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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

  • Training/Event

    Humane State Ohio Shelter/Rescue Training - Columbus, OH

    The Humane Society of the United States

    This training shares tips on incorporating best behavior practices into daily operations, interpreting and responding to canine body language, stress reduction strategies through thoughtful handling, housing and enrichment, assessing behavior in the shelter environment, how behavior should (and sometimes shouldn't) influence adoptions, and behavior change basics. Speakers: Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA, CCBC, Director, Behavior Rehabilitation ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center; Cheryl Suydam, Manager, Behavior Rehabilitation ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center

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  • Training/Event

    Humane State Ohio Shelter/Rescue Training - Medina, OH

    The Humane Society of the United States

    This training shares tips on incorporating best behavior practices into daily operations, interpreting and responding to canine body language, stress reduction strategies through thoughtful handling, housing and enrichment, assessing behavior in the shelter environment, how behavior should (and sometimes shouldn't) influence adoptions, and behavior change basics. Speakers: Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA, CCBC, Director, Behavior Rehabilitation ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center; Cheryl Suydam, Manager, Behavior Rehabilitation ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center

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  • Magazine Article

    Food for thought

    Cooper, a 1-year-old pointer mix, was enrolled in the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s behavior modification program to work on his  food-guarding issues. Cooper’s face shows the pleasant, anticipatory response staff members look for when working with dogs.

    Modifying food guarding behavior in the shelter environment

    Charlie, a social, wiggly, young miniature poodle mix, was the highlight of my days at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) for a 10-day stretch last spring.

    He was a joy of a dog, actively greeting and entertaining visitors, his little white body almost humming with exuberance, his open mouth panting the joys of puppyhood and painting unsuspecting faces with enthusiastic licks. When greeting a dog playmate, Charlie became a bouncy, bounding, white streak of play!

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