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May / June 2019
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May / June 2019

Working with horses: Creating a positive experience – Valentina Kupresan-Jackson

DipEqSc, DipEqPsych, Equine Behavioural Sciences Institute

When broken down to its basic definition, the training of horses is essentially about promoting behaviours which we desire and are of value to us, while suppressing or eradicating behaviours which we find undesirable, in other words unwanted behaviours. In order to successfully achieve this, a trainer must know what behaviour is before they can begin to manipulate it. Behaviour is a process of actions and reactions performed by an individual in reaction to internal or external stimuli in context of the environment . . .

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March / April 2019
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March / April 2019

Of Dogs & Man by Drayton Michaels
The idea dogs have a moral imperative to disobey, be bad, or dominate one another or dominate humans is akin to racism and sexism, in the sense it creates a bias because it’s based in falsehoods. Dogs that are overly fearful can be aggressive to one another or to humans. There are layers to fearful and aggressive events. The agenda of dogs is safety first, food and water second, fun with other dogs or humans third . . .
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January / February 2019
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January / February 2019

bsolute brain size predicts dog breed differences in executive function
Daniel J. Horschler; Brian Hare; Josep Call; Juliane Kaminski; Ádám Miklósi; Evan L. MacLean;

Abstract

Large-scale phylogenetic studies of animal cognition have revealed robust links between absolute brain volume and species differences in executive function.

However, past comparative samples have been composed largely of primates, which are characterized by evolutionarily derived neural scaling rules.

Therefore, it is currently unknown whether positive associations between brain volume and executive function reflect a broad-scale evolutionary phenomenon, or alternatively, a unique consequence of primate brain evolution.

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November / December 2018
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November / December 2018

Dog And Coyote Interactions
Study uses YouTube videos to investigate Karen B. London PhD.

Dogs and coyotes are close relatives who encounter one another regularly in urban, suburban and rural areas, but how they behave around each other has not been well studied. It is hard to observe interactions between dogs and coyotes, but the modern world provides opportunities that were not available in the past.

Researchers interested in the nature of dog-coyote interactions . . .

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September / October 2018
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September / October 2018

What happens when clients get angry and how you can best manage it?
Niki Tudge Copyright 2015. An excerpt from People Training Skills for Pet Professionals – Your essential guide to engaging, educating and empowering your human clients

Anger can be an incredibly damaging force that can leave professional relationships floundering in its wake if it is not managed properly. Anger is a natural emotion that stems from a perceived threat or loss. Clients can become angry if they feel threatened, physically or otherwise, e.g. if we challenge their existing ideas, thoughts or actions regarding how they care for and train their pets. . . .

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July / August 2018
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July / August 2018

MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING IN BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
Lisa Mullinax, ACDBC

I realize the title of this article seems a little judgey, so let me start by saying this: I have made all of these mistakes at various points in my career. Even now, I have times when something goes wrong in a training session and upon closer examination, I will spot one of these mistakes.
There’s no such thing as a perfect training or behavior modification session. I’ve been to lectures by some of the world’s best animal trainers and they have shown videos of themselves training a dog, beluga whale, or walrus and pointed out their training errors. We all make mistakes.. . . .

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