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Editor's Pick

A Lesson in Compassion

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As the consult progressed, I made a casual remark about the importance of avoiding aversive stimulation. I was specific about what this means, given that such stimulation functions to suppress body language and can create a more dangerous dog that no longer gives any warning signals. The client hesitates and then says, “So I can’t use the shock collar anymore?” For a split second I held my breath, then responded, “Exactly! Let’s plan for what you will do instead.”...I truly think that if I had read on her behavior questionnaire that she was using shock that I would have unintentionally sabotaged the consult. I would have judged and closed my heart to her and not allowed myself to connect. This would have destroyed my efficacy. How much have I been doing this? How often do any of us do this? I cannot be the only one. Could it be that many of us are sabotaging our efficacy with clients that use severe forms of aversive stimulation? Read more.

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Featured Article from the September 2018 Issue

Behind the Scenes

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Americans love pets. We love them so much that most of us, or 68 percent of us, live with them. That’s 85 million families according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners’ Survey (American Pet Products Association, 2018). Cats are our number one pet because we usually have more than one, but more of us have dogs. That makes 60 million dog-owning families with 90 million dogs at home and 47 million cat-owning families with 94 million cats at home. With so many pets in so many doggedly devoted and cat caring families the chances of everyone having enough time to train, groom, walk and care for them with our hectic days and busy schedules guarantees that, if it hasn’t already, the 70 billion dollar pet services industry will become a part of who is taking care of your pet. But, have you ever wondered about the pet service providers? The people who work with your pets? How did they learn to do what they do? Are they as qualified and experienced as you expect or as they say they are? How would you know? How can you know? Read more.