ABRIOnline Podcast

Each episode of Behavior Talk features an in-depth interview with a leading expert in animal behavior. You can listen to individual episodes here, or subscribe to the whole series here or at the iTunes Store.

 
 

Duration: 19:34

Part of our series of interviews from the 2010 Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this episode features a conversation with Victoria Stilwell, host of the popular TV series “It’s Me or The Dog,” and noted presenter. 

During my talk with Victoria Stilwell, she shares who some of her professional influences have been, and what she’s learned that has made her the kind of trainer she is today.  She also discusses some of the special issues involved when working with a dog  while filming a TV show. And we talk about “Thinking Dog,” how to better understand how a dog relates to his environment, and how it’s different from the way people see the world. 

Finally we talk about her efforts to extend and promote the use of positive training methods through her many ventures which can found on her website, Positively.com.

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Duration: 20:10

Part of our series of interviews from the 2010 Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this episode features a conversation with Collen Pelar, author, speaker, and trainer in from Northern Virginia.  She has a special interest in the dynamics of families with both dogs and young children, and at the most recent Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference she gave a presentation on this topic entitled, “Who’s Watching the Kids?”

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Duration: 17:38

Part of our series of interviews from the 2010 Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this episode features a conversation with Patricia McConnell.  Dr. McConnell led a sumposium on "A Dog's Mind – Thoughts and Emotions" and also gave a talk entitled "Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking? An introduction to the Central Questions in Cognition and Emotion in Dog Behavior."   We talked about the ways dogs see their world, how that's different from the way we look at things, and why that matters.  And we talk about understanding these differences and incorporating them into your practice to make you a more compasionate and effective trainer.

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Duration: 20:14

Pat Miller is the owner of Peaceable Paws, in Maryland, and the author of a number of books, including "The Power of Positive Dog Training," and two volumes of "Positive Perspectives."

She recently gave a seminar on Positive Dog Training at the University of Minnesota, and I caught up with her after the first day of her two–day presentation. During our interview, we covered a number of topics around the concept of using positive training techniques, including her own history of how she came to use and endorse positive methods.

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Duration: 16:24

When it comes to discussing play in all its forms, there may be no better authority than Ian Dunbar. Acclaimed throughout the dog behavior world as an author, speaker, and inspirational leader, Ian founded the APDT 16 years ago, and continues to be a powerful force in the industry. His latest venture is Dog Star Daily, a website and on–line community he runs with his wife Kelly.

While at the APDT Conference, I was able to lure Ian away for a few minutes to have this conversation. We discussed the recent history of dog training, including the growing understanding and use of play as an effective tool in managing behavior. We also talked about what's new at Dog Star Daily, and then he gave me his predictions for the two trends that will guide dog training in the next five years.

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Duration: 19:20

Dr. Rosales–Ruiz was at the University of Minnesota giving a seminar on Constructional Aggression Treatment, or C–A–T. This is a method of treating aggression and anxiety by using a controlled series of approaches by a stimulus dog, and varying the distance between the two dog and the procedure continues.

You can see some examples of Dr. Rosales–Ruiz's demonstrations in the video section of ABRIonline.org. After his session, he talked with me about this protocol.

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Duration: 43:00

What is "natural horsemanship," and where did it come from? And why are the methods so successful? Dr. Robert M. Miller is a leading authority on the development and popularization of natural horsemanship. In this interview we talk about his book, "The Revolution in Horsemanship: And What it Means to Mankind," co–authored with Rick Lamb. Dr. Miller traces the development of a more gentle and sensitive approach to horse training that came out of the cowboy culture in the Pacific Northwest.

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Duration: 27:23

We're continuing our four–part series of podcasts from the 2008 Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and the one–day symposium, "Play in Our Dogs' Lives."

Our guest today is Dr. Karen London. We started our conversation discussing "play," which Dr. London considers highly underutilized in managing behavior issues. We talked about what factors make for an effective protocol, and the connection between play and emotions.

The second part of our interview covers the notion that because of their special training and expertise, dog trainers can have unique qualities that can translate to their dealings with other people in all aspects of their life. She talks about which dog training skills are particularly applicable, and how to use them.

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Duration: 30:53

Dr. Alice Vilalobos is a veterinarian, author, and the immediate Past President of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians. She's also the author of "Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human Animal Bond."

We talked about her book at the North American Veterinary Conference, where she introduced me to the concept of Pawspice –– comprehensive end of life care for animals.

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Duration: 17:44

Dr. Kelly Moffat is a board–certified animal behaviorist in Mesa, Arizona. She took a few minutes from a recent conference to tell me more about her practice, and some of the typical behavior cases she sees.

She also talked about diagnosing aggression problems, and how veterinarians can better distinguish between good and bad information about animal behavior. Finally, we also talked about the value of early learning and socialization.

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Duration: 23:27

Dr. Terry Curtis is a clinical behaviorist at the University of Florida. This conversation was recorded during the 2007 North American Veterinary Conference where she was leading two master classes.

Over the course of the interview we covered a wide range of topics

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Duration: 14:18

This episode's conversation is with Dr. Patrick Melese, a board–certified veterinary behaviorist, and the director of Veterinary Behavior Consultants in San Diego, California.

He delivered a symposium on behavior case managements sponsored by Lilly at the 2008 North American Veterinary Conference. Right after that session, and while the conference crew was setting up for the next meeting, he talked to me about his symposium. We talked about what every veterinarian should know about behavior, how to find good information about behavior, and how to establish positive working relationships with other companion animal professionals.

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Duration: 40:29

This episode continues our special series from the 2008 North American Veterinary Conference. Dr. Gary Landsberg discusses his talk on separation anxiety, including definitions, treatment approaches, and the efficacy of drug therapy in conjunction with behavior modification protocols.

Other topics covered include:

Fear Aggression. Behavior modification and management techniques; other tools and resources; and drug therapies.

Tips for veterinarians who don't necessarily specialize in behavior, including conferences, books, hand–outs, web sites, and courses available.

Finding an appropriate trainer, and some thoughts on the working relationships between veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary behaviorists, and trainers.

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Duration: 39:40

In this episode, Dr. John Ciribassi talks reviews several of his recent cases, including a lab who rushes the door, and exhibits anxiety and fear induced aggression. He talks about dealing with fearful dogs, and evaluating them for possible treatment with pharmaceuticals.

We also cover many other topics, including using response substitution as an alternative management technique to punishment; medical conditions that can contribute to behavior problems, the roles of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and trainers; and the future of treating behavior issues in a veterinary practice.

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Duration: 8:00

Why do dogs bark? And can we humans understand what dogs are trying to communicate?

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Duration: 34:10

Dr. Karen Overall is featured in our latest episode of podcasts from the North American Veterinary Conference. She talks about her presentations at the conference, the working relationships between veterinarians and trainers, and about the recent death of her dog, Flash.

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Duration: 30:55

An interview with Dr. Debra Horwitz continues our special series of podcasts from the North American Veterinary Conference

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Duration: 21:55

This episode continues our special series of interviews with animal behavior professionals from the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando Florida. Today we feature an interview with Dr. Kersti Seksel, a registered veterinary specialist in behavior medicine in New South Wales, Australia.

We started our conversation talking about her presentation on managing aggression in a clinic setting.

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Duration: 22:21

Dr. Patricia McConnell is an Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, based near Madison, Wisconsin. She is a frequent speaker around the country, lecturing on bringing science–based and humane solutions to animal behavior problems.

She's the author of several highly acclaimed books, including "The Other End Of The Leash" and "For the Love of a Dog."

She came to the Twin Cities to film some segments for our website, ABRIonline.org, where she demonstrates some of her techniques for managing canine behavior. We began our conversation talking about how to find the right dog for a home.

Our talk continued with Dr. McConnell talking about the importance of effective communication with dogs.

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Duration: 24:39

episodes guest is Steve Dale, ubiquitous radio host, newspaper columnist, author, and untiring advocate for cats and dogs. You can hear his syndicated weekly radio program "Pet World," "The Pet Minute," and "Pet Central," which originates from WGN Radio in Chicago.

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Duration: 44:24

Dr. Temple Grandin is one of the more unique and influential people working in animal behavior today. She is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, but is perhaps best known for her innovative work redesigning livestock facilities around the world.

Her autism often gives her a different prospective, allowing her to better understand how an animal might respond to its environment.

She took time for this interview while visiting the University of Minnesota for a series of talks.

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Duration: 38:40

Part two of a broadcast originally aired on WGN Radio, Chicago. Host Steve Dale talks with Dr. R.K. Anderson, and take calls from listeners.

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Duration: 4:23

Steve Dale and Dr. R.K. Anderson talk about enriching the home environment for cats.

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Duration: 4:57

Steve Dale and Dr. R.K. Anderson discuss enriching the home environment for dogs.

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Duration: 5:32

Steve Dale and Dr. R.K. Anderson discuss socialization for dogs.

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Duration: 40:30

Steve Dale talks with Dr. R.K. Anderson on his "Pet Central Radio" program, originating from WGN Studios in Chicago. They talk about animal behavior, and take calls from listeners. Part one of two.

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Duration: 27:41

In today's episode, I talk with Dr. Amy Marder. Dr. Marder is the Director of the Center for Behavior and Training at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. I caught up with her at the recent Association of Pet Dog Trainers in Portland. She was at APDT on behalf of the Animal Farm Foundation, and organization working to restore the image of the American Pit Bull Terrier. It was her first APDT conference, and part of our conversation covered the unique perspective on this event that her background gives her.

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Duration: 15:24

Awhile back I had a conversation with Dr. Valarie Tynes. Dr. Tynes is a veterinarian from Fort Worth, Texas and is board–certified by the American Collage of Veterinary Behaviorists. She is also currently the Public Relations Chairman for the the ACVB.

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Duration: 29:50

In today's episode, I have the chance to talk with Kathy Sdao. Kathy owns Bright Spot Dog Training in Tacoma, Washington. She's a very enthusiastic and popular presenter around the country, drawing on her experience with many different species at Sea World, the U.S. Navy, and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

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Duration: 16:32

Today's interview features Dr. Melissa Bain. She is currently Service Chief of the Clinical Animal Behavior Service at UC Davis, where she mentors residents and students via teaching, research, and clinical case management.

She started our conversation by giving me some updates on recent studies on owner compliance and its effect on behavior outcomes. We also talked about the emotional side of behavioral counseling.

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Duration: 24:10

Today we feature another in a series of interviews I conducted at the AVMA Conference in Washington DC. Dr. Lare Houg is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and ran the Animal Behavior Service at Texas A&M University from 2002–2007.

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Duration: 17:16

In today's episode I had the good fortune to spend some time with Dr. Katherine Houpt. Dr. Houpt is a professor at Cornell University where she established the Animal Behavior Clinic at The College of Veterinary Medicine and was one of the charter diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

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Duration: 24:33

Today we begin another special series of Behavior Talk episodes featuring conversations I had with a number animal behavior experts last summer while I was in Washington D.C. for the AVMA, AVSAB and ACVB meetings. Our first interview is with Dr. Bonnie Beaver. Dr. Beaver is the Executive Directorr of the American College of Veterinary Behavior, the past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is on the faculty of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

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Duration: 26:41

In today's episode, we bring you a conversation I had with Dr. Barbara Sherman. Dr. Sherman is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, NC. There, she serves as Director of the Animal Behavior Service of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, located in a satellite facility in Cary, North Carolina. In addition, Dr. Sherman is involved with the program in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Public Policy, and teaches animal behavior to veterinary students.

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Duration: 21:14

Dr. Jennifer Messer is a veterinarian working in small animal practice in Ontario, Canada. She is well recognized as a leader in curriculum development for young puppies, and her comprehensive puppy class program The Kinderpuppy Course – A Curriculum Manual for Instructors is being used by puppy class instructors worldwide.

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Duration: 21:47

Today's episode of Behavior Talk features an interview with Sophia Yin.

During our conversation we covered some of her favorite APDT highlights, and I learned of that she's an experienced swing dancer. She also gives us a preview of the new book she's working on. We started the conversation talking about the Manners Minder, the training product she invented.

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Duration: 21:34

This is the last in our special APDT episodes of Behavior Talk. Today's episode of Behavior Talk features an interview with Leslie Nelson.

Our conversation covered some of her APDT seminar topics, including building a recurring customer base and, as her conference closing presentation was called, "Walking The Walk."

We also talked about making money as a professional dog trainer, and how to learn to read and motivate owners as well as you do the dogs.

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Duration: 12:31

This episode of Behavior Talk features an interview with Dr. Debra Horwitz.

Dr. Horwitz is a veterinary behaviorist with a practice in St. Louis, MO. She's currently the president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and is a frequent lecturer and presenter, and author of many articles and books. Her most recent book is "Blackwell's Five–Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior," which she co–authored with Dr. Jacqui Neilson.

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Duration: 39:29

In this episode of Behavior Talk Ian Dunbar talks about puppy socialization, dealing with anxiety and aggression, what every owner should know, and much more.

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Duration: 34:17

Joel Walton is a dog trainer from the Washington DC area where he runs Walton Family Dog Training. A charter member of APDT, he is known especially for his work with labradors, and has written a book, "Labrador Retrievers for Dummies." He also leads seminars on puppy training, and has written a book on the subject, "Positive Puppy Training Works."

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Duration: 25:26

This is another special APDT episode of Behavior Talk, where we're featuring an exclusive interview with presenters from the recent Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference in Portland, OR. This episode includes an interview with Trish King.

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Duration: 24:22

This is another special APDT episode of Behavior Talk. The featured interview is with Keri Gorman. She discusses her experience as an animal trainer at Sea World, and her application of marker–based training methods to TAGteaching. Her work includes using this approach with at–risk youth in the juvenile justice system.

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Duration: 29:12

Another in our two week series of special APDT episodes of Behavior Talk, where we feature exclusive interviews with many of the presenters and experts at the conference.

In today's episode, we talk with Leslie McDevitt. Leslie is the author of a new book, "Control Unleashed." In it, she discusses how to manage extreme arousal in dogs in highly stimulating enviornments, including competition settings like Agility or Rally.

In our conversation we talk about the concepts behind the "Control Unleashed" book, her own dogs who were the inspiration for this work, and some of the ways dogs and owners can benefit from these ideas even outside of the competition environment.

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Duration: 15:30

Another in our two week series of special APDT episodes of Behavior Talk, where we feature exclusive interviews with many of the presenters and experts at the conference.

In today's episode, we talk with Kelly Gorman Dunbar. Among many other things, Kelly is the Executive Editor of Dog Star Daily, a great and fun new web site featuring lots of tips and information about dogs, behavior, and training. We talk about the philosophy behind this site, some of the new features coming in the future, and also about some of the other programs Kelly is working on in the Bay Area of California.

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Duration: 24:22

We're continuing our series of special APDT episodes of Behavior Talk, featuring exclusive interviews with notable presenters from the recent Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference in Portland, Oregon. Today we hear my conversation with Angelica Steinker.

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Duration: 29:50

We're a little more than halfway through our special APDT series of Behavior Talk episodes, where we feature exclusive interviews from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference in Portland Oregon. Today we're talking with Teoti Anderson.

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