and how knowing your resources can help you be...

By Dr. Sheryl Walker, CAAB

Issue 18 | February 2024 — Business of Behavior

What Behavior Consultants Need To Know About Liability Waivers

A FEW DEFINITIONS Entire books have been written about these legal terms, but for the purposes of this article, let’s agree on the following: Negligence: The failure to use the care that a reasonably careful person would use. Gross negligence: A voluntary act or...

By Christina Schenk-Hargrove, Esq., CPDT-KA

Issue 12 | November 2020 — Business of Behavior

Marketing your dog behavior consulting business without myths

“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...

By Kayla Fratt

Time Management Skills for Teaching Group Dog Training Classes

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...

By Adria Karlsson, CDBC

From Skinner Box to Show Biz and Beyond

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...

By William Van Nostran

Issue 8 | April 2019 — Business of Behavior

Career Paths: Barbara Davis

When did you decide to pursue behavior as a profession? There were really two times this came up for me. In the early days of my training career (in the 1970 and ’80s, so really prehistoric!), I worked with a lot of mentors and was fascinated by the way they worked...

By IAABC Editing Staff

Issue 7 | April 2018 — Business of Behavior

Career Paths: Katenna Jones

Animal behavior consultants come from all walks of life. One of the most common questions IAABC gets is about how to get started working with pets and their people. The truth is, there’s no set career path, and no single qualification that prepares you for this...

By IAABC Editing Team

Issue 6 | February 2018 — Business of Behavior

Career Paths: Stephanie Edlund

Animal behavior consultants come from all walks of life. One of the most common questions IAABC gets is about how to get started working with pets and their people. The truth is, there’s no set career path, and no single qualification that prepares you for this...

By IAABC Editing Team

How to Run Facebook Ads to Grow Your Animal Consulting Business

Facebook ads have become very popular in the animal training industry. Many animal professionals are on Facebook quite frequently, so it is natural to jump into Facebook ads without hesitation. However, without a clear plan outlined, it can quickly drain your...

By Ines McNeil, CPDT-KA

Issue 5 | October 2017 — Business of Behavior

Testifying in Court

As professionals in the field of applied animal behavior, we are well-placed to understand the antecedents that cause an animal to act in a certain way. In cases where an animal has been implicated in causing injury, nuisance, or destruction of property that has...

By Melissa McMath Hatfield, MS, CBCC-KA, CDBC

Writing for the Internet: Promotion, Feedback, and Metrics

In previous Journal articles I have shared what I’ve learned about writing for an internet audience and things to consider when choosing how to publish to get the most out of the medium. There a few more things to touch on before wrapping up this series. Promoting...

By Eric Brad

Issue 4 | July 2017 — Business of Behavior

Issue 3 | April 2017 — Business of Behavior

Virtual Consultations – Why, If, and How

For eight years, I worked remotely from a home office for organizations that were in different time zones. Perhaps that is why virtual consultations came so naturally to me. However, if you are not used to spending 30 to 40 hours a week online, the concept may be...

By Katenna Jones

Publishing for the Internet

So you have taken the time to sit down and carefully write out your thoughts on dogs, training, behaviour, management, or some combination thereof. Now what?  Publishing your writing on the Internet seems like a simple problem to solve. There are just so many options....

By Eric Brad

Issue 2 | February 2017 — Business of Behavior

Writing for the Internet

The Internet has offered us a wonderful means of communicating with each other. Whether you want to write for pet dog owners or other dog trainers, or even produce more scholarly articles to explore the frontiers of science as it relates to dogs and behaviour, the...

By Eric Brad

Issue 1 | October 2016 — Business of Behavior

New Strategies for Improving Veterinary Visits

I have heard a lot of horror stories from both clients and other pet professionals about problems taking pets to the vet. The reactions range from pets shaking and struggling, to clawing and biting to the extent that they have to be harshly restrained or even sedated....

By Jonathan P. Klein