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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

    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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  • Magazine Article

    Soup for skittish souls

    Coconut (left) was initially the most emotionally damaged dog from this Michigan puppy mill rescue, says the ASPCA’s Kristen Collins, but in 2013, she graduated from the nonprofit’s behavioral rehabilitation program with flying colors.

    Canine rehab research results in permanent facility and mentorship program

    In June 2010, the ASPCA assisted local authorities in Tennessee with a hoarding case, racing in the blistering heat to catch, assess and transport 100 dogs to partner shelters.

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