Who we are
We are a non-profit association dedicated to the field of applied animal behavior. Our members are highly qualified professionals who specialize in applying animal behavior science to a variety of species to promote their well being and assist in their integration with mankind. Many animal behaviorists work specifically with companion animals such as dogs, cats, horses, birds, and small animals. Others may work in a zoo or conservation setting with wild animal species.
Most applied animal behaviorists specialize in resolving behavior problems common in companion animals and other species, emphasizing positive training techniques and behavior modification. Common behavior problems of dogs and cats that often require the help of a behaviorist include aggression, separation anxiety, house soiling, destructive behavior, fears, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Routine misbehavior and various training issues such as barking, jumping, and poor recall can also be addressed by the proper application of principles of learning and behavior modification by a qualified animal behaviorist.
We adhere to the least intrusive behavior management strategies and minimally aversive training methods available. A variety of scientific techniques are used to work through behavior problems, including behavior modification using positive reinforcement, applied behavior analysis, motivation training, and systematic desensitization. Our members are committed to using humane methods and do not rely on force, fear, or intimidation training techniques.