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Animal behavior and training

People don’t always know how to meet all of their pets’ emotional and environmental needs. Affordable, professional help can keep pets in their homes. By understanding pet behavior, knowing how to effectively communicate with struggling pet owners and building your behavioral help and training capacity, you can help avoid unnecessary surrenders and keeping as many pets as possible in the homes they have.

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  • Guide to cat behavior counseling

    Advising pet owners on cat behavior issues can mean the difference between a cat keeping or losing his home. The Guide to Cat Behavior Counseling was developed to help address pet homelessness at its roots — to keep more cats in their homes. This guide provides comprehensive information, giving you the confidence to advise cat owners when they call prepared to give up their pet for a behavior issue.

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Animal behavior and training

  • Magazine Article

    Baby got fat

    Staffers at the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., were stunned by “sweet, mellow” Symba’s 35-pound girth, noting that he was “bigger than a lion cub.”

    How shelters and rescues can treat and talk about obese pets

    As a million YouTube videos can attest, everyone loves tubby tabbies and pudgy pooches. But the flip side is that pet obesity poses serious health issues. Animal experts weigh in on how shelters can transform dogs and cats from fat to fit.

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  • Magazine Article

    Romping grounds

    Through playgroup programs, shelters are giving dogs a vital mental and physical break from kennel life.

    Doggy playgroups have a transformative effect on Ohio shelter

    As any trainer will tell you, a tired dog is a good dog. Through daily playgroups, an Ohio shelter is ensuring that there are lots of tired, good dogs for adopters to meet—and experiencing other benefits shelter staff never imagined.

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  • Magazine Article

    Bunny days ahead

    Chelsea Jones, communications specialist at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, offers a treat to Lis.

    In many shelters, rabbit care is improving by leaps and bounds

    Rabbits were once relegated to back rooms in animal shelters, with care that was woefully inadequate by today’s standards. Now, as shelters’ and rescues’ knowledge and resources expand, bunny care is leaping into the modern age.

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